Wednesday 22 December 2010
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Saturday 18 December 2010
The shops and stores will be open taking advantage of this additional time to attract customers, particularly as there has been a lot of snow about before Christmas which will have been bad for trade.
On the 4th January 2011 VAT in the UK increases from 17.5% to 20% so a lot of people will be hunting for bargains early.
How are they going to get their larger items home - that new bed for example? The answer of course is to see if the very busy bedding retailer can deliver...but when? What about getting the old one to the dump?
Well you can of course rent a van.
As there are more and more people in rented accommodation now in the UK, many will be moving either before Christmas or early in the New Year. Again they need a van to do this.
When you hire a van are you aware that the "Excess" can cost more than the van? Van hire excess insurance is a great way to save money and have peace of mind when you rent a van.
Do you know that it could cost you a lot of money for any damage to your rental van? EVEN IF IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT!
For a low daily premium (around £7.99) a van hire excess insurance company can provide excess insurance protecting the customer against excess charges whenever you hire a van in the UK.
Find out more at http://www.insurance4vanrental.com/
Need a van to rent? Take a look at Holiday Autos at http://www.holidayautos.co.uk/cgi-bin/liveweb.sh/QSearch.w?ctryref=GBR&lang=EN&aff=xjeffreymilnerltd They have a wide range of quality vans in 130 UK locations so there will always be one handy.
Make your arrangements early to ensure the van hire depots are early when you need the vehicle over the holiday season.
Finally if you are just going off on holiday somewhere hot to get away from the snow, don't forget to buy car hire excess insurance before you go if you are hiring a car. It is a lot cheaper normally than from a car hire company. AT http://www.insurance4carrental.com/ there are EIGHT companies advertising.
Safe driving and if you want to know more about driving in different countries visit "Guides on driving abroad" - insurance4carrental.com has a selection of guides to driving in selected countries. http://www.insurance4carrental.com/Guides_to_driving_abroad_Summary.htm
Wednesday 1 December 2010
iCarhireinsurance.com was founded in 2009 by Ernesto Suarez, a leading insurance professional with over 10 years’ experience in the industry.
The iCarhireinsurance.com car hire Insurance policy can be taken out as a daily or annual policy and is designed specifically for those renting cars and not having to pay the normal higher excess insurance charges that a car rental company will try and sell to the renter.
The USA and Canada and Worldwide Plus products include cover for top up cover for Collision Damage Waiver and Supplemental Liability Insurance. These are fantastic products for travellers headed to North America and other parts of the world where they sell you expensive liability insurance at the car rental desk..
Daily European prices are £2.99 a day or an annual policy for £39.99.
There is a most informative advertising page for iCarhireinsurance.com including “Hot tips”, Excess insurance explained, “Jargon Buster” , and What is car rental insurance.
To find out more details about car hire excess insurance from iCarhireinsurance.com Follow this link http://www.insurance4carrental.com/iCarhireinsurance.htm
"Van hire excess insurance for only £7.99 a day available from iCarhireinsurance"
The company launched their van hire excess insurance policy. This went live a few days later on the www.insurance4vanrental.com web site at http://www.insurance4carrental.com/iCarhireinsurance_Van_Hire_Insurance.htm
Thursday 25 November 2010
Every month for the rest of 2010 we are featuring one of the car hire insurance, van hire insurance or motorhome insurance providers who advertises on http://www.insurance4carrental.com/ For November we are featuring Insuremyvanhire.com.
Insuremyvanhire.com is part of Insurance4carhire, a company formed in 2002 as an innovative online company specialising in the provision of polices to cover excess on car hire. insuremyvanhire.com provides policies that cover you for the excess that is payable on the theft and damage portions of the van rental. insuremyvanhire.com and Insurance4carhire.com are trading names of Towergate Underwriting Group Ltd.
More and more people rent a van for a day or so. This can be to move home or to transport bulky items from the DIY or furniture store. Just like with hiring a car When you hire a van the rental company will usually provide you with accident and theft insurance, commonly referred to as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). Although you are technically insured, you are still liable to the excess, which in some cases can run into thousands of pounds.
The answer is to buy van hire excess insurance. Most van hire companies will offer this product, however you should be able to buy it much cheaper if you buy it from an online provider like insuremyvanhire.com. For just £7.99 per day, you can be protected against Van Excess charges.
To find out more details about van hire excess insurance Click Here
Friday 12 November 2010
There are times when you need to borrow a friend or relative’s car for just a few days or equally, they may need to borrow yours. Maybe you need a test drive, or perhaps you just need more space to transport people or stuff. Often it makes more sense (and certainly costs a great deal less) to borrow a car from a friend, relation or colleague.
Arrangements can be quickly be made and there must be thousands of people in the UK who will find this useful.
To find out more go to http://www.insurance4carrental.com/Tempcover.htm
Saturday 6 November 2010
"Is car-hire company giving me the runaround?" by Paul Gosling
Came across this earlier today. A reader contacting the Independent's correspondent Paul Gosling about booking car hire for a six-day car hire in Corsica, for collection at Ajaccio airport and leaving it at Porto Vecchio and expecting a refund of €133.50
See the full Independent story HERE
Monday 1 November 2010
It explains that "Car rental can be a costly business, especially when you take into account the local taxes and excess insurances that tend to get excluded from the rental company’s headline advertising (and then magically appear when you come to collect the car!)."
The article then goes on to say that you can save money by buying your car hire excess insurance direct from a specialist insurance company like those advertising on the insurance4carrental.com site.
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Wednesday 27 October 2010
Holiday Autos chief executive Brian Murphy is to leave the business on November 12th 2010.
Brian Murphy, who is also an executive board member of lastminute.com, is said to be leaving the company to "pursue a new career challenge".
From 15 November, vice president of partner marketing Alistair Rodger will lead the Holiday Autos business as well as retaining his existing responsibilities. Brian Murphy will not be directly replaced.
Lastminute.com chief executive Ian McCaig said: “Brian has led Holiday Autos through some of the most turbulent times the automotive and car rental industries have ever seen. Additionally, the competitive landscape changed considerably over the years with many new players seeking to challenge Holiday Autos leadership in leisure car rental.
