Renting a Car With Green Motion in Morocco

I booked my trip to Casablanca in Morocco virtually at the last minute; and since I wanted to travel to Fes and Marrakech on my own schedule, I decided to rent a car — especially since the public transportation options were not much less expensive.

Renting a Car With Green Motion in Morocco

I decided to use RentalCars.com to search for a car to rent for 3.5 days and found one for $68.98 total with a company called Green Motion for the smallest class of car with unlimited kilometers and including all taxes and fees.

I knew nothing about Green Motion, as I have never rented from them before — and I have barely heard the name in the past. I did briefly refer to the rental car company in my trip report pertaining to renting a car in Iceland; but I wound up renting from Procar instead of Green Motion.

Arrival

I printed out a rental voucher and brought it with me to Morocco as proof that I had already paid for the rental.

When I arrived in Morocco as a passenger aboard an airplane — which was operated by Royal Air Maroc — after 9:00 in the evening, I proceeded to the rental car area of the terminal. None of the counters of the rental car companies were opened for business.

One of two men then approached me and asked with which company did I rent a car. When I told him, he instructed me to head straight out to the parking lot where the rental cars are located. I walked through crowds of people in the night air outside of the terminal as I headed for the rental car lot.

After waiting for someone to assist me, an employee of Green Motion said that he will be with me after he finished processing the rental of another customer. I had to wait at least 20 minutes as I stood in the dark.

The Car

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

When he finally was able to assist me and he finished the paperwork in the car which I was to rent, we did an extended inspection of the entire car — which was rather difficult, as this was at night time; and the lighting was not exactly the best.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

He pointed out all of the damage and recorded it on the contract. As he did not really speak much English, most of our conversation was in French.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

When all of the formalities were finally finished, I was given the keys to a silver Fiat Panda and a packet; and I was instructed to not lose that packet under any circumstances, as it contained important documents for the car. In fact, I was strongly advised to keep that packet with me at all times and to never leave it in the car.

That had me wondering if I did not just get myself into another situation similar to renting a car in Cairo.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

As the gasoline tank was not full, he let me know where a fuel station was located near the airport prior to entering the toll road so that the tank will be full on my drive to Fes.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

I slipped into the car, which definitely was not upgraded — not that I qualified for an upgrade. The seat was not exactly the most comfortable seat which I have ever experienced in an automobile; but it sufficed. A further inspection in the daytime the next day revealed that the seats were not in great shape, as evidenced by the worn and stained fabric. The seats were not easily adjustable, either.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The door was equipped with a door handle; a storage area with a bottle holder — note the shape of the bottle in the door; and a stereo speaker. The button to control the power window is not on the door.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Many of the controls and devices within the car were not intuitive; and I found the foot pedals to be slightly uncomfortable to use.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The car was almost basic; but it sufficed for its main purpose: to get me around Morocco.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Shifting from one gear to another was not as easy as in other cars which I have driven over the years. I found the manual transmission rough and hard to operate — especially when going from fourth gear to fifth gear.

I could not use my portable electronic device to play my music through the stereo system of the car because there was no place to plug it in; and technology such as Bluetooth did not seem to be available. I have not needed compact discs in a long time to listen to music while driving a car; but I sure could have used them on this trip.

Note the location of the power window controls above the stick shift. The buttons below the radio — which had nothing to do with the functionality of the radio — were not intuitive.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Although I can read French and I am rather good at figuring out how to use the control settings in cars, I could not easily figure out how to have the spartan digital display converted to English. If I recall correctly, the car already had high mileage on it.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Two storage bins are on the passenger side of the car; but neither of them had a locking door — or a door at all to better hide anything, come to think of it.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The ride itself was rather choppy and strained; but then was fine once the car was cruising at highway speeds.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

What looks like an automatic transmission lever is actually the parking brake — and cup holders and storage areas were numerous in the front of the car…

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

…as well as in the back of the car — none of which were properly cleaned. The storage areas sufficed for holding money for the toll booths along the highway.

Speaking of tolls, please read this article about how a toll collector in Morocco tried to swindle me out of money — and failed if you are interested.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The trunk area had ample room — not that I needed it — and the rear seats could be folded down if necessary.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

The Return

Given how strict the agent was with inspecting the car — similarly to the aforementioned rental car experience at Procar in Iceland — I thought for certain that he would find some ding on which to ding me.

