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The car hire company have a responsibility to provide the class of car you have booked - although many different models are classed together - so despite the picture may be of a Alfa anticipate getting a Fiat! Be aware of which different vehicles make up a class - especially when using a car broker - as sometimes the brokers and car hire companies have classes that don't fit together ideally. When booking it's often better to err on the side of caution and considering going for the next class up - a long drive in a strange country in a car too small for your needs can be really trying!
Sometimes things outside the rental car companies control occur - they expect cars to come back when they are booked to return, and also in a fit state to hire out again. When this doesn't happen there is sometimes a knock on effect. Normally they will have a few spare cars to fix such issues, but not always. Negotiate the best deal you can - suggest changing the car at another of the hire companies depots on route, taking a larger car than you booked or asking for a free of charge roof rack.
It might not be perfect or even acceptable - but unfortunately it happens!
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This content was last reviewed on 24/10/2014