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Cheap/Good Car Rental in Chile????

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Cheap/Good Car Rental in Chile????

I'm looking for a week/one-way rental from Santiago (city, not airport!) to Puerto Montt....

I'm only finding outrageous prices like $550-650!!... this is making me think I might be better served returning the car myself..

also, the small regional flights have VERY LOW baggage weight allowances that I'm not sure my GF will be able to pass...

I found this one ACE/ECONORENT company that has a $214 per week for a toyota yaris manual...

that's not a bad car really....I can deal with it..

any good suggestions?.. thanks!

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well.. ACE/Econorent will only allow me to pick up at the Santiago Airport..

the airport is like 20 miles away from Santiago Proper - no?

I'd rather not have to go to the airport to pick up the car...

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I have been corresponding with United car rental.. I haven't found anyone yet who has used them but they seem to have been around for awhile. They have reasonable prices ( coonsidering you have to buy insurance) and looking at their website they also do drop off in other towns.. depends on distance etc.. also they will deliver car to your hotel..they are at www.united-chile.com. I found them through one of the chile travel links ( can't remember which one) maybe toid or dancingmolly can reassure us both and say if they are for real. hope this helps.

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thanks Traveller,

so they "make you" purchase the CDW/LDW insurances?

I had a similar experience in costa rica recently, only the find out that the insurance wasn't "complete" coverage.. it was a real mess trying to complain to the 4 different managers... only to find out that the real culprit was the

Broker!

that sold me the deal... is United-Chile an ACTUAL car renter, or are they maybe one of these brokers, that promises you something and then isn't there to back it up when you do pick up the car....

I tell you, it was so frustrating talking with this company (POAS CAR RENTAL) that we almost just said f%*k it and took cabs..

I'm really hoping to not repeat this experience ever again..

in addition, I would've gotten a better deal had I just made the reservation directly through the rental company... argh!

so I guess these are my questions:

how does rental insurance work in chile?.. is Damage Waiver the same as in the states?..where you are not responsible in any way for damage that occurs during your rental?...

If I'm paying so much for coverage I'd like to know it's actually doing something for me...

they (POAS) acted like i had nothing to worry about since I was using my American Express card.. but the fact is, i didn't want to deal with the problem so i PAID them 15 a day to take care of it if I did get in an accident..

so weird.. I really despise renting cars.. it's such a SHADY experience..

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s.f I can't really answer your questions sorry .. except that Toid has verified that United is an agency in Santiago and they appear to have numerous locations if you go to their website......

if you put car rental into the search bar you will get some postings.. on one of them about 4 or 5 down there are a number of agencies listed other than hertz/Avis etc.. one is Locarent? another that Toid mentioned is costanerarent.cl which for some reason my computer won't let me acess! It appears that it is a gov't regulation that you must buy the cdw etc.. I usually don't get this at all when renting in States or Canada as my credit card covers this.

anyway good luck we have all had car rental horror stories at some time.. but then there are the good stories.. like the time I got a BMW turbo high end car when I had reserved a compact Renault .. at no extra charge! When are you going? and do you have winery reservations or are you winging it?

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Hey Traveller, too bad my bad rental stories outnumber my good rental stories 10:1...hehe.. but I'm not bitter.. right!

I'm going in December.. planning on visiting a couple of he Maipo Wineries, Concha y Toro obviously being one of them...

a couple Colchuaga wineries, Viu Manent and Los Vascos would be sweet as I really dig their wines

and a couple of the Casablanca wineries... hopefully some good whites in that region as I hear it is the best for chardonnay et al..

I don't have any reservations at this time.. but since it's holiday time I better make at least a couple to be sure to get a spot...

I really avoid tours like the plague.. but will probably end up utilizing them for the maipo and casablanca portions of my wine visits..

