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drobert360

Yet another rental car agency ploy to get your hard earned vacation dollar... no CDW insurance no car.

by drobert360 »

This article is worth a read if you are renting a car  ... yet another scheme to separate you from your money on the grounds you must have proof of CDW insurance or they will deny the rental of their car (you can always buy their outrageously priced CDW) ... read on  

http://tinyurl.com/ldfu85s

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PHeymont

RE: Yet another rental car agency ploy to get your hard earned vacation dollar... no CDW insurance no car.

by PHeymont »

The other day, I got one of those annual mailings from a credit card company (Chase for United Airlines in this case) with the repeats of the privacy and terms and conditions, and a little booklet on the benefits. Which, as usual, I tossed after leafing through it, since I always assume I can find what I need on line.

After reading the story drobert360 linked to and his post above...I'll be pulling that out of the paper recycling bin! It contained a complete description of the CDW waiver coverage and how it coordinates with your own auto policy if any (it's actually primary!) and what to say to the people at the counter if there's a question. NEW RECOMMENDATION: save all those booklets and take the right one with you!

RELATED NOTE: If you don't like what you hear, hang up and call again. I called Hertz, my usual go-to because I get a AAA discount and they often have best rates for automatics in Europe and they don't charge extra for a spouse driving. I had one question: If I rent in Marseille and return in either Avignon or Aix, will there be a one-way charge? The agent insisted on all details of my (10 months from now) trip and then began quoting me rates. Only in his long list of what was included did he finally answer my question (Yes.). But he also gave me a price including CDW and a couple of other extras. I asked him to repeat the rate without the CDW and he informed me that French law requires them to charge it. I called again later, asked to speak to a supervisor, and was informed that Hertz would honor a decline on CDW as long as the card is on their list of cards they know are good for it. Point is: they really, really want the money...and will lie to get it.

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kringenwally

RE: Yet another rental car agency ploy to get your hard earned vacation dollar... no CDW insurance no car.

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rbick

RE: Yet another rental car agency ploy to get your hard earned vacation dollar... no CDW insurance no car.

by rbick »

Which catagory car can I fit 4 adults in, (5'8"  150 lbs) with 4 of those "carry-on" bags that fit in an airlines overhead compartment, renting in Great Britain?  Also, is rentalcars.com a firm to go to or stay away from?

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billiv

RE: Yet another rental car agency ploy to get your hard earned vacation dollar... no CDW insurance no car.

by billiv »

I realize this is an old thread, but I just want to note that I've rented cars many times in France, Spain, and Germany, and I've never had to pay a one-way drop off charge as long as I picked the car up and dropped it off in the same country. I would guess there could be rental companies and maybe some remote locations where you might have to pay such a charge, but I've never had that experience.  

I usually rent through gemut.com or autoeurope.com and have ended up with cars from various agencies--Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Europcar, and others. Last year was the last time we rented (in France).  Again, never had to pay a drop off charge as long as we picked up and dropped off in the same country.

We avoided a $100 dropoff charge a few years ago by dropping our car in Lindau, Germany and taking a train from Bregenz, Austria to Zurich, Switzerland instead of driving to Zurich and dropping off there.

In retrospect, I would rather have paid the $100 so we could have stopped at various sights along the way instead of watching them whiz by from the train.

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