I want to change from my usual car hire company

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I want to change from my usual car hire company

Postby RichardCoeurdeLion » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:13 am

For over twenty years I've used the same company out of AGP. There is a long thread running on Trip Advisor about them. It seems there has been a change of policy and now when you return the car it is taken away and given what amounts to a forensic examination. The tiniest mark is classed as damage and you are charged an exhorbitant amount. You can avoid this situation by taking their extra insurance at about 12 Euro a day, which bumps up the cost a lot. If like me you have an annual CDW excess policy (abt £50.00 pa) you would be covered but it would be a lot of hassle to recover what you've been charged.
I realise most car hire companies get bad reviews from disgruntled customers, but I think it is a shame that this company has changed their attitude. I just think they are taking it too far,

So I want to find an alternative company.

What are your favourites?
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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby Flexo » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:22 am

Enterprise, Avis, Sixt. They are not the cheapest but they are easy to deal with.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby Nimrod » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:46 am

Richard cdl,which car hire company are you using at the moment?
All cars are covered for body damage and you shouldn't have to pay for this,roof,under carriage etc excepted.
Plenty of recommendations on here for malagacar.com.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby kerbut » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:37 am

malagacar for me also , dont touch Delpaso for the reasons I posted in the other hire car post.
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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby country boy » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:56 am

All our guests/family use HelleHollis, never,ever a problem in 15 years

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby scotty » Wed Jul 22, 2015 12:18 pm

I used HH as well and never had a bad experience. The staff are fantastic and the cars were great. But last year I tried Malagacar.com and found them better value. The only difference was the service was a little less "personal" from Malagacar. So HH are number one & Malagacar are number two.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby Nimrod » Wed Jul 22, 2015 1:17 pm

I've just done a check price for Helle Hollis for my 12 days in September and its 4 times the malagacar price!
Shan't be using them!
Ok,I know they give a homeowner discount but I'm hiring a car not buying one.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby RichardCoeurdeLion » Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:35 pm

Thanks guys and gals

Nimrod...... You say bodywork is covered, but renters are saying the company (I dare not speak it's name) find the inevitable chip (which was probably there in the first place) and say mucho euros señor. ( that's strange... That little squiggle on the n appeared without me asking for it). You have a plane to catch and are in no position to argue. They've got you over a barrel as they have your cc details.

I'll have a look at malagacar.com. Aren't there several companies with similar names like that.

Do you know their position on insurance I.e. Do they pressurise you into taking out theirs.

Thanks

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby RichardCoeurdeLion » Wed Jul 22, 2015 5:51 pm

Further....

Rang malagacar.com.

The basic rental price looks good. You have the option of paying 14 eu per day for the extra insurance or relying on your own annual policy and leaving a very large cc deposit.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby scotty » Wed Jul 22, 2015 8:27 pm

Richard, I now pay the €14 insurance and then drive the car like I stole it :lol: . When I return the wreck to them 8) I just hand back the keys . . . . . . .

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby Nimrod » Wed Jul 22, 2015 9:37 pm

Richard cdl
malagacar ask if you want to take the extra insurance and that's that,there's no pressure.
If you google malagacar.com...that's the company.
you're collected at the airport...they have staff dressed in orange in the arrivals hall who point you to their mini bus stop,it's a 90 second walk.
2 minutes later you're at their depot...5 minutes later you're off in the car.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby chrissiehope » Wed Jul 22, 2015 11:00 pm

... unless there are a lot of people just arrived who have been recommended to use malagacar.... 8)
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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby CTID Hants » Thu Jul 23, 2015 1:42 am

Nimrod wrote:Richard cdl
malagacar ask if you want to take the extra insurance and that's that,there's no pressure.
If you google malagacar.com...that's the company.
you're collected at the airport...they have staff dressed in orange in the arrivals hall who point you to their mini bus stop,it's a 90 second walk.
2 minutes later you're at their depot...5 minutes later you're off in the car.
If you are familiar with AGP then they are literally opposite the San Miguel brewery, we've used them for 10 years iirc, never any pressure with up selling, they ask but don't push. We fly Friday and collecting a 1.4 seat Ibiza (or similar lol), 15 day hire for just over £200 sterling = no brainier from friendly staff and honest company.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby Nimrod » Thu Jul 23, 2015 8:00 am

chrissiehope wrote:... unless there are a lot of people just arrived who have been recommended to use malagacar.... 8)
Chrissie,this happened to me once.
The rep in arrivals gave me a number which was my turn to enter the minibus.
I missed the first bus but as that pulled away another arrived straight away.
If the minibus is full it doesn't always happen that everyone is a driver so there wasn't much delay ,maybe 5 minutes.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby LITTLEMO » Fri Jul 24, 2015 4:16 pm

malagacar.com for me too. Use the code hellofan for discount. The large deposit is blocked on your credit card not actually taken out and returned. Use their fuel option half full to empty, their fuel is reasonably priced. I have never had an issue when returning cars in respect of damage. Very helpful staff. Not to be confused with malagacarhire.com

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby ashtondav » Fri Jul 24, 2015 7:04 pm

Richard, which company are you dissatisfied with. It's OK to name the company, or if you're nervous just use the first and last letter with a few ****s in the middle. It is important that other users are aware of companies that are changing their policies and may result in excessive costs

Please name the company.

As for alternatives, Helle is the best company but VERY EXPENSIVE. Recent cheap alternatives I have been happy with are Centauro and Malagacar.com. The worst? Firefly, Goldcar, Record, Delpaso. Some of these even reject your annual policy as inadequate, and REFUSE to let you have the car unless you pay their insurance

Please share your experience, if you want more responses.

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby chrissiehope » Fri Jul 24, 2015 10:36 pm

" The large deposit is blocked on your credit card not actually taken out and returned. " - well, the last two times I have used malagacar they have taken out the deposit together with payment, and then after return, they pay back the deposit.
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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby LITTLEMO » Mon Jul 27, 2015 8:51 am

malagacar.com have changed their deposit policy see below direct from them.


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Hi,




We have received a lot of comments about bank issues (high commission fees, unfavorable currency change etc.), so we are now blocking the deposit amount instead of making a transaction. This change wasn't as easy to implement as we thought, and took some time, but we think it is a great improvement for all our customers.




Thank you all for your feedback!

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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby kerbut » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:01 pm

Must say I think malagacar.com are the most honest after Delpaso cost me £3600 after my new and never been used any where else card was cloned there.
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Re: I want to change from my usual care hire company

Postby Nimrod » Fri Jul 31, 2015 10:33 pm

You see all these hire cars out there with stickers on the rear ,Del Paso,Goldcar,Record and you think "that's not a bad car" (maybe not with Record) and then sense kicks in...and you realise you've always been treated fairly by malagacar.com.
The cars are fairly new,they have a fair fuel policy,collection is quick and you never feel pressured or cheated.
Malagacar.com I believe is the best middle of the road car hire company...and I've tried most.


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