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Renting in Catania, Sicily

Things to know when dealing overseas (specifically in Italy):
1. Always keep your receipts: Many vendors print your complete credit card information on receipts and they may later try to charge you for things you already paid for.

2. There is no better business bureau: Not that the BBB is super effective but it does carry a certain amount of weight. If you rent from an international chain you are at least guaranteed to have local options when making complaints.

3. The mentality is snatch and grabs: In most tourist spots (especially in Italy) the mentality is that people are going to only come once so you may as well screw them as much as you can when they do come. They don’t think of repeat customers.

4. They will steal your car: This one may seem confusing. Here’s what happens, you rent a car, they steal it back at night and then charge you the insurance deductible. Use a club or something. Make sure your stuff is locked up tight.

Read more about some specific experiences:

  • Problems at Hollywood (part one)

  • Hollywood Rent-a-car will scam you(part two).

  • Posted Sunday, July 15, 2007
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    geraldvonberger
    geraldvonberger

    That actually sounds like a really pleasant vacation to be on. I like the idea of renting a car. That way, you can come and go whenever you want and you don't have to worry about making sure you get on the right train or bus in a place you're not very familiar with. Rental cars afford you a great deal of freedom in that way. As long as you can find a reliable rental company, it's a great idea. http://sensiblecarrentalofkingston.com

    Pyrrho
    Pyrrho

    I know that most places are going to be very honest in their dealings with you. However, it still makes sense to keep your receipt. Car renting isn't supposed to create headache, it's supposed reduce stress while you are on vacation. http://www.gwizz.com/rentals.php 

    birkinroyals
    birkinroyals

    Navigating car rentals in Sicily is one of the most dumbfounding, mind boggling exercises known to man. If you're going to get ripped off by a rental company, it's surely going to be in Sicily! No doubt about it. Auto Europe, Sicily By Car, you name it, they all stink. Agents will tell you what you want to hear to lock you into the agreement then once you're abroad the rental companies start adding all sorts of additional fees across the board. It is then not uncommon to find additional fees on your card when you get home. Non-existent damages, inflated gas fees even though the tank was full, they'll find something and they will get away with it. Insurance terms change in the blink of an eye and alleged "zero" deductibles often mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. They're even trying to rob you at gas stations, make sure the pump is set to zero! Be very weary of whom you rent a car from over there. If you can, just take the bus. Might seem like an inconvenience but you'll have piece of mind in the end.

    birkinroyals
    birkinroyals

    Navigating car rentals in Sicily is one of the most dumbfounding, mind boggling exercises known to man. If you're going to get ripped off by a rental company, it's surely going to be in Sicily! No doubt about it. Auto Europe, Sicily By Car, you name it, they all stink. Agents will tell you what you want to hear to lock you into the agreement then once you're abroad the rental companies start adding all sorts of additional fees across the board. It is then not uncommon to find additional fees on your card when you get home. Non-existent damages, inflated gas fees even though the tank was full, they'll find something and they will get away with it. Insurance terms change in the blink of an eye and alleged "zero" deductibles often mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. They're even trying to rob you at gas stations, make sure the pump is set to zero! Be very weary of whom you rent a car from over there. If you can, just take the bus. Might seem like an inconvenience but you'll have piece of mind in the end.

    Mikemolin
    Mikemolin

    RACIST! How dare you make these blatant racist and totally false remarks about Sicilians and Sicily? I am a Sicilian American who has been to Sicily a few times and foundit to be a wonderful, clean, lovely place populated by fine, intelligent, honest, educated folk, I am a Sicilian American and have been to Sicily and Catania and crime is very low especially car theft. Merchants do not "steal" anything from tourists and in fact the people are super friendly and helpful.. I am always very leery when Americans and especially Anglo types-- or pseudo Anglo types--go to Sicily bringing with them over three centuries of racial hatred baggage. Racism is an evil and you should be totally ashamed of yourself/

    Mikemolin
    Mikemolin

    RACIST! How dare you make these blatant racist and totally false remarks about Sicilians and Sicily? I am a Sicilian American who has been to Sicily a few times and foundit to be a wonderful, clean, lovely place populated by fine, intelligent, honest, educated folk, I am a Sicilian American and have been to Sicily and Catania and crime is very low especially car theft. Merchants do not "steal" anything from tourists and in fact the people are super friendly and helpful.. I am always very leery when Americans and especially Anglo types-- or pseudo Anglo types--go to Sicily bringing with them over three centuries of racial hatred baggage. Racism is an evil and you should be totally ashamed of yourself/

    Sam
    Sam

    I agree with Mike. Getting ripped off in another country is very racist of you. Come get ripped off in America and let's see if you complain about THAT!

