Advantages They delivered and collected the cars
Disadvantages Porr un-roadworthy car and no car seats for a day and half then collected 12 hours early
Europcar Car hire in CreteBEFORE ARRIVING IN CRETE:
I booked two cars with this company for our stay in Crete on the internet prior to our arrival in Crete.
I chose this company because on the website they offered:
A) Reasonable prices – no amazingly cheaper but competitively rated
B) No extra charge for 2 stage 3 car seats that we needed for the grandsons
C) They would deliver to and collect the cars from the place where we were staying.
THE DAY OF DELIVERY:
THE CARS:Our car was an ancient Punto with 140,000 km on the clock, many dings and scratches, no hub caps and air conditioning that only worked if the sun wasn’t shining in and the car was not going up a hill. The other car for my daughter and family was a newer Hyundai Getz with functioning air conditioning and a normal mileage – still quite high for a hire car about 45,000. We were not thrilled but if one of us had to have the c___ car then it was better that we had it as the boys would not have slept in the car as easily if they had had our hot box.
Our Punto has such crazed plastic over the headlights that even on full beam we struggled to see the road. The parcel shelf just floated around the car as all connectors were broken. We used it over the dashboard when we parked to keep the sun off the dashboard and steering wheel area.When we were driving at night the windscreen was so scratched that even when washed fresh with soap and dried with paper tissue you still had major light dazzle which surely would fail an MOT over here. We managed to travel around as much as we wanted with these cars although we were really quite windswept and hot by the time we arrived at the end of some of our journeys with no air conditioning. Neither car broke down although we were overtaken by Seicentos on some hills with our ancient beast – a lorry even came past on one occasion and a man on a bike was keeping up with us on another hill.
The car seats did not arrive that evening nor indeed had they arrived after several phone calls by about 3pm the next day. My son in law and I went to the Lidl we had been to the previous day and were going to buy two booster seats as we’d seen them for 10 Euros each but Lidl had sold out so we returned empty handed.
THE CAR SEAT SAGA:
|Type of car rented|
|Value for Money|
|How many outlets do they have||Very few|
|Which outlet did you go to||We chose from Rethymnon but received from Heraklion|
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