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 Post subject: Car Rental Prices
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 2:42 pm 
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Planning on going down in early December again this year so I figured I would be proactive and reach out to a few of the car rental companies I have used in the past and get some prices.

I have rented from the ones most of you (and me) have been pleased with. What I have found so far is that all their rates have gone up at least 15% over last year. Don't see any new government fees and regardless if you pick up at the airport or offsite.

I always found that Hertz and especially Avis were the highest rates but now at least Hertz is at or less then some of the local offsite places.

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 Post subject: Re: Car Rental Prices
PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:32 pm 
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Joey, my experience is that the rentals at the airport are very well in not telling you beforehand that a lot is not included regarding insurances and taxes. Be carefull!

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:53 pm 
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DD you are so right especialaly at the airport but I also find most rental companies when you send them dates they send you several numbers.

1) Base Price and extra days (if applicable)
2) 3.5% Tax
3) 14.5% Airport fees
4) $5.00 per day additional driver
5) $1.00 per day something tax
6) $10.00 return to airport fee
7) Whatever else they can think of.

My reaction? I email them back thank them and say "What's the bottom line".

I then hear back. Oh its XXX for your stay.

Have to say this happens more often with "local" companies. Major players give you the "bottom line" on their websites.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 09, 2018 6:19 am 
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I was told by an off site car rental employee that the rental companies at the airport pay six thousand dollars a month?? I am not sure if he knows what he is talking about, but that's pretty high for starters and they are going to pass that cost over to us.


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I have never had an issue with getting the total cost in the first reply. It might be broken down but I always get a final figure. I do ask for the full figure to be quoted in my initial request for a quote. I believe they give the breakdown so we can compare their price without the additional fees that are tacked onto all the rental agreements.


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happyt1 wrote:
I have never had an issue with getting the total cost in the first reply. It might be broken down but I always get a final figure. I do ask for the full figure to be quoted in my initial request for a quote. I believe they give the breakdown so we can compare their price without the additional fees that are tacked onto all the rental agreements.

DW handles the car reservations with Tropic in advance (she booked with Tropic last month for our 3-week stay this September) & forwards the email response from Tropic - I recall seeing only one amount listed for the rental.

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End of the story.

Back with Hans. Best prices with the best car.

I haven't rented since they moved off-site. How has it been for you.

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arubajoey wrote:
End of the story.

Back with Hans. Best prices with the best car.

I haven't rented since they moved off-site. How has it been for you.

used tropic last august and found the pick up at the airport to be quick and easy. nothing to be worried about.

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Rented from Tropic this past January with no problem. Met us in the lobby and went to the office 5 min. down the road and off we went. One price with his quote and no change when we dropped off.
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We have been renting from Tropic and the off sight is not that big of a deal takes 2 min. and the prices and service were always good.

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arubajoey wrote:
End of the story.

Back with Hans. Best prices with the best car.

I haven't rented since they moved off-site. How has it been for you.

We used Hans recently. Dennis picked us up at the airport and we were in the car and on the road in 15 minutes. They are now located across from the Price Mart. We dropped the car off there and Hans drove us to the airport. Very smooth!!


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The kindness of the people at Tropic is unreal...We always rent from Hans and Dennis is usually the one that greets us and says good-bye...This year, my husband was not feeling well at the end of our vacation so I called Hans and said, I didn't think he should drive and they offered to come to the Hilton and pick us up and drive us to the airport and took the car from there...I cannot even begin to thank them for their kindness...that is what a great outfit to rent from is really like...We have been renting for many years and each year gets more exceptional... AND, their cars are new and clean.... wish we could rent this year but my husband hurt his back and driving is out of the question....Maybe in Oct when we come back... .thank you Hans and Dennis...

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We have always used Tropic and never been disappointed. Once my husband went snorkeling with the keys in his pocket, low and behold would not work on electric starter. Hans met us within a half hour with a new set of keys. These are the things that make a good business great!

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We used Tropic in January for probably the 6th time. Everything works smooth with them. We plan to use them on our next visit.


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We rent from Top Drive for weeks 51/52. It is $500 for the 2 weeks. That prices includes everything.

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