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Car rental for December trip #308999
11/17/2023 10:53 AM
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Need to find a new car rental agency. The last trip was a bad experience with a manager with a really bad attitude.
The arrival to the airport thru immigration sounds like a nightmare. Looking for a smile and a smooth car rental experience.
Please give contact numbers or online info from a rental car company you have used recently. Thanks!

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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309000
11/17/2023 10:59 AM
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We've been using Alain Arnell at Triple AAA for over a decade. Email him at tripleaaa@caribserve.net. Tell him Georgia recommended him. His cars aren't brand new, and they have French plates, both of which are important to us.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309003
11/17/2023 11:29 AM
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Been using Hertz for over 20 years. Never a glitch.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309007
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We’ve used Kenny’s car rental for years. Service is excellent and we’ve never had any problems with the car. You can find them in the sponsors section of this site.


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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309009
11/17/2023 11:50 AM
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We've used Leisure Car rental for years with no issues, good prices, reliable and friendly staff.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309016
11/17/2023 12:15 PM
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We have been using Kenny's for our last few trips. No complaints on cars and service, pick up and drop off at the airport. Car rental made simple and easy.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309023
11/17/2023 12:38 PM
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Kenny's seems to be the front runner among the sources I've consulted. Are his prices competitive?

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Wahnfried] #309026
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Yes very reasonable.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309038
11/17/2023 04:53 PM
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I have used Kenny's, TripleA and Hertz and have had zero issues with all of them

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309040
11/17/2023 05:24 PM
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I have used empress for years get good rates and friendly service.
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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309054
11/17/2023 08:29 PM
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Unity or Kenny's have both been easy buttons....


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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309055
11/17/2023 09:07 PM
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We always use Exclusive Car Rental 721 581 2522 pick up and drop off car right at the airport, great friendly service

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309057
11/18/2023 01:15 AM
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Just look at the total quote including all taxes, fees and what some agencies adding liability charges quote you. Some don't quote it with liability but surprise you with it at pickup. Get the total cost then factor in the recommendations and what you feel comfortable with. That's why we always go with Hertz SXM. No surprises and everything included.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309058
11/18/2023 08:06 AM
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We've rented with a few different companies (Empress, Kenny's and Hertz) and have had good experiences with all of them. When shopping around for our December trip, Hertz didn't seem to have many options available. It was all SUVs, trucks or vans. No actual cars. I assume it's because they are booked up, so making a reservation soon is probably a good idea no matter what company you choose.

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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309068
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We've used AAA many times in the past but started using Kenny's the the 2-3 visits. Honestly, Lesley makes it so damn convenient and is super responsive. We booked with him for next week as well. I couldn't see using anyone else.


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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: GaKaye] #309094
11/18/2023 06:43 PM
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Amen

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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309108
11/19/2023 04:57 AM
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We all have our "guy". We switched to SAX rental company( six years ago) because the service and the cars !! The service is second to none, friendly smiles and ready to help! The cars are all new with GPS trackers, God forbid it gets stolen!! The rates are right in line with most of the other guys!! We became good friends with the owners, Cindy and Anil Puran! Lovely people to do business with!! We've gone out to dinner with them!! Give them a try! You'll be very happy!! Mention my name! https://www.saxcarrental.com/

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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Colour1] #309197
11/20/2023 05:28 PM
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Thanks! What language is the GPS voice in? If French it could be fun. Please PM me the daily rate so I can compare.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309199
11/20/2023 05:47 PM
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I agree SAX is great!!!

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309201
11/20/2023 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by sxmmartini
Thanks! What language is the GPS voice in? If French it could be fun. Please PM me the daily rate so I can compare.

I would think you would get the rate from the rental company directly not from someone not involved with the company and have only recommend them that probably gets a special rate.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: SXMScubaman] #309206
11/20/2023 09:39 PM
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?????

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Kennys] #309207
11/20/2023 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Kennys
?????

