Advantages Competitive prices from an excellent website
Disadvantages Online processing may occasionally fail
After successfully booking my package holiday and my travel insurance online, it made sense to complete the trio by renting a car through an online agent. There are any number of sites competing to offer all types of car rental with a wide disparity in prices, but all I needed was something basic and cheap for a week in Lanzarote.HolidayAutos.com claims to be the world's largest leisure car rental site. You can link via bargainholidays.com, or to the sites own home page. Recommended by Which? Webtraders, and winner of a whole host of accolades, the site is extremely simple and well-laid out. At the time I booked, the home page indicated a £5 discount for booking online, which encouraged me to at least investigate their rates.
After choosing my basic destination from an extensive drop-down menu, I was then able to give specific details as to my requirements. You are not required to register or give any personal details at this point, aprat from the age of the driver. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I could either arrange car pick-up at the airport in Arrecife upon my arrival, or collect at my resort. As we already had transport from the airport as part of our holiday package, I selected to collect the car in Playa Blanca the day after our arrival. As far I could see, this made no difference to the price in this instance. The times for collection seemed flexible, with the minimum rental period being 3 days.
I was presented with several rental options, the cheapest listed at £56 per week, plus the £5 discount for booking online- a weekly rental rate for £51 for a 3 door Ford Ka or Corsa, or "similar". Bargain, I thought!
My partner cautioned me that it would probably turn out to be "not available", but when I processed the booking, it was available. Unfortunately as is too often the case, the card details would not go through online and I had to phone the agent. However, there was no problem with making a booking this way, and I still received the £5 online discount, which pleased me.
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