I'm still trying to decide what to do with my last 4-5 days in chile.. the lake district looks really nice.. but kinda slow for my girlfriend who isn't much for hiking/biking/kayaking type stuff... Tierra Del Fuego looks even crazier and spending that much time on a cruise or a van doesn't sound like my bag..

renting the car and dropping it looks to be really expensive..

I'm going to be in Chile from Dec. 14-25 and in Jose Ignacio, Uruguay from Dec. 25-30th...

I'm considering bailing on Chile on the 20th and doing 4 days in southern brasil.. I absolutely LOVED florianopolis last time I went and would like to see both Curitiba and Porto Allegre as well since I consider that area to be my #1 favorite place on earth (based on Floripa only though!)...

we'll see... I really love beaches and sun and warm weather.. and it just seems that chile, with its rocky coastline and cold water.. really isn't my speed exactly..

I also have heard some really terrible reviews of the food in Chile.. and if this is the case, I'm going to catch an EARFUL from my gourmet girlfriend...

I'm apprehensive to say the least...

thanks for the discussion...

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Food can be good, even very good in Chile, and it can be bad. There are lots of eccellent, and by none Latin American standards, cheap restaurant. There are also some good restaurants that are expensive by anyone, except London's, standards. In Santiago try Squadritto's, Italian, Eladio's, noisy because popular, but good steaks, in the Cajón del Maipo, Le Petit France(French) and Calypso (Italian), in the Casablance try the restaurant at the Viña Morandé, for fish, Mercado Central in Santiago, or the Casino Salvavidas in Valparaiso, in Melipilla, Parrallada Argentina (steaks). Just a few that I enjoy.

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7. Re: Cheap/Good Car Rental in Chile????

Pelkey,

Based on all your criteria I think you might want to skip Chile altogether. It doesn't sound like the place for you.

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I'm about to travel to Chile. Does anyone know how to check for airline prices for Sky Airline and Aerolineas - I can't access an English version of their websites.

Renting a car seems to be a night mare - does anyone have experience with renting a car in the North (like Iqique and driving to the far north, Arica, and coming back to San Pedro de Atacama)?

I'm a little unprepared for this trip and am trying to piece something together before I leave next week!!

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Reinruba,

for once, I think you may be right!... j/k... no really.. I'm not going to skip it altogether, but I am going to only spend about 5-6 days in Santiago and the surrounding winery regions, as well as a day trip to Valpo/Vina del Mar and and to the Nearby Andes..

I absolutely love wine, and good food, and beautiful scenery.. and don't get me wrong.. I personally love hiking/biking/white water rafting, canyoning, etc etc etc..

it' s just my girlfriend is kind of a princess and not really into this type of stuff.. she broke her ankle on our last major trip to Spain/France/Portugual on our first night in Barcelona.. thanks to some crappy sidewalks and too much wine.. It's seriously a battle for me to get her to wear sneakers.. maybe you know the type..

don't get me wrong.. I love her.. but honestly.. travelling with her has it's limits.. I usually take a couple trips a year sans girlfriend where I can rough it with a buddy or by myself.. case n point, I just went to Nicaragua for 12 days with a good friend.. we backpacked the whole time, did many hikes, even camped a couple nights.. these are things my girl just won't enjoy..

after looking at the cost of a one way car rental from Santiago to Puerto Montt, and the cost of the flight back to Santiago for a night (waste) only to fly off to Montevideo the next day.. it's starting to look more and more feasible (and = cost) to just head back to southern brasil.. I'm dying to see Porto Allegre and Curitiba.. Florianopolis was just such a wonderful way to spend christmast 2004 for us.. we're seriously considering buying a place down there for a regular vacation home...

as far as Sky Airlines.. I was only able to communicate with them in Spanish.. it wasn't that difficult though.. they sent me a form and I filled it out.. they only have one flight a day to most destinations so don't count on getting the times you want for flights.. but they cost about half as much as Lanexpress....

thanks for all your suggestions people.. I mean it.. it's nice to have fellow travellers to bounce ideas off of..

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