What's the confusion or question? Explain.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: SXMScubaman] #309209
11/20/2023 10:09 PM
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Yes , what you meant ?

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Kennys] #309211
11/20/2023 10:13 PM
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Exactly what I meant. Go to the source, the rental company. for your quote. Not second hand from someone that recommended the company.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: SXMScubaman] #309213
11/21/2023 12:32 AM
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Okay , well said .

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: SXMScubaman] #309214
11/21/2023 08:34 AM
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Originally Posted by SXMScubaman
Exactly what I meant. Go to the source, the rental company. for your quote. Not second hand from someone that recommended the company.


Exactly. I've been getting the same rate from AAA for over fifteen years. I'm rewarded for my loyalty to Alain, and for the many referrals I send to him. I would never quote that rate to anyone.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309226
11/21/2023 12:04 PM
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Michael at unity is great. Been renting from him for over 20 years. This year he helped me with a fender bender to process claim thru my credit card. Also came to change a flat in 20 minutes. I am sure there are good companies listed here but in my experience Unity is the best

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: GaKaye] #309228
11/21/2023 12:21 PM
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Originally Posted by GaKaye
Originally Posted by SXMScubaman
Exactly what I meant. Go to the source, the rental company. for your quote. Not second hand from someone that recommended the company.


Exactly. I've been getting the same rate from AAA for over fifteen years. I'm rewarded for my loyalty to Alain, and for the many referrals I send to him. I would never quote that rate to anyone.

Same here with Hertz. Last trip I had a flat at Mullet Beach. One call and they were there in 15 min with new tire and rim. No extra charge and told me to swing by and they would check rest of tires and wash/vacuum car. Again no charge.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309245
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The going rate seems to be $35. per day. Don’t need a new car just one with good brakes and tires.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309248
11/21/2023 06:23 PM
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Depends on when you're going. $35 a day seems low to me.


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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Carol_Hill] #309249
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I have never paid more than $25. Per day! The last trip was $25. but the rental agency gave us a hard time about the gas not being topped off when we returned it. We fill it just before and returned it with a full tank. Anyway it has become a hassle now.

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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309252
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Make sure that rate includes all taxes, fees and liability insurance. Also covers spouse driver.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309255
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I have used Discount car rentals and have had great service and prices include all insurance. Also have car waiting at airport when you arrive

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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309258
11/22/2023 04:10 AM
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It's a device built into the dashboard. It didn't talk, it beeped LOL!!! the one time when it had to be reset! Here's there website for the rates for all the vehicles they rent. https://www.saxcarrental.com/


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Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Colour1] #309262
11/22/2023 07:45 AM
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Their $50/day becomes $60 after taxes are added...with zero insurance or additional driver included

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309273
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We always use Hertz. No problems even with a minor damage issue a few years back. They worked with our credit card coverage.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: sxmmartini] #309292
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Originally Posted by sxmmartini
I have never paid more than $25. Per day! The last trip was $25. but the rental agency gave us a hard time about the gas not being topped off when we returned it. We fill it just before and returned it with a full tank. Anyway it has become a hassle now.
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Your price was lower because of your loyalty to the agency. When you're a new client, you'll pay the going rate. I suggest you resolve the issue with the company you've been using.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: GaKaye] #309307
11/22/2023 09:05 PM
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Thanks and I'm literally tired of people being cheap . But for the food , they know which ones to go too lol. People never change of being who they really are .
Keeps happening , sad .

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Kennys] #309311
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Sometimes it's not being cheap but being frugal and staying in budget.

Re: Car rental for December trip [Re: Kennys] #309320
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Originally Posted by Kennys
Thanks and I'm literally tired of people being cheap . But for the food , they know which ones to go too lol. People never change of being who they really are .
Keeps happening , sad .


Lesley, not everyone has an unlimited budget, and perhaps those who do, choose how to spend their vacation dollars. To say that people who are looking for the best price for something are being cheap, is demeaning.

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