PLEASE, NEVER EVER USE SICILY BY CAR & Never ever preauthorize any transaction with your credit card when dealing with Sicily by Car!
There are many business models & many ways to earn money for living. Some people are carpenters, some are bus drivers, some are engineers, some teach kids in school and some people decide to steal others people money.
The whole thing is to minimize the risk of being caught. Sicily by car developed sophisticated business model based on frauds made on the foreigners' credit card accounts. I lost 500 Euro for science fiction damages which have not been caused by me, but I am sure that there are many other Sicilian by Car tricks to get rich on your account. And the sequence goes like this:
1) You book the car and you are at the right place to pick the car up
2) An arrogant and unprofessional staff give you dozen of papers to sign
3) An arrogant and unprofessional staff ask you to preauthorize the transaction (e.g. 1400 Euro) - "just in case Sir"
4) You are asked to go for the car to the parking place, about 1 km from the office - there is a car, no staff on the place, everything seems to be fine so you drive away
5) You are returning the car, fully tank, clean, in exact the same state as taken. They check the car, give you papers to sign again. They say it is alright and "thank you for your cooperation Sir"
6) After few days you notice that your credit card account has been charged with 500 - 1000 Euro so you are getting a little bit irritated. But still you think this is just a mistake so you contact email@example.com.
7) They send you back the copies of documentation stating that you returned damaged or broken car.
8) After next few days you receive the post letter from some Insurance Company in Palermo which you and no one has ever heard about saying dated THE SAME DAY (!) as you returned the car, that they charge you 500E for car reparation INCLUDING DETAILED BILL ISSUED BY CAR REPAIR SERVICE!
9) You are shocked, you just realize that you've been robbed and you can not believe that something like this exist in civilized world.
So, PLEASE, NEVER EVER USE SICILY BY CAR & Never ever preauthorize any transaction with your credit card when dealing with these dodgers - Sicily by Car - No, thank you. I would rather choose HERTZ or AVIS.