Monday 23 December 2013

Get a grip on car hire ‘extras’ says Yorkshire Post article

iCarhireinsurance one of the major car hire excess insurance and van hire excess insurance specialists has been featured in the "Yorkshire Post", The article "Get grip on car 'extras' " is just in time for those setting off on a post Christmas skiing holiday.

The article says that "some skiers hiring cars for New Year breaks could pay for their hire car twice over, because of ‘extras’ added.

Of six major ski gateways surveyed – Geneva, Turin, Innsbruck, Barcelona, Sophia (Bulgaria) and Inverness – on cars from companies Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz, iCarehireinsurance.com found the average car hire (per week) costs £275 in Barcelona, £290 in Innsbruck, £314 in Inverness, £336 in Turin and £403 in Geneva.

But, for one example, a medium compact car from Hertz, from Geneva for a week’s hire from December 27 would have ‘extras’ of £405, namely £71 for an extra driver (£112 if under 21), £137 for excess car hire insurance, Sat Nav (£102), snow chains (£48) and child’s car seat (£47)."

" Indeed, this excess car hire insurance can be the biggest danger at the rental desk; without it, a customer could face costs up to £2,300 (eg the excess amount in Turin with Europcar) when cars are damaged or stolen, even if it’s not the hirer’s fault. But buying it through the rental company can be hugely costly – excess insurance at Turin would cost £185 from Hertz, more than eight times the cost of a pre-planned iCarhireinsurance.com policy at £21 for the week (£2.99 a day). This does the job just as well, and also covers vulnerable parts, like tyres and windscreen, which are often excluded from rental firms’ policies" Full report in the Yorshire Post here  Details about iCarhireinsurance Car hire excess insurance and Van hire excess insurance here

Saturday 21 December 2013

Economy Car Hire and car hire excess insurance mentioned inTelegraph's Spain 2014 guide today

The Daily Telegraph's "Spain summer holidays guide: 2014" by Fred Mawer is out today and under "Getting there" says "Rip-off 'full-empty' fuel policies are all too common in Spain: Economy Car Hire     flags up deals with a "Fair Fuel Policy".

"Also note that rental companies generally impose excessive excess waiver charges: stand-alone alternatives" 

You can find a great choice Here 
If you are planning a trip to Spain in 2014 the article can be found here Naturally you might like to go self catering, well then your first step should be to visit jmlvillas self catering holiday home web site

Tuesday 17 December 2013

Economy Car Hire are offering some great deals in January

Have received Christmas greetings from those people at Economy Car Hire.

They have some great deals on offer for holidays in January. 

Malaga Airport (Spain) a Ford Fiesta @ £44 GBP per week

Faro Airport (Portugal) a Ford Focus @ £64 GBP per week

Paphos Airport (Cyprus)Mazda 2 @  £45 GBP per week

Orlando Intl Airport (USA) a
Chevrolet Aveo @ £139 GBP per week

Geneva Airport (Switzerland) - French Side Opel Corsa @ £158 GBP per week and 
Rome Fiumicino Airport (Italy) a Ford Fiesta @ £90 GBP per week. (Info at 16/12/13) 

So if you are off to any of these destinations in the New Year, plus many, many more check into the Economy Hire website via this link.

Monday 16 December 2013

Worldwide car hire from £3 per day from Holiday Autos

and now for some  last minute Christmas shopping......Christmas is nearly here, but there's still time to book your car in more than 30,000 locations worldwide.

Holiday Autos have  got rentals available in:
·  Spain from £3 per day
·  Portugal from £4 per day
·  Italy from £15 per day
·  USA & Canada from £21 per day
·  Australia & New Zealand from £21 per day (Source Holiday Autos 16-12-13)

Drive safely and have a Merry Christmas.
say the Holiday Autos Team

Christmas car hire reminder from iCarhireinsurance

Just had this seasonal reminder from iCarhireinsurance. Pretty straightforward really, if you are hiring a car  over the holiday or after the holiday period find out more here

On the subject of car hire problems, there was an interesting article in yesterday's Observer "Car hire problems put drivers on collision course with rental firms - Questionable fuel charges, mysterious traffic violations, disputed dents – beware the add-ons that can cost a packet"  - They do not mention taking out car hire excess insurance, however strongly recommend if you return a car when there is no one to check the vehicle in take photos. Read the article here

Thursday 12 December 2013

Skiers Could Pay £400 for Car Hire, Then Another £400 When They Pick the Car Up

iCarhireinsurance's topical seasonal latest press release says "New Year Skiers Could Pay £400 for Car Hire, Then Another £400 When They Pick the Car Up"

They go onto to explain  that Skiers hiring cars for a New Year break could be paying for their hire car twice after paying for additional 'extras' at the rental desk.

