Car rental – Very expensive second driver – News

Location de voiture Très cher deuxième conducteur

Despite current purchasing power issues, car rental companies continue to charge for the second driver. However, it is an essential option for the safety of the driver and passengers.

With the arrival of summer, vehicle rentals are increasing and prices are skyrocketing. But if you also want to share the wheel with your traveling companions so as not to drive too long on the holiday route, you will have to check out, as companies charge extra for adding drivers.

To rent a city car (5 seats, automatic), the second week of August, in Marseille, count €13.02 per day and per added driver, with the Sixt agency. At Europcar, you will have to pay €11.40, per driver and rental day for a similar request. Avis will charge €11 and Budget will charge €9 per day.

Paid and more and more expensive

A particularly high additional cost, which is only increasing and for which there is no explanation, even by questioning the agencies. Europcar admits that it does not pay an additional insurance premium in the event of an increase in the number of drivers. But then why is this option paying? The company notes that in the personal auto insurance market, adding a driver is often subject to a markup. This practice itself questionable is not a valid justification. In addition, not all insurance companies do this: Maif, for example, does not impose any supplement regardless of the number of drivers. Europcar indicates that an internal study (of which it obviously cannot communicate the precise results) would show that “the multiplication of the number of drivers also multiplies the risk”. Europcar has also told us that this supplement is justified by “additional act” to show the license of additional drivers to counter agents. A service that does not require more than a few minutes and yet can cost almost €80 for a week.

The other rental agencies purely and simply refused to justify themselves: to our questions, Avis invoked a “too short a time”, Budget did not respond. More strangely, Road Safety, which depends on the Ministry of the Interior, did not wish to answer our questions while the Road Prevention association advises, to reduce the risk of accidents, to “passing the wheel to another driver”. The authorities regularly broadcast the same message when going on vacation.

What to choose had already raised this problem in 2009, since then nothing has changed and the prices have even soared (you had to provide a flat rate of around €30 for the same service in 2009, whatever the rental period).

Same story for boosters

If in addition to wanting to add a driver, you are traveling with children (4 to 10 years old), you will have to put your hands in your wallet. For the rental of a simple booster seat for a week, count around 35 €. Again, the price seems much higher than the service rendered. In the shops, you will easily find booster seats below this price… It is completely normal for the company to charge for such a service. On the other hand, making the loan of a booster seat for a week more expensive than the price of the object, again the practice is questionable.

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