Florida Holiday Auto Hire Tips
My first trip to Florida consisted of buying a UK
Fly drive deal. The idea of fly drives being; if you bought a flight
you got the hire car thrown in free. On the surface it appeared
a fantastic deal.
We arrived at Orlando airport and was transported
by bus to the off airport site to pick up our holiday auto. When
we eventually arrived at the desk, the amount to secure the car
in extras such as insurances seemed excessive. I now realised that
the free car was in not anyway free. I had known there would be
insurance to pay but did not comprehend it would be this much.
After a great holiday I arrived home to compare
my extra charges to normal hire charges and sure enough, there was
very little difference between the extra insurance charges as a
fly drive against had had I booked and paid for the hire car separately.
I vowed I would never buy a fly drive again and
source my own car separately to ensure I could take advantage of
any deals going, for when I would return to the States. This is
exactly what I did the second time. We did not pay any more than
taking a fly drive; we also got the car we wanted at the price we
There was one similarity though, in that every time
you Visit Florida the person at the car hire desk will try to sell
you an upgrade. Normally they offer 2 upgrades for the price of
1. We had ordered the right sized car for our party so we did nit
take him up on his offer.
By the third trip, this time to Miami it was time
to put everything I had learned from this holiday autos game, to
get the best deal possible. We ordered our car online as usual,
the difference being, we ordered the smallest and cheapest car available
including insurance. When we arrived in Miami we go th customary
trade up sales talk, but this time we said we may consider it if
the price was right. What car would we like? was the question. We
replied, we would consider a convertible . The salesman came back
with the price of 360 dollars plus tax. We said, no if it had been
around 100 dollars, we would have considered it . The salesman makes
a phone call and sure enough we got a Mitsubishi Spyder for only
100 bucks more than the cheapest basic car, including insurance.
I have now come to the conclusion that the hire
car companies, especially in the holiday areas of the USA have an
abundance of autos standing in storage, If the salesman can get
an extra 100 dollars more, then that's 100 dollars on their bottom
line for a car that s standing around not being used.
On our final trip to Florida, this time to Tampa
airport, we decided to do this again, but this time it worked even
better. We arrived late into Tampa airport to find ourselves standing
in a long queue to pick up our car. 45 minutes later we eventually
get to the hire car desk. He could tell by our faces we were tired
and totally sick of the wait. He told us he had given us a free
upgrade, because of the wait. I was so tired I would have accepted
a motorbike so we took the keys and left. In the car park stood
a Dodge Magnum, at least 3 upgrades free!!
I am not expecting this to happen again, but it
does show the flexibility these car rental firms have. I can t wait
for the next time!
Mark is webmaster for Florida
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