I'm picking up a car in Strasbourg at the train station and returning it to the train station at Angouleme. AutoEurope's best rate, which does not include the train station charge of 40EUR, is $282. I reserved a similar vehicle--slightly larger--through Avis's US website for $270 after calling up Avis and being told that the price includes all charges. The Avis rate for a Nissan Qashqai (or similar) was $163 for 5 days before surcharges and taxes that brought the charge to the $270 total. So the total Avis rate appears to be about $65 less than AutoEurope's.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Has anyone gotten an Avis rate only to find out that it did NOT include a rail station surcharge that you were then charged later?
Is it still better to go through AutoEurope because of their power in dealing with the agencies (versus an individual)? Thanks for your replies/opinions.