Sunday 28 August 2011

Save money on car hire excess insurance

If you are looking for car hire excess insurance remember there are a couple of discounted insurance products if you purchase via insurance4carrental.com.
There are savings on insurance4carhire.com and Questor Insurance via links from the insurance4carrental.com site. Everyone needs to save money be it for a holiday car rental or a business one so it is well worth finding out more at www.insurance4carrental.com/insurance4carhire.htm
and www.insurance4carrental.com/questor.htm
So if you are planning on hiring a car this week, or in the future, pay the insurance4carrental.com site a visit.

Saturday 20 August 2011

Excess on the car rental was $2500 and unless $25 a day was paid to reduce the excess to $100 in New Zealand.....

The weekend newspapers are full of Car Hire excess stories and it is not just in the UK. The New Zealand Herald is running a story today - 20th August 2011 "Read the fine print - and understand it" by Diana Clement who is a personal finance writer.

Like the USA it looks like some credit cards covers excess insurance, however according to the report Diana Clement's ASB card, which is underwritten by Southern Cross Travel Insurance (SCTI), provides overseas rental vehicle excess cover, but it wouldn't cover her in New Zealand.

Many of the advertisers on the insurance4carrental.com site cover New Zealand (Click Here), but the situation there looks somewhat complicated even when you take a look at the New Zealand Tourism Guide website.

The insurance4carrental.com site has a useful guide to "Driving in New Zealand" HERE

More complaints about car hire companies - renters advised to buy cheap excess insurance

The Guardian ran a story yesterday (19th August 11) entitled "Avis and Hertz leave car hire consumers fumingCustomers' poor experience of car hire from Avis and Hertz underlines the need to buy cheap excess insurance" by Miles Brignall

The first consumer was a person who rented from Avis in London. According to the report the car had numerous scratches and eventually the VCR(Vehicle Condition Report) was signed.

Upon returning the car a "non signed off" scratch was found. The car hire company is claiming £420 for repairs.The renter paid additional excess insurance to reduce the excess to £100 but is not happy.

The second reader hired a car through Hertz in Sweden, paying £450 for 10 days.Theye were offered top-up insurance when theye picked up the car, for about £120, which they declined.

They said "After an accident-free holiday we returned the vehicle. Again, no one checked the car. The day after we got home we received an email telling us it had been damaged. The cost to our credit card would be £550"

Miles Brignall says in his aricle "We are receiving so many complaints about car hire firms – these two are fairly typical – that it seems we need to do a quick guide on how to hire a car without getting ripped-off by an industry that will strike many as a law unto itself.

The first rule: before you pick up a car abroad, buy cheap excess insurance from Insurance4Carhire.com or icarhireinsurance.com – daily cover for Europe starts at just £3 a day. This is one policy really worth having.

When you pick up the car, mark on the paperwork every single scratch, dent and blemish. If a member of staff doesn't accompany you to the car, go back to the office and get them to sign the paperwork showing all the damage.

Don't let them brush you off – do it properly and get it signed. Use a digital camera to take multiple images before you drive it away. When you hand the car back, do the same thing – mark every scratch and get the paperwork signed. Take digital photos of every panel to show there is no new damage, plus one of the mileage recorded."

On the insurance4carrental.com website there is a page of advice on what to do when a renter collects the hire car. This can be found here.

At the end of the day it makes financial sense to take out excess insurance cover. For a low annual or daily premium a car hire excess insurance company can provide excess insurance protecting the customer against excess charges whenever someone rents a car.

You can also get this type of cover when you rent a van or motorhome.

Friday 19 August 2011

Is the car renter liable for car rental damage?

Gill Charlton in her Daily Telegraph column earlier today ran a story "Am I liable for rental car damage?"

A reader had rented a car at Munich Airport, Germany and discovered a scratch on a door a shortwhile after collecting the car. Apparently there is quite a distance between the terminal and car rental collection point. The reader was charged €485 (£425) on the credit card. Despite arguing the case with the car hire company and it looks like the customer had signed the vehicle condition report before checking the car. They should have notified the company immediately and not till returning the car.

On the insurance4carrental.com website there is a page of advice on what to do when a renter collects the hire car. This can be found here.

