I am looking at car hire in Andalucía in March 2017. What surprised me was the significant difference between the big names and the local budget companies.
For example, a compact car might cost €150/week from Avis but only €50/week at Firefly.
I recently had a Peugeot 208 in the UK for over €220/week from Avis so €50/week seems very cheap.
Why are the prices so much less in Spain and why are the budget firms (apparently) so much cheaper than the 'big names'?
[The deals (insurance, CDW, fuel) appear similar and I intend to get excess coverage before I leave and not at the rental office.]
I rented the car through the ADAC and got the extra benefits albeit at a higher price. The car I was given was a KIA but it was not able to take the large suitcase I had in the boot. The car was advertised as being able to take 1 large suitcase so I complained by email to
Europcar. (We were in a hurry to leave the airport so we just put the case on the back seat and left.) After more than 2 weeks I got the reply that I should contact the ADAC. Not a good service and possible pointer to the downside of renting through a 3rd party.
Latest I complained (via ADAC) and in May was given €22. However, in June Europcar took €23 and €17 from my credit card. They simply helped themselves. No comment. No information. They just took it. Contacting ADAC - again. Not impressed.