Thursday, December 28, 2006


Hiring a car in Corsica

I wonder who will offer the best carhire deal in Corsica this year? For several years recently, we had found that Carrentals and Holiday Autos (links on were the pick of the bunch... but last year we found the best deal of all on

There are a number of pitfalls when hiring a car in our favourite island, and it's worth listing them here. First of all, avoid booking the hire car as you arrive at the airport or ferry terminal. If you do that, the car big hire cos at the airports (Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Budget or National) will charge you their book rates, and as always, this will be more expensive than booking it in advance online (see links above). The other pitfall to avoid is encountered when booking your car in France or Italy, then taking it by ferry to Corsica: in some companies' small print, travel to Corsica is specifically prohibited, and you may well invalidate your insurance by doing so. Not such a good idea...

So the best scheme is to book your car online before you go, using one of the operators listed in the first paragraph. They work by booking your vehicle through a large company like Hertz or Europcar and you will collect your car from one of them. How do they provide the cars so cheaply? I'm not sure - maybe someone will let me know!

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