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Oct 30, 2011

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justcorbly

Last month in Scotland, I rented from Thrifty. Insurance would have more than doubled the cost, so, for the first time, I went with the credit card coverage. Despite knocking the left curb several times, I passed inspection at journey's end.

I'd booked a VW Golf, but drove away in a BMW 320 diesel estate. A spiffy car that pulled down 50+ mpg cruising at 60.

Ed Cone

I've always heard you shouldn't take the insurance if you know your credit card covers that aspect. We blew out a tire in Sicily earlier this year, our Visa card covered the cost (although we did get stuck with some admin expenses).

Billy Jones

justcorbly, was that 60KPM or 60MPH?

justcorbly

Ed: Did your card pay the rental agency directly, or did it reimburse you after you paid? Thrifty required written evidence of the coverage -- a letter -- before they would waive their insurance fees.

Billy: 60 mph, the "unless otherwise marked" speed limit on roads in Scotland. The car was great. Only a bit of diesel rattle at a cold idle. Plenty of acceleration, during which the MPG numbers weren't so great. Handled, you know, like a BMW. I want one.

Ed Cone

Card paid me, after lengthy documentation process, I was out of pocket for a few months.

We rented an Audi A4 diesel wagon in France a few years back, maneuverable enough for narrow ancient streets, fast enough for the left lane of the autoroute.

michele

I once rented a Chevy Astro to drive the family to Myrtle Beach.

Billy Jones

50 MPG at 60 MPH ain't bad but I get the same with my 91 Tercel and didn't go in debt to buy it put it together. ;-) I'm sure I would love the BMW but not the payments.

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