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Cheap Rental CAR At FRA

Wed Apr 04, 2007 12:39 pm

Hi all,

really not a pleasure travelling "in die alte Heimat" and having to pay everything in EUR but with the arrival of our first child we need to travel to Germany and show our little "Aussie" to the relatives.

We'll be flying MH out of BNE via KUL in to FRA and need to hire a rental car for a full 2 weeks from 06.10.07 until 20.10.07. With all the gear prefer a station waggon and with the petrol/fuel prices and considering the distances we need to travel (I was born in Hamburg and my in Tauberbischofsheim) would prefer a Diesel.

Looked at the usual websites such as sixt, europcar but found their prices rather harsh. Does anybody have a good idea how to get a good deal for these 2 weeks (will only collect car at FRA and not in the city).

Any help is highly appreciated.


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RE: Cheap Rental CAR At FRA

Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:14 pm

About 3 years ago I got a deal with Sixt at FRA by using a UAL FF discount (created a UA MP # just for the occasion). I got a Mondeo wagon (diesel, but that was not part of the deal) for the same price as the cheapest econoboxes available on sites like Expedia. IIRC it was something like 550 euros, all in, for 11 days in August.

So look at discounts offered for FF programs. Go to the airline websites and check for discount codes. Then check the rental car web sites (not Expedia, etc.; go to Sixt, Europcar, etc.) and check for such discounts.

Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):
we need to travel to Germany and show our little "Aussie" to the relatives.

If the above doesn't work out there's always FedEx. Little guys/gals don't weigh too much, plus they don't have any customs restrictions.
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RE: Cheap Rental CAR At FRA

Wed Apr 04, 2007 4:30 pm

Try Budget, you can get an economy sized car for about €350 for the time you'll be in Germany.
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RE: Cheap Rental CAR At FRA

Fri Apr 06, 2007 3:03 am

Quoting BPS3458 (Thread starter):

Have you tried the section "Holiday Cars" on e-sixt ?
A Volkwagen Golf Station Wagon is quoted with 518 EUR, for the two weeks in October including full insurance (no excess).
Other brokers that I have tried give quotes in the same range.

As usual, no specific model and engine-type can be reserved and/or guaranteed.
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RE: Cheap Rental CAR At FRA

Sat Apr 07, 2007 4:29 am

Since you're coming from Australia, one important thing to remember that the CDW (Collission Damage Waiver) should be included in your rental price. This is pure and simple third party insurance. This insures the other car if you hit it, etc.

However, it does not insure your car and you can end up paying throusands to the car rental agency. That's why I get the Super CDW at EUR 12.00 a day which can add up to another EUR 168.00 over a two week period. Even with the Super CDW, if you're in an accident and it is your fault, or if some vandal keys your from front to back, you are still liable for the first deductible EUR 50.00.

I know that when you land and the agent throws the contract at you to sign on the spot, because there are a bunch of people behind you, take your time and ask all the questions you want. I know a friend who'se car was stolen in Spain and he did not have Super CDW. It was a brand new Citroen which probably found its way to the East and was never found. He had to fork out something like EUR 12,000 to settle with the car hire people.

On the other hand, check with your Australian insurers to see if they cover the whole ball of wax under their policy. If I remember correctly, also American Express, if you used their card when renting, would cover you up to $100,000, no matter what, except the standard drink-drive and narcotics clause.

Sorry for the rant, but there you have it.
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RE: Cheap Rental CAR At FRA

Sat Apr 07, 2007 6:08 am

Also, check out you credit card. Some credit cards do provide you will full insurance on your car rental. But you have to be very careful with this and do some careful research because many cards claim they provide this coverage, but they don't.

Having worked in the car rental business, I found out that the RBC Avion Visa provides this service so everytime I rent a car, I don't need any extra insurance from the car rental agency itself.

However, if your card does not have this extra coverage, I would highly recommend getting the insurance that the car rental agency provides. I've seen too many problems with third party insurance companies that have left their customers paying the bill for damages to the rental car. Again, do your research.

If you're uncertain of what your credit card/third party insurance covers, it's worth the extra money to buy the insurance from the rental agency. If anything happens, all you have to do is fill out a form describing how the damage occurred and that's it.
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