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Colin
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25th Apr 12 at 15:09   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Going to Milan in 6 weeks time, arriving in Malpensa airport.

I need a car for 6 days, whats the best website??

Also Satnav.....best (cheapest!) to hire from the rental place or buy one over here and take with me??
Whittie
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25th Apr 12 at 15:12   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Sat Nav - If its a decent hire car, it'll have one in. However probs not in English, so take one with you.

Have you got a local hertz or enterprise near you?
LeeM
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25th Apr 12 at 15:13   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Have a word with enterprises, hertz, etc as Whittie said. They'll have airport branches and be more able to give you advise on the sat nav situation. I'd just borrow one off a mate though and make sure it's loaded with maps for that country
LeeM
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25th Apr 12 at 15:14   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

However when we used enterprise at my old work there was a fiver a day charge for satnavs if it was specifically requested
Colin
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25th Apr 12 at 15:15   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I'm looking at a economy car, Fiat Punto or similar.

Thought it would be a shout to go for an automatic as well, not tried a right hand shift before!!

Theres an Enterprise doon the road.
Colin
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25th Apr 12 at 15:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Yeah 7 a day charge for a sat nav!!

Current car doesnt have one built it so might be worthwhile buying one thats got western europe built in??
Whittie
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25th Apr 12 at 15:16   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

It comes natural, takes about a mile to get used to

Whittie
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25th Apr 12 at 15:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Yeah can probably get an old tomtom one europe for about 50 now and just update it. My one is coming up to 5 years old now and its fine!
whitter45
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25th Apr 12 at 15:17   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

get one off ebay

Just got a TOMTOM via Live for 70 quid with European maps

[Edited on 25-04-2012 by whitter45]
Colin
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25th Apr 12 at 15:18   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Just think in a busy city like milan i'd benefit from eyes on the road instead of fighting a gearbox!!

Can get a BMW 1 series coupe for 270!?
LeeM
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25th Apr 12 at 15:29   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

You'll try and open the door a couple of times when you go to change gear but you really do just get used to it within a mile or 2.
Worst thing is driving over centre lines because you're not used to having most of the car to your right instead of left
Colin
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25th Apr 12 at 15:30   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I'll be drivin like a granny nae doubt!
Graham88
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25th Apr 12 at 15:52   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Drove my first left hand drive 300 miles from Nurburg to Calais, only 2 annoying things really.

1) Kept grabbing the door handle to change gear

2) Kept drifting lanes/nearly hitting kerb where I was naturally trying to be on the right hand side of the lane

But you get used to it
LeeM
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25th Apr 12 at 15:55   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Graham88
2) Kept drifting lanes/nearly hitting kerb where I was naturally trying to be on the right hand side of the lane



you end up sat in the middle of a 2 lane road dont you
Nismo
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25th Apr 12 at 17:38   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

Hertz, Thrifty in most airports.
jase77
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25th Apr 12 at 19:32   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I work for avis and they charge about a tenner a day for sat navs so its cheaper to buy your own. Just make sure you check the insurance excess as thats where they make money if you crash it can be up to 1500 pound
Siberia
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25th Apr 12 at 21:45   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

carhire3000.com might have somthing cheap.
Tomnova16
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25th Apr 12 at 21:53   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I just searched on google for when I went skiing. Ended up with europcar. 307 estate with built in sat nav. Was perfect.


http://www.lemass.co.uk/ for all your automotive/bodyshop needs
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Graham88
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25th Apr 12 at 22:25   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by LeeM
quote:
Originally posted by Graham88
2) Kept drifting lanes/nearly hitting kerb where I was naturally trying to be on the right hand side of the lane



you end up sat in the middle of a 2 lane road dont you

Yeah I felt like a drink driver
VegasPhil
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25th Apr 12 at 22:34   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

http://www.doyouspain.com/

Got ours from here last year. Very reasonable from Alicante.


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Ste
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26th Apr 12 at 07:43   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I download the maps on my Nokia for the country I'm going to so I don't incur any data charges whilst there. Totally free sat nav then.


I would rather lose by a mile because i built my own car, than win by an inch because someone else built it for me.
Balling
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26th Apr 12 at 08:43   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Colin
I need a car for 6 days, whats the best website??

Have used www.carhire3000.com before, and always found them to be very cheap.


Balling
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26th Apr 12 at 08:44   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by VegasPhil
http://www.doyouspain.com/

Got ours from here last year. Very reasonable from Alicante.

Bit of a bitch renting a car in Spain when going to Italy though...


johnhara1
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26th Apr 12 at 09:55   View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

I hired a little 107 in portugal.

It had a massive blow on the exhaust manifold, a massive clunk on the steering rack and all 4 tyres were bald.

They couldn't give a fuck.
VegasPhil
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26th Apr 12 at 10:36   View Garage View User's Profile U2U Member Reply With Quote

quote:
Originally posted by Balling
quote:
Originally posted by VegasPhil
http://www.doyouspain.com/

Got ours from here last year. Very reasonable from Alicante.

Bit of a bitch renting a car in Spain when going to Italy though...


I read it as Madrid. Whilst watching the football


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