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Old Jul 5, 18, 4:43 pm
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Car Rental at MUC

I would like to rent a car in Munich because itís only $76 as oppose to $80 for our train ride. I also wanna have a car so I donít bother our host and asking him to have to constantly borrow his car to go places.

But Iíve been reading reviews and hearing not such good things about certain merchants. For example I found a very good deal with Dollar Rent-A-Car at MUC, and also with Alamo. But the reviews I have found have said that once customers have gotten to the counters, they were forced to buy CDW and other add-ons before the merchant would let them rent the car, which ended up costing them Ä400 extra. I do not need coverage as my credit card covers rental car collision damage. But I was told the merchants will not except this answer and will force you to buy CDW.
Another concern I have is all the cars to rent say they are manual and I cannot drive a manual. Does anyone have experience renting from Dollar and Alamo and could share what their experience was like?

PS for the purposes of my credit cards and my drivers license as well as my passport Iím an American citizen with American Bank credit cards.
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Old Jul 6, 18, 2:00 am
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The big 4 (Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis/Budget) all have (guaranteed is booked in the category) automatic cars and will not bug you regarding insurance if you clearly say that your credit card covers every and anything. The discounters are a different matter, the deals you saw are meant to bait you and then you get the spiel at the counter.

I always book long term rentals with Europcar or Sixt ex MUC using carrentals.com which usually is without any CDW. The offers there should match the dollar/alamo rates.
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Old Jul 6, 18, 4:04 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
The big 4 (Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis/Budget) all have (guaranteed is booked in the category) automatic cars and will not bug you regarding insurance if you clearly say that your credit card covers every and anything. The discounters are a different matter, the deals you saw are meant to bait you and then you get the spiel at the counter.

I always book long term rentals with Europcar or Sixt ex MUC using carrentals.com which usually is without any CDW. The offers there should match the dollar/alamo rates.
Thank you very helpful to someone who has absolutely no idea about rental cars within Germany.
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Old Jul 6, 18, 4:39 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
The big 4 (Sixt, Hertz, Europcar, Avis/Budget) all have (guaranteed is booked in the category) automatic cars and will not bug you regarding insurance if you clearly say that your credit card covers every and anything. The discounters are a different matter, the deals you saw are meant to bait you and then you get the spiel at the counter.

I always book long term rentals with Europcar or Sixt ex MUC using carrentals.com which usually is without any CDW. The offers there should match the dollar/alamo rates.
If I reserve a manual transmission vehicle and then want an automatic, at one of the agencies above, how much of a pain are they going to charge me?
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Old Jul 6, 18, 4:42 am
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The big 4 need a reservation in advance because they only have a limited number on stock. What could and will happen is that they will upsell you to a category higher to give you the automatic, as all counter agents have a upsell target and get incentivised to upsel you. What date range are you looking at? Is it a one way?
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Old Jul 6, 18, 4:53 am
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Originally Posted by oliver2002 View Post
The big 4 need a reservation in advance because they only have a limited number on stock. What could and will happen is that they will upsell you to a category higher to give you the automatic, as all counter agents have a upsell target and get incentivised to upsel you. What date range are you looking at? Is it a one way?
Yes pick up and drop off at MUC. Pick up September. Drop back off at MUC on Oct for about a week. Thereís no way they will cut you slack and just give you an automatic?

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Old Jul 6, 18, 5:49 am
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Thereís no way they will cut you slack and just give you an automatic?
Nope. Why should they? There are desparate murricans out there who don't/can't drive manual transmissions, so that can be milked to meet their targets...

Hertz is offering a 4 door compact with automatic for 137$ is you use the Amex CDP. Avis/Budget is 140$ via carrentals.com
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Old Jul 6, 18, 7:02 am
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Yes, what you found, and I very much appreciate all your help, seems to be the standard rates. I found a Mercedes A class with EuropCar for Ä140. I think Iíll probably end up booking that.

