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Car rental

I am really nervous about renting a car in Germany. Most reviews are not favorable. Is ther any way to make this process less painful?

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My advise is to check out gemut.com. I have used them for the past 10 years and have had no trouble. Check out their site for lots of good info on rentals. jv

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Do a search on this forum with the terms: car rental scam

One company will stand out for not dealing with them. Perhaps take the advice of other people who make sure that all damage is well documented before accepting the car. It's preferable that someone is there to make sure that you returned an undamaged car, so you might like to return it during normal business hours.

Remember that few people will mention their having an acceptable rental experience, it's expected. It's those who have bad experiences that will write about them, and for most people renting cars (with the exception of a few companies) their experience is favorable.

I always used my former employer's rental agreements with major car rental firms throughout the world. Besides good rates, this automatically completely covers any personal liability for the car at no cost, so I usually don't have to worry about checking the car with a microscope for possible former damage. Perhaps you are in a position for similar rentals?

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Personally I made no bad experiences when renting a car in Germany so far either.

But renting a car bears always some risks. If someone bumps with his/her shopping cart into your rental car and walks away, you'll have to pay for this. Unlike with your private car you have not the option "I can live with this dent".

1. Some reviewers think they don't have to pay if they have not caused the damage themselves. Or they simply did not notice such a damage during their rental.

While I want not exclude that some might indeed been asked to pay for a damage the car had already before they rented it - this is however impossible to judge for an outsider. It could have as well occurred during the car rental without their notice.

2. Germans love their cars. And are picky if it comes to damages. Many reviewers lament that the repairs of tiny dents or scratches are so expensive. When I touched when parking last time another car I decided that the damage on my car is minor so I won't need to get this fixed. But I (or better my insurance) had to pay nearly EUR 2000 to get the other car fixed "as new". The sums many reviewers lament on for repairs are totally normal - by German standards.

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I can also recommend the wholesaler Gemut. Their prices are competitive -- they deal with all the major companies -- and their customer service is superb. Once I was somehow double billed, and all it took was one email to them to get the problem straightened out.

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Stay away from Auto Europe Car Rental.

The apparent good offers on the website are only part of a fake and misleading advertising policy.

I used the German based company Auto Europe to rent a car in Italy - Pisa because I found a good offer on their website. Reservation was done, they charged my card with the full price and the car was not actually available. I made a new booking and same ting happened. Money charged and no car actually available.

All the offers on their website are misleading. The cars don’t exist in real life at the price they promote online. They will call you afterwards to offer a car that is 3 times more expensive. However, they will charge the full amount on your card instantly and will keep the amount for days. Once they return, the amount is smaller (commission of around £10) because they will charge and not just block the money, even though you will not benefit from their service.

Customer service – unwilling to help and find a solution, rude, arrogant; simply don’t care and explain everything through ‘this is our policy’.

The worst holiday rental experience ever.

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well done. you have posted the same comment twice with different headings. see the other post for a response.

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