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    • owenjt
    • By owenjt 31st Jul 18, 3:15 PM
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    Ford Mustang car hire in California
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    Ford Mustang car hire in California 31st Jul 18 at 3:15 PM
    Hi. Looking for some car hire advice for California. Will be starting in LA and finishing in San Fran and would really like to hire a Ford Mustang convertible. I know you can't guarantee this car but hopefully I'll be able to get one.

    I've managed to find a couple of reasonable quotes:
    • Alamo for 880.76 USD
    • Budget for 987.17 USD

    Does anyone have any experience of Alamo and are they any good? Have done quite a bit of research and they're the cheapest.
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    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 31st Jul 18, 3:41 PM
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    Alamo are a well known outfit, personally I'd choose them over Budget. But do these prices in USD mean that you are looking at US websites? Some elements of insurance are not usually included in quotes for American hirers.
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 31st Jul 18, 4:37 PM
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    • 31st Jul 18, 4:37 PM
    why look at USD ???
    I use Alamo for 80% of my rentals in CA / NV .....
    However, don't book on a US site (unless your American)..
    Book through the UK sites, use:
    www.skyscanner.com
    then see which booking agent you prefer to use (ones like: Holiday Autos, AutoEurope, Netflights, expedia)...
    They all do the insurance us Brits need...
    Also, renting from LA (LAX is better than using a downtown HLE operator) and drop off to San Fran = easy peasy...
    Your renting in the same state, so no extra fee's, and also, rentals in CA = 1 free additional driver as standard.....

    Alamo tend to only do the Mustang and Camero for the convertible, same for National (same company)
    If you want a real Mustang, or a real Camero, then Hertz (book via hertz.co.uk) will have the bigger choice, where as I've only ever seen 2 Real mustangs at the Alamo site for LAX ... (and you would book your normal convert, and then do a backhand $50 in the guys hand to have him upgrade u into the beast!!)

    Real = 5.0 (450+ bhp)
    Tourist = 2.0 ecoBoost engine, or possible the V6 3.5ltr, with around 300bhp
    • photome
    • By photome 31st Jul 18, 5:00 PM
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    • 31st Jul 18, 5:00 PM
    I thought the smallest engine mustang In the USA was 2.3L ecoboost with 310 Horses


    plenty to have fun with


    I have also used Alamo lots of times but book via a UK site


    try Alamobrits
    Last edited by photome; 31-07-2018 at 5:02 PM.
    • worried jim
    • By worried jim 31st Jul 18, 5:06 PM
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    5.0 V8 all the way, anything less and you are cheating yourself.
    "Only two things are infinite-the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not so sure about the universe"
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    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 31st Jul 18, 5:28 PM
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    • 31st Jul 18, 5:28 PM
    In addition to comments raised, how many are in your party? if one or 2 you should be fine. More than two all with luggage you may struggle in a mustang. They are notoriously small in luggage capacity plus the rear seat passengers don't have much leg room.

    I can understand the comment with having the 5 l but the 4cyl ecoboost is still a good drive especially with the added sound turned on

    Enjoy your trip.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 31st Jul 18, 5:49 PM
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    • 31st Jul 18, 5:49 PM
    I booked a convertible through Alamo for northern Florida and they gave me a Camaro. Great car, but luggage space is a problem with the top down.
    Hired through Alamo many times in the US and never had a problem, same with Avis-Budget.
    Have you checked usrentacar prices?
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • owenjt
    • By owenjt 31st Jul 18, 6:09 PM
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    • 31st Jul 18, 6:09 PM
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    What's the issue with using a US website? I'm using a special link as part of my International Student Identity Card that gets me discounted rental on Alamo, Enterprise and National. If I use the UK websites it's more expensive.

    There are only 2 of us.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 31st Jul 18, 6:16 PM
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    • 31st Jul 18, 6:16 PM
    What's the issue with using a US website?
    Originally posted by owenjt
    Natives over there don't need the same insurance cover we do, it's usually included in their own car insurance. Hence the price difference.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • HHarry
    • By HHarry 31st Jul 18, 6:23 PM
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    We used Alamo when we did the same trip in reverse. My Wife was desperate for a Mustang.

    We got the the front of the queue and a Camero pulls up....luckily the couple behind us weren't bothered and had it. Thankfully a Mustang was next up.
    Of the 4 convertibles that came through 3 were Mustangs - they know thats what everyone wants, so hopefully you'll be Ok.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 31st Jul 18, 6:37 PM
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    What's the issue with using a US website? I'm using a special link as part of my International Student Identity Card that gets me discounted rental on Alamo, Enterprise and National. If I use the UK websites it's more expensive.

    There are only 2 of us.
    Originally posted by owenjt
    As well as the insurance issue, previously explained there may well be additional taxes on top using the US site. Booking an all inc rate through a UK broker you shouldn't be stung for additional fees.

