If you are interested in AutoEurope, do look at Kemwel as well. As Roberto says, they are now under one corporate umbrella, but they don't necessarily have the same prices. I now know of three people who were able get a MUCH better rate with Kemwel, but of course these things are a moving target, so you have to shop around.
I shall look at Kemwel as well, thank you!
Zero deductible directly through Europcar is expensive, through Hertz it is ridiculously expensive. Use AutoEurope. Note, some zero deductibles do not include tires, windshields or roof damage, but that should be explained when ordering.
Exactly, it is way more expensive going direct. The zero deductible does cover those things, which is great.
Last year it was 60 (maybe 80?) euros for 23 days, Europcar through AutoEurope (Frankfurt). Each dealer will have a diifferent rate.
Wow that is some rate. Did you get it during a sale or something?
The link to someone’s original dissatisfaction with AutoEurope is far from current; it began in September of 2012. My last two rentals in Italy - 2016, 2017 - were Europcar through AutoEurope both with $0 deductible. The cost was substantially less than going directly with Europcar. I’ve used them in Germany, France, Spain and Portugal and never had a problem. I’ve already booked two rentals in Italy with them for my trip this autumn. Both are with Hertz, $0 deductible and cheaper going with AutoEurope than Hertz.
Yes I agree with you that it started long ago. However, there have been posts all the way from then till as recent as this month, which is what made me worried. It's good to hear positive experience such as yours and others. One thing I would like to know is if there was actually any damage to the cars after you used them, and how they handled it. Was it waived off, or did you have to otherwise prove that it wasn't your fault etc? Did you also experience that they were not as strict in their checks of the car since you had the $0 deductible.
One other thing is that I have been going through the terms and conditions of rental, and there is a clause that makes me a bit uneasy. It's stated that the insurance is void if you drive on unpaved roads. However, in rural Tuscany I am bound to come across a fair share of unpaved roads. How do I get around this? And also, when I collect the car I understand I should take as many photos as possible. How I get a picture of the undercarriage? As far as I can tell, the package doesn't cover undercarriage damage, and I don't want them to later say it was damaged by me.