Europcar Rental Rage

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  • Anonymous


    Just reading Ask Alex and I saw this article:

    This is exactly what happened to me yesterday booking a car from LCY in two weeks time.

    The rates I had were $ 250 as for some reason Europcar defaults me to the US site as a “US” resident.

    When it noted my Swiss residence it went up to chf 488 which was what I was offered via my booking

    I then used my uk address and it became £428

    Ironically using my Accor top tier card and logging in that way, the price was £ 458. I’m told I get special rates when booking through the site and they are right, 10% more. Very special!

    All for a Renault Megane pay on arrival.

    In the end I went to and got it for £ 158. Job done!


    All the pricing is a con and most of the time I never get the car I was told I was going to get. Never use carhire company there rubbish.


    I find this site usually comes up with competitive quotes as it does a web search of multiple vendors.

    I’ve saved a lot of money, using this site.


    If you are able, create a bank of European addresses through friends.

    Play the game back.

    Such healthy European spirit!


    Gave up on Europcar years ago. Rate too high, hidden charges and not the car types I had booked. I need auto and they would always offer me a manual. Hertz is my favourite now and then Budget (Budget customer service in UK is not as good as Hertz or Avis).


    I just book Hertz, never a problem and the costs are always what I’m willing to pay.


    I find that all the car hire companies are as bad as each other. Avis Preferred is a bit of a joke, in some places it doesn’t work as they are franchises and twice in a row I have been kept waiting at Manchester.

    Pricing of car hire is not transparent and there are too many variations regarding insurance whether zero excess or some other sum


    I think the extra insurances are a rip off. It’s now, CDW, Super CDW and Passenger Accident Insurance. In addition they now charge for an extra driver – used to be free – and the biggest rip off of all, the buy a full tank in advance scheme.

    I now refuse all the extra insurances and use either my MasterCard or Amex which have CDW insurance included. I refuse the full tank and just fill up before returning the car.


    These are the techniques car companies use to drain us of our money. Although there are many companies in UK which are worth the while. You should always search properly before you spend your money.

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