National - Aruba
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Aug 21, 12, 2:47 pm
has anyone rented from National in Aruba recently? Any clue what they have?
I have rented within the past half year 2x.
They have a mix of what you might see in America and what you would not.
Ive seen a sea of Fusions last time I was there and a mix of Wranglers, Santa Fes, various Hyundais. I got the astute upgrade to a Daihatsu Terios, a mini SUV which was just awful. Make sure you document all damage/scratches etc. before you drive off. And I mean literally everything.
Aug 26, 12, 10:24 am
Do they recognize executive status at all? or is it just you get what you get and dont get upset?
Hit and miss. Once they upgraded me because Im elite and once nothing. The upgrade btw was to that one awful Daihatsu mini-SUV. I would suggest getting the highest car class available for a good price at AUA. Dont skimp between the midsize and fullsize if its a few dollar difference per day between the two.
Sep 2, 13, 7:23 am
Woof. Just got back from Aruba and was happy to return easily the worst rental car I've ever received: a 2003-06 (didn't have a manual so couldn't tell precisely) Mitsubishi Lancer with crank windows, no (working) interior lights, A/C that smelled like a gym bag, and more dents and dings than a Brooklyn livery cab. At first we thought that it was an employee's car pressed into emergency service, but then we parked next to an almost identical one at our hotel, also wearing a National window sticker. Repeated calls to National asking to exchange for something - anything - else they might have had in stock got us nowhere. Sure, we were just driving around the island on vacation (it would have been much worse if I'd had to show up to a client's office driving it), but it grated seeing all of the late-model Corollas and even Yaris sedans from other rental car agencies while I was driving around a pizza delivery P.O.S.
Goes without saying that there's no "aisle" at this location, and no status recognition as far as I could tell. I'd recommend avoiding National Aruba altogether and renting from Budget or a local company (NOT Hertz, as their cars looked almost - but not quite! - as bad as ours) unless you desperately need the credits.
Side note: the rental counter staff was actually quite good (professionalism/courtesy), but for insurance only offered LDW at $15/day or full coverage for $35/day. Like everyone else on the planet I get LDW etc. through my credit card, but neither my own car insurance nor AmEx car rental protection offers liability coverage outside of the US and Canada. I'd have appreciated the option to purchase liability coverage as a stand-alone option, but at $35/day for (mostly redundant) coverage, I just declined, crossed my fingers and wished I'd rented from somewhere else.
Sep 3, 13, 10:09 pm
Hertz in Aruba is not much different.
Sep 4, 13, 3:23 pm
unless you desperately need the credits.
Are you sure you even get National Emerald Club rental credits outside the US and Canada?