Gill Charlton suggested in the article "Your experience shows how essential it is to report damage immediately, however minor. Any dents or marks should be added to the VCR(Vehicle Condition Report). This will mean returning to the rental desk in the terminal. At some airports, there's a booth in the car park to sort out such problems. In your case, the car hire company would have accepted the scratch if you had telephoned to report it from the café.

For peace of mind it is worth paying £49 for an annual excess insurance policy from a specialist insurer such as insurance4carhire.com. This will also cover damage to tyres and windscreens, which are excluded from basic policies."

In fact if you buy that £49 policy through the insurance4carhire.com link on the www.insurance4carrental.com site it only costs £39.20 as it is a discounted promotion that insurance4carhire.com is running for visitors to the insurance4carrrental.com site. Find out more here

Tuesday 16 August 2011

Europcar in New Zealand launches loyalty program

Europcar's unique, new loyalty 'Privilege' program has officially launched in New Zealand, introducing a new age in car rental loyalty.

The innovative Privilege program, leverages Europcar's global alliances to offer frequent renters a world of rewards and benefits. Many of the exclusive benefits available through Privilege, are only possible due to the company's extensive business reach.

Privilege program members will be rewarded for their rentals at Europcar locations anywhere in the world. Europcar provide Privilege members with three levels of benefits: Privilege Club; Privilege Executive; and Privilege Elite, all designed to reward loyal and frequent customers.

All members to Privilege save on time and money, receiving international discounts on leisure rentals, express pick-up service, rental upgrades, preferential services including guaranteed reservation, simplified rental processes, plus ten percent off the best, unrestricted weekend rates at Accor hotels.

Steve Whyte, New Zealand General Manager for Europcar, said Privilege was an exciting and innovative program that would differentiate Europcar and set a new benchmark for customer travel loyalty schemes.

"The idea behind Privilege is very simple. The more a customer rents, the more they get. With Privilege, we want to thank all of our customers for their loyalty and the trust they place in us every day, throughout our network in New Zealand.

"Through the 'get more by renting more' principle, the program offers our customers the best quality service while thanking them each time they rent with Europcar," said Mr Whyte.

The Privilege Program replaces Europcar's popular Ready Rewards program. Mr Whyte said existing Europcar Ready Reward members have been invited to join the new program and the rentals they have completed as a Ready member are taken into account and go towards their Privilege tiering level.

Privilege members are enrolled into the various tier levels based on the number of times they hire a vehicle with Europcar over each year. Privilege is about providing customers with outstanding service through an efficient rental checkout experience, global recognition and rewards and benefits for individual needs.

Privilege is a result of Europcar's continued dedication and investment in products, procedures and technology to improve the car rental experience, which includes the launch of a new user friendly website.

To receive Privilege benefits, customers can simply sign up for free on the Europcar website in the "loyalty program" section. Once registered, rentals are automatically tallied and allow the customer to obtain specific benefits. Members have access to a personalised page on the My Europcar section of the new Europcar website, giving access to car rentals, rental history, account details and rewards.

Europcar is the leader in car rental services in Europe. Present in 150 countries, the company provides customers with access to the world’s largest vehicle rental network through franchise operations and partnerships. Through Europcar’s portfolio of brands, the company and its franchisees generated more than €3 billion in revenue in 2010, including nearly €2 billion in consolidated revenue. With 6,500 employees committed to delivering customer satisfaction and an average fleet of close to 200,000 vehicles, Europcar is conscious of its corporate citizenship responsibilities. Winner of the first World Travel Award recognizing the World's Leading Green Transport Solutions Company, Europcar also was honored with the Award in 2010, the second time it was presented. Europcar is owned by French investment company, Eurazeo


If you are hiring a car in New Zealand take a look at our Guide to driving in New Zealand Here

Many of the car hire excess insurance / motorhome hire excess insurance companies advertising on the www.insurance4carrental.com site cover New Zealand.

Sunday 14 August 2011

What's the best travel insurance for you? What about car hire?

Insurance4carhire.com and dailyexcess.com was mentioned in today's Sunday Mirror article "What about travel insurance?"

The article by by Melanie Wright under "Your Money" said " What about car hire? -
Protect yourself from steep excess charges when driving abroad with an independent policy from ­Insurance4carhire.com or ­dailyexcess.com

See the article in full Here