“Safe to say, Brian leaves Holiday Autos positioned extremely well for the future.”
Brian Murphy added: “My time here at lastminute.com and Holiday Autos has been immensely rewarding. The experience I have gained at senior management level in B2B and B2C markets has equipped me to handle the increasingly complex and demanding challenges that face businesses on a daily basis.
“I wish lastminute.com and Sabre all the best and will watch with interest as their future success unfolds.”
For More information about Holiday Autos Car Hire Motorhome Hire Van Hire CLICK HERE
Monday 25 October 2010
This means there is an even greater choice with Seven major providers advertising their car hire excess insurance products, one provider advertising motorhome / campervan hire excess insurance and one provider marketing their van hire excess insurance.
Protect your bubble Car Hire insurance is underwritten by White Horse Insurance Ireland Limited (a Thomas Cook Group Company) and administered on their behalf by Questor Insurance Services Limited who are authorised by the Financial Service Authority.
Protect you bubble’s Car Hire Insurance is available to anyone renting a car with a value less than $80,000, who is aged 21 - 84 and has an internationally recognised full driving licence. If you live in the UK or Ireland cover in your home country is included and we have an option to allow rentals that start close to your home.
There are two products to choose from:
A Daily policy insuring a single car rental agreement up to 180 days in length or;
An Annual policy insuring unlimited car rental agreements in the year up to 31 days per rental.
With Protect your bubble Car Hire Insurance, for as little as £2.37 a day or £38.09 a year you can cover the excess on the car rental agreement up to £2,000 in any one claim or £3,000 in total each car rental agreement.
To find out more pay a visit to the Protectyourbubble.com advertising page HERE
Saturday 23 October 2010
Customers purchasing Questor Car hire insurance before the end of December 2010 will qualify for a 10% discount if they purchase on line using a dedicated link from a jml Insurance / insurance4carrental.com website.
Questor car hire excess insurance is offering a generous ten percent discount off the price of their car hire excess insurance products, provided the customer purchases through a dedicated link on insurance4carrental.com, jml-insurance.co.uk or jml-property-insurance.co.uk.
Visitors to these insurance marketing sites will find the Questor insurance page and a dedicated promotional offer code that they insert once they have landed on the Questor site via the dedicated link.
Questor insurance has been promoted on the jml insurance advertising product sites since 2008 and in August Campervan Insurance from Questor was also added.
Philip Suter of jml Insurance said "We are delighted to be able to promote this discounted product on our sites and of course like any insurance product being advertised, the client is re-directed to the insurance company's web site and all dealing are between customer and insurance company"
"The autumn is a much quieter time in the travel business and deals like this from companies like Questor can only benefit the general public when there is so much doom and gloom about not only in the UK but in many other countries"
Non-UK residents are eligible to purchase Questor Car hire excess insurance so it is good news wherever you live.
Apart from Questor Car hire insurance, jml also promotes insurance4carhire, dailyexcess.com, Essential Travel, iCarhireinsurance and Odyssey and insuremyvanhire.com Currently there are discounts as well on some of the insurance4carhire.com products if the customer purchases via the link on insurance4carrental.com, jml-insurance.co.uk or jml-property-insurance.co.uk
Thursday 21 October 2010
Carrentals issued a Press Release on 13th October 2010 saying 7 and 14 Days Holidays Using Car Hire is on the Rise Regardless of Economic Pressures. Car hire comparator shows increased bookings in 3rd quarter holidays. Leading car hire comparison site, Carrentals.co.uk, has revealed their findings on third quarter holiday car rental bookings, which has shown an increase, regardless of any economic pressures in the UK.
Compared against figures of the same period in 2009, hire car bookings for 7 days accounts for 22% and 14 days is 8%, both showing an increase of 1% during July, August and September.
The results show that tourists are reducing the two or three day holidays and spending an additional few days (4 or 5 days holidays) for their mini breaks. There was a 3% increase, up to 17%, for 4 and 5 day car hire bookings, whereas over the past 12 months, 2 and 3 day holiday bookings have dropped 2% to 18% for the total amount of rentals being booked.
Carrentals.co.uk Managing Director, Mr Gareth Robinson said, “Even though the economic climate is still in tatters, Brits are still heading to the continent for some late summer sun, as our results prove with one and two-week hire car rentals being on the increase. People who go on holiday like to relax and take their time to soak up the sun and see the sights, so less are choosing to stay just 2 or 3 nights, and more often these days, they are staying for 4 or 5 days”.
He added, “Getting away from the hiked fuel costs and cuts from the government, having time to relieve stress and chill out, seems to be the reason. With our help, consumers can check the best prices for hire cars and collect some great offers”.
The car hire comparator, Carrentals.co.uk, provides the best deals from major companies such as Alamo, Sixt, Holiday Autos, Budget and Auto Europe. More details can be found at carrentals.co.uk.
Wednesday 20 October 2010
Hertz Car Hire issued a Press Release yesterday - Tuesday 19th October 2010 that they have launched a new iPhone application and self service kiosks across Europe.
Hertz Europe announced plans to accelerate its adoption of self service technology by rolling out Self Service Express touch screen kiosks from NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) at selected locations across nine countries in Europe for all customers (not just members-only) who have prepaid for their rental. This announcement comes as Hertz launches a free reservations application for the iPhone in 18 languages for customers in Europe.
The Hertz iPhone application, which has already enjoyed widespread popularity in the U.S., allows customers to make reservations, save their Hertz #1 Club member number, search and find nearby Hertz locations, save favourite locations and receive special promotions via their mobile devices. The Hertz iPhone application is available for download on hertz.co.uk/app
Similar to an airline check-in kiosk, the Self Service Express touch screen kiosk is a reservation-based system that collects the customer’s personal information and identifies the customer’s reservation. It then completes the rental car pick-up process, sending the customer on his or her way quickly. In addition, the solution allows Hertz customers to select and purchase upgrades, optional insurance and waiver products, fuel options and add-ons such as child seats and the Hertz NeverLost® in-car satellite navigation system.
The Self Service Express Kiosks complement the Hertz Worldwide Online Check-in program, which allows customers to begin the check-in process in the comfort of their home or office before they travel.
