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Motorists are Needlessly Wasting Fuel Through Ignorance

Whilst the usual focus of TorqueCars is on car tuning, they spend a lot of time educating drivers, making the roads a safer place and keeping the flow of traffic going.

The forums are full of tips and pointers from seasoned car tuners and enthusiasts from around the world making it a great destination for people looking for sound advice.

TorqueCars note that there are a few common mistakes drivers make that are costing them hundreds each year.

Poor maintenance of the car wastes money. Oil changes are vital and reduce wear and tear on the engine. Good quality oils can also save fuel by effectively reducing the friction in the engine. Low oil levels and using the wrong oil really accelerates engine wear and worn engines are less efficient and will use more fuel.

Additionally when filters get clogged up, air fuel and oil they add restrictions into the engine decreasing efficiency.

Tyre pressures make a big difference to your fuel consumption. Under inflated tyres can adversely affect your handling, in addition to wasting fuel. TorqueCars owner Waynne Smith says, “In the real world simple things like checking tyre pressures, adjusting your driving style and correctly servicing your car can make a massive difference to your motoring expenses and costs.”

Driving style and habits are certainly one of the biggest wastes of resources. Most inexperienced drivers are guilty of at least some of the following fuel wasting habits.

Driving too fast – this can waste around 15% of your fuel or more! Going at 50mph is a lot more fuel efficient than driving at 70mph. Every 5 mph over 70 uses exponentially more fuel.

Braking hard also wastes a lot of momentum. Just easing off the throttle earlier as you approach a stop or junction will also avoid wasting fuel.

There is also another top tip from TorqueCars. Choose the right gear! Contrary to popular belief being in too high OR too low a gear will waste fuel. Your aim should be to keep the car in it’s power band where it is most efficient. Going outside of this will not only waste fuel but will increase the wear and tear on your engine resulting in costly repairs.

In addition to these fuel saving tips there are some tuning modifications you can apply to your car to maximise your fuel. TorqueCars website goes into these in some detail and they range from remaps, internal engine work and modification to the wheels and tyres.

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Tourists and travelers able to enjoy bargain deals galore from new USA and global-focus car hire comparison service

Travellers and tourists who require specialised USA car hire can now utilise a new, dedicated online website which offers bespoke comparison services at fantastic value prices. Car-Rentals.com has launched and has a USA focus but also offers value for money and cheap car hire deals in other destinations around the world.

The team behind the new website has been put together from companies with extensive experience of the car rental industry and also brings a wide range of e-commerce expertise to the table as well. The site has been designed to be simple to use allowing travellers to get bargain rental vehicles with the minimum fuss.

The booking process is simple and straightforward, and site visitors can compare car hire deals from up to 50 of the leading providers in the sector. The website continuously searches the market to find consumers the very best and latest deals available and then forwards the user through to the rental supplier’s site to complete the booking quickly and conveniently.

So no matter whether the traveller is thinking about a business trip to New York or a beach break in Florida, Car-Rentals.com is able to help them save money on their hire deal – as important as ever in the continuing economic climate.

Peter McGarry, spokesperson for Car-Rentals.com, commented, “With many travellers to and within the USA, and indeed around the world, wanting to make their travel budgets stretch as far as possible, we are delighted to introduce such a progressive new service to market. We look forward to helping people save money on top name car hire for a long time to come.”

For more information on cheap USA and global car hire deals, see Car-Rentals.com.

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New Used car Website Has Wheels and is Screeching Out the Door

Vehicletext.com a UK based fast growing used car advertising service, for both new and used cars. They have simplified every detail of buying and selling a car.

Thousands of buyers are using this service to purchase or sell vehicles, ranging from Alfa Romeos to Used Volvos. If you have a car to sell, regardless of make and model, you could join the thousands that are already reaping the benefits for as little as 10 pounds. 10 pounds is all it takes to list your vehicle for a period of 2 weeks.

The creator of this site experienced great personal difficulty when trying to sell the car of a family member, and has used the advantages and disadvantages experienced, to create a site that makes selling a car as easy as possible.

