Due to some bizarre circumstances that colored and defined our time in Chile, we needed to rent a car in Valparaiso to drive to Santiago and retrieve our luggage before continuing on to Buenos Aires. We wandered into Viña del Mar, following maps that should have but didn’t lead us to any car rental places. We finally came across a Budget, but there were out of cars. We were about to start laying out Plan B when we came across William Gonzalez Rent-a-Car.
A sign on the door told us that William was in the restaurant next door when we arrived, so we wandered over and asked for him. He emerged after a few minutes and started getting us set up with a vehicle.
It seemed pricey, and when we held out a little bit he lowered the price. We still had to cover the cost of the many toll roads, both the roads leading to the city, which you pay at a booth with cash, and the ones within the city that are tracked on a device that the car has, and you pay the rental company after you return the car. And gas is expensive in Chile. All in all, our three-hour round trip ended up costing about $100, but it was much less hassle than any option we could have come up with using public transportation, given our luggage circumstances.
When we got back, there was no place to park, so Brent drove around the block while I went inside to ask where we should put the car. William (I admit, I’m totally just assuming this guy is William, I really have no idea) came outside with me and pushed a car forward so that ours could fit in.
In Valpo and Viña, there isn’t a lot of purpose in having a car, so you might want to stick to public transportation to save money and avoid the stress that comes when you drive in another country, but if you need a car, William Gonzalez Rent-a-Car is a good place to get one.