“Hertz offers customers a wide range of options currently unrivalled in the car rental industry to help them get on the road faster. With Worldwide Online Check-In, #1 Club Gold, and now Self Service Express Kiosks and a comprehensive iPhone reservations platform, Hertz continues to lead the industry in innovation for customers,” said Michel Taride, President, Hertz International.
An NCR study, conducted by BuzzBack Market Research, shows that around 69 per cent of Europeans would be more likely to choose a travel provider that offered them greater control over managing their entire travel experience using self service solutions. This includes searching for, confirming or making changes to car rental as well as flight and hotel bookings.
“Consumers are demanding more control over how, when and where they interact with travel providers using multiple self service channels,” said Theresa Heinz, General Manager, NCR Travel. “The convergence of web and touch screen technologies helps to cut queues and ensures consumers are able to make last minute modifications to their bookings so they can get on with their holiday or business trip without delay.”
The kiosks use a highly reliable Common Use Self Service (CUSS) software platform that has already been adopted by many airlines to enable customers to check-in quickly and easily for their flights. NCR is also providing Hertz with comprehensive hardware support services, including remote management and helpdesk assistance on a global basis.
The Hertz Self Service Express Kiosks are already available at the following airports in Europe: Bergamo Orio al Serio, Milan Linate, Milan Malpensa, Rome Ciampino, Rome Fiumicino, Pisa (Italy); Edinburgh, London Heathrow, London Stansted, Prestwick (UK); Malaga (Spain); and Frankfurt Hahn (Germany). Further roll-out plans are underway in Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Switzerland. The company also plans to enable the kiosks to accept non-prepaid tariffs in early 2011.
Information about the research
NCR commissioned BuzzBack Market Research to conduct this survey online among more than 1,500 European respondents in March 2010. The results form part of the NCR 2010 study on consumer use of multichannel self-service solutions. BuzzBack LLC is a leading international market research firm headquartered in New York City.
Source: Hertz Car Hire
Don't forget whenever you rent a car make sure you have your car hire excess insurance. If you hire a car several times year why not take an annual policy. They only cost from around £40 a year. Find out More Here
Saturday 16 October 2010
My girlfriend and I are looking to rent a vehicle on our holiday to South Africa next year.. Most Rental companies have a excess of about £600.00
I have noticed that you offer car rental excess insurance cover. I was wondering if that caver extends to rentals abroad, ( like in South Africa) so could I yake out a axcess insurance cover with yourselves, and be safe in the knowledge that I'm covered in South Africa God forbid anything happens?? and Lastly if you do Offer Such Service, what would the costs be..
Many Thanks PJ
Confused.com Customer Support, Official Rep, replied
The car hire excess (available here: .confused.com/car-hire-exce...) is provided by Questor insurance; as they're an affiliate of Confused.com, you'd need to contact them directly after you've had your quotation so that they can answer any further questions that you might have. They can then confirm any extra conditions that might be in place for your insurance policy if you are abroad."
insurance4carrental replied "There are five providers including Questor who advertise on the insurance4carrental.com site www.insurance4carrental.com "
insurance4carrental.com has a great guide "Driving in South Africa" full of usefull information when you hire a car or motorhome / campervan in South Africa. Find out more HERE
Saturday 9 October 2010
Those people whi will be holidaying in an exotic worldwide destination and driving are not only lucky enough to be escaping the seasonal blues in northern Europe, but
they can also make some savings to put towards that naughty and nice Christmas list.
Car hire excess insurance specialist Insurance4carhire.com has announced that it will be lowering the cost of its annual Worldwide policies from £65 to £52 from 1st October an amazing 20% discount!
Follow this link for more information - http://www.insurance4carhire.com/index.asp?linkfrom=4&curID=1&langID=1&refID=188
Friday 8 October 2010
I decided to renew it today as the letter warns that "Letting your policy lapse could leave you exposed to costly insurance premiums and hidden excess charges whenever you rent a car. But if you renew your policy by October 28 2010, you'll stay protected - which could you save you thousands if a car you rent is damaged or stolen".
You can buy the policy up to three months in advance which is good if you want to renew early like we do every year. The Annual Europe Family and Partners 31 Policy costs £79.00 per year.
We used to buy two standard Europe 31 Annual Policies and save around £19 by getting the combined one. This policy offers cover for 2 Policy Holders, who must be family members (defined as spouse, partner, parent, brother, sister, adult child or fiance), travelling together or separately.
At the insurance4carrental.com marketing site there are several insurance providers being advertised. insurance4carhire.com - dailyexcess.com - Questor Insurance - Essential Travel - Odyssey and Icahireinsurance. They all offer great products, but we took out our original car hire excess insurance several years ago and they were the only company offering such a product.
Today apart from those advertising on the insurance4carrental.com site where prices start around £1.94 a day or £40 for an annual policy there are a lot of "players" in this market to choose from.
The renewal process only took a couple of minutes and I was able to pay on line by credit card and download and print off the insurance documentation straight away. Very easy.
Wednesday 6 October 2010
6th October 2010 Press Release from insurance4carhire
"Winter saving with insurance4carhire"
As the days get darker and the weather changes from bad to worse, the light at the end of a very wet UK tunnel could be the opportunity to travel abroad this winter. Those holidaying in an exotic worldwide destination and driving are not only lucky enough to be escaping the seasonal blues, but they can also make some savings to put towards that naughty and nice Christmas list.
This time limited offer will be available through to 31st December meaning those who will be hanging their Christmas stocking over a foreign fireplace can ho-ho-ho-ld on taking out expensive excess insurance policies with car hire operators. The fantastic policy saving offered by Insurance4carhire.com can be combined with peace of mind that customers will be protected from excess penalties that could potentially be swiped from their credit card.
The Worldwide policy covers excess on damage to the rental vehicle including the undercarriage, excess on theft, and damage to windows and tyres. All policies are valid for 12 months and offer convenience, and now more than ever, even better savings. Insurance4carhire.com also offer customers a European excess policy and US car hire policy meaning they are covered no matter where they travel.
