Self Driven car in Mumbai

#1 Nov 8th, 2008, 15:12
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Can anyone tell me where I can get a self driven car on hire in Mumbai?

Its a bit urgent & Hertz do not have any cars for the next 2 months!
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Hi Oyar
try the car hire /rental service companies (personally not tried them)
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Its a bit urgent & Hertz do not have any cars for the next 2 months!
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thanks a lot for the inputs
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Hi all,
I've been looking at a lot of websites regarding renting a car out of Mumbai for a few days. The cheapest automatic transmission cars always seem to come with a driver.
Is that normal? What if I want to drive? Where does the drive go at night?
Seem weird to me.
#6 Nov 27th, 2011, 11:52
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Sky Rookie ---

It is extremely convenient to have car with a driver. Do not even consider driving! Too many issues.

Parking is not readily available, driver finds parking and picks you up.

Driver keeps a watch on the parked car, an unattended car may be stolen.

I suspect you will not agree with me upfront, however, you will agree with me once you see it first hand.

Insurance will be expensive. You will be in serious trouble in case of an accident.

Please share your experiences here if you drive in India.
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Asolutely agree with professorm. In India the rule of the road is keep left like the UK. The difference in India is that this rule is viewed as optional if it is shorter to drive against the traffic to get where you want to go. At least as a passenger you can shut your eyes.
Out of town driving is even scarier than in town and as for road travel after dark!!!!
The inconvenience caused is deeply regretted.

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Ok, point taken.
I've been looking at rates on a few websites. Is it a better idea to rent right from the airport? Or the hotel? I'm staying a cheap hotel, and they offer pick up from the airport... once I'm at the hotel the website says they can help get a car.
How does this work? Does the driver stay in the car all day? If I go somewhere for a few hours, does the driver sit in the car the whole time? Sounds very boring. Will they expect a tip? Is it normal to only need a car for 8 hours? When I rent more than one day, so I need to request the car again or can I reserve for more than one day?

Thanks for any help on this... can't find answers to these questions.
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There are many threads here on this (including a couple under 'similar threads' on this page)- but...

No to airport and even hotel. Best to rent one yourself, or on a recommendation. Or cross check hotel rates. They can be considerably more expensive, and from the airport almost guaranteed to be so.

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If I go somewhere for a few hours, does the driver sit in the car the whole time?
Yes, or sleeps there, or chats with other drivers, or has tea....

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Will they expect a tip? Is it normal to only need a car for 8 hours? When I rent more than one day, so I need to request the car again or can I reserve for more than one day?
Yes to the tip expectation. An Indian will tip 50/100 rupees maximum for a day.

You can reserve for more than a day, or more than eight hours. Unless outstation, the car will return to you when you need it the next day. If outstation, car usually stays with you.

Normal charges are xxx rupees for 8 hours or yyy kilometeres (often 80). Then an additional hourly/extra kilometer rate.

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