“Not to long ago my mother wanted to sell her car so I decided to help her as I thought that this would be a simple task. How wrong I was! I decided to do some research as to where I could list it and how much it would cost. It turned out to be a very expensive and time consuming process. I placed a few adverts online and in the local paper. It ended up costing me a small fortune and placing an advert was a tricky process.”

Recent users of this site have claimed that it provided them with an effective solution, especially as a lot of them have also had bad experiences in the past. Vehicletext.com provided them with an easy and efficient solution without any stress or unnecessary worry.

Chief Executive of The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) in the UK stated in May, 2009, that, ‘buying a second hand car is a major and potentially difficult purchase, given the fact that many consumers lack the necessary experience or knowledge to make an informed buying decision’. Sites like Vehicletext.com recognise these difficulties faced by the consumer and provide as many details as possible to alleviate these concerns.

A Vehicle Text Spoke person said:

Queries are important and the dedicated customer service team at Vehicletext.com take your queries seriously. Any possible question you may have regarding a car sale or purchase will be answered thoroughly.

It has been said that the comprehensive customer support team can even handle the most difficult of queries.

You will find this competitive site packed with quality features such as ‘real’ images, descriptions, car buying advice, finance options and insurance. This website is not just for personal sales and purchases, as dealerships can also take advantage of the web presence to expand their businesses further.

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EuropcarClub Launches in the UK

Europcar, the UK’s leading vehicle hire company, has launched EuropcarClub to offer the membership benefits of a car club with the flexibility of daily hire. The UK launch follows a successful roll out in France in 2008.

Bringing a fresh approach to car clubs, EuropcarClub is a subscription based service with two tiers – Easy and Premium. The new service is ideal for those who have decided to opt out of second car ownership but still want the flexibility of different cars to suit different demands or for those who just want to find ways to drive greener. EuropcarClub also offers a solution to businesses who don’t want the financial commitment of leasing or buying company cars.

The launch comes off the back of recent research conducted by Europcar* which found that across Europe, Britons are the most open to the idea of car sharing (34% vs. 28% for the rest of Europe), with the age group most open to giving up car ownership being 18 to 34 year olds.

The Europcar Club ‘Easy’ subscription promises members low rates on daily hire of any vehicle size or type – f r o m compacts to MPVs and vans – with no additional charges for excess cover, one way hires or additional drivers who are also members. Those who subscribe to EuropcarClub’s ‘Premium’ service will get discounted rates on all vehicles on Europcar’s fleet including Prestige f r o m Europcar which offers some of the most coveted vehicles on the road today.

All customers are guaranteed vehicles that are, on average, just 6 months old and can select a car group by its average CO2 emissions. In fact Europcar’s fuel-efficient and low emissions cars use 33% less petrol than the average car on the road.

Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director for Europcar said: “EuropcarClub is all about flexibility and cost-savings. Members can change cars on demand, leave a vehicle at any Europcar location and benefit f  r o m fantastic rates all year long. With no worries over depreciation, tax, maintenance and roadside assistance, they can enjoy access to vehicles suited for the job, the occasion or their mood. We believe EuropcarClub takes the car club concept to the next level and we are committed to be at the forefront of delivering transport solutions to meet the needs of today’s cost conscious and environmentally focused travellers.”

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Introducing an Online Cheaper and Easier Way to Sell and Buy Vehicles

Buying and selling used cars just got easier. Gone are the days when people had to rely on the print medium to place their advertisements and wait endlessly for potential customers to turn up. Moreover, they were still not guaranteed about the genuineness of the customer and could end up wasting a lot of time with such casual visitors.

At Vehicle Text, they can place advertisements for buying or selling cars online for a period of two weeks at just £10. The car advertised for sale gets the benefit of exposure to many thousands of potential buyers. All that is required to be done is to post the make, model, mileage covered, color and other such essential details of the car on the site and wait for the potential buyer to make the contact. It makes the entire process transparent and seamless without any middlemen involvement and that is advantageous to both the parties.

Similarly it is very convenient to look for a car to purchase. The site has an easy to use search facility that will throw up results based on price, area and the model sought. The seller can then be contacted directly to negotiate prices. One great advantage of buying through Vehicle Text is the warranty that accompanies the purchase making it possible for a buyer to take the vehicle back to the dealer in case of any malfunction. That is a departure from purchases at auction sites where there is no warranty provided.