Tuesday 5 October 2010
"Annual Worldwide Excess Insurance"
Starting today the usual price of £65.00 has been reduced by £13.00 to only £52.00.
Back in July this year they started promoting their Annual Europe policy at £39.20 instead of the normal £49.00. The good news is you can still buy it at £39.20 if you follow the link below and arrange to buy either of these discounted policies (plus all their other ones as well).http://www.insurance4carhire.com/index.asp?linkfrom=4&curID=1&langID=1&refID=188
Don't go renting a car now without taking out a car hire excess insurance policy.
Holiday Autos has launched an online advertising campaign aimed at reaffirming its position as a key player in the car hire market.
The campaign will include key takeovers on Yahoo and TripAdvisor.
There will also be a promotion running simultaneously on the Holiday Autos homepage offering customers booking during the campaign period a 5% discount on 2011 bookings.
Head of marketing at Holiday Autos Hema Nagar said: “Our aim is to reaffirm our position with new and existing customers.
"We want to remind them that we are a big player in the car hire market and that they can trust our service and expertise."
Sunday 3 October 2010
Odyssey Car Hire Insurance featured provider October 10
Every month for the rest of 2010 we are featuring one of the car hire insurance, van hire insurance or motorhome insurance providers who advertises on http://www.insurance4carrental.com/ For October we are featuring the Odyssey Car Hire Excess Insurance Cover .
Odyssey is a relatively new provider of car hire insurance. They are now one of the UK`s leading online excess insurance provider, giving business and leisure travellers the best deal to easily insure their car rental Excess insurance, thus avoiding paying out additional monies (Excess Waiver charges) to your car rental company.
In May 2010 jml Property Services started to promote the Odyssey brand on the insurance4carrental.com site and at the time of the promotion Greg Holmes of Odyssey said "We are delighted to have insurance4carrental.com as an affiliate and wish them every success with the busy summer car hire market ahead."
Later in May Odyssey Car Hire Insurance became the Latest Addition to the Moneymaxim Car Hire Insurance Search Engine. Greg Holmes at Odyssey Car Hire Insurance Ltd said of the partnership with moneymaxim: “As a relatively new car hire excess insurance provider, adding ourselves to the burgeoning list of insurance providers on the moneymaxim car hire insurance search engine makes perfect sense. Moneymaxim consumers will be able to see the wider benefits Odyssey Car Hire Excess Insurance offers and use it to make an informed choice.”
Odyssey insurance policies are written under licence by Isle of Man Assurance Limited ("IOMA"), of IOMA House, Hope Street, Douglas, Isle of Man, IM1 1AP, British Isles. IOMA is registered in the Isle of Man, Company No 003792C. IOMA is authorised by the Isle of Man Government Insurance and Pensions Authority. IOMA is not subject to the same regulatory system as that applicable in the United Kingdom. Holders of policies issued by IOMA will not be protected by the United Kingdom Financial Services Compensation Scheme if IOMA should become unable to meet its liabilities. IOMA is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Register Firm Ref No 142307)
To find out more details about the costs of the Odyssey Car hire Excess insurance products Click Here
Wednesday 22 September 2010
At the time you book your rental car, the hire price may include some components of insurance.
Depending upon the hire company you’re using and the country of rental, this may range from:
• little or no insurance in places such as the USA;
• third party cover only;
• third party cover and a basic form of damage liability waiver.
This form of cover is sometimes called CDW for ‘Collision Damage Waiver’. It offers you protection against the costs of any damage done to the rental car while you have it on hire. It’s perhaps worth noting that this typically includes cover against theft.
If you do not have this form of insurance protection, you will be personally liable for all costs arising from damage to or theft of the hire car.
If your rental does not include it, you may be able to purchase it from the hire company or possibly at a more competitive rate from an on-line specialist provider of rental car insurance.
Exclusions and Limitations
The damage liability waiver provided by the car hire companies ‘in the price’ will typically come with two significant limitations:
• an excess of typically between £500 and £1500;
• several areas of the vehicle excluded from cover such as the tyres, wheels, roof, undercarriage and windows.
This means that following an accident, even if you have the rental company’s insurance, you may still end up facing some potentially large bills.
Options for additional protection
If you are worried about the extent of your financial exposure as a result of the above limitations, you do have options.
It may be possible to purchase additional insurance from the car hire company that will reduce or remove the excess and possibly also include cover for the typically excluded areas of the vehicle. The rental company may call this something like ‘top-up cover’ or perhaps ‘Super CDW’.
Once again, a cheaper alternative may be to purchase excess protection insurance from the specialist on-line providers of rental car cover. These policies work by reimbursing you for any excess costs that you may have been charged by the car rental company.
These policies also may provide an additional advantage. Not only can they sometimes be cheaper but you may be able to purchase them on an annual basis. This means they will cover any vehicle rented by your during the period – subject to some exclusions for special or exotic vehicle types
The excess protection insurance offered by the on-line providers of car rental insurance may offer you additional peace of mind by supplementing your basic damage liability waiver that came with the rental car.
Spotted this on a website eurogamer.net 18th September 10 "Insurance4carhire - anybody used them before (excess waivers)
Has anybody used Insurance4carhire or any other excess waiver companies before?
A tour operator has recommended them to us instead of taking out the Budget Car Rental companies excess waiver (the above is £65 for an annual policy, Budget's will cost us approx £250 for the holiday).
On paper I4CH (can't be bothered to type that out anymore) looks the better option, as it refunds all of the excess (Budget just reduces it to £225 from £1500) and it also covers more, such as tyres, windows, undercarriage and roof, all of which aren't covered by Budget. That said, I'm concerned that I'd have to pay the excess up front if any damage was caused and then claim it back...not entirely confident that they'll pay up without any major hassle and even more concerned that they won't pay up at all.
If someone has used them before and made a claim, it'd help put my mind at ease. "
No one replied with an answer, however they are very good value in my opinion. Take a look at their site here
Monday 13 September 2010
2010 has proved to be a successful year for award-winning excess car hire insurance company, Insurance4carhire.com and one of its top suppliers the JML Group, who recently announced they had made over £100,000 in revenue for the company. This comes at an exciting time for Insurance4carhire who is currently running a summer promotion on its European policy, offering an incredible 20% discount.
