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Car rental - automatic transmission?

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Car rental - automatic transmission?

Hi!

I am looking to rent an automatic car in Granada but have not had much luck so far. Any suggestions?

I'd like to stay at a hotel in Alhama de Granada, but won't be able to without a car since I'm arriving by plane in Granada.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Car rental - automatic transmission?

Try www.autoeurope.com and www.auto-europe.co.uk which are agencies that arrange cheap hires from the major companies. Automatics can be difficult to find in Europe, as very few people drive an automatic there.

Is there enough time for you to learn how to drive a manual? It's really not all that difficult.

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2. Re: Car rental - automatic transmission?

You'll have no need for a car in Granada unless you want to travel outside of the city. If you're flying, then you can take the bus into the city and then take the local bus up to your hotel, or opt for a taxi.

You might also be interested in reading Maribel's Guide to Granada (www.maribelsguides.com).

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3. Re: Car rental - automatic transmission?

Tourist_number 10 - the OP says that they want to stay at Alhama de Granada (one of our favourite places) which is about an hour outside Granada so a car would be essential.

Unfortunately Automatics are hard to rent here in Spain - and rental/insurance very expensive when they are available. Manual transmission is the norm. The major international companies such as Hertz and Avis are your best bet towercourt.

Edited: 30 November 2010, 08:31
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4. Re: Car rental - automatic transmission?

We rented an automatic in Spain this past September through AutoEurope. We reserved it well in advance as the number available is fairly small. When we rented there were also automatics available from Avis but the rates from AutoEurope were much better. At that time the cost to rent an automatic was a bit more than double the cost of a manual, but the insurance was exactly the same.

We usually rent a manual when we travel in Europe but this trip we decided decided to splurge and were glad we did. It's just less stressful driving the narrow, twisty, up-and-down streets we encountered with an automatic.

Good luck!

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5. Re: Car rental - automatic transmission?

Hotel selection is pretty limited in Alhama de Granada, but nice if you want to be up in the mountains.

Automatics are a little more available now then at this time last year, but there are none listed at either the airport or train station rental offices. About the only place you could arrange to pickup an automatic would be in the major cities, the Malaga airport would be the nearest location to Granada. The Golf Diesel automatic is actually listed slightly less than the stick shift model on the Auto Europe website.

Edited: 30 November 2010, 23:52
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6. Re: Car rental - automatic transmission?

We've reserved an automatic with Alamo for pickup in Granada and drop off in Malaga for later this month, so give Alamo a try.

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