Hiring a medium compact car with Hertz from Geneva, gateway to the Three Valleys and the world-class Swiss resorts, costs £440 for the week's hire, then rental desk 'extras' could add an additional £405, i.e., £71 for an extra driver, £137 for excess car hire insurance, a sat nav for £102, snow chains costing £48 and a child's car seat for £47.

iCarhireinsurance.com, a leading provider of stand-alone car hire excess insurance, researched the six popular ski gateways of Geneva, Turin, Innsbruck, Barcelona, Sophia (Bulgaria) and Inverness to find out the hidden extras when picking up your hire car. (NB. The hire companies of Avis, Sixt, Europcar and Hertz were researched for the hire of a medium compact car from 27 Dec 2012 to 3 Jan 2013 -

Sophia is the best for a bargain where the average car hire cost is only £154, but 'extras' at the rental desk will double this. The same pattern could be seen in the other destinations, with the average price of car hire costing £275 in Barcelona, £290 in Innsbruck, £314 in Inverness, £336 in Turin and £403 in Geneva.

Ernesto Suarez, founder and CEO of iCarhireinsurance.com said, "The complexity of costs at the rental desks are as hard to navigate as a black run. To keep costs down we advise car hirers to keep extra drivers to a minimum, know the country's rules regarding snow chains and winter tyres, take their own sat nav and always buy their excess car hire insurance before they fly."

Without excess insurance a customer could be liable for charges of up to £2300 if the hire car is damaged or stolen, even if it's not the hirer's fault. Turin is the most expensive place to purchase excess insurance, costing £185 from Hertz - over eight times the cost of an iCarhireinsurance.com policy at £21 for the week (or £2.99 a day), which includes vulnerable parts of the vehicle, like tyres and windscreen, which are frequently excluded from rental companies' policies. (Source iCarhireinsurance)

Expect to pay up to £50 for snow chains and Sixt make snow chains a compulsory cost in the destinations of Geneva, Sophia, Innsbruck and Turin Want to find out more about car hire excess insurance from iCarhireinsure? Follow this link..

They also offer van hire excess insurance, essential if you are hiring a van to move before Christmas or you are intending to make some large purchases in the post Christmas sales!

Monday 9 December 2013

Do I need a credit card when renting a car and other often asked questions?

Do I need a credit card when renting a car? 
The answer is yes. Even if you have pre-paid your car hire in full in the  you will need a credit card when collecting your vehicle. This is for deposit purposes and should have sufficient credit on it to cover the excess. If you don’t have a credit card you should check with your car rental company what to do as they could refuse to give you the car at the car rental desk.

What documents do I need when picking up the rental car?

You will need to bring your driving license (it needs to be the original document) in good condition. If you hold the new style UK or other European licence you will also need your paper counterpart for ID. Failure to do so may result in your car hire company refusing to give you the car. You will also need a credit card for deposit purposes.

What is CDW/LDW? CDW (Collision Damage Waiver), also known as LDW (Loss Damage Waiver)

is car hire insurance which covers damage to the rental vehicle. There is generally an excess payable if you have an accident or damage the car, even if you have CDW

Tuesday 3 December 2013

Arrange Christmas Holiday car hire excess insurance and car hire now

Whilst flying down to Nice, France last Sunday afternoon I was reading the easyJet December in flight magazine. This was reminding people to book flights for skiing and other other winter holiday breaks.

You might have spent last Friday "Black Friday" shopping and yesterday doing your on-line Christmas shopping, however are you going away over Christmas or for New Year?

Have you arranged car hire and if so arranged to save money and buy your car hire excess insurance from an independent car hire excess insurance company? If that was not on your "Christmas to do list".

If you are going away and renting a car, make yourself an action plan. Remember the cheapest car hire company might not be the best deal. You could find you are trapped paying out large excess insurance charges. Buying a full tank of fuel at the car rental company's price and having to return it empty. Really great if you are only going to use half a tank.

At the insurance4carrental.com site there are choice of companies to choose from including Holiday Autos and Economy Car Hire

Once you have arranged the car hire itself go back on line and arrange the car hire excess insurance. A fantastic choice of companies to choose from including Worlwideinsure, Questor Insurance, iCarhireinsurance, carhireexcess.com, insurance4carhire/daily excess, essential Travel and Protectyourbubble. Direct routes to these site can be found here.

Finally, yes there is still something  else on that check list - Travel insurance - Very handing 
if your Holiday is delayed or:
  • Missed departure?
  • Lost your passport?
  • Personal money stolen?
  • Damaged your ski equipment?
  • Personal Accident?
  • Abandon your holiday before you leave the UK
  • Catastrophe — fire, flood, earthquake or storm
  • Medical Emergency — Hospital — Emergency Dental Treatment
  • Legal Advice
  • Mugging
(Always check with insurance company excactly what is covered)

Where do you go for this? Try this site

Then write and send the cards (remember international postage deadlines) and wrap your Christmas gifts.