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Postby muddy90 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:49 am

Hi Everyone, I am visiting Cyprus in a few weeks and wanted to hire a 4x4 to get off the beaten track and see a little more of the islands beauty but every hire firm renting 4x4s says that their insurance does not cover unsurfaced/unfinished roads and does not cover off road driving. Does anyone know a hire company that does. I don't plan on doing extreme rock climbing or mud plugging I just want to visit some out of the way places. Many thanks. Paul.
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby bill cobbett » Fri Aug 05, 2011 4:26 pm

muddy90 wrote:Hi Everyone, I am visiting Cyprus in a few weeks and wanted to hire a 4x4 to get off the beaten track and see a little more of the islands beauty but every hire firm renting 4x4s says that their insurance does not cover unsurfaced/unfinished roads and does not cover off road driving. Does anyone know a hire company that does. I don't plan on doing extreme rock climbing or mud plugging I just want to visit some out of the way places. Many thanks. Paul.


Hi Muddy and welcome to CF...

Have hired 4x4s a few times for the hols and the standard contract does refer to no off-tarmac roads as you describe above cos it's the same contract as per saloon cars. Suggest make a phone-call to your car-hire firm and describe what you want to do and insist they waive the clause. After all you are paying pretty serious money for 4x4 hire.
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby muddy90 » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:54 am

Hi Bill, Tried that and they said no, you don't know any hire firms that may be a bit more flexible do you.
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby supporttheunderdog » Mon Aug 08, 2011 12:20 pm

muddy90 wrote:Hi Bill, Tried that and they said no, you don't know any hire firms that may be a bit more flexible do you.
Thanks.


Not much point in hiring a 4 x 4 then...
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby bill cobbett » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:04 pm

muddy90 wrote:Hi Bill, Tried that and they said no, you don't know any hire firms that may be a bit more flexible do you.
Thanks.


Try Paphos Car Rentals who also believe trade as Fontana Auto Rentals ... http://www.paphoscarrentals.com/cars/

They're over in Paphos and Polis, but they will deliver to LCA. Older cars but pretty decent prices. Used them a few times. Had a reasonably capable Grand Vitara a couple of times for travels on my own, has the proper 2nd manual 4X4 shift, and a Renault Scenic and the Honda HRV with always on 4x4 a couple of times for travels with the family on other occasions.

Never did anything remotely outrageous with them, more dirt-track driving than off-roading so the insurance wasn't really an issue, but these 4x4s do help with getting up kerbs for CY pavement parking.

Think one year may hire what is called the CY Rolls-Royce which is a Toyota Double Cabin, or the Hilux .... and they're pretty good hire value.
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby kurupetos » Mon Aug 08, 2011 11:10 pm

There is not a lot of mud in August. :lol:
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby muddy90 » Wed Aug 10, 2011 6:44 pm

Yeh tried that Fontana place spoke to Stathis and he said he hasn't got a 4x4 anytime in October. I only want it for dirt tracks but as soon as you mention going on an unsurfaced road they don't want to know even though they they advertise them as " ideal to get to hidden coves and sights"
And just a note to support the under dog its "Illegitimis non carborundum" for the true latin spelling. :?
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby supporttheunderdog » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:00 pm

it aint latin but latation as spoken in Ankh-Morpok
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby CBBB » Wed Aug 10, 2011 8:15 pm

supporttheunderdog wrote:it aint latin but latation as spoken in Ankh-Morpok


Sorry, but it is Ankh-MorpoRk, from the Klatchian I believe.
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Re: 4x4 hire

Postby bill cobbett » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:52 pm

muddy90 wrote:Yeh tried that Fontana place spoke to Stathis and he said he hasn't got a 4x4 anytime in October. I only want it for dirt tracks but as soon as you mention going on an unsurfaced road they don't want to know even though they they advertise them as " ideal to get to hidden coves and sights"
And just a note to support the under dog its "Illegitimis non carborundum" for the true latin spelling. :?


Muddy, to be frank. wouldn't even mention dirt tracks to the hire company... this clause in the contract is a loada pollocks cos normal driving in CY (in my experience) involves dirt-tracks. To give you the most ridiculous example, some years ago hired a house in a newish development... the roads in the dev were made up and finished but there was a gap of about 50 yards between the main road and the development, which was a dirt-track!

Another company for value... try Economy Car Rental, a larger company, who do Daihatsu Terios, Susuki Grand V, Nissan X Trail etc etc which may be suitable for you. Looking at their site just under 40GB£ a day.

... but don't mention dirt-tracks!!!
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