Large car hire – wtf?
7 seaters are always eye watering. Even though I’ve got a trade account it still costs more to hire one 7 seat car than two 5 seaters.
The difficult thing when you are shopping around between hire co’s is the prices are never like for like- in terms of fuel deposit, milage allowances, waivers and so on. So having booked on the basis of one price you might end up paying more to actually drive away
Looking at that Hertz price for the mondeo I wonder if they’re doing the airline/trainfare/travelodge thing and pricing in response to demand. Maybe they know on the date you want to hire you’re buggered for choice.Posted 4 years agoyunkiMember
what we did was just wait for some dithering old giffer to smash into the car behind us at speed, which then obviously smashed into us..
Our insurance then allowed us the use of some mahoosive space-deck 7 seater chelsea tractor Cheverolet until the whole nonsense was sorted out and our car was fixed..
Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
The hire co I use has started using a lot of chevys. We booked a zafira but when we turned up it was actually a chevy orlando. Which to be fair is a zafira…. still in its crate. It was actually perfectly fine for what we wanted to do so long as we avoided any reflective surfaces.
*Scratches chin and makes the assumption that Yunki has never been to Chelsea
We took our chevy through Fulham and Chelsea on a fashionable, balmy spring evening and really did seem to be turning heads – the extent at one point I wound the window down to see if the car was making any weird noises (my 1988 astra used to turn heads but that was combo of the slipping fan belt, the tappity tappets and the blowing manifold) . But no, it was just the cars overwhelming ugliness.Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
Too much much snoberry here. Whilst in the Caribbean recently we hired a Toyota Yaris Saloon 1.4 auto. I nearly puked when i saw it.
However, is did everything asked of it, very simply and very efficiently, especially bearing in mind no one drives above 50(kmph) over there. Awesome air con abilities, and about 45mph with a family of five in. I bet its cheap to maintain too.
Since then (already own a Ford Kuga) I’ve been thinking in investing in the new Kuga, or that Chevy ^^ and using our old one for my bike / work car*. In my team, it’d be in a amongst a bunch of Beemer’s and audi’s, but do I care?
* the Haldex 4WD useful at SITS/Mayhem of course.Posted 4 years agoDezBSubscriber
No hire car company (especially Europcar) actually keep cars that small for hire so you get an automatic upgrade
Then you get there .. “Here are the keys to your Aygo, sir”…
Funny though, just booking a truck for my home move and a 7.5 tonner is cheaper than a Mondeo!Posted 4 years agoDracSubscriber
We had Chevy Suburbans conversions at work a few years ago, they were huge beasts that made a lot of noise and went like the wind. However, they tool a long time to stop, were hopelessly unreliable and not safe at all. Great fun for making up time down the A1 thoug, I had the a Police traffic car follow me and he admitted it was hard work to keep up.Posted 4 years agoedlongMember
Hire through enterprise. Book smallest care they have – once you get there ask how much to upgrade to a bigger car. It has always been £5/day more to upgrade to a zafira.
Dunno if this works at all locations, and it doesn’t work every time, but has worked for me a few times:
Book your car from Enterprise on the website the night before you need it (after the branch has closed for the night). Book something small. There’s a good chance that when you turn up (at opening time) the next morning it won’t be there – the computer said there was one available today because there’s one due back today, but you’re here at opening time, it isn’t back yet, you need your car and you need it now – free upgrade to something that they do have in the lot.
For bonus points, if it’s a location where you can see in through the fence, cruise by after closing time and see what they’ve got in – book something that you don’t see that size of.
Best result I’ve had off this – booked an Astra, got a Navarra big 4×4 double cab pickup.
If it all goes wrong and they’ve actually got the car you booked, proceed with glupton’s approach above.Posted 4 years ago
I was. Most car sites put all their cars on the same page.
The Mondeo was the point at which prices suddenly shot from reasonable to bonkers.
All I ask is that it comes back in the condition my wife leaves it – you know, kids toys / snakes all over the floor and Costa Coffee cups permantly in the cup holder.
I’m not sure I’ll be able to tell the difference between that and my own car.
edlong – 🙂Posted 4 years agoantigeeMember
NZCol – Member
I looked at hiring something a decent size when we are back in the UK. For 100 quid more i got a VW California for the whole time and i can sleep in it and make a cuppa !
who did you use? going back for TDF next year and we will need a bike van and kids want to go to go camping in NorthumberlandPosted 4 years ago
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