Because we decided to do the Iceland Ring Road by car in October, we definitely had to rent a car as soon as we arrived on Reykjavik, so we decided to rent a car from one of the best car rental Iceland Airport companies.
We rented a SUV – Crossover car – Nissan Qashqai or similar from Blue Car Rental Iceland Airport and as soon as we arrived we were presented with a very well maintained and almost brand new Renault Kadjar. As you probably know Renault Kadjar has the same size as Nissan Qashqai, it is almost identical though there are some differences (engine, interior design, interior buttons and controls).
The vechicle we received was white, clean and with a full tank.
As we had to pick it up at midnight, being dark outside, we took some pictures with our phone just to make sure there are not any damages or scratches that we will have to pay afterwards if we did not spot them when we rented.
The person at the front office of Blue Car Rental Iceland Airport was very nice and he told us, that because it is dark, we can take some pictures first thing in the morning and send them by email or whatsapp so they will mention them in our file. Luckily in the morning we did not spot anything since the vehicle had no scratches or any damage whatsoever.
They were advertising on their website and on all their flyers, that all cars are fully winter equipped with snow tires and with window ice-scraper, etc.
We found out that we had no window ice-scraper the third morning when the weather decided it is time to rain, then snow and then it all froze up on the windshield. So having no ice-scraper we used the most convenient tool we had, which was our credit card.
Check you received everything as advertised before you pick up your car from Blue Car Rental Iceland Airport
Our vehicle did not have winter tires but instead it had Mud & Snow tires, which meant that we will not get stuck in mud or snow, but those tires are not recommended for temperatures of under 5* Celsius because the rubber gets very hard and you just lose grip. Most of the north part of the Ring Road at the beginning of October was frozen, with no or little snow, but with black ice and freezing wind. So it was an adventure to ride at 30 km/h on ice with these tires, when a strong lateral wind blew, our vehicle was moving sideways. I can just say that we were lucky not to have any accident or major incident besides slipping and dancing on the road from time to time.
Bluecar is one of the Best Car Rental Iceland airport, they are not perfect and if you are not careful enough you might regret it later.
When we returned our vehicle to Blue Car Rental Iceland Airport they were not so polite when we asked about the winter tires, and told us that they have more than 3000 cars and they cannot change the tires for all cars overnight. They did not apologized and did nothing to repair this thing. A simple “sorry you had to drive with winter tires on ice” would have been enough.
Other than the missing winter tires and the missing winter kit they advertise all their cars are getting, we have nothing else to complain about Bluecar Rental Iceland, everything else about our car was as we expected.
If you decide to rent a car from Blue car Rental Iceland Airport, my advice is to make sure you receive a properly equipped car for the season you are visiting and that you have everything you need before you leave with the rented car, because even if Blue Car is one of the Best Car Rental Iceland airport, they are not perfect and if you are not careful enough you might regret it later.