The JML Group reached the revenue milestone of £100,000 through the efforts of JML's Philip Suter, who understands the significant benefits holding an insurance4carhire policy can bring, following his personal experience of being caught out abroad by expensive care hire excess charges. Since 2004 JML customers have been able to purchase Insurance4carhire's various different policies and following a fantastic uptake, JML now has its very own dedicated car hire insurance website www.insurance4carrental.com .
See the rest of this story HERE
Sunday 5 September 2010
Whether you need to find out about airline check-in routines or you need advice on how to get compensation after a bad experience, Carrentals.co.uk is a great place to go to.
Holiday companies going under, volcanic ash clouds and airlines striking are just a few problems that the travel sector has had to deal with lately and with so many disrupted plans; Carrentals.co.uk has created a forum to help ensure that people to get good value for money on their holidays.
A huge range of advice is available from safety concerns and problems with car hire through to strikes and insurance problems are all dealt with on the forum.
If you have suffered from a travel problem then try checking out the forum says Gareth Robinson in the following statement about the forum: “If you have experienced a problems with your holiday then we want to help you to resolve it and the forum is a great place to go to, to find out the answers to a wide range of problems.”
Carrentals.co.uk works hard to ensure that its customers get good value for money and forum members are able to answer travel queries as well as travel experts.
Accommodation issues are addressed as well as holiday health, insurance, accommodation problems and other travel-related issues and the forum is just a small part of the ‘Raising the Standard‘ campaign.
Continuing with his statement Gareth says: “Through the forum travellers are able to get hold of a wide range of advice and getting the answers to some tough questions can make a huge difference to how much you get to enjoy a trip away or not and our aim is to ensure everyone gets good value for money on their trips.”
Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit carrentals.co.uk.
Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by 2006.
In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 9,000 locations.
Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, easyCar, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.
The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.
In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards.
Saturday 4 September 2010
Hiring a camper van for a vacation is becoming an increasingly popular choice for those seeking new adventures. The lure of the open road and freedom to roam wherever you please is an appealing thought for many. Knowing a little about the history of the camper van can give you that sense of belonging whilst out on the road.
A traditional camper van has a folding roof that pops up to provide room for the sleeping quarters. One of the favorite makes of camper vans has been that of VW. The VW camper van based on the VW Beetle, made its first appearance at the 1949 Geneva Motor Show and the basic design has held the test of time. The vans do around 25 miles to the gallon and offer plenty of internal space.
The VW camper is a firm favorite with the surfing community. It has remained a popular choice for the young at heart for decades and has become a symbol of free spirit for many. Often seen with a new paint job featuring large flowers, these vans have long secured their iconic status and a place in history.
Another of the iconic camper vans were those created by Wally Byam of the Airstream company. Airstream started off in 1936 with a trailer called “the Clipper”. Using aircraft technology to reduce wind resistance and provide optimal strength to weight ratio, the Airstream has become a true American icon.
The first Airstream branded camper van called “the Classic” made its debut in 1979. The company continues to innovate and produce camper vans to this day and has a 10,000 strong international membership of the Wally Byam Caravan Club. Over 1000 rallies are held each year by the club.
Camper vans have evolved into what we call motorhomes. As the name suggests, the objective is to create a “mobile home from home”. Motorhomes come in all shapes and sizes and are generally classed by the distance between the front axle to the rear axle. This measurement is called the “wheelbase length” and is termed as short, medium and long.
Fuel costs are a definite consideration for many when deciding to hire a camper van. This problem has been taken on board by the rental companies and manufacturers. Many camper van hire companies now offer vans with conversions to LPG. This should at least half your fuel costs.
One thing I should mention is that insurance cover for camper van hire can be expensive and you should know up front exactly what you are covered for. Take time to review the policy. Remember to comply with most hiring insurance policies you should carry out the daily maintenance tasks on the camper as specified by your rental agent.
Don’t overstretch your budget on the camper van hire cost. Part of the enjoyment of a camper van is being able to visit and enjoy new places. If you are a couple, a medium wheelbase camper should provide you with a good overall comfort levels and ease of use.
When hiring or even buying a camper van you should try and arrange a test drive first so that you can decide which style best fits your needs. My personal preference is to use medium wheelbase vans as they tend to offer the best compromise between size and comfort. Whatever van you choose it’s sure to be an adventure.
Steve Thomas is a developer and writer for a number of online travel websites, including the UK Away Travel Directory where you can find a comprehensive list of motorhome and camper van hire companies. To find out more visit http://www.ukaway.co.uk/
Wednesday 1 September 2010
Essential Travel Car Hire Insurance featured provider September 10
Every month for the rest of 2010 we are featuring one of the car hire or van hire insurance providers who advertises on http://www.insurance4carrental.com/ For September we are featuring the Essential Travel Car Hire Excess Insurance Cover
EssentialTravel.co.uk is one of the UK's leading independent online travel essentials providers. Thomas Cook, the second-largest leisure travel group in the UK acquired 100% of Think W3 Limited, owners of Essential Travel earlier this year.
Essential Travel was originally set up in 2001 as a business to business suppier of white label travel insurance for travel and holiday websites.
2010 was also the year that Essential Travel entered the car hire excess insurance market. Their car hire insurance policies are underwritten by White Horse (Ireland) Limited.
Thomas Cook themselves are now offering car hire insurance in association with Essential Travel
The Essential Taavel daily policy is very competively prices at £1.94 a day.
To find out more follow this link http://www.essentialtravel.co.uk/carhireinsurance/?aC=100493
Friday 20 August 2010
According to new research from Holiday Autos, the car hire firm, packing too much luggage causes disputes between couples on holiday. About 25% of all couples on holiday will have an argument over the best way to pack their belongings into a rental car before their journey even starts.
This study has found that men tend to pack more than women when going on holiday to the beach, with about 33% admitting that they have had to leave some baggage behind at the airport due to it not fitting into their hired vehicle. On the other hand, only 17% of women have admitted that they have had to leave some of the luggage behind.
