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Caroline

Car hire dilemma
« on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • Hi all - am new to this board, but have been reading through posts and everyone seems really helpful - loads of really good, useful information. 

    Me and my family are due to come to Los Gigantes in August - staying at the Tamara apartment complex.  We can't make up our minds whether to hire a car for the duration of our holiday and use it for airport transfers and travelling around - or whether to go for the mini bus pick up at the airport that our agent can arrange.  I've picked up that there may be a bit of a parking problem in Los Gigantes and so don't want to be trawling around for a space at 10pm on the day we arrive!  Also don't want to add to the problem if there is one!

    Can anyone shed some light and let us know if there is indeed a parking problem to help us make up our minds.

    thanks very much

    Offline linda

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    Re: Car hire dilemma
    « Reply #1 on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • Some tamaras have parking facilities worth checking also we get car from airport and it works out good value  :)

    Offline losgiganteskid

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    « Reply #2 on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • Caroline - you will virtually always be able to park your hire car at the back of the Hotel LG, and it's very close to Tamara Apts.

    As an alternative to the airport transfer companies try Tamay Autos (part of the Sombrero Apartments) - they will permit what they call a split hire.  So if you rent a car say for 8 days of your holiday you can pick it up from the airport and use it for 4 days - then 4 days at the very end of your holiday pick it up again and then leave it at the airport on the day of departure.

    I do it every time, works out cheaper than airport transport and you have the use of a car for a few days as well !  8)
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    Caroline

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    « Reply #3 on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • Thanks very much for your replies.  I've sent an email to Tamay autos to see what their rates would be for a split week hire.  I've also checked and there is no parking with to the apartment we've booked - but they did confirm that there is usually places to park in the road close-by (wonder if they mean where losgigantes kid mentioned?).  I've stayed at the LG hotel before (and El Sombrero on a previous visit!) and I think I know which road you mean - is it the one that backs onto the gardens of the hotel at the side?  If that's the one, it is close to the Tamara complex if I remember rightly, but our apartment is quite high up - so may be a bit of a hike with luggage, kids and shopping etc.  I'll wait and see what Tamay come back with and go from there I think.

    Thanks again

    Caroline

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    « Reply #4 on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • Have just heard back from Tamay - not particularly helpful.  I asked them in my email about split week hire and they just sent me a link to their website, which I had already looked at - that's where I got their email from.  Their online reservation thing didn't let me do the split hire and so I tried booking it for 4 days picking up from the airport and returning to LG, was then going to look at the reverse for last part of the holiday hire.  It wouldn't let me do that and kept telling me I had to book it for 7 days minimum if I wanted to pick up from the airport.  Back to the drawing board then.....Also their quote for 2 week hire was really expensive.  I had a much cheaper quote through Monarch (cheaper by ?67!).  Perhaps I'll do that then.  Does anyone have any more suggestions please.  I don't really want a car for the whole 2 weeks though - planning on laying in the sun and sipping cocktails for some of it!  ;D - the split hire would have been a really good option, but hey ho. :-\\

    Offline losgiganteskid

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  • OK - i'm not at all surprised that you were unable to arrange the split hire via their website.  I believe this facility has come about by various requests which Tamay have bent the rules for.  As I say I have been having split hire/airport pickup and drop off for years without any problems.  I can only suggest that you phone them - the Spanish guys do speak good English.
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  • we use autoriessen from the airport coming in july two weeks 180 euros

    Falstaff

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    « Reply #7 on: July 07, 2008 »
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  • I always use Email-Car-Hire (which can be Googled) and pick up at the airport. It makes sense to hire a car if you have no free transfers. Be careful when you make cost comparisons between hire car companies because you may not be comparing "like with like"  particularly when it comes to insurance.  The above company will charge you more than the quoted rates if you want more  ?fully comprehensive? insurance.

    But I may well try this company  next time because they are local, they claim that all their charges are transparent and they appear quite competitive. They also arrange airport deliveries of your hire car. They have a website and you can email them for more information.

     http://www.losgigantes.com/board/index.php?topic=967.0

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    Re: Car hire dilemma
    « Reply #8 on: July 08, 2008 »
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  • we get a transfer and book a car for the odd day with santiago cars in santiago. v. cheap and flexible.  think they have an e-mail address but we just call in while we are over.

    Offline losgiganteskid

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  • we get a transfer and book a car for the odd day with santiago cars in santiago. v. cheap and flexible.  think they have an e-mail address but we just call in while we are over.

    I tried Santiago car rental, after I had been quoted a price by Tamay (to compare) Santiago replied that the only way they could match Tamay prices was to provide me with a) an old car and b) one that didn't have power steering.

    Can you imagine driving around the bendy roads around LG without power steering.

    Suppose you guessed which hire company I chose !  ;)
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    Offline RentaCar Santiago

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    Re: Car hire dilemma
    « Reply #10 on: July 11, 2008 »
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  • I beg to differ with the losgiganteskid, but if you show me ANY QUOTE from Tamay, or any other Local Rent A Car Company, I will beat it for any car in the same RENTAL group. Our prices are the lowest in the area and if we need to lower them either further to beat a lower quote, we will. Also you will not be speaking to someone trying to speak english, we are an English Company, open 12 hours a day 7 days a week, with full 24 hour emergency call out service. We also offer the full all inclusive package, No Insurance Excess, NO Deposit, FREE Child and Booster Seats and FREE Airport Pick up and Drop off service for rentals of 7 days or more. Always remenber we are local to you, so if you have a problem we are here for you fast. If you are not happy with the quote offered ask for me by name (Martin) and i'll gladly try to sort a rental package out for you.

    BL

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    « Reply #11 on: July 11, 2008 »
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  • Just don't try to go with the cheapest deal...ie the Saxo. You may well find that you have to pay more for an upgrade. Like for Like it is very difficult to compare/match the deals.

    freddy

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    « Reply #12 on: July 12, 2008 »
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  • I  have  to  agree
    Been  comming  here  for  11 years, used JAMA  for years,  sady missed. BUT, Martin and gang are doing  are great job.
    Rented car  for  2  weeks, NO 1 could  beat price or  quality of car.
    I  would  use then  again and  im telling  family  and  freinds  too.
    P.S.  just  because  you  find  some  cheep and un- heard  of company on  internet
    dont trust them.  Martin is  there if  there is  a  prob, in our  case !  NEVER

    Offline losgiganteskid

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    Re: Car hire dilemma
    « Reply #13 on: July 12, 2008 »
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  • I beg to differ with the losgiganteskid, 

    Beg to differ you may - but what I posted previously is EXACTLY what happened when I requested a quote from yourselves - or do you think I made it up ??
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    freddy

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    « Reply #14 on: July 13, 2008 »
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  • mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ??? ???
    made  up