Car Hire Bargain - 3 days for £3.00! @ Travel Supermarket
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Car Hire Bargain - 3 days for £3.00! @ Travel Supermarket

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Found 8th Nov 2015
I'm heading to Seville for a few days next month, so thought I'd have a look at car rentals. What a surprise to see I could get a decent compact car, for the entire duration for £3.00....!

I'm used to a hundred quid or so for this in France and elsewhere, so more than happy. Even if I just drive to the apartment, park up and use it to drive back to the airport, I've saved myself a good few Euros on cab fare.. Happy days.

Links:

travelsupermarket.com linked me through to
expedia.co.uk

Car rental from:
goldcar.es/en/es
Not the best reviews - (it isn't Avis or similar), but I'm up for a fight.

Get your car rental excess insurance somewhere similar to here:
direct-carexcess.co.uk/

And don't get a big car when you're driving in cities on the continent!

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Quid is more in our price range on here.
Great find
Beware £219 bill at end as mine earlier
[quote=aabarcellos]Great find
Beware £219 bill at end as mine earlier[/quote
Could you explain what you meant by this please? why £219
£3, plus extra money to drop the exorbitant insurance excess, plus more for fuel which you don't get back at the end, plus a fee for turning up 5 minutes late, plus a few hundred for the scratch they claim is on the car when you return it, plus more charges for an extra driver etc. etc. etc. - I've been burned on the 'cheap' car hire in Spain and Portugal - take it from me, it's cheaper and you have more peace of mind if you go to a reputable hire firm like Avis ... oh, and the rental excess insurance bought elsewhere is often not accepted by the 'cheap' companies

Edited by: "majortom" 8th Nov 2015
nazhaque

[quote=aabarcellos]Great find Beware £219 bill at end as mine … [quote=aabarcellos]Great find Beware £219 bill at end as mine earlier[/quoteCould you explain what you meant by this please? why £219


Prob means damage with low insurance. Plus fuel charges etc.
majortom

£3, plus extra money to drop the exorbitant insurance excess, plus more … £3, plus extra money to drop the exorbitant insurance excess, plus more for fuel which you don't get back at the end, plus a fee for turning up 5 minutes late, plus a few hundred for the scratch they claim is on the car when you return it, plus more charges for an extra driver etc. etc. etc. - I've been burned on the 'cheap' car hire in Spain and Portugal - take it from me, it's cheaper and you have more peace of mind if you go to a reputable hire firm like Avis ... oh, and the rental excess insurance bought elsewhere is often not accepted by the 'cheap' companies

I agree; we were very very lucky. had a horrendous time hiring a car in Malta. The short story is that after we flew home they took the full £1000 that you have to let them place a hold on in the beginning. Claiming that there was body work damage. We were very lucky because at the last minute I agreed to pay for a damage waiver and that company paid us the money back. Be very very careful when hiring abroad.
Google Goldcar. Good luck with the hire.
What's the fuel policy? When I hired from them in Ibiza a couple of years ago you had to pay for a full tank + a surcharge which came to about 90 euros (though I probably only needed 20 euros of fuel). The car was fine, but they were super inefficient and painful to deal with. I personally wouldn't touch them unless the fuel policy was full to full...
I am sorry, but how can you expect someone renting you a car for £3 (for 3 days) ??? Severe mental issues of the owner ? The admin cost is higher.
Edited by: "7777777" 8th Nov 2015
Norman-B

Google Goldcar. Good luck with the hire.



+1 The site takes to you broker such as Atlaschoice who then use companies such as Goldcar. Booked a car through Altaschoice, to then find out that the car was from Goldcar. After reading reviews decided to cancel, Atlaschoice then charged me half the fees to cancel. Paid double for full to full fuel and had no issues. Be careful when hiring a car.
I used goldcar before. I booked one week for £18 , ended up paying over £350.

They charge around €100 for petrol even if you don't use much, then they charge around €50 per day insurance, and dealing with them is a pain.
I would avoid them at all costs
Unfortunately I have to agree with the bad reviews of gold at. I have not been stung with them but was given really hard sell on insurance ... 'We don't know what happens tomorrow' they also took an age to refund deposit. Steer clear. Europcar on the other hand ... Used in Norway and Germany this year and could not fault.
I agree with the bad reviews. I am however, well up for a fight with these numpties. And if all else fails,

GET IN THE BANANA
Always check reviews with TripAdvisor or similar sources. There is no best ultimate choice, even avis, europcar or sixt may not be locally the best. The hirers are either local providers or franchises of big boys, they live of the hire and the quality of service may differ depending on location and current situation. The more established or richer companies will have open to late offices at the airport as well as the vehicles parked just outside, very often smoother procedure of collection, and newer fleet. I always stick with the reputable companies, i do not need extra pressure on holiday just to save £100, when the holiday costs me few grands anyway.Yes, do search for a good deal, book early if possible as it helps them to plan (thus give you a better rate) but don't expect people working for you for free.Just use common sense and remember they have your credit card details and you are going to be already back home...



