Subject: Re: ZINE Car rental in Italy

Having just done all of this for our upcoming trip:

1. Automatics are considerable more expensive to rent than manuals. Unless you need the automatic, go with the manual. I personally think it is easier to drive in the hills with the manual.

2. You will not need a big car for the luggage with only two of you. I would suggest a mid-size car for your comfort. If you look at you will be able to see the various cars and pricing. For the car rental companies, I found kemwel and to be about the same in terms of price.

3. Depending on the length of your trip, you might find one of the lease deals advantageous. With a minimum of 17 days, you can lease a brand new car through Renault USA or Peugeuot. I think I found Peugeuot through Kemwel, but we found a better deal with Renault. A Laguna 5 door automatic for 18 days is $1539 including all taxes, pickup/drop-off fees and necessary insurance. It is supposed to accomodate four adults, a child and luggage. (We needed the automatic because one of our group is handicapped.) We are picking up at the airport in Rome. They have a desk right in the terminal, and they have the car right outside. The last time I rented a car in Rome at the airport it was a bit of a hike to the rental desk. The person I talked with at Renault when we first rented was able to give me a comparison between the Laguna and a car I am familiar with to help in getting an idea about size.

3. I have Hertz Gold membership, so tried them directly. They were a lot more expensive than kemwel and autoeurope for simple rental.

Let me know if you have any other questions I might be able to answer.

Lisa in Chicago