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Old Mar 9th 2010, 11:49 pm
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Default Car Rental - Malaga Airport

Over the past few years back and forth to Spain we have hired a car from a reliable company.

I have just come to book for July and have been mortified at the current prices quoted i.e. for a Ford Ka or similar 36 Euro a day. I have dug out old invoices and have compiled the following:-

Jan 2008 - 11 euros a day- Ford Focus

July 2008- 17 euros a day - Ford Focus

July 2009 - 18 euros a day - Berlingo/similar

July 2010 - 36 euros a day - Ford Ka

I have even contacted the car hire company to see if there has been a problem with their site - and got a one liner back "there is no error".

I have searched further and have come up with a decent quote from Auto Europe - my question is has anybody used them and if so what are they like, cars, customer service, hidden charges etc.

Thanks in advance.

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Originally Posted by CLR
Over the past few years back and forth to Spain we have hired a car from a reliable company.

I have just come to book for July and have been mortified at the current prices quoted i.e. for a Ford Ka or similar 36 Euro a day. I have dug out old invoices and have compiled the following:-

Jan 2008 - 11 euros a day- Ford Focus

July 2008- 17 euros a day - Ford Focus

July 2009 - 18 euros a day - Berlingo/similar

July 2010 - 36 euros a day - Ford Ka

I have even contacted the car hire company to see if there has been a problem with their site - and got a one liner back "there is no error".

I have searched further and have come up with a decent quote from Auto Europe - my question is has anybody used them and if so what are they like, cars, customer service, hidden charges etc.

Thanks in advance.
Can't help just wish someone who knows something would help!!!! I can't believe custom is that easy to come by that they won't come up with a better price........
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Old Mar 10th 2010, 9:11 am
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We always use or tell our visitors to use Málagcar.com. I dont know how they compare, but we've never had any problems and they're nice to deal with.

I think the reason that the prices have shot up is cos they couldnt get enough money from the banks last year to buy in new cars due to the recession, so they didnt have enough cars last year and had to/could put their prices up as it seems things arent much better this year??? Summat like that??

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Originally Posted by fionamw
Can't help just wish someone who knows something would help!!!! I can't believe custom is that easy to come by that they won't come up with a better price........
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exactly what my other half says. The prices I gave are just a few off booking e mails I have kept - we have been regulars until now. I was gobsmacked with the increase, doubled in 12 months. On looking at other companies everybody has put their prices up similar - a joint agreement perhaps?

I appreciate you will always get the ones who do not care what they pay, but they must be few and far between in the current climate.

How to price yourself out of the market!
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Originally Posted by jojojojojo
We always use or tell our visitors to use Málagcar.com. I dont know how they compare, but we've never had any problems and they're nice to deal with.

I think the reason that the prices have shot up is cos they couldnt get enough money from the banks last year to buy in new cars due to the recession, so they didnt have enough cars last year and had to/could put their prices up as it seems things arent much better this year??? Summat like that??

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Hi Jo - this is Malaga car - we have never had a problem with them, and yes they are nice to deal with (this surprised me with the one line email I received) - but more than double
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Hi Jo - this is Malaga car - we have never had a problem with them, and yes they are nice to deal with (this surprised me with the one line email I received) - but more than double
It`s typical of business everywhere, supply and demand sets the price in everyhing.
Jo has it about right.
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Last summer most of the car hire companies ran out of cars - they simply werent able to buy/lease enough from the manufacturers due to the banks witholding loans etc due to the crisis, So I guess, yes they could charge what they wanted, but also with fewer cars, they needed to make their money somehow!? I'm not sticking up for them BTW

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exactly what my other half says. The prices I gave are just a few off booking e mails I have kept - we have been regulars until now. I was gobsmacked with the increase, doubled in 12 months. On looking at other companies everybody has put their prices up similar - a joint agreement perhaps?

I appreciate you will always get the ones who do not care what they pay, but they must be few and far between in the current climate.

How to price yourself out of the market!

Last summer there was a shortage of cars available to hire in Spanish tourist areas (we always book our summer hire early) - perhaps that is why ALL the operators have put up their prices?
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It`s typical of business everywhere, supply and demand sets the price in everyhing.
Jo has it about right.
Yes, I assume this is what it is about, but in recession not a good move.
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Originally Posted by jojojojojo
Last summer most of the car hire companies ran out of cars - they simply werent able to buy/lease enough from the manufacturers due to the banks witholding loans etc due to the crisis, So I guess, yes they could charge what they wanted, but also with fewer cars, they needed to make their money somehow!? I'm not sticking up for them BTW

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Perhaps I got it wrong perhaps its was a HP agreement not a rental

I agree its about supply and demand.

We have no option due to flights this year to hire a car for a few days, but it will only be a few days, we are going to give the buses a go this year.

So they will not be losing a hire (or whoever we use), but nothing like the number of days at these rates.
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Yes, I assume this is what it is about, but in recession not a good move.

Maybe, but they've gotta make up their money somehow and since they ran out of cars last year and didnt have very many, I guess their profits are down. TBH, I thought alot of them put their prices up really high last year too and still were flat out with no cars available. Thats the trouble for the renters. Once you've booked your holiday and you need a car you have to get one regardless??! But in this instance I dont think the hire companies are profiteering as such, just trying to stay afloat - in the main!????!!!...maybe!?

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all you can do is shop around!

Actually last year when my nephew came to stay for a few days, he couldnt even get a car - admittedly it was short notice, but we ended up lending him ours!

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There are still some reasonable priced small companies, like Benalmadena cars in the Pueblo and Torremar car hire in the same area, can check prices etc., on www.torremarcarhire.com
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Originally Posted by CLR
Over the past few years back and forth to Spain we have hired a car from a reliable company.

I have just come to book for July and have been mortified at the current prices quoted i.e. for a Ford Ka or similar 36 Euro a day. I have dug out old invoices and have compiled the following:-

Jan 2008 - 11 euros a day- Ford Focus

July 2008- 17 euros a day - Ford Focus

July 2009 - 18 euros a day - Berlingo/similar

July 2010 - 36 euros a day - Ford Ka

I have even contacted the car hire company to see if there has been a problem with their site - and got a one liner back "there is no error".

I have searched further and have come up with a decent quote from Auto Europe - my question is has anybody used them and if so what are they like, cars, customer service, hidden charges etc.

Thanks in advance.
Hi i used to hire a cars out of malaga airport alot, the prices they are charging are unreal and hidden prices too. Wait till the 15th(mon) when the new T3 opens and the prices will be even higher. I have my own car over in spain last few yrs . But i use a local firm tell im only needing it for my itv,
I used that company once , i woudn't go back.
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I use Malaga Car Hire which I find good but don't travel in school holidays so don't know if they are competitive for July or not. Recently got a Citroen Nemo for 10 days for £143
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