Green Motion car Morocco

Photograph ©2018 by Brian Cohen.

Actually, the return of the car could not have been much easier. After the inspection of the rental car was officially cleared with no damage, I simply walked back to the terminal to catch my flight back to Amsterdam.

Summary

The total cost of renting that car remained at $68.98 for what was essentially four days — even though it was three days and 15 hours — which works out to slightly less than United States $17.25 per day — which is a bargain, in my opinion…

…but I also felt like I received the car for which I paid. That is okay. Although I have commented negatively on some aspects of the car, I really cannot complain about the experience.

I cautiously recommend renting a vehicle from Green Motion — but ensure that you are prepared for any impediment to your rental experience to happen, just in case.

I was fortunate — or perhaps lucky — that my rental experience was flawless.

I intend to relate my experience of driving in Morocco in general in a future article — but a spoiler alert: it was rather routine with no real issues aside from the aforementioned toll booth incident.

All photographs ©2018 by Brian Cohen.


 

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3 thoughts on “Renting a Car With Green Motion in Morocco”

  1. ffi says:

    Do NOT get fooled by the Green Motion review above. It maybe OK in Morocco but not in UK, in London where they are at the Holiday Inn Heathrow.
    I rented a car from them for the great rate of 90$ for 2 days (or so I thought). I paid the 20% deposit but did not pay the full amount in advance
    My flight was 2 hrs late and when I arrivd there was no car but a van only
    The amount I was charged was 100 GBP = 125 USD = well above the balance of 70$ left on my ACE rentacar reservation that I had with me – I was told that was an estimate and not a full payment
    The 90$ reservation was for 2 days Sat 9 AM to 4 PM Sun but they wrote me up for 24 hrs, which I knew was not OK
    When fixing this, I noted that they had charged me extra for loss insurance.
    They gave me the paperwork for this
    I got that removed but by this time 1 pm, I did not notice a charge for collision insurance.
    When I went back to pick up the car – you have to go 100 yards behind the hotel, I was told do not worry all damage is already recorded and he took the first set of paperwork.
    As I began to drive off, I noted that the van had a focal spot – glass break caused by a stone right in front of the driver (I should have returned the car at once then, but stupidly did not, thinking I would let them know the next day upon return)
    When I stopped for gas I noticed a less than 1 cm scratch on the inside edge of the driver door (on the right as it was UK)
    When I returned the car, all of a sudden the agent took a long time with the driver’s door and managed to charge me 500$ for repair. (initially when he thought that I was covered by their own insurance, he told me not to worry as it was all covered)
    At that point I decided not to tell him about the windshield as I was worried that would be added to my bill too.
    If they do not check the cars at all when their insurance is in effect and only check the cars when anyone without their insurance picks it up, they are committing insurance fraud most the time by palming off the damage on the next renter.
    AND to top it off the 5GBP charge for insurance left behind on the bill cost me the rental coverage from my chase card.
    Moral – do NOT rent from Green Motion especially in UK – Brian was just lucky in Morocco.

  2. Kate says:

    Glad your experience turned out well! And glad to see a blog about this company. We traveled to Costa Rica with less than a day to plan our trip and ended up renting from green motion. I regretted it. When we got the car, we were going around the car doing the inspection and noticed very bizarre parts of the car were missing, such as about a two inch square cut out of the metal in the side of the car. None of the bizarre parts missing looked like they would affect the operation, but it was unsettling. I insisted on a car with no parts missing! I don’t know if this was a scam to charge for the missing parts on the return , it was so very strange. We were also told that if there was any sand in the seat we would be charged a $150 cleaning fee, and that maybe we should get the car washed before returning. Fortunately we found some place and had it cleaned. They inspected very carefully on the return. I’d never rent from them again.

  3. Nate says:

    Green motion’s Orlando Airport location is also set up to scam customers out of money. They insist on seeing proof of insurance and if you can’t show them they will require you to buy extra insurance. Even if this is not a problem for you directly, it makes the line move very slowly. It took an average of about 20 minutes per person to check everyone in to rent their car. Moreover, they lie about the need for an electronic toll pass for Orlando area highways. They lie and deceive their way to staying in business.

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