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Postby Moonage Daydream » Sat Sep 03, 2005 3:25 am

Going to Cyprus early October and will hire a car, Usually I book when we're over there, but I saw this agency on the internet - http://www.cyprus-car.com/
Has anyone used them? Are they good? Their rates are competitive, and they deliver and pick up fom the hotel.

We're staying in Limassol, so if anyone has other ideas on car hire, please also let me know. I want to visit Kyrenia and Karpasas while we're there, so it'll need to be a firm that allows you to take the car into the north.
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Postby Piratis » Sun Sep 04, 2005 12:29 pm

There are many places you can rent a car.
If you want to rent it online try http://www.avis.com.cy
That cyprus-car.com doesn't seem very reliable to me.
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Postby Hazza » Sun Sep 04, 2005 1:01 pm

Near the old port in Limassol, there is a Mitsubishi Pajero long wheel base with a sign on the windscreen saying £69 per week which is extremely cheap, though what is in the small print, I really can't tell you. I'm assuming that its a private vehicle rather than a genuine red plate.

Near Pizzahut, there is a carhire place that rents cars out for £10 per day for just a small bogstandard car.

You can always negotiate the prices with any car rental place, barter them down. Play them off against each other. If they don't budge, tell them you are going to so and so instead where they have given you a price of 'enter amount here' including comprehensive insurance.
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Postby Sotos » Sun Sep 04, 2005 5:33 pm

I saw somewhere in the tourist area advertising car hire for 8 pounds per day but I don't know more details.
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Postby Moonage Daydream » Wed Sep 07, 2005 11:18 pm

I've now booked with Fontana Car Hire, who seemed to offer the best deal for what I wanted. Anyone else used them before?
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Postby Simon H » Thu Sep 08, 2005 1:28 am

In March 2005 I got a basic (Group 3?) car for £55 UK Pounds for 7 days with Holiday Autos pre booked through my travel agent. Pick up and drop off at Paphos airport. In June they wanted something like £150 UK Pounds per week!
Hope it works out for you.

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Postby Hazza » Thu Sep 08, 2005 4:33 pm

Difference is Simon, March is out of season so there is no demand for rental cars. Because of this, any money they can make, they will accept as its a form of income for them.
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Re: Car Hire

Postby city » Sun Sep 25, 2005 6:38 pm

Moonage Daydream wrote:Going to Cyprus early October and will hire a car, Usually I book when we're over there, but I saw this agency on the internet - http://www.cyprus-car.com/
Has anyone used them? Are they good? Their rates are competitive, and they deliver and pick up fom the hotel.

We're staying in Limassol, so if anyone has other ideas on car hire, please also let me know. I want to visit Kyrenia and Karpasas while we're there, so it'll need to be a firm that allows you to take the car into the north.


I would like to point out that its a bit risky to take a rental car from south to north, even so lots of people (including me) are doing it. You have to pay insurance fee (last time I went it was CYP 12,- -> two weeks ago :-) ) when crossing the border. This is valid for three days. BUT it only covers the third party liability, i.e. the damage to the other car, so you are left with the costs to fix your car in case an accident happens. Plus the maximum the insurance pays is CYP 2000 and even for that you can never be sure whether you'll get it or not. Newspapers are full of examples what has happened to tourists....

I just thought I let you know so you are aware of the risk.

Anyway, enjoy your stay.
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Car Hire

Postby Moonage Daydream » Sat Oct 15, 2005 2:08 am

The car hire portal at http://www.cyprus-car.com worked well.
The car turned up the hotel at the appointed time. I could have got a cheaper deal over there, but I wanted to take the car over to the north, and the likes of Avis, and Easycar specifically prohibited that.

I accept the point about the limitations of the insurance arrangements, but anm pleased to say we had no problems, though we were concerend that someone nearly droive into the back of us on the outskirts of North Nicosia! (on the Famigusta - Nicosia road).

There were quite a few of us 'red plates' in the north of Cyprus.
Surely its about time that better insurance arangements were put in place for people wanting to explore the whole island by car?
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