I'm travelling solo to Paris then England in May 2014, with part of my planned itinerary being Southwest England.
I am travelling mostly by train, but would like to drive around to see the white horses of Wiltshire, Lacock, stay in Devizes,(booked) then on to Salisbury for a couple of days before heading down to Cornwall.
I thought I would rent a car in Bath, do a big circle and return the car to Salisbury, then catch a train to London. My time frame for this is is 8-9 days.
In the US, I booked online, arrived, was sent out to the car park to pick a car, any car, and off I went, dropping it off days later and handing in keys at the office. NO extra charges or drama except for me going through the wrong toll gate in Boston, and being charged later (which I was advised about).
After many hours poring over websites and English TA forums, I am totally flummoxed.
I can rent through a third party (eg travelsupermarket, carrentals) for AUD 240 but not know who I'm actually renting with until I pick up the car.
I can book with a particular company (eg Thrifty ) for GBP 240 which is almost double the amount. Yes, really.
I can even book with a third party that puts me onto another third party which then farms out a car, so it would be conveniently difficult to follow the trail if I had an insurance claim. ( and they may not even have a car for me when I go to pick it up)
I've read about green motion, argus, national, alamo and more.
I'm ready to take photos of every tiny scratch, demand a spare tyre and take out independant insurance.
So my question is - is there any particular car rental company in England that is reliable, not too expensive and will not charge me for the( previous person's) supposed scratches on wheel rims?
I don't mean to sound whiny, but I have spent hours on this, trying to do it on my own. I think it may be easier to go with a bigger well known company and save up to pay the extra dosh.
Any ideas, suggestions would be welcome.