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Car hire for large group

Hi there,

I'm looking to hire a car that will fit three adults and three children in car seats, plus all the associated lugge/buggy etc. Does anyone know of any companies that hire cars big enough please?

Many thanks in advance for any responses.

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1. Re: Car hire for large group

Hertz, Avis, Sixt, Budjet,.

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First, choose your hire car company. Google review sites (TA included) and pay heed because some are to be avoided at all costs. Then, go on to the website and choose your car. You will see various makes and models, including pictures. The bigger the car (people carrier) the more you will pay. It's unlikely you will have a problem but these vehicles tend to go first in holiday areas so suggest you book early.

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We are big fans of the German Sixt who have good quality vehicles and the excess reductions are far cheaper than some big rivals.

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You're in good company choosing Sixt as many on this forum rate them highly. You mention excess - I highly recommend taking out excess insurance with a company that specialises in it rather than the car hire company. These days car hire includes collision (or loss) damage waiver (CDW or LDW) but if you have an accident or the car is stolen or vandalised you pay a pre-set excess; between £500-£2000 even if it wasn't your fault. At the desk, the car hire company will sell you excess waiver for up to £20 per day. Insurers like icarhireinsurance or excess4carhire charge around £3 per day or £40 annually (for as many car hires as you like). It covers things car hire companies usually don't - like undercarriage (bumpy road to your villa), tyres, roof and windscreen. We renew ours annually. You just refuse the excess waiver insurance at the desk and then relax, knowing that if they charge your credit card you can claim it back from the excess insurance company.

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Has anybody on here ever had a successful claim from from one of these 3rd party insurers as £40 per year insurance premiums are generally worthless i.e. phones, golf clubs etc, and loaded with more get out clauses than Harry Houdini ever had.

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I know what you mean; I wouldn't touch those "extra" policies for gadgets etc with a barge pole Paul059 - but these excess waivers are different products. I'm not in the insurance business myself or in any way connected to it, except as a cautious purchaser who does her research. The purpose of insurance is protection against a possible hazard and I'm very happy if I don't ever have to claim. I did have to pay excess on a car hire once for damage that I didn't cause. I had paid (it was extra then) for CDW but the excess was over $400 and that was 15 years ago. Chalked it up to hard experience. Going without excess waiver insurance is a gamble. You either pay for it at the car hire desk (as I used to) or buy the same thing in advance for a fraction of that cost. It is highly recommended by various financial journalists -Telegraph, Guardian, Martin Lewis as well as Money Maxim, Money Saving Expert etc. Feefo has feedback from customers including those who've claimed.

Edited: 21 April 2014, 10:44
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I remain very sceptical that's why I asked has anybody had a 'successful' claim £40 = you get what you pay for normally, and in my experience with insurance policy's cheap = 0 cover.

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Go with a hire car company that includes excess waiver costs in the hire charge.Eg Sixt.

These insurance policies that you buy for a year and allegedly cover your excess in the event of a claim.They are all after the event claims. Ar*e ache/hassle. Who wants it?#

I had a Sixt car on hire and on a windy day driving down a narrow one way street in Cala San Vicente a person was reaching into their parked car through the passenger door.Gust of wind,door blew fully open as I was passing damage to Sixt's Polo's rear door and rear near side wheel arch.I quickly parked and ran back.The bird had flown.When I returned car at PMI and explained No Problem.Not your fault.Nothing extra to pay.No subsequent claiming on return.it's a no-brainer for me..

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I'm of the same view as Paul & WS on this sort of topic.

I really would like to see a report from someone who has successfully claimed via one of these third-party policies. (I have used them, but didn't need to claim). The details of the policy seem to involve a lot of potential hassle in the event of any incident.

And furthermore - I'd like to see what happens if you claim on third-party insurance against a so called 'damage problem' which is part of the scamming process that OK Car Rental continuously use.

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Think about Goldcar. Mobile phone companies. Gyms. Any company with a lot of consumer complaints.Punch in a name and what happens? A flood of sites with thousands of complaints from furious customers who feel ripped off and fed up. Try that now with excess waiver insurance. I just did. If people were having problems with their claims the web would be full of it - this insurance has been going for years so millions of policies must have been sold. It also covers tyres,undercarriage, roof and windscreen which are not usually included by car hire CDW or excess waiver.

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