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Sassy_Sally


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13/08/2008 15:24

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I'm being lazy so without reading ALL the border crossing forums could some kind soul tell me if you can take a Greek Cypriot hire car across the border for use in the north. Also what is the best border crossing to use coming from Troodos Mountains? Thanks one and all.



cazim


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13/08/2008 15:33

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Yes you can use a Greek Cyprus Hire car in the TRNC, but you will have to buy insurance at the border crossing (not expensive).



With regards to which border, not sure but someone will tell you i'm sure!



Sassy_Sally


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Thanks for your prompt reply Cazim - I can now plan my trip.



joandjelly


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13/08/2008 16:28

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Sally please take the time to read all the info available about hiring in the South and driving North. Not all companies allow it and you need to establish in writing what happens if you have an accident and the car needs to be recovered. You may find a nasty shock on your credit card if you're not careful.



ROBnJO


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13/08/2008 16:54

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We now never use a credit card for car hire in Cyprus or elsewhere.



We always pay in cash, so that they cannot use your card details for any subsequent claims for Damage on return,.. speeding fines,... additional charges,... breakdown/recovery costs.



One of the worst for taking money from your card account for such items has, allegedly, in the past, been EasyCarHire in the UK.



Once any company has used your card details to make further debits, maybe weeks or months after it's original use, you can be in for a real battle to prove they were not entitled or that you were not responsible.



If they have a justifiable claim against us for extra costs, they have all our details and can write to us with proof of the claim for us to accept or reject.



This happened to us years ago when a GC hire co tried claiming 2 traffic fines from us, but luckily the dates were 7 days after we had returned to the UK and we could prove it.



rob



Sassy_Sally


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13/08/2008 19:39

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Thanks for all your info and your past experiences, it is giving me something to think about, and appreciate your comments, which I hope will still keep coming in, as fore-armed is fore-warned as they say!!



mitsi


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14/08/2008 08:55

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Is it possible to take a hire car south. We also pay as we go in cash and would never pay by credit card here.



cyprusishome


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14/08/2008 09:13

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mitsi - NO!!!!!



Several threads on same theme, a contract on a rental car here clearly states - THIS CAR MUST NOT BE TAKEN TO THE SOUTH.



a friend who runs a hire company reported a car reg she saw at Metehan to a fellow rental company. That company now has large notices in its cars saying the same.



This due to two reasons - first is the additionl insurance that the companies have to pay if cars are to be allowed south and second the risk to vehicles while in the south.



corbytown


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14/08/2008 12:32

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sorry from straying slightly from the subject, but does anyone know the price of the insurance at the border when crossing to the north ?

Is it a fixed rate or does it vary, depending on what mood he is in !



simma



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14/08/2008 12:50

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hi corbytown, it's around 15 for a month.

john.



corbytown


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14/08/2008 15:13

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Cheers john



but we crossed in May from Larnaca and i am sure i paid more than that for a week !



Is there a fixed rate then, more to the poin, can i argue/barter with the man when i am crossing next month ?



cyprusishome


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You can argue all you like about price, you will still pay what it says on the board!!!!! Sorry!!



mouse


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14/08/2008 16:27

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Do the insurance rates vary depending on where you cross the border?



Yvonne



corbytown


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14/08/2008 17:22

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No thats fine cyprusishome



I will obviously be happy to pay what it says on the "board" it means that i am not being ripped off.

When you say board, is it on the wall , under his desk......



Jo Valentine


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15/08/2008 02:02

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Hi

The rates are well displayed on the wall inside the Kiosk. Easy to see and understand. And I found the Officials very courteous and helpful.

Cheers

Jo Valentine



Mountain Edge



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15/08/2008 10:35

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Corbytown - You might only have been staying for a week but the minimum length of time they do the insurance for is a month.



breezyboy


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15/08/2008 15:41

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Just to agree on point about using crdit cards and being ripped off later by car rental companies.

SIXT have in my personal and company experience been guilty of this in several countries. We will not use them anymore.



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