Thanks for letting me know which companies to steer clear of.
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Old Jul 6, 18, 12:20 pm
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Yes pick up and drop off at MUC. Pick up September. Drop back off at MUC on Oct for about a week. There’s no way they will cut you slack and just give you an automatic?
No, you have to reserve an automatic. If you want to save some money, plan to pick the car up in the city at one of the locations (not the rail station though, it too has surcharges), then drop back off at the airport when you're leaving - the rates are less expensive without the airport/rail surcharges (which only apply for airport/rail pick-ups, not drop-offs). I'm currently doing my comparison shopping for a month long rental starting and ending in Munich and the price difference for a city pick-up with an airport drop-off is $423 less than picking-up and dropping off at the airport.....the $15 (11 euros) it costs to take the train into the city, and the 40-minutes or so it'll take is well worth saving $423.
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Old Jul 6, 18, 6:04 pm
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Originally Posted by PreppyTourist View Post
No, you have to reserve an automatic. If you want to save some money, plan to pick the car up in the city at one of the locations (not the rail station though, it too has surcharges), then drop back off at the airport when you're leaving - the rates are less expensive without the airport/rail surcharges (which only apply for airport/rail pick-ups, not drop-offs). I'm currently doing my comparison shopping for a month long rental starting and ending in Munich and the price difference for a city pick-up with an airport drop-off is $423 less than picking-up and dropping off at the airport.....the $15 (11 euros) it costs to take the train into the city, and the 40-minutes or so it'll take is well worth saving $423.
Is there a location next to the Munich airport where I could pick up to have the fees waived? For only 4 days, I donít think itís worth it to go all the way off the airport property searching for a location. For Ä140 for 4 days with an automatic Mercedes is a good deal I found, I think. Especially when youíre splitting the rate with a friend.
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Old Jul 7, 18, 1:31 am
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I just wanted to publicly thank @oliver2002, and all his warnings regarding what rental car company to use. I got, what I consider, a good deal at EuropCar. Anyone have any coupons for this brand?
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Old Jul 7, 18, 5:02 am
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Is there a location next to the Munich airport where I could pick up to have the fees waived? For only 4 days, I donít think itís worth it to go all the way off the airport property searching for a location. For Ä140 for 4 days with an automatic Mercedes is a good deal I found, I think. Especially when youíre splitting the rate with a friend.
Not sure exactly what rental company you want to use. I sometimes take the S-train down to Rosenheimer Platz and use the Sixt location in the Hilton. But this is not close to the airport and in addition a location where the car is brought to by Sixt.
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Old Jul 8, 18, 4:30 am
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In fact I even often get an Automatic if booked a Manual. I have my next rental at Sixt tomorrow, will see what I get….
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Old Jul 8, 18, 5:51 am
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In fact I even often get an Automatic if booked a Manual. I have my next rental at Sixt tomorrow, will see what I getÖ.
This changes things... if I reserve a manual at Sixt and then ask for an automatic do they usually give you an automatic without much fuss or charging more?

Also does anyone have any discount codes for any of the above brands?

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Old Jul 8, 18, 7:26 am
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This changes things... if I reserve a manual at Sixt and then ask for an automatic do they usually give you an automatic without much fuss or charging more?

Also does anyone have any discount codes for any of the above brands?
I'm not sure why you seem to be struggling with the concept of price differences between an automatic and a manual. Automatic transmissions are much, much less common in Europe than the United States. Thus, just like anything else subject to the economic laws of supply and demand, companies that offer automatic transmissions tend to charge a premium for them. That is what you would expect, no? They can do this for two primary reasons, 1) they have a limited supply of automatic transmission vehicles, relative to the their fleet size (i.e. less supply) and 2) they know that people who are terrified/intimidated by the prospect of driving an manual transmission will pay the premium.

The fact that a poster above, has on occasion, received an automatic when they reserved a manual, has absolutely, positively no bearing whatsoever on what will happen to you when you step up to the rental car counter in Munich. offerendum's situation does not "change" anything for you. I just finished a rental in Ireland. I reserved the lowest end, compact, manual transmission. When we arrived to pick up our vehicle, the guy ended up giving me the highest end vehicle they had on the lot, a Volkswagen Toureg SUV (literally 4x the daily rate I paid) for the same price I had paid. Mainly, this was because he didn't have what I reserved and they needed to get it back to Dublin (where we were going). Because it happened once, do you believe I should assume it will happen every time?

Bottom line, of course, you could get lucky an end up being given and automatic transmission when you only paid for a manual, but you cannot/should not assume that will occur. If you want/need an automatic, then rent and pay for an automatic just like anyone else would.

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