    Dan
    Dan

    What are the false remarks and what does race have to do with anything?I met some really great sicilians in Sicily. Some very helpful and good people. I also had my friends held hostage by thugs and the police wouldn't help. If the crime rate in Catania is very low then provide evidence to that effect.

    Sam
    Sam

    I agree with Mike. Getting ripped off in another country is very racist of you. Come get ripped off in America and let's see if you complain about THAT!

    Dan
    Dan

    What are the false remarks and what does race have to do with anything?

    I met some really great sicilians in Sicily. Some very helpful and good people. I also had my friends held hostage by thugs and the police wouldn't help. If the crime rate in Catania is very low then provide evidence to that effect.

    Mikemolin
    Mikemolin

    According to crime statistics published by the Italian Notional Police, Interpol, and many EU law enforcement agencies, Catania and Sicily as a whole has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. This is fact. Americans has been brainwashed for over three centuries that Sicilians and Southern Italians are criminals and have criminal tendencies. I find your racist remarks not uncommon amongst those of your race. We, Sicilian Americans and our fellow Southern Italian American brethern have kept totally silent and have thus allowed this ugly racist ranking to proliferate and to be nurtured by all those "Mafia" films and crap. We are totally fed up and demand that racists like you be exposed for what you are. Racism and racist hate are destroying our planet. Shame on you!

    Mikemolin
    Mikemolin

    According to crime statistics published by the Italian Notional Police, Interpol, and many EU law enforcement agencies, Catania and Sicily as a whole has one of the lowest crime rates in Europe. This is fact. Americans has been brainwashed for over three centuries that Sicilians and Southern Italians are criminals and have criminal tendencies. I find your racist remarks not uncommon amongst those of your race. We, Sicilian Americans and our fellow Southern Italian American brethern have kept totally silent and have thus allowed this ugly racist ranking to proliferate and to be nurtured by all those "Mafia" films and crap. We are totally fed up and demand that racists like you be exposed for what you are. Racism and racist hate are destroying our planet. Shame on you!

    Khoukharev
    Khoukharev

    @Mikemolin 1. You are awfully overreacting. 2. Before condemning someone's racism please do read something about what racism is. Surprisingly Sicilians is no separate race hence it's logically impossible for these statements to be racist. And you know, yeah, points 1 and 3 are true. That makes other points at least possible.

    Dan
    Dan

    rofl, yeah I'll get right on that.

    Mikemolin
    Mikemolin

    Racism does exist and in fact even with an African American President is rampant in America. Meditate and come to terms with your racism and racist hatred that is so embedded in WASP's and other Northern European Americans. It is part of your "Id". Just because you had a "bad" experience does not give you to right to make racist slurs and racist remarks. But from you obstinate comments , it may be too late for you to "repent". You are a virulent confirmed racist and bigot. I suggest you join the KKK and especially David Duke's hate group, where racists like you will be so at home since he considers Southern Italians and Sicilians as some sort of "negroid" inferior sub-humans.

    Dan
    Dan

    I never thought Sicily was a dangerous place or that crime was pervasive there until I went there and was the victim of insurance fraud. Also, having a mafia enforcer threaten me and my friends or a prostitute kicking my friend in the face, or being ignored by the police after robbery and assault. I never assumed it was a race problem.Your stats sound awesome, do you have a link that I can look at?

    Khoukharev
    Khoukharev

    @Mikemolin 1. You are awfully overreacting. 2. Before condemning someone's racism please do read something about what racism is. Surprisingly Sicilians is no separate race hence it's logically impossible for these statements to be racist. And you know, yeah, points 1 and 3 are true. That makes other points at least possible.

    Dan
    Dan

    rofl, yeah I'll get right on that.

    Mikemolin
    Mikemolin

    Racism does exist and in fact even with an African American President is rampant in America. Meditate and come to terms with your racism and racist hatred that is so embedded in WASP's and other Northern European Americans. It is part of your "Id". Just because you had a "bad" experience does not give you to right to make racist slurs and racist remarks. But from you obstinate comments , it may be too late for you to "repent". You are a virulent confirmed racist and bigot. I suggest you join the KKK and especially David Duke's hate group, where racists like you will be so at home since he considers Southern Italians and Sicilians as some sort of "negroid" inferior sub-humans.

    Dan
    Dan

    I never thought Sicily was a dangerous place or that crime was pervasive there until I went there and was the victim of insurance fraud. Also, having a mafia enforcer threaten me and my friends or a prostitute kicking my friend in the face, or being ignored by the police after robbery and assault. I never assumed it was a race problem.

    Your stats sound awesome, do you have a link that I can look at?