The registration process is a simple one where the member is just required to provide some basic information such as name, email and contact number. This is a necessary step to list the vehicle on sale with the site.

The other useful features of the site include links to facilitate insurance, financing and HPI check. It would indeed be very reassuring to have the vehicle checked for its history including any previous damage, CO2 rating, inspection report and other relevant details before purchasing the vehicle.

Car enthusiasts and aficionados can pick up lot of useful information about how to care for the vehicles and look up some interesting reviews about them on the site. News about the automobile industry and other relevant articles pertaining to cars feature quite prominently and that is also likely to go down well with visitors to the site.

People who wish to buy or sell cars will thus find this initiative very beneficial for them and that in turn augurs well for the automobile industry.

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The Website Vehicletext.Com Provides A Reliable And Fast Way To Sell Cars Online, Giving An Ad Valuable Online Exposure

VehicleText provides ready access to a huge range of buyers and sellers of used cars, with luxury and economy models available for the discerning buyer to browse. The easy-to-use, simplistic interface ensures that any level of internet user can readily access the information in your advertisement, by making sure that your car is listed and available to a wide range of buyers from many locations.

The Website Vehicletext.Com Provides A Reliable And Fast Way To Sell Cars Online, Giving An Ad Valuable Online Exposure

Listing your vehicle ensures that a huge range of people online can access the information and they may even want to buy the vehicle listed.

Based in Middlesex, England the business owners developed the site after having a difficult time selling their mother’s vehicle. By avoiding the classic pitfalls and offering a complete service the site is able to not only sell cars, but also arrange finance and insurance options for vehicle buyers.

Selling a vehicle is easy. All that needs to be done after registration is the uploading of information pertaining to the current vehicle for sale. Making sure to provide all the information that one needs to make the purchase process a simple one for a potential buyer can make the process of selling one’s car smooth as silk.

As with any service provider online, there is an extensive set of terms and conditions that a user of the service should be aware of and adhere to when utilising the site. These terms are designed to secure and simplify the operation of the site for all parties.

The use of SSL technology ensures that credit card information is kept safe and secure, and makes the use of the website a breeze. There are several other facilities offered on the vehicletext.com site also.

Being able to perform an HPI check directly on the site provides information as to the history and legal status of the vehicle. The environmental rating of the vehicle and the Vehicle Identity can be ascertained and with this valuable information the sureness of the vehicles saleability can be known.

The operators of the site work hard to provide information on the used cars available, and this dedication to top quality service means that anyone using the site can be sure that they are operating in a safe and well managed environment.

The growing media facility being offered by the site provides a wide range of other services to the customer. Information on a variety of used cars and other articles covering the successful launch of new car models complete the excellent offering available.

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Europcar Has Been Named The World’s Leading Car Rental Company At The 2008 World Travel Awards

Europcar has been named the World’s Leading Car Rental Company, at the 2008 World Travel Awards ceremony in London, following its title of Europe’s Leading Car Rental Company in Portugal on October 17.

The World Travel Awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the travel industry, with 187,000 industry professionals voting for the best company in each category across seven regions of the world.

These two global awards not only reflect Europcar’s professionalism but also its commitment to customer satisfaction: a double victory for the group, which further strengthens its position as Europe’s number one car rental company.

As the European Leader in short-term light- and utility vehicle rental, Europcar is strongly customer-orientated and strives to listen carefully to its customers’ demands. For the last two years the company has taken a global look at its customers’ mobility habits with a pan-European survey: the Europcar Mobility Observatory. This has enabled Europcar to better understand and predict drivers’ habits across Europe, in order to deploy car rental deals and offers which meet customers’ needs.

Europcar has also worked to make progress in innovation and formed partnerships with other leading travel industry players, to offer customers an ever wider and more accessible range of services, as well as renewing agreements with some of the leading names in the European tourism industry. These agreements include easyJet and Swiss, and the launch of a new service of reservations tailored to the customer’s needs with ACCOR.

Additional developments include the development of a new B2B website ‘click4wheels’, known in France as ‘Click@ndDrive’, which facilitates vehicle reservations through the websites of Europcar’s travel agency and tour operator partners. The car rental company has also recently launched a new mobile phone service, which allows users to make or change a reservation, and find the nearest car rental location from compatible mobile phones.

