Trip Start May 25, 2009
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Yes I am still in Frankfurt. I checked out and went to the Europcar counter to pick up my VW Golf. One word “Denied!” I could not rent because I do not have a credit card. So I walked back to my hostel and booked myself back in for a couple of nights.
Since then I have realised that no rental company will accept a debit card as a form of payment. Well, some might but its up to the individual place and no one has said yes so far. Plan A had failed (Buy a Beetle or Rent a Car).
Onto Plan B.
So, I decided to enforce Plan B. Since there were no Beetles in my Price range and with rego. I decided to find all the dealers withing 20 kilimeters of Frankfurt that sold old cars with rego
Almost as fate would have it. It started to pour down rain. I walked back an hour in the rain.
Somewhat perplexed. Do I continue searching for a car when all the car dealers are outside the city and take an entire day to find etc, or do I just travel by train and foot and drink and enjoy. I did really want to drive over the alps and all around the coast of Italy. But, realistically I intend to only spend a couple of months moving around Europe before going to the states. So, onto Plan C.
Plan C is to go to Heidelberg tomorrow just to kill a couple of days (as the museum doesn't open until the weekend).Then head up 4 hours by train to the Volkswagen factory a couple of days later
I should be quite depressed that it looks like can not live out the dream of driving across the alps and around Italy. \ But I'm not. It's part of travelling. I find the situation quite funny. Quite Harden like. A serious of comedic failures! I'm not going to go out of my way to find cars. If i pass a dealer I will look and I will keep asking rental places. Worst comes to worst I will come back again in the future with a credit card or a car pre-bought! Less driving means more drinking as well....