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By Drew Hayes
From Charlotte, NC
Apr 12, 2014
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I'm going to Italy for my honeymoon this summer and figured it would be easiest to boulder while we're there. I found a place to rent crash pads, and now I'm wondering about what size car to get. Would a "compact" car be able to fit two crash pads? The car is "FIAT 500L 1.3" or similar. Thanks!


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By Optimistic
From New Paltz
Apr 12, 2014

I'm pretty sure that that car would fit only the tiniest of "mini-pads", particularly if you had other stuff in there.

FWIW, a sport rack and rope would be smaller than any pad...


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By minielle
From Holladay, Utah
Apr 12, 2014
minielle

Lat year, I rented a Renault Clio in Venice and drove to the Cortina area. We had 4 people and packs and gear but no crash pads. It was cozy but I would not want a bigger car on the narrow roads. The Clio did everything we needed. I rented from Sixt and picked up the car at the airport. Easy and it all went smoothly.


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By Optimistic
From New Paltz
Apr 12, 2014

minielle wrote:
Lat year, I rented a Renault Clio in Venice and drove to the Cortina area. We had 4 people and packs and gear but no crash pads. It was cozy but I would not want a bigger car on the narrow roads. The Clio did everything we needed. I rented from Sixt and picked up the car at the airport. Easy and it all went smoothly.

+1 on Sixt, they do a really solid job, we have used them several times.


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By Drew Hayes
From Charlotte, NC
Apr 14, 2014
Lost in Space

Optimistic wrote:
FWIW, a sport rack and rope would be smaller than any pad...

Agreed, but we'll be there for two weeks and only climbing for 3 days. I didn't want to fly with and haul around all of that junk.

Thanks for the info minielle. It looks like that size car is only $20 more! I saw how cheap sixt looked, but when I read reviews there were a lot of terrible experiences. I know usually there will be a couple of negative reviews out there from some dummies, but it seemed like more than normal.


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By Optimistic
From New Paltz
Apr 14, 2014

Drew Hayes wrote:
Agreed, but we'll be there for two weeks and only climbing for 3 days. I didn't want to fly with and haul around all of that junk. Thanks for the info minielle. It looks like that size car is only $20 more! I saw how cheap sixt looked, but when I read reviews there were a lot of terrible experiences. I know usually there will be a couple of negative reviews out there from some dummies, but it seemed like more than normal.


That's interesting about the bad reviews...we've rented from them twice and been quite impressed, particularly when they were so careful to make sure that our car seat was installed correctly and all...couldn't have taken it more seriously if it'd been their own kid!

These rentals were in Mallorca and in Switzerland...it's certainly true that in general (not specific to Sixt, don't know about that) they do things a little differently in Italy.


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By Shawn Heath
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From Forchheim, Germany
Apr 14, 2014
I couldn't resist uploading this cool silhouette my friend Aran took of me on Panische Zeiten.

I don't have a problem with Sixt, but I usually got better rates from Europcar. It's going to be a pretty tight squeeze with two crash pads with the Fiat. The Clio definitely looks better for hauling the crash pads. Alternatively, you could strap the pads to the roof of your Fiat, especially since you're only bouldering for 3 days. And if you're staying put, then you won't need to load the luggage in there too. It could work...


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By minielle
From Holladay, Utah
Apr 14, 2014
minielle

You are welcome. Congratulations on the wedding. Whatever you choose, have a great time. I love Italy and would go back at the first opportunity. Ellen


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By Scott Jones
From boulder, co
Apr 14, 2014
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I ordered a "Fiat 500 or similar" from eurocar last summer. They ended up giving me a fiat panda (i suppose both cars are fiats and they both have 4 wheels and a windscreen).

After driving the panda for a month i couldn't be happier with it. The little car gets insane gas milage and has plenty of space in the back to lay down comfortably. I'd imagine that crash pads would fit in there with plenty of room to spare.

Get a panda, you won't regret it!


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By Jim Titt
From Germany
Apr 14, 2014

Iīve hired loads of cars in Italy (I live in Germany) and the 500 is a small car even without boulder mats. The Panda is a much better bet even though the handling is worse (still better than the rubbish I get in the USA though).
Donīt hire direct, use a broker like holiday autos or cardelmar to get full insurance cover rather than paying through the nose for the extra cover normally needed.


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By Drew Hayes
From Charlotte, NC
Apr 15, 2014
Lost in Space

Wow how is the CarDelMar almost $250 cheaper?? I can get the panda for pretty cheap on that site! Thanks Jim!


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