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Car rentals in Palermo?

Old Feb 12th 2007, 8:37 am
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Fiance
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Default Car rentals in Palermo?

Hello,

I have never rented a car as a tourist and would be grateful for any
tips. I'm going to get one at the Palermo airport (couldn't find
cheaper than at Hertz) in April. Do you know of any cheaper car rental
offices in Palermo (airport)?

What should pay the most attention to? From some googleing, I notice
that "excess damage" might be an issue. Any rental offices not
applying this intimidating rule?

Is it really possible to get harmed financially if you get hit by
another car or the rental car is stolen?
 
Old Feb 16th 2007, 1:09 pm
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Dan Stephenson
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On 2007-02-12 15:37:20 -0600, "Fiance" <[email protected]> said:

> Hello,
>
> I have never rented a car as a tourist and would be grateful for any
> tips. I'm going to get one at the Palermo airport (couldn't find
> cheaper than at Hertz) in April. Do you know of any cheaper car rental
> offices in Palermo (airport)?

Hmm, I don't recall who I used, but I looked up the Palermo airport
on-line and saw what rental places existed, and then looked them up
individually.

> What should pay the most attention to? From some googleing, I notice
> that "excess damage" might be an issue. Any rental offices not
> applying this intimidating rule?

Whew, this is a tough one. It can be really expensive. I gulped and
bought it figuring the crazy drivers over there might do me in. In
retrospect, particularly since I got my car after visiting Palermo (on
foot), and thus avoided driving in Palermo itself, things were pretty
safe. The drivers are aggressive over there, but excellent. So if I
were you I would decline it.

> Is it really possible to get harmed financially if you get hit by
> another car or the rental car is stolen?

You're not liable for theft, just the damage. Even with the Collision
Damage Waiver thingee there is still a huge deductable if there *is*
damage.

By the way, if you visit the Temple of Nike on the north coast note
that there is a museum up on the hill were you need to buy a ticket...
that guy hassling you is not just some mafioso hussling you although it
really seems like all the other hussles you'll will have seen up to
that point. He is, rather, associated with the museum and a kind of
ticket-guard.

--
Dan Stephenson
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http://homepage.mac.com/stepheda

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Old Feb 16th 2007, 10:54 pm
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Amslink
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On Feb 12, 9:37 pm, "Fiance" <[email protected]> wrote:

>
> What should pay the most attention to? From some googleing, I notice
> that "excess damage" might be an issue. Any rental offices not
> applying this intimidating rule?
>
> Is it really possible to get harmed financially if you get hit by
> another car or the rental car is stolen?

Damage excesses are the norm in Italy and can be quite high. There
are two possibilities, one is to pay a local fee to reduce the
insurance excess to zero but this can add up over a period of time.
The alternative option is to get a car hire broker to underwrite the
excess, at a lower cost, in the price of the car. While you would
still have to leave a deposit, if you were unlucky and damaged the car
and the hire company claimed anything from you, you would be able to
get it back from the broker. Try this web address: http://www.tinyurl.com/zenhx

Regards,
Graham
http://www.ams-link.co.uk
 

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