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Old Jan 2nd 2006, 8:05 pm
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I know this has been done before, so apologies (at least it is the 1st of a New Year)

..but I was wondering if there are any better car rental deals than the one(s) I have found.....
Picking up at LHR on 17th Feb and dropping off at EDI on 26th Feb.
Looking for a 1.8 vehicle, enough for 3 adults and 1 gorgeous baby.
Found a quote of 252.75 quid thru National for a Vectra 1.8LS or similar but better yet found a quote of 195.03 from Europcar thru Nova. These quotes include all charges (CDW, 3rd party, miles, tax, one-way fee, etc). There is still a heft deductible, sorry "excess".
I've used Nova for a trip home back in 2004 and it was a +ve experience. All the other major players seem wayyy steeper for the same class car.

Any other sites I may have overlooked for my needs?

Cheers
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Old Jan 2nd 2006, 8:09 pm
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http://www.1car1.com/

some like them, some hate them. I like them.
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Old Jan 2nd 2006, 8:13 pm
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
http://www.1car1.com/

some like them, some hate them. I like them.
Way more expensive. Thanks anyway.
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Originally Posted by HoosierDaddy
Any other sites I may have overlooked for my needs?
AutoEurope?
It's been a couple of years since I've rented with them, but that was always my best deal.
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Originally Posted by Chorlton
http://www.1car1.com/

some like them, some hate them. I like them.

I concur with this as far as pricing goes. They did not have the vehicle I ordered but did give me an upgrade for the same price.

There was car park paint damage to the vehicle when I returned it, the £500 charge was higher than the rental (£350) with no paperwork to back it up. They never responded to my repeated requests for copies either.

Having said that, I would probably use them again and take more care not to get the car damaged.
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Old Jan 2nd 2006, 11:17 pm
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Default Re: Car Hire Back Home

Originally Posted by HoosierDaddy
I know this has been done before, so apologies (at least it is the 1st of a New Year)

..but I was wondering if there are any better car rental deals than the one(s) I have found.....
Picking up at LHR on 17th Feb and dropping off at EDI on 26th Feb.
Looking for a 1.8 vehicle, enough for 3 adults and 1 gorgeous baby.
Found a quote of 252.75 quid thru National for a Vectra 1.8LS or similar but better yet found a quote of 195.03 from Europcar thru Nova. These quotes include all charges (CDW, 3rd party, miles, tax, one-way fee, etc). There is still a heft deductible, sorry "excess".
I've used Nova for a trip home back in 2004 and it was a +ve experience. All the other major players seem wayyy steeper for the same class car.

Any other sites I may have overlooked for my needs?

Cheers
I started a thread on this subject a couple of months ago, checked them all out.
We eventually settled for Enterprise LHR 2/18 - 2/24 Mondeo(Or Equiv) 2 drivers £161.99 (Including extra 3 hours).
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showthread.php?t=336327

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Originally Posted by TRPardoe

Having said that, I would probably use them again and take more care not to get the car damaged.
How can you take more care in a car park? Unless you put bubblewrap around the car?
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I recommend the one I mentioned last time (see link), but you got a better price with Nova, as they quote 213 for a Vectra. You can also pay extra so that you insurance against paying the excess.
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I believe I also chipped in on the original discussion on this theme. I didn't like 1car1, but that was because of my own screwup (but they didn't handle it very well either).

I like Avis at LHR. Lots of shuttle buses to pick you up or drop you off, and usually a quick, painless process at the counter to complete the paperwork.

And the main reason I like Avis is because they offer tons of discount codes (AWD - Avis Worldwide Discount). Using your dates and pickup/dropoff locations, I was able to get a price of $231.55 (converts to 132.46 GBP according to xe.com) for a Vectra 2.0/2.2. This quote includes VAT and unlimited mileage, but does not include insurance - and it was achieved through the US web site - your results may vary if you try getting a quote from the UK web site. Of course this quote was obtained using one of the discount codes I alluded to.

I don't want to give out the particular discount code I used because it's really meant for members of a certain institution, but Avis don't care who uses the code (I've used it several times myself, and I'm not a member of the institution). If you are still interested, and have no moral qualms in using someone else's discount code, I'd recommend you visit the forums on flyertalk.com. There is a forum for all major car rental firms, including Avis. Many AWD codes are listed there, including the one I used for your example.

Given the diversity of the BE.com population, I'm sure some folks will be disgusted at the suggestion of the unauthorised use of someone's discount code. I personally don't have a problem with this, but I understand some might. For that reason I haven't provided the particular discount code I used, but I've provided pointers on where to find it for those who wish. So please, no flamers.


Originally Posted by HoosierDaddy
I know this has been done before, so apologies (at least it is the 1st of a New Year)

..but I was wondering if there are any better car rental deals than the one(s) I have found.....
Picking up at LHR on 17th Feb and dropping off at EDI on 26th Feb.
Looking for a 1.8 vehicle, enough for 3 adults and 1 gorgeous baby.
Found a quote of 252.75 quid thru National for a Vectra 1.8LS or similar but better yet found a quote of 195.03 from Europcar thru Nova. These quotes include all charges (CDW, 3rd party, miles, tax, one-way fee, etc). There is still a heft deductible, sorry "excess".
I've used Nova for a trip home back in 2004 and it was a +ve experience. All the other major players seem wayyy steeper for the same class car.

Any other sites I may have overlooked for my needs?

Cheers

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Old Jan 4th 2006, 2:12 am
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Originally Posted by HoosierDaddy
I know this has been done before, so apologies (at least it is the 1st of a New Year)

..but I was wondering if there are any better car rental deals than the one(s) I have found.....
Picking up at LHR on 17th Feb and dropping off at EDI on 26th Feb.
Looking for a 1.8 vehicle, enough for 3 adults and 1 gorgeous baby.
Found a quote of 252.75 quid thru National for a Vectra 1.8LS or similar but better yet found a quote of 195.03 from Europcar thru Nova. These quotes include all charges (CDW, 3rd party, miles, tax, one-way fee, etc). There is still a heft deductible, sorry "excess".
I've used Nova for a trip home back in 2004 and it was a +ve experience. All the other major players seem wayyy steeper for the same class car.

Any other sites I may have overlooked for my needs?

Cheers

I just used www.strafford.co.uk. They will deliver the car to LGW or LHR and meet you. I booked 3 months in advance and got a Nissan Primera for 60 quid a week all inclusive. They are the best car rental by far in the UK and I recommend them any day.
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Old Jan 4th 2006, 2:17 am
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Originally Posted by Muswell Hill
I just used www.strafford.co.uk. They will deliver the car to LGW or LHR and meet you. I booked 3 months in advance and got a Nissan Primera for 60 quid a week all inclusive. They are the best car rental by far in the UK and I recommend them any day.
Thanks for the tip MH but I need a one way in effect (dropping off in EDI - Edinburgh Airport). Sounds like a good deal you got anyway.

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Originally Posted by HoosierDaddy
Thanks for the tip MH but I need a one way in effect (dropping off in EDI - Edinburgh Airport). Sounds like a good deal you got anyway.

Muswell Hill - is that where Stanley Norman Fletcher was from?

I dunno, but didn't he get banged up in the scrubs?
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Originally Posted by Muswell Hill
I just used www.strafford.co.uk. They will deliver the car to LGW or LHR and meet you. I booked 3 months in advance and got a Nissan Primera for 60 quid a week all inclusive. They are the best car rental by far in the UK and I recommend them any day.
I think Gruffbrown recommended these as well. I am thinking of giving them a go on my next trip home in May.
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