How to retrieve an item left in a rental car in Spain?
June 3, 2019 1:24 AM   Subscribe

I was in Tenerife in the Canary Islands (part of Spain) and accidentally left a small backpack in the rental car when I dropped it off. I am no longer in Spain. The bag contains my leather jacket and I'd really like to get it back. I called the car company and they found the bag, but they do not offer a shipping service and suggested I hire a courier company to come collect the item and ship it for me. I contacted MRW and DHL offices on Tenerife and neither one offers this service. Any suggestions? I am happy to use airtasker or similar but not sure what is available in Tenerife.
posted by emd3737 to Grab Bag (5 answers total)
Join a FB group for people in Tenerife (something like Digital Nomads Tenerife, or you can look for something oriented more towards locals) and post this as an odd job
posted by horizons at 2:06 AM on June 3 [3 favorites]

"they don't offer shipping" to me means "they don't pay for shipping" a quick glance appears as if UPS services the island. I'm pretty sure if you emailed them a label and arranged a pickuo they could handle stickint to a box and handing it to a driver.
posted by chasles at 3:57 AM on June 3 [5 favorites]

What chasles said. I had a similar case with a Hotel, and I arranged everything with UPS myself and all was fine.
posted by frumiousb at 4:51 AM on June 3

Try Seur? UPS also services Spain.
posted by sukeban at 5:21 AM on June 3

Update in case anyone was wondering- Avis were nice but specifically said that they didn't have any boxes so wouldn't be able to pack it for me unless I could arrange for a box to be provided.

UPS drivers only collect packages and won't drop off a box to pack it in- they suggested that I order a box in the US, mail it to Avis in Tenerife, and then order a label and arrange for pick-up, which seemed kind of ridiculous.

I ended up using MRW who sent a courier to Avis to collect the jacket- they won't ship to the US so I am having it sent to a friend in London who will then mail it to me. The lesson learned is to check your rental car carefully before you return it!!
posted by emd3737 at 1:23 AM on June 13

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