Wednesday, February 28, 2007

Car Rental Rates for the Mathematically Challenged

In today's outbox:


I need some help with the math here ...
On 2/28/07, XXXXX Car Rental wrote:

28 days rental of an Mini car (MCMN) will cost £276.00gbp plus £102.00 (taxes(17.5%)) = £378.12. Weekly rate £69.00 and daily rate £9.00.
A daily rate of 9 x 7 = 63, so why is the weekly rate 69?

And 9 x 28 = 252, so why is the 28 day rate 276?

Don't you have a weekly rate that is less than 7 times the daily rate, and a monthly rate that is less than 4 times the weekly rate?

Also, 17.5% of 276 = 48.30 . Where did 102 come from?
This will include unlimited mileage, Collision damage waiver, Theft protection, Location fee, Road fund recovery fee and vat. There is an excess/deductible of £750.00gbp, which can optionally be reduced to £100.00gbp for just an additional £6.49 per day plus vat.
I believe that my credit card company protects me automatically for a large number of these fees, such as CDW, theft protection, and so on. Can I get quotes without all that stuff, please?

And 213 pounds to reduce my deductible from 750 to 100? Isn't that a bit excessive for a risk that I will get into an accident that causes exactly between 313 to 750 pounds?
Would you like to go ahead and make the reservation?
Not quite yet, thanks.



Anonymous said...

Well, if you aim right, make sure you stay unharmed, and have the speed correct, you might just get into an accident that causes exactly between 313 to 750 pounds of damage.

But, it depends on where you crash into as well..

lol. Well done!

Anonymous said...

Lol, no, I would not have rented the vehicle out either.