    Being a student, are you under 25? Prices will be on the high side due to that. What are you dates?
    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 31st Jul 18, 7:09 PM
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    Soft luggage is best with a Mustang convertible. You might get one hard case in the boot but not much else.
    Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and then beat you with experience. - Mark Twain
    • photome
    • By photome 31st Jul 18, 7:17 PM
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    What's the issue with using a US website? I'm using a special link as part of my International Student Identity Card that gets me discounted rental on Alamo, Enterprise and National. If I use the UK websites it's more expensive.

    There are only 2 of us.
    Originally posted by owenjt
    Insurance and taxes,

    Whats the difference in prices
    • owenjt
    • By owenjt 31st Jul 18, 7:57 PM
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    As well as the insurance issue, previously explained there may well be additional taxes on top using the US site. Booking an all inc rate through a UK broker you shouldn't be stung for additional fees.

    Being a student, are you under 25? Prices will be on the high side due to that. What are you dates?
    Originally posted by stevie11
    No I'm over 25. 22 August (LA airport) - 5 September 2018 (San Francisco)

    Natives over there don't need the same insurance cover we do, it's usually included in their own car insurance. Hence the price difference.
    Originally posted by EssexExile
    Thanks. Will check out the site i'm using.
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 31st Jul 18, 8:55 PM
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    No I'm over 25. 22 August (LA airport) - 5 September 2018 (San Francisco).
    Originally posted by owenjt
    A quick search and the rates are very high over 900 on the UK web sites. Now it is peak season and American public holiday whilst you are there so may be low supplies.

    I still say expect some unwanted surprises if you are still tempted to booking via a US site unfortunately.

    Good luck.
    • owenjt
    • By owenjt 31st Jul 18, 10:45 PM
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    Insurance and taxes,

    Whats the difference in prices
    Originally posted by photome
    So Alamo is 880.76 USD (roughly 671). Compare to somewhere like Enterprise at 1,110.52.

    Just looked at www.rentalcars.com and can get a Mustang there for 702. That's with Budget rental.

    So re insurance, what should I be looking for? Does rental include this? The Budget one above includes Theft Protection, Third-Party Liability, Supplemental Liability Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver, Airport Surcharge, Local Taxes. Sounds good no?
    • StuieUK34
    • By StuieUK34 1st Aug 18, 12:18 AM
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    wow, rates are very high for the convertibles !!!!!

    With Alamo, I could get the Stang for 738 (or 725 with Dollar)!!!8230;
    However, that's a stupid amount of money for that car, not worth it!!!


    rentalcars with budget is showing 717 , same process with the cars as Alamo & Dollar...!!!8230;!!!8230;

    Short answer is, booked in through UK sites...!!!8230;
    or, pay in $ , get stung, and tell us all about it and how much extra you paid at pickup on the 7th September
    • owenjt
    • By owenjt 7th Aug 18, 10:58 PM
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    So re insurance, what should I be looking for? Does rental include this? The Budget one above includes Theft Protection, Third-Party Liability, Supplemental Liability Insurance, Collision Damage Waiver, Airport Surcharge, Local Taxes. Sounds good no?
    Originally posted by owenjt
    Can anyone advise re insurance? Confused as to what I need to do.
    • cubegame
    • By cubegame 8th Aug 18, 11:45 AM
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    If you do a search on www.moneymaxim.co.uk they have options to give you CDW and SLI.

    This is what you need.

    If you're doing a trip with luggage don't bother with a Mustang. Hire an SUV. The height will give you better views.

    If you want to drive a Mustang your local Ford dealer will arrange you a test drive.

    https://www.ford.co.uk/shop/research/request-a-test-drive?searchid=ppc:UK-Mustang-Test-Drive-Exact:Mustang-Test-Drive-Exact:ford%20mustang%20test%20drive:e:m:g:GOOGLE&g clid=CjwKCAjwqarbBRBtEiwArlfEIJpmSsvxcNbOM7CwqIEpk wIB-153uF10rP4lFXByeE-oAAIl6RWYehoCqbsQAvD_BwE
    • stevie11
    • By stevie11 8th Aug 18, 5:51 PM
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    Can anyone advise re insurance? Confused as to what I need to do.
    Originally posted by owenjt
    Owen, if you book through a UK agent usually the rate will include all necessary insurance. Things to look out for are the excess, if you get a zero excess that is a great but you can purchase an excess plan in the UK that will also usually include items such as lost keys, damage to windows, under carriage etc. A single trip or annual policy pre purchased in the UK will work out cheaper than purchasing at the desk in the US.

    I can understand your desire to rent a mustang, I have got the tshirt and bought the car but those rates are crazy, especially when you can get a standard or large size car for 300+.
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