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14 June 2007 Blog Home : June 2007 : Permalink

What no Rentacar?

I'm in gay Paree for a night and a day. This is for work and the companies we plan to visit are out in the Versailles area so we rented a car (well my boss got the reservation but I was the guy scheduled to pick the thing up). The reservation was done on Monday and Europcar apparently accepted it. Unfortunately yesterday I received an email which appeared to claim that we couldn't get the GPS in the rentacar but apparently it was rather more serious than that in that what we can't get in is a car - GPS or no GPS.Furthermore this is not exclusive to Europcar as no car rental agency in Paris appears to have vehicles for hire for people who walk up (i.e. me now that Europcar have stiffed me) not even, as the playwright says, for ready money.

I don't know what is going on in the French capital these days but this is the first time ever that I have been unable to rent a vehicle when there has been an advance booking like this and one of about two occasions where no rentacars, not even top of the range gas guzzlers, are available for walk up renting. I wonder why this is?  Conspiracy theory answers welcome in the comments.