Holiday Autos also revealed that 82% of men feel like it’s their job to book the rental car for their holiday. However, the company also found that men tend to concentrate more on the make of the car and the size of its engine instead of how much baggage space it will give them. So it’s no surprise that about 18% of men admitted that they have returned to the car hirer’s desk to trade their vehicle to a larger one so that their luggage will fit.
Stuart Nassos, the Managing Director for Holiday Autos, said that many holidaymakers seem to forget the fact that the car they book for their holiday will likely be smaller than the vehicle they use while they are at home. Therefore, they tend to bring more baggage than what will fit safely in the hired car, he continued.
Nassos also suggested that customers check their Car Features Guide before making a decision on which model to book. The vehicle should either be large enough to accommodate the holidaymaker’s baggage or the amount of baggage should be reduced, he added.
Source: Holiday Autos - Looking for car rental from Holiday Autos? Follow this link
Wednesday 18 August 2010
"I live in Ireland can I buy car hire insurance via insurance4carrental.com?" Here on this blog came across this section in Tripadvisor "Dublin Forum: GOOD REPORT- Insurance4carhire.com".
In our article about was it possible for Irish residents to buy car hire insurance via insurance4carrental.com, we explained that several of the advertisers catered for the Irish Market.
Well it appears that insurance4carhire.com have done well in Dublin.
"12 August 2010, 8:15
Before leaving for Ireland, we purchased the SCDW through insurance4carhire.com. We had an accident and were charged the deductible (approx $1700) by Murrays/Sixt (don't get me started on the terrible experience we had with them re. the accident and follow up- they were HORRIBLE).
Once we were able to get the accident report from Sixt (a month later- again, don't get me started)- Insurance4carhire wired the money to our bank account within hours of receiving the necessary documents.They were easy to contact, always prompt in their replies, and sent our money very quickly.When I was researching them I had a hard time finding anyone who had actually had a claim - so wanted to let others know of the good service we received. The only down side is that you must pay the charges ($1700) and wait to be reimbursed. We knew this going in so were prepared - just not expecting the lack of service received from Sixt."
A visitor to the Tripadvisor site from Loughrea, Southport said "It is a good point that you knew the money would be deducted and not reimbursed for a while. Many people taking out 3rd party insurance are under the impression that the 3rd party (Insurance4carhire or others) sorts everything out and gives the payment straight away. Sorry you had a bad experience with an Irish car hire operator, unfortunately you are not alone and it isn't restricted to just one company."
Another from Kilkenny said "sorry for the problems you had...but it doesn't matter which rental agency you use...if you don't buy your scdw from the rental counter, you always have to have the large hold put on your card and you have to be out the money if there is an accident and collect from whomever insures you.... usually, one of us will tell you that...don't know how we missed it.....do you mind telling me how much the insurance4carhire cost, for how many days?.....i would be interested in looking into it for my next trip....."
There are further replies and if you want to join in go to http://www.tripadvisor.com.au/ShowTopic-g186605-i90-k3848844-GOOD_REPORT_Insurance4carhire_com-Dublin_County_Dublin.html
In the meantime if you are living in ireland (or other parts of the world) and require car hire insurance for business or a holiday visit the insurance4carhire.com site Here.
This means if you are a resident of France, Ireland, Spain, South Africa, USA etc you can buy this important insurance on your credit card in your local currency.
Some insurance companies of course may not sell their produtcts to non-uk residends, however when there is an option to have the price in Euros you know that if you are in Ireland (or other countries using the Euro)you will have no problems. In fact one of the car hire insurance companies is even posting up a compliment about the service they had received and this person lives in Dublin.
So if you live in New Zealand, Denmark or Spain (just to mention 3 coutries) you should be able to buy car hire excess insurance from a company advertising on www.insurance4carrental.com
A visitor from the USA " Car Rental - Extra Insurance
Aug 16, 2010, 11:13 PM
Renting a car in Nice for 1-1/2 days. Is it highly adviseable to take out extra insurance? Our credit card covers car rental insurance so we usually don't take out the extra but maybe in Europe, we should. Thoughts?"
8 replies at 18th August - " If you rent from one of the major companies, the rental cost normally includes insurance but with an excess (deductible) of maybe €1000. You need to check whether your card will cover this.
Even if your card covers your insurance, if you damage the car you will have to pay for the damage (up to the excess) and then lodge a claim with your card company or the insurance company that it uses. The rental company cannot make a claim on your insurance."
"Many people pay the extra for CDW because they are afraid of making claims and want the "piece of mind" that the auto rental companies sell for a very high price. Most travel experts recommend against purchasing what they consider "ripoff" CDW coverage and rely on using their credit cards policies, which in some ways are superior (and much cheaper) than those offered at the rental counter.
First, check with your credit card company to see if you are indeed covered. Most Visa cards offer the coverage, and the premium MasterCards and most all Amex cards. But you do have to follow their rules when submitting a claim."
"The French are nightmare drivers and even worse at parking. Many times I have seen my car being "nudged" out of the way so that another car could park in front or behind me and there are dents and scratches all over it!Honestly, if it isn't essential to hire a car for a day and a half then I really wouldn't bother, particularly since public transport in the area is so good."
Your question is really 2-in-1 which is why there are some potentially contradictory responses
1. Do the risks in Europe mean you should take out insurance? Yes - road and parking space is tight, you are unfamiliar with the driving style and you do carry the risk of scrapes and bumps. If you take out CDW that comes with "all inclusive packages" you will still be exposed up to the limit of the "excess" or "deductible" which means that you could end up paying Euros 1000
2. Should you take out insurance with the rental co if you are already covered by your credit card? Obviously there is no need to pay twice. But you need to check your credit card terms & conditions or seek advice from TA members in the US as to what exactly is covered"
Want to carry on the discussion? Visit Tripadvisor at http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g187234-i138-k3861294-Car_Rental_Extra_Insurance-Nice_French_Riviera_Cote_d_Azur_Provence.html
If you are renting a car in Nice, France buy your car hire insurance in advance from a specialist provider. Six of these - insurance4carhire - Questor Insurance - dailyexcess.com - Essential Travel - Odyssey - icarhireinsurance.com are advertising at www.insurance4carrental.com
Tuesday 17 August 2010
Campervan and mototorhome hire excess insurance has only been advertised on insurance4carrental.com for less than a month, but several sales have been generated, meanwhile van hire sales increase.
insurance4carrental.com only started marketing Mototorhome hire excess insurance under a month ago on behalf of Questor Insurance and it is proving to be a very popular product for those hiring a campervan.
