Rental Car thread

Started by Laconian, February 27, 2017, 08:50:47 PM

veeman

Quote from: Laconian on January 05, 2024, 12:23:43 PMHave you noticed how quiet Amsterdam is? Given how populated it is, it's a surprisingly low stress city to walk around in. NYC is so much more aggravating by comparison.

It's all in how they handle the cars...

I loved Amsterdam.  I didn't find it a particularly low stress place to walk around in though. There's not a clear demarcation between bike lanes and pedestrian side walks in many areas and I constantly was on the look out to not get hit by a bicyclist.  Also I didn't like how close the trams were to the pedestrian side walks.  The girth of the tram would overhang onto the boundary of the sidewalk.




veeman

Quote from: Laconian on January 05, 2024, 12:43:34 PMYeah diesel is good for cruising and the fuel economy would be nice given how expensive it is to fill up in France. But not six euros a day nice.

Is there a way to specify you want a hybrid?  I wonder what the surcharge on a hybrid would be.

I've found the price point difference when renting a car in Europe to be splurging for an automatic transmission. I always choose to do that now because I'd rather be concentrating on the unfamiliar roads, traffic signage, and driving customs than on getting the gear shifts right.

I've found the European car rental places to be weirdly strict about external damage. Before giving you the car they will point out and document every single body scratch including on the wheels and then look for additional body scratches when the car is returned to potentially charge you. For this reason I always get the rental agency supplemental insurance offered.  When renting a car in the U.S., I never do that as my own auto insurance will cover rental cars and American car rental agencies don't care about small scratches on the wheels of returned cars. 

Morris Minor

I've got a five week driving tour of New Zealand coming up at the end of next month. This will give us lots of opportunity to brush up on our driving-on-the-left skills.
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Laconian

Quote from: veeman on January 06, 2024, 01:05:58 AMIs there a way to specify you want a hybrid?  I wonder what the surcharge on a hybrid would be.

I've found the price point difference when renting a car in Europe to be splurging for an automatic transmission. I always choose to do that now because I'd rather be concentrating on the unfamiliar roads, traffic signage, and driving customs than on getting the gear shifts right.

I've found the European car rental places to be weirdly strict about external damage. Before giving you the car they will point out and document every single body scratch including on the wheels and then look for additional body scratches when the car is returned to potentially charge you. For this reason I always get the rental agency supplemental insurance offered.  When renting a car in the U.S., I never do that as my own auto insurance will cover rental cars and American car rental agencies don't care about small scratches on the wheels of returned cars. 

I looked at the scratch and dent insurance but the deductible was 1200 euros. My Visa card insurance might be enough for me: https://www.visa.com.tt/pay-with-visa/find-a-card/benefits/auto-rental-insurance.html

No way to check a hybrid box, though I'm not sure if a hybrid would be a huge help since we're going to be doing a lot of highway miles. My plan is to ask the person behind the counter what my options are and hoping for at least a diesel.
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Laconian

Quote from: Morris Minor on January 07, 2024, 08:29:38 AMI've got a five week driving tour of New Zealand coming up at the end of next month. This will give us lots of opportunity to brush up on our driving-on-the-left skills.

Is it like riding a bike?
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AutobahnSHO

Having the steering wheel on the wrong side of the car helps.

Everyone I knew in Germany that visited UK in their own car got into some kind of trouble or another.
Will

Morris Minor

Quote from: Laconian on January 08, 2024, 10:59:41 AMIs it like riding a bike?
It is. In the first few days there's a strong tendency to drift over too close to the left verge though, so you have to fight that. Last year, on a practically empty M6 in Lancashire, I found myself on the rumble strip a couple of times.
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Laconian

#877
Quelle chance! My rental car in France for the next two months is a very handsome blue Audi A4 wagon. The price per day is around 33 euros after taxes and fees. Pas mal!

We are going to drive a lot during this trip and the car will be fantastic for the job. The engine is a modest 150hp four cylinder that gets 5.5L/100km, around 42mpg. Gas is expensive here so the efficiency is very welcome.

The car drives beautifully. I really enjoy how composed and quiet it is on the freeway. When I go through roundabouts I can really feel the balance and agility, too. The cruise control stalk is a major WTF though. I cannot figure that thing out. There are way too many hidden states in their design. And some traffic camera warnings would be welcome, too.

France has changed so much recently! It used to be that all the cars for sale or rent had diesel engines, but now diesel engines have almost entirely vanished. The price of diesel is about the same as the price of gasoline per liter, basically ending a longstanding subsidy on gazole cars, and the government is giving generous tax breaks to hybrids.

I'm not a fan of the diesel stink so this change is fine by me!
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AutobahnSHO

Will

Eye of the Tiger

Das German wagens drive so well on ze Autobahn. But I hate working on them. :lol:
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Morris Minor

We had a 2021 Renault Clio (128 HP 1.3L) last year and did not feel deprived. It held its own on the motorway & country lanes and who cares anyway when you're sitting in city traffic.
(The only thing I missed was a backup camera - amazed that they're apparently not mandated.)

Hope you have a great time!
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veeman

Americans are drunk on high horsepower cars. I've never had any difficulty merging onto a fast moving highway from a full stop in the "underpowered" cars I've owned (base model Hyundai Veloster, base model Subaru Crosstrek, diesel VW Beetle, 4 cylinder Toyota Camry, 4 cylinder Mazda 6, and Mazda Protege). 

The only car I've driven a lot which I felt was too slow was my parents '84 Chevy Celebrity good for 90 hp with a 3 speed automatic. The car had difficulty maintaining speed on highways when going uphill. 

Laconian

Same.. The only car I've driven that was really hurting for power was a POS Chevy Spark with a 3cyl engine. It couldn't maintain autoroute speeds up hills. You could feel it wheeze. That sucks.

Also my first car, a '90 Toyota Camry, was dog slow too.
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Eye of the Tiger

#883
I used to be fine with 44hp in the Suzuki SJ410. Top speed, about 63. These days, I would instantly get run over by a Tesla.
Cars are heavier and more powerful than ever.
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Laconian

Uff.

SIXT sent me a damage invoice for the car that I am still renting.

And it looks like the mileage allowance I got is significantly less than what I was promised when I booked online.

JFC
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CaminoRacer

How would they know it's damaged if you're still renting it?
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Laconian

It's obviously a clerical error.
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CaminoRacer

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