Found 2nd Dec 2009
Good morning. Has anyone noticed how the price of car hare abroad has shot up?

In July 2009, I paid £261 (fully covered) for a Ford Focus for two weeks from Alicante Airport. The same car for the same two weeks in 2010 will cost me more than double this price!

I understand there are a shortage of cars to hire.

Can anyone point me to a better deal? My dates are 16-30 July 2010.

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I believe the reason is a shortage of cars-remember seeing a report on telly about this-was something to do with the credit crunch and car hire companies underestimating demand,so they raise the prices of the cars that they do have.

We bought one this year and drove there. Cheaper!

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[email protected];7076370

We bought one this year and drove there. Cheaper!



Yes a good idea, but I've already booked my flights!

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I just booked a week in March in Lanzarote for £90!

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[email protected];7076370

We bought one this year and drove there. Cheaper!


did the same last month.. was fun driving across spain down to la manga loverly country.
if you have a place over in Spain the best idea is to take your own over and leave it dont think the car hire prices will get any cheaper just yet

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csiman;7076406

I just booked a week in March in Lanzarote for £90!



Who with?

easycar.com ?
what about buying a car out there? (sounds extreme - but a £250 runabout might just do you!)
public transport and taxis when you need them - could well be cheaper than £400 - just need some research into times and taxi numbers.
look up an ex-pats website and see if there are any car-sharing schemes available in the area you're visiting.

radishnet;7076498

easycar.com ?what about buying a car out there? (sounds extreme - but a … easycar.com ?what about buying a car out there? (sounds extreme - but a £250 runabout might just do you!)public transport and taxis when you need them - could well be cheaper than £400 - just need some research into times and taxi numbers. look up an ex-pats website and see if there are any car-sharing schemes available in the area you're visiting.



You will not buy a " £250 runabout " in Spain, car prices are far higher than the UK, also buying a car there is far more complicated than buying a car in the UK.

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radishnet;7076498

easycar.com ?what about buying a car out there? (sounds extreme - but a … easycar.com ?what about buying a car out there? (sounds extreme - but a £250 runabout might just do you!)public transport and taxis when you need them - could well be cheaper than £400 - just need some research into times and taxi numbers. look up an ex-pats website and see if there are any car-sharing schemes available in the area you're visiting.


have you read the T&C's at easycar?

You have to pay the first £5000 of any damage at most suppliers even with collision damage waiver!

You have to take out extra ZERO RISK insurance too which covers the first £5000. Most people dont as they think CDW covers them :w00t: About an extra £40 per week.

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csiman;7076989

have you read the T&C's at easycar?You have to pay the first £5000 of any … have you read the T&C's at easycar?You have to pay the first £5000 of any damage at most suppliers even with collision damage waiver!You have to take out extra ZERO RISK insurance too which covers the first £5000. Most people dont as they think CDW covers them :w00t: About an extra £40 per week.



Who did you book with in Lanzarote?

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exmouthred;7077428

Who did you book with in Lanzarote?


sorry, it was Autoreisen but just noticed they only do the canaries.

better to book nearer the date for car hire I reckon as it cant get any dearer than the quotes you've had! :w00t:

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Look at Hertz.com and prepay online. I searched your dates and came up with £400 for a Focus or Astra and you would get 10% back on quidco. Not as cheap as last year, but better than double.

Hertz were the cheapest I could find for Spain this summer.

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ssorej;7079526

Look at Hertz.com and prepay online. I searched your dates and came up … Look at Hertz.com and prepay online. I searched your dates and came up with £400 for a Focus or Astra and you would get 10% back on quidco. Not as cheap as last year, but better than double. Hertz were the cheapest I could find for Spain this summer.



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