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    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 13th Jun 19, 12:04 PM
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    Car Hire from Nice Airport
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    Car Hire from Nice Airport 13th Jun 19 at 12:04 PM
    Anyone hired a car from Nice airport and had a good experience? It seems luck of the draw if you get a crook or not and big names do not automatically mean you will get good service.

    There are a few companies I have found on the normal comparison sites and checking the reviews on trip adviser there are lists of good and bad experiences with all companies but not from the airport.

    I assume that if you are involved in any sort of accident then large sums of money will be emptied from my credit card and I may get it back via the excess insurance that I will take out ahead of travelling. I will be taking photos and video before I collect and when I drop it off and emailing them to myself, which I generally do on other times.

    Costs for car hire are around 550 at the airport or 700 if I book with the hire company that my villa agent is suggesting that brings the car to the airport and takes it away again - 150 is a bit too much of a difference for me to be honest.
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    • maximise
    • By maximise 13th Jun 19, 3:25 PM
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    • 13th Jun 19, 3:25 PM
    Had a great service with hertz, good value and they have very helpful staff at Nice airport. I've used them a few times, only once there was a minor issue with the car but they simply invited me to return the car and swap it for another no problem. They also offered a free upgrade to a larger vehicle, I declined as the streets of southern France's towns can be compact. Recommend hertz and would use again.
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 13th Jun 19, 5:58 PM
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    From the list https://en.nice.aeroport.fr/Passengers/SHOPS-SERVICES/Car-rental/Car-Rental avoid Europcar, interrent, gold car and firefly, all will give you hassle about extra insurance.

    What rental period are you looking at and which month?
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    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 14th Jun 19, 8:07 AM
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    Mid to end of August - need a 7 seater.

    I dont mind getting hassle - I will buy excess insurance before I go and take the paperwork, just reading up on how to claim and you need the car hire companies to give you invoices of repairs to get your money back.

    I guess I just need a firm that is helpful and not geared towards squeezing all of your money out of you.
    • richardw
    • By richardw 14th Jun 19, 8:47 AM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 8:47 AM
    Make sure your excess insurance includes driving a minibus in case a 7 seater car is not available.

    Read reviews about the hassle you may get before deciding not to avoid such hassle.
    Last edited by richardw; 14-06-2019 at 9:01 AM.
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    • By eDicky 14th Jun 19, 10:18 AM
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    will buy excess insurance before I go and take the paperwork
    Originally posted by foxy-stoat
    No need to take the paperwork, it's of no concern to the hire firm. Don't even mention you have it.
    • Smevchenko
    • By Smevchenko 14th Jun 19, 2:45 PM
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    • 14th Jun 19, 2:45 PM
    From the list https://en.nice.aeroport.fr/Passengers/SHOPS-SERVICES/Car-rental/Car-Rental avoid Europcar, interrent, gold car and firefly, all will give you hassle about extra insurance.

    What rental period are you looking at and which month?
    Originally posted by richardw

    Although not at Nice airport, I have just rented a car through Europcar and it was hassle free. Only hired an Opel Corsa for a week at Barcelona airport, cost was 55. They asked if I wanted insurance, I declined, they didn't mention it again or change their tone based on my refusal. Took some photos of scratches before I left...... returned the car, stood there while someone checked it over, did not need to refer back to photos and invoice arrived shortly via email confirming no further charges.

    Based on that would use them again.

    However it is fairly obvious one persons experience is completely different from someone else's.
    • foxy-stoat
    • By foxy-stoat 30th Aug 19, 9:01 AM
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    • 30th Aug 19, 9:01 AM
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    • 30th Aug 19, 9:01 AM
    Thanks all. I ended up booking with Alamo - only issue was it ran out of Ad-Blue on the first day but sorted it fairly easily and got the money back for the additive.

    I think its 100% pot luck with hire car companies and the car you get. We got a 6 month old Galaxy, needed 7 seats and didnt want to drive the van type people mover around, which had a couple of scrapes, took photos but didnt need to refer back to them, got my deposit back when I dropped it off.

    One thing I would say, I was going to book it a couple of months in advance for 650 when I booked the flights but decided to wait until a week before and ended up paying 350 for the same car, same length of hire. Not sure why the price halved but glad I did wait.

    Good luck folks, you may need it.
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