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Old 10th October 2012, 08:17 AM
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Howdy,

Not sure which option is best but I'm only looking to have the car for about ten months.

So can anybody advise me on a company that will assist ? I'm based on the costa brava.

Ideally I would only make one monthly payment so insurance (and any other costs) would be included in my monthly price.

Thanks in advance.

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Howdy,

Not sure which option is best but I'm only looking to have the car for about ten months.

So can anybody advise me on a company that will assist ? I'm based on the costa brava.

Ideally I would only make one monthly payment so insurance (and any other costs) would be included in my monthly price.

Thanks in advance.

Cheers

Danny

Any advice ? Any takers ?

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I don't know of any companies which do leasing as such, but my late husband just approached lots of rental companies & eventually got a good deal on a long term rental which he paid monthly
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I don't know of any companies which do leasing as such, but my late husband just approached lots of rental companies & eventually got a good deal on a long term rental which he paid monthly
Nice one. Thank you for the tip. I may investigate this further as it's proving to be quite a headache otherwise.
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all the big companies do it. go to the airport and ask each one for a price on the size of car that you want. most of them rent by the month, and you take it back then get a new one at the end of the month

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all the big companies do it. go to the airport and ask each one for a price on the size of car that you want. most of them rent by the month, and you take it back then get a new one at the end of the month
Thanks. I'll look into it. although I think Girona airport pretty much closes down this time of year.

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I don't know of any companies which do leasing as such, but my late husband just approached lots of rental companies & eventually got a good deal on a long term rental which he paid monthly
Exactly.

This is the solution we found when staying on Costa del Sol.
It was a smaller company - not one of the multi-nationals.
Negotiated a 'long term' monthly fee and simply visited the office once per month to make the next months payment. They held an initial refundable deposit throughout the entire period. [insurance purposes, as we did NOT use a credit card]
They sent us an email 3 or 4 days prior to each monthly expiry date, and we emailed back confirming we would be renewing.
Very simple.
Side benefits were it both secured the vehicle through the 'crazy season', and even more than that, fixed the low monthly cost even during peak times.


One other option, if looking for a vehicle for 10 months, is to buy a cheap run around.
When you calculate how much you will spend over a 10 month period, you might discover that buying 'well' and selling 10 months down the road, even at a 'quick sale price', will work out cheaper for you. Depends on how confident you are at buying and selling, and also at what level of monthly payment you're being quoted.

... but ... 10 months @ [for example] €200 soon adds up ... and its going to be difficult to 'lose' €2,000 in a vehicle's value at resale time 10 months later.
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Exactly.

This is the solution we found when staying on Costa del Sol.
It was a smaller company - not one of the multi-nationals.
Negotiated a 'long term' monthly fee and simply visited the office once per month to make the next months payment. They held an initial refundable deposit throughout the entire period. [insurance purposes, as we did NOT use a credit card]
They sent us an email 3 or 4 days prior to each monthly expiry date, and we emailed back confirming we would be renewing.
Very simple.
Side benefits were it both secured the vehicle through the 'crazy season', and even more than that, fixed the low monthly cost even during peak times.


One other option, if looking for a vehicle for 10 months, is to buy a cheap run around.
When you calculate how much you will spend over a 10 month period, you might discover that buying 'well' and selling 10 months down the road, even at a 'quick sale price', will work out cheaper for you. Depends on how confident you are at buying and selling, and also at what level of monthly payment you're being quoted.

... but ... 10 months @ [for example] €200 soon adds up ... and its going to be difficult to 'lose' €2,000 in a vehicle's value at resale time 10 months later.
I came to this conclusion pretty quickly. The cheapest quote I got was about €300 per month. Madness. Still looking though. I need to try and get one before January.

It's proving difficult though and to be honest I've ruled out buying. Too much of a minefield. I want the hassle free 'all in' option that comes with renting. No separate insurance or worries about maintenance or break downs and all those possibilities come with a car that would cost about €2,000.

I'm genuinely shocked I can't get anything under €200 a month.

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try bravocarhire, no credit card holding charge if you book the extra insurance, you can book with a debit card, just check the rules for each supplier

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Thanks for all replies.

I've decided to import my car. Some rental quotes were as high as €545 and I think the lowest I got was around €400.

So it was a no brainer to import my car and I'll sell it when I leave next year.

So there'll be a nice cheap mazda 323f RHD for sale late next summer on Spanish plates.

It's amazing there is a recession going on here. Absolutely no evidence of it in my area. Not ONE company would budge on their quotes for rental. I possibly would have went to €300 a month but I was turned down by one and all. I was looking for a ten month rent so that's €3,000. Madness no ?

I tried to rent one last week from a small local firm. He quoted me €210 for the week. I said I would give him €150. His actual words ? - " i'd prefer to leave it in the garage'.

Either I've lost ALL my basic business skills or these guys up here are too wealthy to do "business".

I think if you live here and are fluent in Spanish and have ANY idea about customer service then you should be on a quick road to a million. I'm saying that rather tongue in cheek but I have NEVER seen business's run like I have seen them run here.

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