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Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

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Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

Hi,

I have been looking at what cars to hire and unsure from the websites what is best - firstly there are 4 adults (2 with long legs!) and we will have 4 large suitcases - My other half thinks one of the nissan altima or ford taurus will be ok, does anyone know how big they really are??

also what company is best from orlando airport without a lot of hidden charges? Alamo, Rental or Budget??

thanks in advance!!!!

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1. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

If you book your car through a UK broker there are no hidden charges

Have a look at trip wheels or usrentacar

You will need an SUV

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2. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

We had a Hyundai Sant Fe (standard SUV) on our trip in May. We rented through Vigin Atlantic but for our November trip we have used this company:

www.tripwheels.com

If you click on the videos in this next link you will be able to see how big the vehicles are. Remember that the video shows case/cases being loaded. We had holdalls and our vehicle took four plus four lots of hand luggage and a mobility walker!

http://www.uscarhire.com/cartypes.aspx

Just make sure that you book the right size vehicle for your needs and prepay all the relevant insurances, as upgrading at the desk can prove VERY expensive.

Regards,

Deaconblue

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3. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

Hi Smartie, in the past when we rented car for Florida, we always went through Alamo, and never encountered any problems, but not sure how things are nowadays as last time we went car hire/villa route was back in 2008, as this past 2 years we have gone Hotel and no car, but I am currenly researching which company touse when we once again go villa and car hire, although we are not going until 2014, so have plenty of time to get allthe information/reviews together.

When we did go the car hire route, we used to book a cheaper car, one that we knew would be large enough for our group, but then, once at the airport we would ask if they had any good deals on an upgrade, and we were maybe always lucky, but always managed to get a really nice upgrade for a lot cheaper than if we had booked it online before travelling. Again, not sure if this would still apply nowadays. Am sure there will be lots of advice for you from people who have hired cars recently, and I will also be taking an interest in what people have to say :)

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4. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

Our SUV was rented with Alamo and we are using Alamo again for November.

You might be lucky (unlikely) in getting a cheap upgrade at the deask, but you might be stung for a lot of cash too! Just make sure that you have the correct size vehicle booked.

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Deaconblue

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5. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

thank you, Is an SUV a four wheel drive type car?

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6. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

smartie ~ yeah same or similar to what we would call a people carrier

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7. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

Either an SUV or a people carrier. We were 4 adults last November and hired a Dodge Grand Caravan with Avis through BA. Very reasonable and a great car to just throw everything in and go.

Look at www.usrentacar.co.uk or www.tripwheels.com for good prices or if you are flying with BA check out their prices they worked out the cheapest for us booking flight & car together the last couple of trips.

We also joined Avis preferred members, at no cost, this allows us to go straight to the garage to pick up the car, no sales people to deal with.

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8. Re: Best car hire?? 4 adults and 4 big cases?

Just as a thought Smartie - depends how long you are away for and the location on where you are staying but have you considered 2 people taking transfers? When we did it, it worked out cheaper than having a massive car for the whole time we were there. 2 people took transfers from the airport and 2 travelled in the car with the luggage. For the return, we had 8 cases but flew Virgin so used DTD check in and just made a couple of trips and then all 4 were in the car on the way back. Not saying you would need to get a small car but even an intermediate car or 4W has a fair amount of room.

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