[BNM] [OT] Car rental question

Scott Lawson scottjlawson at gmail.com
Mon Jul 6 14:42:37 BST 2015


I've never had to claim on it so can't give experience from that. But from
what I read, people get screwed over by car rental companies more often as
they don't cover things like tyres and windscreens that are probably the
most likely thing you'll damage, and you still have an excess with car
rental companies.

On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 2:39 PM, Max Williams <toastkid.williams at gmail.com>
wrote:

> ah, that's brilliant!
>
> On 6 July 2015 at 14:36, Scott Lawson <scottjlawson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I always use something like this http://www.insurance4carhire.com/
> >
> > You can get yearly policies if you rent regularly, or pay daily.
> >
> > Much better value than car hire places, and they cover you for more
> things
> > too. Although you do have to pay the excess and claim it back in the
> event
> > of an accident (where credit cards are helpful).
> >
> > On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 2:33 PM, Rob Mansfield <rob at robmansfield.net>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > 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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