[BNM] [OT] Car rental question

Rob Mansfield rob at robmansfield.net
Mon Jul 6 14:33:25 BST 2015


Wow, £1000 excess is a bit steep even for a rental car company!

On Mon, 6 Jul 2015 at 14:28 Max Williams <toastkid.williams at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Actually, sorry, it wasn't from Enterprise, it was from Europcar.  I always
> get them mixed up :/
>
> On 6 July 2015 at 14:26, Max Williams <toastkid.williams at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I rented from Enterprise the other weekend and i'm pretty sure it was
> just
> > pre-authorised, rather than actually taken and refunded later.  I was
> > cacking it because their excess is £1000 (so i had to pre-authorise
> > £1000).  You can pay £19 a day to reduce the excess to zero, which i'd
> > recommend doing based on how much stress it caused me (i was driving it
> > around as if the boot was filled with 50 year old dynamite).
> >
> > On 6 July 2015 at 14:22, Rob Mansfield <rob at robmansfield.net> wrote:
> >
> >> Thanks for all the responses... Sadly I don't have a credit card :(
> >>
> >> I'm going with Enterprise. Having read the wiki link that Martyn shared
> >> (and your own experiences), it does sound as if it's taken 'on hold'
> for a
> >> day (thus semi-emptying your account) and then not actually processed.
> >>
> >>  Seems as if I may have to beg/borrow/steal £200 for a few days
> >>
> >> Cheers
> >> R
> >>
> >> On Mon, 6 Jul 2015 at 14:14 Max Williams <toastkid.williams at gmail.com>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >> > Sounds like a case of "Your mileage may vary", hoho.
> >> >
> >> > On 6 July 2015 at 14:12, Hazlitt Eastman <hazlitt at manta9.com> wrote:
> >> >
> >> > > I rented a car 2 weeks ago. They took a deposit of £150 and paid the
> >> > money
> >> > > back to my account 3 days after I returned the car.
> >> > >
> >> > > Haze
> >> > >
> >> > >
> >> > >
> >> > >
> >> > > On 06/07/2015 14:01, "BNMlist on behalf of Scott Lawson" <
> >> > > bnmlist-bounces at brightonnewmedia.org on behalf of
> >> scottjlawson at gmail.com
> >> > >
> >> > > wrote:
> >> > >
> >> > > >I think they do take the amount, and refund it after, I usually
> use a
> >> > > >credit card for such things to avoid the situation you mention.
> >> > > >
> >> > > >
> >> > > >
> >> > > >On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 1:58 PM, Rob Mansfield <
> rob at robmansfield.net>
> >> > > wrote:
> >> > > >
> >> > > >> Hi all
> >> > > >>
> >> > > >> I'm hiring a car on Weds for the day and paid online before
> >> > discovering
> >> > > >> that on the day the car hire company takes a £200 deposit.
> >> > > >>
> >> > > >> Bad time of month as I don't have £200 in my account.
> >> > > >>
> >> > > >> What I'm wondering though is whether this is a 'nominal
> >> > authorisation',
> >> > > >> rather than a charge, ie they charge your card £1 like pay at
> pump
> >> and
> >> > > then
> >> > > >> only take the full amount when necessary.
> >> > > >>
> >> > > >> I'd prefer not to cancel the booking as there's a £25
> cancellation
> >> fee
> >> > > >>
> >> > > >> Thanks
> >> > > >> Rob
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