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I saw a rented smart car in London marked "£5 per day including 75 miles of
travel". Since this is less than I typically spend on petrol for my car in a
day, it would be cheaper to hire one of these and leave my car sitting in
the drive, and I would presumably be able to go in the Kengestion Charging
area. But I can't remember the company name. Any clues?



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I saw a rented smart car in London marked "£5 per day including 75 miles
of travel". Since this is less than I typically spend on petrol for my car
in a


As you are expected to pay for the petrol that you
use from the car I don't see how this comparison is valid.

Other points:
1) the 5 pound charge is almost certainly a yield managed price
which will be unobtainable for 98% of hires.
2) it will not include insurance.
3) There will probably be an addirional charge for cleaning.

day, it would be cheaper to hire one of these and leave my car sitting in
the drive, and I would presumably be able to go in the Kengestion Charging


Why do you presume this

area. But I can't remember the company name. Any clues?


could it be this

http://www.e-sixt.co.uk/common/all/d...ntal/sixti.php

tim





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"John Rowland" wrote in
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... and I would presumably be able to go in the Kengestion Charging area.


Of course you could.

But it would cost you £8.00 (unless you had managed to rent an electric
car).





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John Rowland ) gurgled happily,
sounding much like they were saying :

I saw a rented smart car in London marked "£5 per day including 75
miles of travel".


Which means they charge you for mileage over 75 miles per day, on top of
the rental price.

Since this is less than I typically spend on petrol for my car in a day


.... and you'll need to return it full of juice, as with any other rental.

and I would presumably be able to go in the Kengestion Charging area.


Indeed. Under exactly the same terms as in your car - by paying the £8 or
the penalty charge if you forget (plus the hire company premium for
"handling" the fine payment for you)

But I can't remember the company name. Any clues?


Think I've seen 'em signwritten for Sixt.
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tim..... wrote:
"John Rowland" wrote in
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I saw a rented smart car in London marked "£5 per day including 75
miles of travel". Since this is less than I typically spend on
petrol for my car in a


As you are expected to pay for the petrol that you
use from the car I don't see how this comparison is valid.


Okay. The "5 pounds for 75 miles" bit fooled me. If they expect you to pay
for petrol, I don't see why they charge you extra for more than 75 miles per
day.

day, it would be cheaper to hire one of these and leave my car
sitting in the drive, and I would presumably be able to go in the
Kengestion Charging


Why do you presume this


Because I thought Smart Cars were exempt, but it seems they are not.

area. But I can't remember the company name. Any clues?


could it be this

http://www.e-sixt.co.uk/common/all/d...ntal/sixti.php


That's the one. Thanks, and thanks to the other people who replied.




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On 15 Apr, 05:45, "John Rowland"
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tim..... wrote:
Okay. The "5 pounds for 75 miles" bit fooled me. If they expect you to pay
for petrol, I don't see why they charge you extra for more than 75 miles per
day.


It's becoming more and more common for hire cars to have tighter
mileage limits - for example, it allows lower prices to be posted,
winning customers via comparison sites before they spot the limit...

Sam

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I've used this company and their cars a few times; they do what it
says on the tin. The price does include insurance, but only third
party cover - should you wish to insure it comprehensively that is
extra. For a fiver I think that's fair enough. There are no extra
charges for cleaning etc. The 75 miles refers to the mileage limit per
day; you are expected to pay for the petrol you use! Additional miles
attract a per-mile charge. The £5 per day price is only ever made
available on a single-day rental - renting for longer attracts a
higher price per day.

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In article . com, Keith
Raeburn writes

The £5 per day price is only ever made
available on a single-day rental - renting for longer attracts a
higher price per day.


I was thinking about hiring one to pick up a potential ebay purchase in
London in the next week or so, but the car's too small to hold what I
want to buy.
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I was thinking about hiring one to pick up a potential ebay purchase in
London in the next week or so, but the car's too small to hold what I
want to buy.


I'm a member of a car club (Streetcar) which is absolutely brilliant. It
has some limitations (no good for long journeys) but in general, for short
trips, is terrific value for money.

Ian



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John Rowland wrote
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As you are expected to pay for the petrol that you
use from the car I don't see how this comparison is valid.


Okay. The "5 pounds for 75 miles" bit fooled me. If they expect you

to pay
for petrol, I don't see why they charge you extra for more than 75

miles per
day.


Pay for mileage or excess mileage has been a option on car rental since
the year dot (except on very small islands where petrol may be included
too). I take it that the higher the mileage the lower the price when
they sell on their cars.

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