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Beware Ebookers and Budget Rent-A-Car
Author Name: Mike the Boy
Disadvantages: Beware hidden charged
My partner has just to pay an excess insurance at Belfast Airport of £130 to pick up her hire car.
The reasons explained to me by Ebookers was that she failed to produce a valid credit card. Now I know it states that one should have a valid credit card on their booking form, but what it does not state is the exorbitant amount you will have to pay Budget in Belfast if you only have a debit card. Budget are demanding £130 for one weeks insurance which is equal to £6,500 for a year.
When I stated that this seemed a bit high I was informed that a credit card would have a deposit albeit refundable of £850 put against it. Now how many people would automatically have an available credit card limit of an extra £850.
The booking made through Ebookers makes no mention anywhere on its front pages of any of these ridiculous charges. This is at the very best sharp practice. Think twice before using them. My partner would have been better off personally hiring a car when she arrived at the airport. I am disgusted with these kind of hidden charges that are becoming an increasing issue so that companies can maximise their 'revenue stream'
Summary: Sharp Practice