Edited by: "7777777" 8th Nov 2015
7777777

I am sorry, but how can you expect someone renting you a car for £3 (for … I am sorry, but how can you expect someone renting you a car for £3 (for 3 days) ??? Severe mental issues of the owner ? The admin cost is higher.



Exactly. These low-cost broker offers are just attention-getters. By the time they have finished adding extra charges you might as well have gone direct to one of the big companies, at least they are straight up with what you have to pay.

I rented a car for a week back in September from Malaga to go to Ronda, Granada and Sierra Nevada. Low broker prices for Goldcar etc... were tempting, but having read all the reviews I realised I would end up paying the same or more than booking direct with Europcar, so that's what I did.
The cost displayed on the website was the cost I paid (£126 for a week in a Polo auto) took less than ten minutes to collect, the lady made a feeble attempt to upsell insurance, I said no thanks, got my own and she let it go.
Pre-existing damage correctly noted, and no subsequent charges.
Also the car was slightly better spec than the Goldcar Polo (saw one in a hotel car park, no cruise control)
Ad says from £7 per day, so how was yours £3 for 3 days?
after living in Spain, I always use doyouspain.com. They are cheap, check all the providers at the site you are collecting from, not just the big boys and also let you pick the fuel policy (you pay a bit more for full-full but prob get this back as you don't need to pay for a full tank up front). They also don't charge any cancellation fee - if the price goes down nearer to your hols simply cancel and create a new rental. give them a try in europe
Gold car will probably say they won't accept your UK excess policy and make you take their insurance...
Gollywood

Ad says from £7 per day, so how was yours £3 for 3 days?


£7 per day is reasonable, achievable rate for a small car in Spain in my opinion, obviously not during the summer and not whilst going for a single (or 2-3) day hire.
7777777

£7 per day is reasonable, achievable rate for a small car in Spain in my … £7 per day is reasonable, achievable rate for a small car in Spain in my opinion, obviously not during the summer and not whilst going for a single (or 2-3) day hire.



Follow the links through, and I expect you'll get the same rate £3 for 3 days - 5-8 Dec.

Though I'm wondering if Europcar/Avis/Sixt etc aren't better for peace of mind. These fellows do seem a dodgy lot. I'll report back.
dbnhants

Gold car will probably say they won't accept your UK excess policy and … Gold car will probably say they won't accept your UK excess policy and make you take their insurance...


Quite possibly given previous comments...

dbnhants

Gold car will probably say they won't accept your UK excess policy and … Gold car will probably say they won't accept your UK excess policy and make you take their insurance...

7777777

I am sorry, but how can you expect someone renting you a car for £3 … I am sorry, but how can you expect someone renting you a car for £3 (for 3 days) ??? Severe mental issues of the owner ? The admin cost is higher.




Quite possibly one is better off going for peace of mind with Avis/Sixt etc. Though for 3 quid up front I'm not (yet) complaining.
They may refuse to take my excess insurance policy, but I can walk away from £3...
matth5182

after living in Spain, I always use doyouspain.com. They are cheap, check … after living in Spain, I always use doyouspain.com. They are cheap, check all the providers at the site you are collecting from, not just the big boys and also let you pick the fuel policy (you pay a bit more for full-full but prob get this back as you don't need to pay for a full tank up front). They also don't charge any cancellation fee - if the price goes down nearer to your hols simply cancel and create a new rental. give them a try in europe


That sounds hot. I'll check them out, thanks!
dbnhants

Gold car will probably say they won't accept your UK excess policy and … Gold car will probably say they won't accept your UK excess policy and make you take their insurance...


Used Goldcar in Malaga in October this year, only due to my usual (Centauro) having no cars left. Two hours queue, no instructions for the car seat as they were so worn, undisclosed damage which I documented and had verified though I was happy with the car. They accepted I had my own excess insurance and I got my fuel refund (did full to full) and no damage claimed though I always take lots of photos once I have returned and parked.
By contrast, I've never had to wait at Centuaro (it's 5 minutes from the airport by free shuttle) and I have never had any damage issues.
Goldcar - been there, done that, never ever again.
DeafCassette

Quite possibly one is better off going for peace of mind with Avis/Sixt … Quite possibly one is better off going for peace of mind with Avis/Sixt etc. Though for 3 quid up front I'm not (yet) complaining. They may refuse to take my excess insurance policy, but I can walk away from £3...


