What’s The Differences?
The excess amounts on automatic cars is traditionally higher than the equivalent manual counterpart. This is down to the higher value attributed to automatic vehicles, you may say this is unfair but additional costs are incurred in making an automatic car. Like with any given additional extra to the base model of any car model, costs are added mainly just because they can!
Availability is very much reduced when it comes to automatic cars within fleets in most countries. This is different in the USA for example where driving practices and preferences over the years has made the vast majority of all fleets automatic vehicles. Anywhere else in the world though, book early as automatic transmission vehicles are highly on request and low in numbers. As they cost more and are not as “in demand” as base models, fleet managers do not buy many especially in the higher range vehicles like people carriers. That said in the premium and luxury categories of hire cars you there is more chance of getting an automatic or only automatic cars being available due to the prevalence of these transmissions in high end saloons.
Unfortunately price is a considerable difference due to lack of availability, cost of purchase and repair costs. Yes if there is a restriction in supply, demand there and additional costs incurred then of course the car hire companies will charge more for you to rent the car for the same period as the manual counterpart.
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