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Holiday In Spain? Got Your Hire Car Booked? - R U Sure?

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The hire car market is currently facing up to a difficult paradox. Demand for hired vehicles is at present much higher than supply, yet companies cannot increase their vehicle fleets due to a lack of credit offered by banks during the economic crisis.

Cristina Pernía, employee of Record Go, a hire car company based in Málaga airport, said that her company has had to resort to their fleet of used cars, some of which have more than 200,000km under the bonnet. As such, prices have soared, trebling to 90-100 euros per day, a trend which looks set to continue through to September. Other businesses are advising customers to book now if they want a car for August, and others are booked up throughout summer already, especially where smaller, cheaper cars are concerned. Certain companies have even resorted to hiring out employees' own vehicles, in order not to lose trade.

The financial crisis has wreaked havoc for rent-a-car companies, according to Ana María García, president of the Hired Vehicle Business Owners' Association (Aesva). Last June, hire car businesses bought 18,656 new vehicles, whereas this year the figure has dropped by 89.5% to 1,947 registrations.

Companies are turning to loans direct from car manufacturers, and from outside the banking sector, in order to finance new fleets. The possibility of travelling outside Málaga to find cars has been ruled out since the situation is similar throughout Spain. Ana María García hints that the greatest shortfalls in supply lie with large tour operators, and that holidaymakers searching for hire cars should try small and medium-sized businesses instead.

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I was treating this with my usual scepticism until I looked at a few hire cars sites, & their prices.

Seven day figures like €525 for a Fiesta. €996 for a Scenic for next month.

Beware.

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id be happy with a car credited to my account. lets hope they can settle the account with a real IOU.

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Bugger, I'm going start of October, hope it's eased off by then. Will just have to get a Taxi from the airport otherwise :( .

Hmm, 311 Euro for a Citroen Berlingo. Nearly 50% more than I paid last July but not terrible. Not sure whether to book now or wait tho.

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Seven day figures like €525 for a Fiesta. €996 for a Scenic for next month.

Once you've factored in ferry/Eurotunnel and petrol costs as against flights for three or four people and car hire at destination, then unless you're going all the way to the southern end of Spain it would probably be cheaper to take your own car in many cases.

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Hey ! I've had just this problem. Cheapest car hire we'd found was £450 for the week. It cost so much we ended up changing the flights to a closer airport so we could use a taxi instead (a taxi from the previous airport to the villa would have been mucho expensive as it's 100 miles away). I didn't even want to go to Spain either. I can sit and read a book just as easily at home.

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Anyone thinking this could be a spot of well planned price fixing with an obvious but still clever cover?

Is it busy on the costas?

I thought I'd read the numbers were well down??

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Is it busy on the costas?

I thought I'd read the numbers were well down??

Down but not out I would say around 20% less quieter than last year the big problem is the heat it was 41c on the Blanca at noon today :o

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Same in Mallorca short of cars,Carjet the broker i normaly use are not getting the cars from the hire companys so cannot discount,prices are 70% higher than last year,But the price drops right down end of Sept.

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Anyone thinking this could be a spot of well planned price fixing with an obvious but still clever cover?

Is it busy on the costas?

I thought I'd read the numbers were well down??

Not where I am (Almería). Very busy, but with Spanish on all inclusive hotel deals. This means nobody needs to rent apartments or use restaurants and bars or car hire which goes against your story really. Maybe the Brits/Germans are still going to Malaga beacuse there's not many round here! Qué lastima. :lol:

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