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Monday, November 19, 2012

Car hire can be a headache


Our hire car is a Ford Focus picked up at Spokane airport. Two week hire cost $401 (£264) including full insurance with no excess to pay if the worst should happen. Now I say full because in the UK there would have been an excess of $900 (£600) if the car was damaged on return. Back in the UK this excess could be reduced to $150(£100) at a cost of $13 (£9) per day. This was the case when I hired from Enterprise for a weekend last month although the charge on the Enterprise example lower down the page is £18 ($27) per day. Perhaps the weekend rate is discounted.

There seems to be a tangled web of prices for car hire both here and in the U.S. Our car was with Budget (Spokane) $401 but if when booking you clicked on the `live in USA` box the price shot up to $478!

Book a car with Enterprise at Heathrow for 2 weeks £512 ($768)
With Budget at Heathrow declaring you reside in the U.S and the price is £345 ($518) Both examples include the damage excess waiver.

All very confusing so careful research needed. I think our deal is good which by the way included both Jaq and I to drive.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The price increase is odd. You'd have thought it would be the other way round, considering UK drivers aren't used to driving on the right and would therefore be a greater insurance risk. (and vica versa for US folks hiring in the UK)

Still enjoying the blog, despite no canals!

Alistair

Les and Jaqueline Biggs said...

Hi Alistair
Who knows how prices are calculated just know we got a good deal with no risk of hidden extras.
Les