Jehan de Thé, Global Marketing Director of Europcar International, who accepted the trophy in London, commented: “We are truly proud to have won these two awards. They represent our commitment to providing the highest quality of service – a value shared by our entire network, as demonstrated by the awards won by Europcar in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Central America.”

About Europcar:
Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in 2008 Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000 employees and a fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September 2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces in a strategic commercial alliance to form the world’s largest car rental network, with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000 locations around the world. Europcar is owned by the French investment company Eurazeo.

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The Co-Operative Accelerates Brand To Cover Motor Business

The Co-operative Group today unveiled the latest phase in the rebranding of its family of businesses – a positive change for almost 20 sites in its £250 million motor retailing operation.

The rebrand of 19 showrooms as The Co-operative Motor Group is part of The Co-operative’s £1.5 billion re-branding exercise – the largest in UK corporate history.

The dealerships, which until now, have traded under the Sunwin Motors brand, will be renamed in a move that marks their formal induction into the family of businesses, which includes food, funerals, travel, pharmacy, motors, financial services and legal services. More than two-thirds of the Group’s 5,000 outlets have been rebranded over the last two years.

Mike Austin, Managing Director of The Co-operative Motor Group said: “Sunwin has worked hard to establish a trusted reputation in the Midlands and North of England, and we intend to build on that by adopting The Co-operative’s strong brand.

“This is a name change only but it is the right time to make that change. The relaunch of The Co-operative brand has been a major success, and the financial performance of The Co-operative Group is stronger than ever, as is trust in our brand.”

The first of the Group’s dealerships to be rebranded will be the Renault dealership in Preston on October 27. The rebrand programme will be rolled out to the rest of the dealerships over the next (x) months.

The Co-operative Motor Group, formerly Sunwin, which represents nine major motor manufacturers (Renault, Nissan, Mazda, Peugeot, Fiat, Suzuki, Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep), has reported sales of more than £250 million for the last financial year, and in the space of just over two years it has refitted more than two-thirds of its 4,300 used cars outlets with the new look.

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New Research: The Insurance Industry Foots A GBP1.9 Billion Fraud Bill

•As the insurance industry shoulders a GBP1.9 billion fraudulent claim bill and investigators report a 44% increase in fake motor insurance claims, car insurance stealth charges are also on the up

•Compulsory excess payments have been increased by 32% in the last year from GBP129
to GBP170 – 85% of drivers would pay this charge in the event of an accident

•Drivers with a compulsory excess above GBP500 has increased almost tenfold from just 0.3% to 2.7% – 1.55% of these could pay between GBP1,000 to GBP3,000 to claim

•With over 4.4 million accidents resulting in a claim each year, this GBP41excess increase will make the insurance industry GBP154 million more in the next 12 months

•The number of drivers with a compulsory excess on their policy has jumped by 4% from 81% and currently impacts 21.5 million drivers

•On top of this, the average policy price has increased by 10% from GBP478.70 to GBP526.42 for fully comprehensive cover and almost 13% for third party

As the insurance industry foots a GBP1.9 billion fraud bill and recent reports reveal a 44% increase in false claims, new research from uSwitch.com shows that providers are strategically recouping this money from consumers by hiking compulsory excess charges by almost a third (32%) in the last year. In addition, the number of drivers being hit with a compulsory excess fee of between GBP1,000 and GBP3,000 has increased almost tenfold from just 0.3% to 2.7%. Across the country, this means that in the event of an accident, drivers will now have have to pay their insurer an average of GBP170, a fee which has gone up by GBP41 from GBP129 since August 2008.

With over one in five drivers (4.4 million) claiming on their car insurance each year, insurance providers will now be making an additional GBP154 million more from compulsory excess hikes in the next 12 months. This GBP170 compulsory excess charge combined with the average voluntary excess payment of GBP197 can make claiming for an accident a costly business. In fact, any damage that costs less than GBP367 to repair really isn’t worth making a claim.

