Monday 13 August 2012

Car Hire Excess Insurance Discounts for August 12

Great news if you are about to hire a car and want to save money on car hire excess insurance products.

Although we are approaching the middle of  August, there are still lots of people arranging their holidays. It is a very good time to save some extra money on your car hire excess insurance of you buy certain excess products from some of the advertisers on the jml-insurance.co.uk / insurance4carrental.com sites.

Carhireexcess.com, Odyssey Insurance, Insurance4carhire.com and Questor Insurance are all running special deals.

Carhireexcess.com discounts Worldwide Car Hire excess insurance on jml Insurance sites for August 2012 - Carhireexcess.com, one of the leading providers of Excess cover on Car Hire policies, has teamed up with jml Insurance to offer a special 10% discount from a Worldwide Annual policy for August 2012 which is excellent news for people booking a late summer holiday.

As a special discount for the month of August, Car Hire Excess.com in association with insurance4carrental.com / jml insurance marketing services are offering a special 10% discount from a Worldwide Annual policy bringing the cost down from £49.99 to just £44.99 for the year for the UK market - Visit Site Here

Odyssey car hire excess insurance is now being discounted  till June 2013

Four products have a price reduction: Europe 31 European Excess Cover - Euro Odyssey which normally costs £39.75 is reduced to £39.00. (€48.10 to €47.19).

Daily Odyssey - Daily Car Hire Insurance that normally costs £3.99 can be yours for £3.89 (€4.83 to €4.71).

World Odyssey - Worldwide Car Hire Insurance costing £59.99 has been reduced to only £51.00 (€72.60 to €61.72).
Finally the Family & Partners Worldwide 31 Cover for 2 policy holders costing £99.99 has gone down to £95.00 Visit Site Here

Two Insurance4carhire.com products are being discounted. Annual Europe is reduced from £49.99 to £40.19 and the Worldwide 31 is reduced from £65.99 to £52.99

Finally Questor Insurance continues their 10% discount till the end of 2012  Find out more Here

Apart from these companies offering discounts it is also worthwhile looking at the other advertisers - Worlwideinsure - Essential Travel - iCarhireinsurance and Protect Your Bubble.

Visit the site to access all these providers Here  or Here

Thursday 9 August 2012

Car hire excess insurance market in Europe and USA to be expanded by Halo Insurance

The Insurance Times.co.uk reported last Thursday that Halo Insurance the company behind the very successful iCarhireinsurance brand is toexpand into the car hire excess insurance market in western Europe in October and in the US next year.

Halo was started over three years ago by Ernesto Suarez  and it has grown very quickly offering car hire excess insurance products and van hire excess products.

At present the icarhireinsurance car hire excess insurance products are available for European residents of the EU and US and Austalian citizens, who can buy European and Worldwide Excess insurances, but not the other policies.

According to the Insurance Times report the company plans to increase its product range with add-ons to its current offering and a travel insurance product that will go live in 2013. (Full article here)

The company won the Insurance Times Broker Innovation of the Year 2011 Award. They also have commissioned YouGov to carry out consumer surveys.  

The company now has a customer base of 175,000. Product range includes car hire excess insuramce, car club excess insurance and van hire excess insurance. The Van hire excess insurance also covers  minibuses with up to 9 seats.  A daily car hire excess policy for Europe costs £2.99 a day and £3.99 for worldwide.

Find out more about iCarhireinsurance.com  by following this link  

Saturday 4 August 2012

Car hire experience in Portugal

Just picked this story up from the Daily Mail Travel Mail Blog of the experience of Steve Pellew-Harvey telling the newspaper  about a recent car hire experience in Portugal which shows that everyone now need to watch out for when they book  car hire.

He rented a car in Faro Portugal  and was charged €85 for fuel. On all rentals of six days and over the fuel policy was “collect full - return empty.  Most holidays are seven days, so of course virtually everyone gets caught out by this.’

If you don't use the car too much and do a great mileage / kilometerage then the majorirty of customers are going to get caught out by this. This is also common in Spain now and this can be for shorter rentals as well which is even worse as a lot of motorists will return the car with plenty of fuel in it for the car hire company to sell onto the next customer.

Earlier this year I rented a car in Dublin for three days, had the car hire company had a similar policy, I would have been greatly out of  pocket as when I returned the car to Dublin Airport I great difficulty in getting €6 worth of fuel in it.

When hiring a car in Spain and Portugal, before you make that booking, do look at the small print regarding fuel first. The car rental iteslf might be cheaper than the competitor's, however for the consumer's point of view, they could easily land up paying more in the end.

This is just another way in which car hire companies try and add a cost on to the car hire. The other well known way has been to say to the customer that the car hire excess insurance they have bought from an outside company will not cover their vehicle. 

Do take care. The Mail's article in full can be found here.   

Finally on the subject of the Algarve and Portugal, if you are fed up with the weather in Northern Europe and are looking for some sun in Portugal jmlvillas.com self catering holiday rentals have a great selection of holiday properties. Visit the Portugal Page Here