Read the full Press Release HERE
Wednesday 11 August 2010
Tuesday 10 August 2010
Carhire in US - Need Car Hire Excess Insurance?
Hello - off to the US later this month and hiring a car for most of the time as travelling from Yosemite to Yellowstone. Have hired quite a few cars before in NZ, South Africa and Canada last year but continue to get confused to whether I need to purchase exces cover. I did this with insurance4carhire.com in NZ but seem to remember not needing it last year in Canada. How about the US
I have booked it through Hertz and my charge includes - Loss Damage Waiver, Tax and other charges, Liability Insurance Supplement, Vehicle Licensing Cost Recovery, Transaction Fee, Drop fee and estimate mileage.
Am I ok then? And I don't need either the USA&Canada or Worldwide policies attached below?
Below is also a quote from the Hertz website. It suggests its an optional policy but from reading elsewhere I think that whenever you book US carhire from outside the US its normally chucked in as part of the total cost
Loss Damage Waiver (LDW) an optional service, which for an additional daily charge relieves you of all financial responsibility for the loss or damage to the rental car, whether or not you have insurance to cover such damage, provided the car is used in accordance with the terms of the Rental Agreement.
Also just (to strengthen that bit above about LDW/etc being automatically added when booking from outside the US), just done a quote directly on hertz.com saying I am a US citizen and it gives a total price and then options for Liability Insurance Supplement at 12.95 USD per day and Loss Damage Waiver at 15.00 USD per day
The Canada / USA situation does look confusing.Came across this question earlier.
Question: August 2010: Can you please advise me, does your worldwide insurance policy Cover me for international Collision Damage Waiver (I.C.D.W.) Which will allow me to hire a vehicle abroad without paying The rental companies insurance charges (including rental in the U.S.A.) If so how much is an annual policy? Thanking you in advance.
Reply: Dear Sir, Thank you for your email. We can only cover you annually for the CDW/SLI in the USA and Canada. The policy costs £109 and can be purchased on ww.insurance4carhire.com When you hire a car in the USA, you have the choice of taking a rental that is either fully inclusive, or fully exclusive, of car rental insurance.
If you hire a car on an exclusive basis, no car rental insurance is included in the car rental price. In those circumstances, it is necessary to purchase Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) and Supplemental Liability Insurance (SLI). CDW/LDW covers damage, loss of use and theft of the rental vehicle, and SLI covers third party liability. These insurances are sold at the car rental counter and cost between US$20 and US$30 per day.
Our USA & Canada policy covers:
Supplemental Liability Insurance (Third Party) up to US$ 1 million
Collision Damage Waiver/Loss Damage Waiver (CDW/LDW) - covering damage, theft and loss of use of the rental vehicle - up to US $80,000
Uninsured Motorist up to US$ 100,000
Hit & Run Motorist up to US$100,000
Excess if excess is charged (it is generally not charged in the USA)
Damage to windows, roof, tyres & wheels and the undercarriage.
If you have taken a rental that is exclusive of car rental insurance, then our Policy will cover you for your car rental insurance requirementsWe do not recommend this Policy for use with Fly Drive programmes (a package that includes a flight and possibly a hotel, with car rental included at minimal or no cost).
Fly Drive programmes are generally structured so that the car rental company makes very little money on the rental, and looks to make its profit from add-ons such as insurance. For that reason, companies which participate in Fly Drive programmes do not always readily accept this insurance.
If you are doing a Fly Drive programme, it would be sensible to contact the car rental company, tell them you can provide your own insurance, and confirm that they will accept it.
Kind regards Insurance4carhire.com
Hope this clarifies the issue!
Sunday 8 August 2010
We are now in the middle of the 2010 summer holiday season and there do not appear to have been many reports of car hire shortages this year - possibly as a result of the old supply and demand rules - higher prices at peak time.
The Simon Calder article is interesting coming up with interesting facts in the A to Z. F - Ford owned the world's largest car hire company Hertz for a decade up till 2005.
The twenty six topics are covered well and some have been mentioned in this blog or in artices in the insurance4carrental.com site. Here is a small selection
"Brokers: Intermediaries who may, thanks to their extra buying power, be able to get you a better deal than going direct." Holidayautos.co.uk is quoted.
"Insurance: - where many elements of the car-rental industry make lots of money, selling "supplemental liability insurance", "personal accident insurance". Book and pay for everthing in advance and for the one element to which the usual rental is exposed - collission damage - you can buy a fixed-rate annual waiver in advance. Just search on line" - No insurance company was quoted, however by going to www.insurance4carrental.com there is a choice of six.
insurance4carhire, daily excess, Questor Essential Travel, Odyssey and Icarhireinsurance.
"Premium location surcharge : - usually for big cities. In Ireland, Dollar has a €28 fee for picking up in Dublin or Cork rather than from smaller towns." This subject has been covered a lot on the insurance4carrental.com site under "Topics on car hire and van hire to take a look at....A-Z listing"
Another subject covered on this blog in June was about "Drink drive limits" http://carhireexcessinsurance.blogspot.com/2010/06/lower-drink-drive-limits-in-ireland.html
Under "Wine – even a sip will send you over the limit, and invalidate your insurance in Pakistan, Cuba, Indonesia, Romania, Jordan and Nigeria, according to Rhinocarhire.com, which produces a comprehensive guide.."
"Xs: -industry shorthand for insurance excess, ie that amount you have to pay towards damage or loss. Typically £500, €500 or $750, unless you pay insurance to reduce it." Again no mention of companies offering this, but if you go to http://www.insurance4carrental.com/#Click you can find those six providers.
A very interesting article and this can be viewed on line at The Independent's web site Here
Tuesday 3 August 2010
Came across this article on "Auto Insurance Davenport Illinois"
Although appearing on a US website blog links go back to webbcarr.com - Australia and New Zealand Car Rental.
