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Pipsqueak11 · 19/01/2020 07:36

Just hoping for a bit of advice. We have booked to go to western Canada in the summer and just booking car hire now. I can't remember which way round it was but there is a significant difference in price between Hertz and Dollar Rental. Do you think they are broadly comparable in terms of quality of vehicle within the same price bracket? For a three week rental one of them is around £800 more than the other one.Grateful for any advice If anyone has any experience of these two companies?

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BubblesBuddy · 19/01/2020 17:01

You don’t need to pay £800 for car hire in Canada! Let alone the difference in price. What type of vehicle are you looking at? Is it a motor home? If just a full size car, £800 difference in price is ludicrous. Look at Expedia for price comparisons.

In high season you get what you are given with most car hire companies. We always go a bit bigger than we need. Always take out extra insurance. I would shop around. Can your airline offer you a deal?

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lovelyupnorth · 19/01/2020 18:28

We found the price differences to be massive especially as booked a one way and most companies seems to put a massive excess on.

I found the cheapest was Discover booked through holiday autos. Even trying to book directly on the Canadian website was more expensive

We book a 4 door focus size car and they where quiet pushy saying it was too small. Buy was perfect for us.

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lovelyupnorth · 19/01/2020 18:29

Think the car we got was a different brand as they had three franchises at Calgary but all the same company.

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lovelyupnorth · 19/01/2020 18:30

As far as extra insurance we had a separate policy and did have a smashed windscreen. Had to pay the full amount on returning the car but claimed it all back when home. Much cheaper than buying the car hire companies one.

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Pipsqueak11 · 19/01/2020 23:07

Thanks everyone - I will do some more shopping around . There are 6 of us so looking at a Dodge Grand Caravan / it's called a caravan but I s just a big SUV.
Also doing a one way pick up at Calgary and drop off at Vancouver . Thanks again for your advice .

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lovelyupnorth · 20/01/2020 07:18

Ours cost about £600 for 16 days one way. Was a 5 door compact I think. Was Alamo booked via discover through holiday autos car we where given was an Avis one I think.

Only 4 of us and travelled light so focus was perfect.

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