Ace car rentals .. all good?
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Apr 29, 2012 6:15 PM Last Post By: tch7
Apr 25, 2012 5:39 AM
Ace car rentals .. all good?Hey!
Got a storming deal on a 2 month rental for there basic super saver car - high mileage old thing but its there car so if it breaks down its there problem - i am renting it from September - November, what will the road conditions be like at this time and who has used ace rentals? i don't want to put anything on my credit card because i don't own a credit card, can it all be done on a DEBIT card?
Apr 25, 2012 5:53 PM
1I used Ace, but was a step or two above their slum line cars. Good experience.
Get a credit card. Ace's website clearly says you need one.
Keep in mind that depending where you're coming from, your debit card may not work at all for point of sale transactions. There's also plenty of other advantages to using a credit card over a debit card while traveling, as long as you behave as though it's a debit card.
Apr 25, 2012 8:00 PM
2I travel with a Visa Debit card - works just like a credit card but it is money that you have pre-loaded. I also go and have a conversation with my bank before I travel - they'll be able to let you know what Debit/Credit cards they have available and whether they'll work here, emergency numbers in case you lose your card, if they can give you a 'back-up' card in case you lost one etc.
September to November is Spring so road conditions will be fine in most places in the North Island and much of the South Island - rains quite a bit in September. On some roads you might get ice and snow in September (mostly in the South Island, maybe on the desert road (SH1 around Ruapehu) in the North Island. Look out for black ice on those roads especially if you are driving in the morning or nighttime.
Apr 26, 2012 3:44 AM
3Thanks for your reply's guys!
I have now applied for a credit card, i will use my credit card to get my car and pay strait off to avoid any bank charges, yes my bank have said i need to ring them before i go to let them know where i am going.
i will check about using the credit card abroad as i have not yet.
when you say slum line cars what do you mean? i just want a cheap bargain seeing as it comes with free break down cover, if it breaks down its there problem. what model cars are the slum cars?
Apr 26, 2012 6:00 AM
Apr 26, 2012 6:31 AM
5Debit cards should be able to be used anywhere the same brand of credit card is (ie Visa or Mastercard). The only time I have had trouble was in a hotel in Melbourne where I arrived at midnight, and the desk clerk was an inexperienced foreign student. (The proper person the next morning was quite annoed that he had given me a hard time)
I have used my Visa Debit in Europe Asia and the Pacific.
Apr 26, 2012 8:28 AM
6I am sure there slum cars must be fairly good, why would they rent out cars that they no will break down, its going to cost them in repairs and will go bad on there feedback? i think for a backpacker the cheaper option is the best!
Tents ok for this time of year? not everynight but the occasional night to save cash!?
Apr 26, 2012 5:14 PM
7#6, the car is probably ok, and not likely to rent out cars they thought were going to have problems, but issues develop after a few hours of driving that were not there when the car was picked up. An older car is far more likely to have these problems. When it comes to cheap, you often are accepting a lot of risk.
A lot of backpackers come onto here upset because of the cheap car/tour etc they bought wasn't what they expected. As long as you are aware, that while cheap is ideal, you are also accepting that its more likely problems will occur and part of the deal. Kind of like budget airlines, its cheap for a reason.
Apr 26, 2012 8:55 PM
Apr 26, 2012 10:12 PM
9I had ace cars twice (the cheap old Nissan SUnnys) and was super happy. They were really reliable AND due to their slighly shabby exterior where they already had tiny rust spots and scratches and dents. Ace didn't even care if you got another nick in it! How fantastic is that! Apparently you can't wreck it or get damage to the glass..... they will care about that :)
About the creditcard: Good you applied for one! And make sure that either the limit is high enough or you preloaded some money on it as they will 'block' a pretty big amount of money for the first three days to see whethter your card is actually worth anything and not just a piece of plastic!
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