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Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

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Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

My rental will be in Cape Town, so would be particularly interested in the experience at this location, but also anywhere else in SA.

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1. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

Drive South Africa are a broker. They don'y have cars to rent but are brokers for companies such as Budget, Hertz or Europcar.

As such however they do offer cheaper deals than booking direct with the company themselves on their websites either in South Africa or Internationally.

That said there are much cheaper brokers who offer the same cars from the same renters but significantly cheaper.

Look at www.arguscarhire.co.za or www.carhire3000.co.za

Both of these companies are international brokers who look for the best deals they can organise worldwide/.

One thing to note is that Drive South Africa's rates start off being quoted with only 200km per day. This is not enough for travelling around even the region around Cape Town. Prices for unlimited mileage are more expensive.

In all cases prices from Argus or Carhire3000 are Unlimited Mileage.

Just did a quick comparison for one weeks hire of an Economy Saloon with unlimited mileage. Hire from Cape Town Airport. Ignore the model type as these are "examples only". In most cases you will end up getting the same car from the same airport desk.

Drive South Africa - R1,638 - R1,757 with Aircon

Arguscarhire - R1,134 with Aircon

Carhire3000 - R1,400 - R1,545 with Aircon

Obviously you need to do the specific comparison with the type of vehicle that you need but remember to compare like for like.

just one other point. I have compared the South African websites of all the companies. Depending on the daily exchange rate it might be cheaper to book exactly the same hire on one of the other International sites (exactly the same car and the same terms and conditions). Typically the UK sites are the cheapest www.carhire3000.com or www.arguscarhire.com Credit Card Forex fees will be the same - unless you book in CDN$.

Edited: 25 November 2011, 15:26
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2. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

Sorry. A typo in my comparison numbers! Should have been -

Arguscarhire - R1,434 with Aircon!

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3. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

Any one have experience with www.carmania.co.za ? They seem to have cheap prices for their own cars.

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4. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

Don't see any advantage. One week with carmania for a standard Economy saloon with Aircon with ONLY 200 km per day is R1,715.

Much more expensive than the brokers quoted above. As mentioned these provide cars from Hertz, Budget, Europcar etc who have better coverage and service than a single small local company.

My choice would be an International broker such as Arguscarhire. Twenty percent cheaper including Unlimited Mileage.

Edited: 27 November 2011, 16:07
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5. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

I emailed Car Mania and was quoted prices well below what's posted on their website. Same thing for www.funcar.co.za Maybe it's because I'm looking to rent for 110 days. I hope their service and coverage is okay. Argus is kind of a waste of time because it doesn't incorporate discount codes. Right now, Europcar is offering a 15% expat promotion on their website. That seems to be the best deal around that I've seen from international companies.

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6. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

I would be surprised if any company would quote you the best rate for 110 days on a standard website quote - discount codes or no discount codes. This is a different type of car hire. Some companies anyway will not quote more than 90 days as standard but will quote significantly lower rates as a special.

Someone like funcar might provide the cheapest rates at R3,100 per month BUT these are old cars of indeterminate quality (the main international companies turn over their cars when they are no more than six months old) and I notice they charge extra if the car is driven more than 150km from Cape Town (an hour and a half's drive). Presumably because they only have service and support in Cape Town. Surely you are going to be travelling further than this in 3-4 months?

Suggest that you Phone Carhire3000 on 011 800 4473 3000 (US Freephone number) and see what the best price they then come back to you with. They will at least try to match whatever the lowest price you have got so far.

PS if a price is cheaper after discounts I don't see what a discount code or rate has to do with it. Surely it's the final bottom line that counts not how the price is made up. Don't understand why a company is a "waste of time" if it doesn't provide you with a coupon code?

For example I just checked Carhire3000 standard quote (with no bargaining) for 110 day period (Jan 9th 2012 - April 28th 2012) and compared to Europcar with the 15 percent expat discount code. Both on UK websites. Economy model with equivalent T&Cs in both cases.

Europcar £1,532 using the 15 percent coupon code (44571243)

Carhire3000 £1,147 - 25 percent cheaper than the “discount” rate.

Of course you might have different rates for different dates and models but it's worth a minutes freephone call to find out.

Anyway good luck with searching

Edited: 27 November 2011, 22:27
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7. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

I emailed carhire3000, but they couldn't find anything suitable in our price range. We have a quote for R288 for a Sonata at Europcar with their expat promotion and one for R288 at Carmania for an Outlander. That fits our budget nicely. Which would you take? Our main concern is holding a stroller and toddler gear for the 2 boys. We are planning a week long trip out to Addo and will stay in the SANP cabins. Mostly, we'll just be around Noordhoek and up to UCT. Is the sedan better for theft prevention? If not, is Carmania reputable? We're very excited for our trip!

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8. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

It's very important to check if a booking agent is affiliated with Tourism governing bodies like SATSA. This will give an indication if it's established locally and trusted by consumers.

More about Drive South Africa:

Drive South Africa is an online booking agent that compares all car rental suppliers on one site, and really offers personal service from an experienced local rental agent; they also have great after sales service if there are any issues with your invoice.

On top of this they deal with long term car hire, assist when crossing the border into a neighbouring country and specialises in car rental in Southern Africa seeing that they are based in Cape Town.

Happy travels!

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9. Re: Has anyone had experience renting from "Drive South Africa"

I have a quote from Drive South Africa for a motorhome for october having had replies from all the major companies such as bobo, maui etc with no availability for our chosen dates. Does anyone know of any uk companies that source motorhomes abroad ? I'm not having much luck. Drive South Africa seem a large enough concern to trust and although they are priced a bit higher I would rather have safety in the knowledge that I have some back up an the vehicle will actually be there when we arrive at JoBurg, we are driving to and around Kruger for ten days. The bit that puts me off about renting directly with south africa is that terms and conditions state non refundable deposit of £500 ish and no insurance policy to cover a cancellation. I'm in the UK. Any help appreciated.

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