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car hire from BCN

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car hire from BCN

Im renting a car for 5 days in september. Bookinh directly from the big brands at the airport is expensive. When i search on Holiday Autos (and similar sites) im getting quotes which are really cheap even though they are from airport based companies. What's the catch?

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Don't use gold car! Terrible service - waited 40 mins in line to collect. Ripped us off - made us purchase "full cover" without explanation for 87 euros at the desk.

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Save yourself time and probably money and use one of the trusted names that are in the airport grounds. We wish we had now.

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Jimbo,A lot of these smaller companies are actually a bit of a way from airport,even tho they class themselves as airport,plus be carefull because a lot of them sting you for hidden extras like fuel,insurance,airport fee no im not kidding that one happend to a friend of myn,we allways use europcar,there based at airport,you go to there desk,someone escorts you to there office,you sign etc,then shown your car,never took us more than 15 minutes tops,book online,I know panda chris has used them in the past as well another ta regular,personaly I stay away from the smaller firms,because most cost you more in the long run.

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In my experience (and experience differs) the fuel policy full/empty or full/full, normally, makes a big difference. Most of the less expensive companies operate on full/empty so charge you for the first tank, normally at much higher prices than you would pay at the pump. They justify this, in part, by saying they have to pay people to take the vehicle to be refueled, though I imagine that most people who drive rental cars are actually pretty good at doing that themselves.

Secondly, most of the cheap ones at BCN are off-airport so you are reliant on them being there to drive you to the rental location etc. whereas the bigger ones are yards away when you come through the arrivals gate.

Queues can happen anywhere. Both big and small companies will try to sell you extras such as better insurance etc.

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We were very happy with Atesa/Enterprise (booked through AutoEurope), helpful and efficient and probably the only car hire company left that still operates a "full-to-full" fuel policy. Cars onsite at airport too.

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