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Protect Your Taxi Company with Taxi Insurance

The main source of transportation in big cities such as New York City or Chicago, taxis offer many people the convenience of not having to deal with the responsibilities of owning a car. For a taxi company to thrive, however, it must possess a quality taxi insurance policy to protect not only their employees, but the customers as well. A recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com explains how vital taxi insurance is to a company. To compare insurance rates, fill out this form now.

“Not only are taxis a cheap alternative to owning a car, they also act as our own designated driver after a long night of over-age drinking,” the article, Taxi Insurance: Protection for Your Yellow Vehicle, reveals. “At the end of the day, however, a taxi is first and foremost a business, and any legitimate taxi company needs taxi insurance to protect their business. Operating in an industry that results in over two million passengers injured each year, taxi insurance provides taxis with the assurance that they will be protected in case an unfortunate incident occurs.”

Unlike standard auto insurance, taxi insurance provides a number of coverage options designed particularly for taxis. This includes liability coverage that protects the cab company, the driver, and the company’s assets. It also includes comprehensive coverage against vandalism, theft, fire and other damages caused by an accident.

There are certain requirements a taxi must first meet before even being considered for coverage. On top of functioning as fare-based, taxi drivers must also be between the age of 25 and 65, have a valid driver’s license for more than two years in the United States and possess a clean criminal record.

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Take Action Against Car Title Fraud

Most people were raised with the value of treating others the way they would like to be treated but unfortunately in this cutthroat society we live in these days, that value gets lost and it becomes every man or woman for themselves. Car title fraud is a prime example of people taking advantage of people for an easy profit. However, car title fraud can be avoided by simply performing a vehicle title history check, according to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com.

Knowing why car title fraud exists and how it works is an important stop in prevention. “The main reason car title fraud exists is because states lack conformity on what constitutes a ‘salvaged car,’” states the InsuranceAgents.com article titled, ‘Car Title Fraud: An Introduction‘. “There has been a push for the federal government to step in and mandate what is considered a ‘salvaged car’ so there isn’t a discrepancy between states.”

But until the feds step up to the plate, here are a few simple tasks that be accomplished by the purchaser to avoid car title fraud.

-Perform a vehicle title history check online by running the vehicle identification number, or VIN, of any vehicle made after 1981. -Take a pick from any of the numerous Web sites designed to perform accurate and timely VIN checks.

-Purchase car title insurance. This is relatively low cost and can save bundles if the buyer runs into a fraudulent title.

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Breaks From Driving Fuel Accident Rates

New research released by Lloyds TSB Insurance has revealed the serious impact of driving breaks on accident rates, as nearly 100,000 crashes caused last year were by drivers taking to the wheel after a long break from driving.

Lloyds TSB Insurance commissioned road safety experts to test the roadworthiness of licensed motorists who had not driven for six months or more. The results revealed that these drivers made four times as many serious safety errors as regular drivers, worryingly increasing their crash-risk by a quarter.

The insurer estimates that 98,000 accidents last year can be directly attributed to lack of driving practice, causing over £200 million worth of damage. Yet public awareness of the risks is low, with half a million ‘rusty drivers’ planning to take to the road in the next 12 months.

Driver ability in all key areas is impaired, according to the findings, with serious deficiencies in observation (86 per cent), speeding discipline (27 per cent), clutch control (33 per cent) and steering (13 per cent).

Crash risk is also heightened by the length of the driving ‘break’, with those taking to the wheel after a year nearly twice as likely to have an accident.

Despite the experiment revealing no marked difference in performance between the sexes, further research suggests women are more likely to take extended driving breaks than men (58 per cent vs. 42 per cent).

Commenting on the research, Karen McCarthy of Lloyds TSB Insurance, said:

“There is no substitute for practice and anyone thinking of getting behind the wheel after a long break needs to think really carefully about the risks. A simple refresher lesson or practice in a low traffic area can make a huge difference to your confidence and road awareness.”

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Europcar Revamped Its Website By Enhancing Their Location Based Pages

Europcar, the UK’s leading vehicle hire company, has announced that it has revamped its website by enhancing their location based pages throughout the site. This update will provide customers with additional information on all car and van hire locations across its 160 countries.

