We took off from Seville airport on Ryanair at 2.15pm last Friday and landed an hour later at Marrakesh airport in Morroco 2.15pm. This gave us an extra hour to find our way to the little village of Auorir just outside Agadir, 3 hours down the new motorway.
I rented a car for the trip through the Gomarbella Cartrawler car hire and rental booking engine. The total cost for the 3 days rental from Marrakesh Airport was €103.67. This works out at only €31 euros per day, a lot cheaper than if I had taken our car across from Spain to Morroco on the ferry and driven all the way down to Agadir. Instead we had driven to Seville and left the car in the Seville Airport Parking
When I booked the car I took the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) insurance offered during the car hire booking process. Three days cover cost me €16.50 and gave me the freedom to decide later if I wanted additional cover or not when I collected the hire car at my destination.
Let me remind you of one thing. The Gomarbella car hire booking engine will advise you when take out the collision damage waiver extra cover that you´ll have to produce a credit card with enough credit on it to cover the the amount covered by the Collision Damage Waiver and/or Theft Waiver fees. I phoned the Location Auto offices in Marrakesh a couple of days before we flew to check the amount that would be blocked off during my three day car rental. I was told in good English that I would need to have approximately €900 euros credit on my card.
My wife and I make a great travelling team. She queued for dirhams at the bank next to the baggage retrieval belts and I went through into the main arrivals hall to find our Location Auto representatives. I guessed from my excellent hire car booking rate that they wouldn’t have an office in the main building. Sure enough there were Brahim and Abdechahid waiting for me in front of the other Marrakesh Airport hire car offices with a sign reading “Michael Drury”. You’ll see them in the photo above completing the car hire contract formalities. This was done outside in the car park.
Our red Kia Picante was waiting for us in the main parking area, We checked on the car’s exterior, minor scratches are not noted but a tiny notch in the windscreen (I wouldn’t have noticed it) and a deeper scratch on the rear bumper were registered on the contract form. I was shown that the spare tyre and lifting jack were in place. The tank was full of petrol and I was asked to return it full.
Of the @103.67 Marrakesh three day car rental fee, I had paid €24.58 when I booked so I paid the balance of €79.09 on a very fast portable Visa machine. Brahim then blocked 10 000 dirhams on my card for which I signed. This was made up of 5000 dirhams for CDW and 5000 Theft Waiver and was the €909 dirhams I mentioned earlier. If there had been a problem, Location Auto would have had immediate access to funds and Mondial Assistance would have repaid me later. If you have spare credit on your card, this option is a lot cheaper than being pressured into taking out additional insurance through your car rental company. I didn’t need to take out any additional cover at the airport. I should mention I my card was unblocked almost immediately when I returned the car.
By the time we left the aiport it was 3.30pm and we had a 3 hour journey to get to Agadir and take the ring road around it during daylight.
The car was in good condition and started at a touch. We needed water for the journey so we followed a “fixer” who seemed to have some association with Location Auto as he guided us out of Marrakesh Airport on his moped to a small grocery shop where we bought water. He then pointed us on our way to the N8 towards the coast and Agadir. Getting out of Marrakesh airport onto the new motorway was one thing, getting back to Marrakesh airport on our own was another story!
Back in Spain our own car was lovely and cool despite the summer heat. We had left it in the covered airport parking at Sevilla airport. Our TomTom took us back through Ronda. It had been a long day travelling and we were pleased to be home.
BTW! I’ve been following Location Car Hire comments over on the Tripadvisor page for some years. Not everyone is happy with the company. But if you do book with Gomarbella and get Location Car Hire and have any questions before you go, I’ll be very pleased to answer them and if necessary contact Location Car Hire in Marrakesh for you before you fly. It’s also useful to remember that collecting a car hire in Marrakesh is not the same as signing for a rental car at Gatwick airport.