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Nick D

Member Since 17 Jun 2009
Offline Last Active Dec 31 2010 10:07 PM

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In Topic: Dangers Of Cheap Car Hire

28 July 2010 - 09:58 PM

I tend to use what I believe to be local firms. Alianthos have been OK in the past. At the end of season the cars have been a little tired. Mike's Tours have also been fine, although picking up a Panda late night at Heraklion with only half a tank of petrol was a pain when trying to get to Anopoli (but that's Heraklion for you, not just Mike's - they all seem to do it) - I did get superb dawn pics of the Askifou plain, 'though!. I used to use Zakros, but found I rented the same car twice - 3 years apart and the second time it was in dire condition and I had serious brake grab problems on the Imbros-Hora Sfakion road. For the last two years I have been using Rental Centre Crete and found them great - good condition cars, cheap prices and underbody insurance.

With petrol prices the way they are now 'though, do check the tank before the renter slips away. I'm sure it was a mistake, but last time 1/2 tank full actually meant filling up soon after leaving Heraklion, so costing an immediate extra £20!

In Topic: Help

26 August 2009 - 07:09 PM

I, too, have a paper licence which is almost falling apart. I have never had a problem with hiring cars using it.

In Topic: Kamilari/kalamaki Heraklion - Some Local Knowledge If You Would Be So Kind

29 July 2009 - 02:23 PM

I'm not sure how widespread this is, but the last two cars I hired from Heraklion airport (different firms) supplied the cars with a half tank of fuel. Arriving at 11.30pm, you will not find any fuel stations open (well I didn't on main road to Rethymnon...

The girl handing over the car at 11pm on a trip a couple of years ago misheard me and said 'You'll be fine for Plakias" ... I was going to Sfakia... Having driven to Rethymnon and asking at kiosks, I ended up o/nighting and in a Panda that is uncomfortable, even for one! :rolleyes:

In Topic: Rental Cars Air Conditioned?

20 July 2009 - 01:45 PM

I've booked cars from various firms over the years. Unless it is the most basic model, they should all have a/c now. I haven't travelled through Chania for a while now, but the larger firms operate across the island. I used the 'Just Rental Centre' this Spring - they out-competed my usual firm - it is definitely worth shopping around.

In Topic: Psiloritis Area

03 July 2009 - 09:26 PM

About 6 or 7 years ago I visited the Rouvas Forest one January, driving up from Ghergheri. From what I recall the dirt track was OK ... I think we stopped because we were well inside the forest and dirt tracks are tiring. A word of caution - the forest is Pine and because of adding to any fire risk, I would avoid it in the Summer.