... And you will end up renting at the airport that is going to cost you much more, give them a miss, seriously.
Would never ever go for Goldcar, given the thousands of horrific reviews and all over tripadvisor too. Give it a miss!

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pigeon84

Exactly. These low-cost broker offers are just attention-getters. By the … Exactly. These low-cost broker offers are just attention-getters. By the time they have finished adding extra charges you might as well have gone direct to one of the big companies, at least they are straight up with what you have to pay.I rented a car for a week back in September from Malaga to go to Ronda, Granada and Sierra Nevada. Low broker prices for Goldcar etc... were tempting, but having read all the reviews I realised I would end up paying the same or more than booking direct with Europcar, so that's what I did. The cost displayed on the website was the cost I paid (£126 for a week in a Polo auto) took less than ten minutes to collect, the lady made a feeble attempt to upsell insurance, I said no thanks, got my own and she let it go.Pre-existing damage correctly noted, and no subsequent charges.Also the car was slightly better spec than the Goldcar Polo (saw one in a hotel car park, no cruise control)



Malagacars is local and inexpensive, and they pick you up extremely swiftly and take you to their office a two-min. drive away - barely any queue or wait ever.
What muppets are voting this hot?

Goldcar are legalised scammers

You have been warned
DeafCassette

I agree with the bad reviews. I am however, well up for a fight with … I agree with the bad reviews. I am however, well up for a fight with these numpties. And if all else fails,GET IN THE BANANA


Be prepared to start your holiday with a 3 hour queue and horrendous arguing which you will not win

Is it really worth the hassle?

For Malaga, I can recommend cargest. £70 for a week full edw and cdw and a fair fuel policy
Edited by: "chocci" 9th Nov 2015
As with other comments here I would steer clear with any company not offering Full to Full fuel policy. Recently hired through Autoeurope who contracted out to Interent in Rome. Nightmare experience which spoilt my holiday. They ended up taking money off my credit card for 'Peace of Mind' insurance although I have a private car excess insurance policy. I've not been refunded despite several complaints - Autoeurope hopeless and just not interested. Fortunately Direct Car Excess were brilliant and compensated me with £40 (although Interent took much more) as a goodwill gesture.
I just rented a car via atlaschoice using Sixt. Only cost £35 for the week. Had the choice of full to full fuel or a very reasonable pay up front. Decided against the insurance, bit risky bit all went smoothly, very new car. Excellent service all round.
If they are getting you in the door for £1 a day they are going to make their money elsewhere or they would go out of business. Car hire is cheap in Spain compared with some places but this is too cheap. Those of you willing to have a fight with them I pity the people you travel with. You are supposed to be on holiday and adding stress or fighting at the beginning or end of your holiday sounds awful. Pay a bit more and get a good service...
Although I have avoided Goldcar in the past having heard of the bad rep that follows them
Like others been there, done gold car rental once... never again. You have been warned.
Nice voting again HUKD. Does nobody ever read any of the thread before voting?

Oh? £3 for 3 days?

Hot.
Brilliant deal, then GOLDCAR. Oh gawd, I travel away 12 times a year. I know it all, got the excess insurance, got the knowledge, and you know what they will screw you. Don't do it. tripadvisor.co.uk/Sho…tml
deeky

Nice voting again HUKD. Does nobody ever read any of the thread before … Nice voting again HUKD. Does nobody ever read any of the thread before voting? Oh? £3 for 3 days?Hot.


This is true, glad I read the comments first. Voted COLD!
ovenables

If they are getting you in the door for £1 a day they are going to make … If they are getting you in the door for £1 a day they are going to make their money elsewhere or they would go out of business. Car hire is cheap in Spain compared with some places but this is too cheap. Those of you willing to have a fight with them I pity the people you travel with. You are supposed to be on holiday and adding stress or fighting at the beginning or end of your holiday sounds awful. Pay a bit more and get a good service...



You'd be surprised - quite often rental companies make a decent profit when they sell the vehicles on, because they've bought them so cheap to start with.

But that's no defence of Goldcar. They are truly awful.
I hire cars in Spain regularly, Used to avoid Goldcar like the plague they were on watchdog once. But they seem to have turned around the policy's somewhat.

1. they refund part used fuel even on full / empty

2. haven't stung me for any damage in 3 recent rentals with them

3.they don't refuse your own policy excess , but put a block on your credit card to cover any excess which you then claim back if needed.

I am not recommending Goldcar but they definitely in my experience are not as bad as they used to be. @ Alicante airport anyway.

Heat added
But use your own excess insurance for peace of mind.

Edit* had to claim once(not goldcar) for damage to wheeltrim was insured with insurance4carhire.com/ paid out with little effort from my part.
Edited by: "cbatten" 9th Nov 2015
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