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Rate my car hire deal

Discussion in 'Japan' started by LeonA, Oct 3, 2019.

  1. LeonA

    LeonA Hard Yards

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    Hi all,

    This is a quote I have booked in, for a car for 2 people from Nagano Station. I'll leave the company name out to maintain a certain aura of mystique and security of my booking.
    • Class P2 (1.2 litre car)
    • 4WD
    • Sun Dec 29 14:00 til Sat Jan 4 17:00 - 6 days - Over new years obvs...
    • ETC card included
    • All extra insurances etc. declined (I have excess protection already in my travel insurance that includes cost of breakdown recovery)
    • JPY 54,813 total inc tax.
    I've not paid anything upfront - so might there be better deals closer to the time, or should I just take the hit on this at around $130 AUD per day? Maybe a bit less on the spot if I can score a discount card / present an ANA frequent flyer card or similar?

    I'm paying for this on top of Shinkansen fares from Tokyo on the basis the drive up could be horrible on the Sunday before new years, and drive back to haneda for the 22:30 flight on Saturday 4 Jan potentially delay-prone too.

    Also to have fun sending bags ahead and riding the Shinkansen and soaking it all up as a first timer :)

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    9130 yen per day is absurd.
    I'm paying that for a Turbo Subaru levorg.
     
  3. Crispy013

    Crispy013 One of Us

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    Not great.
    I just did a 30 sec check of Times Car Rental and came back circa Y45,000. There’s a Y10,000 saving straight up.
     
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  4. M_G

    M_G M_G_ = Make skiing great again Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nope, sorry. Crap deal. In Nagano try Budget, they are usually pretty good.
     
  5. Lucky Pete

    Lucky Pete One of Us

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    Too expensive. Solid plan though staying off the Expressways at that time.
     
  6. LuciferStarS

    LuciferStarS First Runs

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    maybe you pay so much because it is the new year eve and post new year. When I was Couchsurfing I found a family that gave me their car for 1 week while I was in the city. You can try the same, to find a family that will share with you their car. there are a lot of sites that can help you with that.
     
  7. Kash

    Kash Hard Yards

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    Would you guys recommend booking car hire from Nagano or Tokyo? Obviously will save time by catching the shink but for a family of 5 the cost saving might be far more favourable (noting I might pay a premium getting snow tires on a larger car from Haneda).
     
  8. fukuro-no-mori

    fukuro-no-mori Hard Yards

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    Do you want 4wd? Many city-based car rental places charge 1500 yen a day extra for it and their car selection may be very limited. As you say, some even charge more for snow tyres, sometimes by setting "snow tyre cars" as a separate category.

    Sending bags ahead like the OP is a good idea if you are using accommodation as a base. Otherwise you may have to hire a more expensive larger car just to carry your gear to your accommodation. Having a ski rack also enables you to you hire a cheaper, smaller car, but it is very difficult to find rental cars with them in the city.
     
  9. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    The max a place will charge for snow tyres is 20,000 usually.
    I've found it easier (via special request) to get a 4wd in Roppongi than I have in Nagano for instance.
    For a family of five. You'll need a van. They can be a bit expensive. However I've noticed a few deals though.
    Driving is a great option IMO. As a family. I doubt we'll ever catch the shink (or bus ) again.
     
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  10. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Eg Via Times car.
    This car. 7 seater .. but ideal with five.
    [​IMG]
    78 350 for a week including 4wd and snow tyres.
     
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  11. dbc33

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    ???, think you need to re read the op
     
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  12. LuciferStarS

    LuciferStarS First Runs

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    Congrats of course with that, but your post is a little bit out themed.
     
  13. ShawnDmi

    ShawnDmi First Runs

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    I'm thinking of buying a new car. Do you know how much it costs to deliver a car?
     
  14. fukuro-no-mori

    fukuro-no-mori Hard Yards

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    Looks like a Lafesta. Yeah that's a good deal. 11,000 a day. I wouldn't want more than five in there if you have boards inside the car. Japanese love minivans and there are lots of good ones.

    In the countryside a car is a godsend.