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Inexpensive Rental Cars In Iceland?

Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:07 pm

Does anyone know a source for cheaper rental cars in Iceland? I'm planning to go this summer and had hoped to get a large rental car/van to drive at least part way around the island. That is until I went to the Hertz web site and saw that a large car costs more than $500/day!

Any tips for finding something cheaper? FYI - I need a larger car/van because there will be 6 of us.
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RE: Inexpensive Rental Cars In Iceland?

Thu Jan 07, 2010 3:14 pm

Try travelsupermarket.com but after just having a quick look on Holiday Autos and finding that sort of price myself I'm pretty amazed. Perhaps the summer rental rates haven't been released yet. Maybe they introduced a special tax on rental cars to pay the UK/Dutch Goverments back?  Wink Seriously though, this is probably better explained by an Icelandic member.
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RE: Inexpensive Rental Cars In Iceland?

Thu Jan 07, 2010 7:50 pm

I visited Iceland on my way to Holland 2 years ago and I paid more for a 5 day rental there than I paid for a 10 day rental of a similar class car in Amsterdam (both with AVIS). The rates in Iceland are much higher, but pretty much everything is more expensive.

Have fun!!
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RE: Inexpensive Rental Cars In Iceland?

Fri Jan 08, 2010 8:32 am

I've been to Iceland twice, once for 5 days in 2007 and second for 7 days in 2008.

First time we used Avis and it was about £350 for 5 days for a yaris. Second the economy had collapsed and we got a 4X4 explorer for 7 days for about £300-350 with sixt. Sixt seem to be quite good value and have a good selection of cars.
 
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RE: Inexpensive Rental Cars In Iceland?

Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:06 am

Sixt has a renault van for around $220/day.
http://www.sixt.com/car-rental/iceland/reykjavik/

Budget has a Suzuki Grand Vitara for ~$200/day.
http://www.budget.is/budgetonline/is-gb/budget.nsf?open&~Default

Also try Europcar, good as well - they show a VW van for around $260.
http://www.europcar.is/
 
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RE: Inexpensive Rental Cars In Iceland?

Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:21 am

The prices of rental cars in Iceland have always been, IMO, extremely high.
$500 a day sounds very plausible. I tried making a reservation at Europcar, and a Toyota Hiace van costed 2800€ ($4010) for six days in June.

I have not often needed a rental car, but it has always been expensive. For a car that can accommodate 6 people and luggage, you need something bigger than a Grand Vitara though.

You should try Sixt first before you give up.

Sorry I couldn’t be of much help!
 
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RE: Inexpensive Rental Cars In Iceland?

Fri Jan 08, 2010 3:57 pm

Thank you all for the great information. I will definitely try out Sixt.
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