Am heading of to Majorca in 10 days and looking for a decent deal on car hire. Seems like every company I look at has some underhanded scheme to charge you a fortune for a full tank of fuel on pick-up so that you can bring it back empty. Not falling for that one again!
Does anyone have any recommendations for decent car hire companies in the area that don't operate this fuel scam?
In reply to BenPitt:
We hired a car last month - they charged about 40 euros for a 'late pickup' - your only option when catching a cheap flight. I'd be interested as hoping to head out again next year. The bring back empty scheme is better than 'bring back full' - they charge you the earth for topping up those couple of litres you used to drive it from the fuel station to the pickup point.
I used "Enjoy Car Hire" through their website a year ago, who booked my "Record Go" car. Avoid both like the plague!
Arrived at Mallorca Airport in the morning and proceeded to wait for close to two hours in a long snaking queue to get to the Record Go desk...while other car hires queued for only a few minutes. But, I'd made and paid my booking so stuck with it...only to find when I got to the desk that the idiots at Enjoy Car hire hadn't forwarded a change I made. Ok, accidents happen, people screw up. I contacted Enjoy when I got back to the UK, who were evasive, promised to get back to me, then simply stopped responding to emails or were unresponse on the phone.
Paid £83.51 for 7 day hire including insurance and extra driver.
Got charged £127.17 for fuel by Goldcar. Later it turned out that it included an incorrect charge (got £11.62 back) and duplicate insurance (not refunded).
In reply to BenPitt:
I use budget last month. If you book online thers no queuing in the airport just straight out to the garage. Cost £85 for 7 days. Plus extra insurance if you want it. Came with full tank just filled up outside airport in way back. No extra charges, no problems.
Thanks all for your help. Goldcar will be avoided, as will and company that has the words 'Cheap', 'Happy' or 'Smiley' in their company name. Will check out Budget and Economy Car Hire/Enterprise. Doubt we'll use a full tank in all honesty. Struggled to use half last year.