[BNM] [OT] Car rental question

Wayne Douglas wayne at sonatribe.com
Mon Jul 6 16:18:39 BST 2015


Ahhhhh the Swansea method of "renting" cars...

On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 4:16 PM, Simon Early <simon.early at gmail.com> wrote:

> If it's just for the day, you're probably better off nicking one locally.
> It takes the Police more than 24hrs to act by which time you can return it,
> park it a few streets away and blame the owner for being drunk and
> forgetting where they'd left it. Bishbashbosh cheapo car rental, no
> insurance fees to worry about, nor fuel. As a bonus, you can park WTF you
> like without worry of paying parking tickets/fines. Speed cameras?
> Naaaahh...
> Wear gloves.
> No, don't thank me....
>
> cheers,
> Simon
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> On 6 July 2015 at 15:51, Scott Lawson <scottjlawson at gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > I rented from Europcar once and the woman before me was renting a car
> just
> > for the day to go check out House of Hugo for her dog. She opted for the
> > full fuel option, and the insurance. That guy must've been loving it!
> Some
> > people have more money than sense... car rental is a bit of a game, so
> you
> > just need to know their game so you can beat them at it. They overcharge
> a
> > lot of customers, just don't be one of them!
> >
> > On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 3:34 PM, Max Williams <
> toastkid.williams at gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > You're saying there are companies who will charge you for a full tank
> of
> > > petrol (eg £60 pounds) even if you take it back full, effectively
> > > encouraging you to take it back to them as empty as possible?  I've
> never
> > > encountered that.
> > >
> > > It's always either been "Bring it back full or get charged the
> difference
> > > at over-the-odds rates" (90% of the time) or "Bring it back with the
> same
> > > amount in it" which is very rare these days.  (I think Choice used to
> do
> > > it, it was a pain in the arse trying to judge it).
> > >
> > > On 6 July 2015 at 15:28, Martyn Fagg <lists at muphi.com> wrote:
> > >
> > > > +1 for getting your own car hire insurance for any excess, normally
> > > > works out cheaper.
> > > > It is also worth looking at whether how you pay for the petrol. Some
> > > > companies will charge you for a full tank when you return the car,
> > > > even if you return it full. Their price per litre can be much hire
> > > > than you'll pay at a local garage, so if you can it can be cheaper
> > > > overall to pay a bit more up front for "Full to full" and fill it up
> > > > yourself on the way to drop it off.
> > > >
> > http://www.rentalcars.com/en/magazine/car-hire-guides/fuel-policy-guide/
> > > >
> > > > On Mon, Jul 6, 2015 at 2:36 PM, 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
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