Car Hire Accidents And The Excess Reduction
This eventuates in the rental company self insuring the hire cars. In doing so they take on the cost of the accident damage themselves and offset that expense by offering a CDW to you. This is a much more ecomonical way for them to maintain the rental car fleet and the company do not pay the insurance companies the big premiums for every car.
Car Rental companies are in business to make money and this aspect of car rental becomes an extra revenue raiser itself and that is why the sales staff at the car hire branch will do their best to sell you this option. In regards to vehicle accidents, Australian law states that the liability lies with the owner of the vehicle unless you are acting as an agent for the owner, and as the hirer it is therefore unlikely you would come under that clasification.
Serious thought should be given as to whether you accept the offer of excess reduction to reduce your liability. One obvious reason to take up the offer is to reduce the stress on yourself and not drive around knowing that in the event of an accident you would have to pay a high excess that in most cases has been inflated to scare you into taking the CDW. In all hosesty it does not take long for the CDW costs to add up and amount to more than paying the excess in the unfortunate event of an accident. Here is the dilermma!
Some credit card companies offer their clients insurance to cover excess liability when renting cars and some clients think they are covered when they are not you should check with your credit card company and get it in writing that you will be covered and under what circumstances are you covered for. Sometimes the credit card companies will only cover you if you have not been offer excess reduction by the car hire company or their cover may only cover the difference between the two.
At the time of booking is when you should be giving thought to all these things and make a decision as to whether you take the CDW. The car hire company will be doing their best to encourage you to take this option afterall it is in their best interests.
Next we have the situation where the unthinkable happened, a car accident. Assuming no one was hurt, in which case an ambulance should be called as soon as possible, the first objective will be to approach the other driver or drivers and collect their full particulars. This will include sighting their driver’s license and noting its full details. A tip here is to confirm that the address on the license is in fact their current address. If the accident has occurred in a busy location you may need to move the vehicles but it is always best to leave them if possible unless the police instruct you to move the cars. The police will need to be called depending on the severity of the accident or if anyone has been injured.
The accident isn’t the only thing you will have to contend with, the tow truck drivers are very competitive and sometimes extremely pushy. Try not to be taken for a ride, under no circumstances allow them to tow the rental car unless you are given the OK by the car hire company or told to do so by the police. Tow truck drivers or companies are paid a higher rate for what is call a police tow. Someone will have to pay for this tow and that could be you.
Tow truck drivers also receive commissions from panel repairs if he delivers the damaged vehicles to thier facility. That is why they are so anxious to get your vehicle off the road it isn’t because they want to look after you it’s because they wish to look after themselves. If he gets your rental car attached to his truck it is almost impossible to get him to release the vehicle.
Your next problem to deal with will be paying the excess to the car rental company and then attempting to recover it in the event that you were not at fault. This process may take a very long time and to some extent depend on the honesty and integrity of everyone involved.
Do your homework when it comes to insurance and car rental and be reassured that there are only a very few collisions. Drive Safely
If you are travelling to Australia or New Zealand or travelling from those countries don't forget you can arrange your car hire excess insurance at www.car-hire-insurance.info
Saturday 31 July 2010
Every month for the rest of 2010 we are featuring one of the car hire or van hire insurance providers who advertises on http://www.insurance4carrental.com/ For August we are featuring the Dailyexcess.com.
It is part of the insurance4carhire.com family Dailyexcess.com is a trading name of Towergate Underwriting Group Ltd and was established by Larry Ursich who set up Insurance4carhire.com in 2002.
The dailyexcess.com product caters for those clients wanting to buy car hire excess insurance from an independent provider who are going away for a few days or even their annual holiday and might only travel once a year and who don't need to buy an annual policy.
For 10 years, Larry Ursich ran his own car rental broking company, working closely with Dollar and Budget. After noting the high costs being charged by the car rental companies for Excess cover, Larry decided to develop a better alternative: annual car rental Excess insurance products offering customers convenience, peace of mind and very significant savings.
This organic growth has been achieved through providing exceptional value for money and high standards of customer service and endorsements in mainstream newspapers has been the cornerstone to growth. Most of our customers renew year on year, and referrals from our customers to their family and friends account for a large proportion of our business. What’s more, the travel and motoring press have been consistent in their praise and recommendation of our policies.
In December 2007 Insurance4carhire was acquired by the Towergate Partnership, the largest independently owned insurance intermediary in Europe.
To find out more click in this link http://www.dailyexcess.com/index.asp?curID=1&langID=1&refID=188
Wednesday 28 July 2010
Long established Car hire excess insurance specialist and market leader, Insurance4carhire.com, has announced that it will be lowering the cost of its annual European policies from £49 to £39.20.
This represents a drop of an incredible 20% per policy, which is equal to almost £10! Combined with the potential savings that can be made on excess insurance, this will be welcome news to travellers looking to reduce the cost of this year’s summer holiday.
To find out more about this great news Click Here.
For information about the £39.20 Annual European product Click Here
Taking out a standalone car hire excess insurance policy is often much cheaper than paying the car rental companies for the same cover."
They have a page explaining about car hire excess insurance and how to save money when you buy it from a specialist provider.
They are currently featuring three providers. Two fairly newcomers to this market Odyssey and iCarhireinsurance.com plus insurance4carhire.com the original car hire excess insurance provider established in 2002.
The feature includes the new discounted insurance4carhire.com "Annual European cover for £39.20"
There are now numerous providers of car hire excess insurance in the market place and it will be interesting to see if other companies are included in due course.
Tuesday 27 July 2010
"Car hire excess with Insurance4carhire.com
Insurance4carhire.com, the car hire excess insurance firm that had been undercut by its rival icarhireinsurance.com over the last months, has cut the cost of its annual European policies from £49 to £39.20. A 20% cut, initially for the summer only but which is likely to remain for longer. This move puts the company back at the top of the cheapest providers."
Want to know more about this great offer? Follow this link http://www.insurance4carhire.com/index.asp?linkfrom=4&curID=1&langID=1&refID=188 and then click on "Europe 31 days"