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Which car hire company to trust?

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Which car hire company to trust?

Hi all -

I'm currently getting quotes from car hire companies, none of which seem to be in the UK, so I'm reading about them online. The problem is, all of them have terrible reviews, which I guess is often the case with online reviews in general. So I'm wondering if anyone can give me some tips on who to steer clear from and who are the more 'legit' rental companies in the algarve area of Portugal (picking up and dropping off at Faro airport and will just take it around the Algarve and probably into Spain for a day trip). The companies that are coming up are typically:

Rhodium, Goldcar, Interrent, TurisPrime, Drive On Holidays, FireFly, Dollar, Autoclick, RentaStar and AirAuto.

Thanks so much!

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East Anglia, United...
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1. Re: Which car hire company to trust?

If you search the Algarve forum there are many posts either recommending the trusted companies or naming those to definitely avoid, like Goldcar and Turisprime.

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2. Re: Which car hire company to trust?


They are complete cowboys and scam tourists for old damage which has probably been charged for time and time again!

On inspection prior to hire the rep was happy to ignore certain scratches - if you’re using them take a video of the car and note ALL scratches down.

The scuff we were charged for ( and definitely did not do!), was under the front bumper. You had to get on your hands and knees and look under the car to see it.

The car next to us was also being scammed for a scratch they didn’t cause- funny how the reps know exactly where to look when you return!

See trip advisor for all the true reviews of this dishonest company!

Very sad end to a beautiful holiday.

Ottawa, Canada
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3. Re: Which car hire company to trust?

I have used Auto Europe Canada for the last 3 trips needing a car (Chile, Wales, Portugal) and would not go anywhere else. They are great.

Lytham St Anne's...
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4. Re: Which car hire company to trust?

Definitely avoid Goldcar !!

Just look at their reviews .

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