14 March 2006

Car Rental Dilemma

Was talking to Char and getting some pointers on car rental in France when I realised that it is much cheaper to book via telephone than via their website. To top it off, I don't even have to call the France office to book it. Just your own local Hertz will do. Thank Char!

So there I was on the phone with the Hertz agent and I was rattling off my requirements like the required dates, automatic transmission, GPS Navigation, child seat etc. I was quoted 2 categories of cars.

1) Compact  - Opel Corsa or Peugeot 307

Price = € 398 after AsiaMiles member discount.

2) Premium - BMW 530 or Audi A6

Price = € 603 after AsiaMiles member discount.

Actually hor, over the phone she got mention the Jaguar X-Type which made my heart jumped a bit when I heard it but then later the fax quotation come, don't have. T_T

Nah beh.... chor lim peh gian only.  Grrr......

Here's my dilemma. I did my travel budget prior to calling them and I allocated about € 550 for the entire trip for car rental. With the Premium class car rental just € 50 away, I don't mind blow the budget a little.

Then again , booking a Compact car will save me a hefty € 150+ which would essentially go towards petrol. So in a way, getting the cheaper car will not only get me "free" petrol but also extra shopping money. But... but...... Premium car nicer leh!! I want my Jaguar XJ!!

Daydreaming a bit. WHAT IF I book the cheaper option and they give me a free upgrade to the Premium car category?

Create polls and vote for free.

So let's take a poll here. What would you do if you were me?

On another note, I was comparing notes with Char who would be renting from Paris and she is getting the Mercedes E220 for only € 475. Wah raoz!!! No fair!!!! I suppose prices in the bigger cities are cheaper due to the fact that they have bigger fleets and more intense competition. Marseilles, where I will be flying to, is considerably more "ulu" in comparison.


- Voxeros

1. winter left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 1:51 pm
easy on the wallet
anyway,got a big difference in pricing
can saveeeee a lot

2. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 3:00 pm :: 
winter: But heart itchy itchy leh...

3. winter left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 4:11 pm
i help u to scratch ur heart lor
want anot
ease the itch abit

4. kim left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 6:16 pm
you bringing your wifey right? SPLASH LA!!! muahaha..

5. Jaschocolate left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:39 pm
Just do what you like loh.. Use your heart :p

6. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 9:46 pm ::
winter: Scratch my WHAT?? Oh wait... heart. Er... nevermind.....

kIm: I also say! But wife say dun waste money leh. So how?

Jaschocolate: I like the big car at the small price .... but buay sai leh... :(

7. OLLie left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 10:28 pm ::
ay, but you are bringing her to have a good time. 老婆是来疼的。不可以省。女人总是口是心非。 so just splash la, since it's not like you are on a tight budget. If you are on a tight budget, I would say, WALK. :D

8. JayWalk left...
Monday, 13 March 2006 10:48 pm :: 
OLLie: sigh... women... always making guys play guessing games. :(
Let me continue to mull over it.

9. KingMeng left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 12:31 am ::
Compare the amount of time you'll be spending in a car, as opposed to out of the car.
Unless, of cos, you're planning to sleep IN the car. Then get the luxury one.

10. Jaschocolate left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 8:44 am
I think KM suggesting u spend the money on lodging instead since at nite need to do stuff one mah.. But since that is settled already hor, just splash lah.. heehee..

11. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 9:15 am ::
KingMeng & Jaschocolate: Well, the thing is that I got the villa dirt cheap and I am trying to justify the spending on the car rental by tranferring the budget excess from the accomodations to the car.
Also, we will be using the cars pretty much as each vineyard/village/market takes up quite a drive each day.
Oh well, I am still mulling...

12. winter left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 9:31 am
u polled us also no use
cos i know DEEP DEEP inside ur heart
u sure want to go for the luxury car

13. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 9:42 am ::
winter: Indeed I am. However, I am hoping someone would be able to make a point so valid that would completely remove my reluctance against the Compact Class.
Truthly, I am inclined towards the Premium class car but I am also aware of the mist of euphoria clouding my judgement. Just waiting for someone, if any, to help dissipate it.
I would probably make my decision before end of the week.

14. mht left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 10:21 am
u hv already decided. just trying to justify yr decision, that's all.
take the PREMIUM often do u get to travel with your family on holidays? u wld want them to be enjoying themselves all the way, right?

15. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 10:29 am :: 
mht: In a way, you are right. I have more or less decided already. However, I am hesitating putting the final wax-seal on the deal.
Machiam like those weddings in the movies where the Pastor does the customary pause after saying "Speak now or forever hold your peace."

16. aloe left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 10:32 am
Premium - cool!! how often do you get to drive lux cars. And here's a chance to try.
but then again, a car just gets u from pt A to pt B. Would a lux car mean a more comfortable ride for the long journey? If so, take the lux car. Otherwise, the economic car will do. You save money on it means more $$ for the wife to spend. hahahah!!

17. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 12:20 pm :: 
Anna: Well, for starters I have driven from Honda Accord to Mercedes 280S to Mercedes 190E to BMW 320i to Toyota Corolla before moving to Ch1na.
For all that is worth, the bigger cars provided better safety and I supposed that is quite an important factor to consider when in a foreign and unfamiliar place.
As for money spent of wife, either way also go to her one lah.... haiz...

18. winter left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 1:36 pm

19. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 1:44 pm :: 
winter: Wah raoz... say me until like that. Neber die before izzit?
If you read properly, my last car was the modest Corolla leh.... show your head lah! *kok*

20. winter left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 2:05 pm
i really neber die before mah :P if not, how to say u.. haha
my head always can be seen..
i saw the previous cars that's why dare to say u show off :P

21. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 4:30 pm ::
winter: Previous rental cars? All Proton Wiras what.... and yah lah. One Nissan Sunny niah...

22. winter left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 5:45 pm
i meant the cars u previously drove lah.. the ones u own

23. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 6:09 pm :: 
winter: 往事如过夜云烟, water under bridge liao. Today I is pedestrian niah except for a bicycle which was a free gift from my mobile phone company. :)

24. Jaslyn left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 10:59 pm ::
Peugeot 307!!

25. spellbound left...
Tuesday, 14 March 2006 11:23 pm ::
Spend la .... do not think further... :)

26. nadnut left...
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 8:58 am
easy on the wallet! use the cash for other stuff!

27. aloe left...
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 9:32 am
If u got the moolah and u really really wanna take the lux cars, then go for it loh. We here cannot influence u to do anything one mah. It also seems that you have half convinced yourself liao... It's your choice.
And yes, I agree with winter.... SHOW OFF!!! lol!!

28. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 9:48 am ::
Jaslyn: But it is bladdy backside-less hatchback leh... I see already I sian half.

Nadnut & Spellbound: Your opposing views machiam cancel out eachother. LOL.

Anna: It's true that I am leaning towards the bigger car but I just wanted to bounce this idea off everyone in the hope to get that one DECIDING factor counting against it that I may have overlooked lor.

Aiyah... all the "show off" is 曾经拥有 niah, but doesn't equate to 天长地久... damn... starting to sound like a watch commercial liao....

29. aloe left...
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 12:05 pm
yah loh.. no need to advertise for them la.. -_-"'
ok, there's no ONE deciding factor counting against your lean towards the big car. The only factor you wanna consider is affordability. That's all. Oh yah, and ur dislike of hatchbacks (same as me!!!)

30. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 12:58 pm :: 
Anna: The only hatchback that I have driven and actually liked it is the Honda CRX. Ah Beng sportscar.... damn powder one!

31. Jaslyn left...
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 1:20 pm ::
Hmm.. Then hor.. the Audi lor.. Nice leh..
Why dont hv bmw 6series coupe? hahaa.. Somebody just told me he booked it for me cos I said I like it. But bloody hell I dont hv license yet. It will be mine when I got my license!

32. JayWalk left...
Wednesday, 15 March 2006 2:39 pm ::
Jaslyn: Coupé? Cannot lah. I got baby on board lah....
Range of cars must see what they have mah. I think the fleet at Hertz Marseills is pretty small (compared to Paris) and so I think less to choose from.
Then again, I believe the BMW 6 is classified under specialty class.

33. Pam left...
Thursday, 16 March 2006 9:10 pm
If you actually get the Audi or the BMW, then you should go for it (unless you've already done so?!)... i don't trust Peugeot cars at all. we booked a small car when we were in Oz and they ran out, so they automatically upgraded us to the next size up (actually, i think it was 2 sizes up) - brilliant! :) but aussies are quite relaxed, unlike the french. hm. :)

34. JayWalk left...
Friday, 17 March 2006 1:04 am :: 
Pam: I haven't gotten around to book the car yet. Busy busy busy.
Ultimately, I would like the bigger car but I was also half-hoping to get it via the upgrade from the smaller car i.e. big car at small price.

35. aloe left...
Friday, 17 March 2006 9:21 am
why I never get any upgrades one!!! Boohoohoo.... ='(

36. JayWalk left...
Friday, 17 March 2006 12:38 pm ::
Anna: You neber make effort to charm the front desk's officer's socks off mah...

37. aloe left...
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 9:56 am
I dun do such things de... blee!!!

38. aloe left...
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 9:57 am
oh yah... so which car did u get in the end?? Boh conclusion one....

39. JayWalk left...
Tuesday, 21 March 2006 7:45 pm :: 
Anna: Why? Beneath you is it? Then forever you shall be banished to the small cars!
*waves magic wand*
The conclusion will be revealed later this week. Akan datang.

40. aloe left...
Thursday, 23 March 2006 2:40 pm
iShy mah. I dun erm... flirt.. with people de... :P

41. JayWalk left...
Thursday, 23 March 2006 3:57 pm ::
Anna: Riiighhhhtttttt.........
Liar, liar, pants on fire....

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