The new location pages have been designed to help improve customer experience for UK based Europcar customers, by providing them with additional details on the specific geographical location of Europcar rental sites as well as some up-to-date extra information regarding the local area, with this extra information provided by Europcar, customers can plan their journey more efficiently thus ensuring a relaxing and stress-free vehicle hire experience.

The new sections which have now been added to the UK site include enhancement through the use of Google Maps to help customers find the numerous car hire locations situated in cities around the UK, including the ever popular car hire London locations. As well as Google Maps, each individual page has up to date weather information for the city as well as details of any special deals for booking car hire online for each particular location.

Catriona Lougher, marketing director for Europcar, said: “The improved location pages on the Europcar website has really improved our customer’s experience. At Europcar we know that customers want as much information as possible available to them, to make their car hire experience simple and stress-free. With the inclusion of Google Maps, customers can now find out how far to travel to our locations and decide whether to take advantage of our free delivery and collection service.”

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Truck Insurance Quotes For That Trusty Pick-Up

Auto insurance should be as vehicle-specific as possible. Just like luxury automobiles require premium auto insurance, pick-up trucks require a specific policy that offers extensive coverage as well as affordable rates. According to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, truck insurance can be expensive if the consumer doesn’t know what steps to take before purchasing a policy.

“With its sturdy frame, blue collar-esque design, and pension for being practical instead of flashy, you might think insuring your pick-up truck will be inexpensive,” the article titled, ‘Truck Insurance: Fill The Bed Of Your Pick-Up With Savings’. “[But] auto insurance—and more specifically truck insurance—is determined by a number of different factors that you should be aware of if you want to find the lowest possible quotes.”

The factors that insurance companies look at in determining auto insurance quotes for trucks include the age, make, model, and anti-theft devices of the truck. Those interested in the most affordable truck insurance should compare quotes before purchasing their truck since make and model do factor into premiums.

Go online to InsuranceAgents.com to get in touch with an auto insurance agents and learn more about saving on truck insurance today.

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Europcar Launched A New Service Which Makes Reserving Vehicles Easy Via Mobile Phone

With over 8 million adults in the UK accessing the internet via their mobile phone, a growth of 42% on 2008, Europcar, Europe’s leading vehicle hire company, has launched car hire booking on the go with a new mobile car hire service reservation service for online booking from any web enabled mobile phone.

An integrated search engine makes it easy to find the desired car hire location, and there is a special application for iPhone users which automatically selects the nearest station. Customers can also book additional equipment, such as satellite navigation systems and child seats, through this system. To ensure a reliable and practical service, confirmation of each reservation made by cellphone is sent immediately and free-of-charge by text message and e-mail.

Once booked, the confirmation is sent immediately by free text and email.

Available in seven languages (English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish) and for all Europcar vehicle hire locations around the world, the innovative service is compatible with all mobile phones that have Internet access (including Blackberries, iPhones and other smart phones).

As part of the launch, a car hire deal of a 10% discount is being offered to Europcar customers until the end of November 09. This offer applies to reservations of all passenger cars, as well as to vehicles in the “Prestige” range. Contractual conditions for business customers will be applied automatically when they enter their contract number.

“We want to stay at the cutting edge of innovation and forge close relationships with our customers,” said Guirec Grand-Clément, Global Sales and Marketing Director of Europcar International. “This new service illustrates our commitment and provides greater flexibility for the most mobile among these customers. As a result, every owner of a mobile phone with Internet access can now reserve a Europcar vehicle at any time at any location in our network around the world.”

Providing a swift and easy way to book vehicles, this latest development is a further example of Europcar’s commitment to make car hire simple, accessible and stress-free.

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Smart Customization System For Car Rental Launched at Europcar

Europcar and Accor have launched a customized car rental reservation service to facilitate their customers’ travel and lodging plans. When an Accor customer confirms a hotel reservation on www.accorhotels.com, a pre-selection of three vehicles available for rental f r o m Europcar is proposed. The selection is based on the customer’s destination, hotel and length of stay.

Accor is the first hotel group to use the new, more dynamic and efficient online reservation system developed by Europcar. Accor customers reserving a Europcar vehicle through this system qualify for exclusive discounts of up to 20% on the cost of their car rental. Members of the Accor AClub loyalty program can earn points and benefit f r o m special conditions on their vehicle rental.

“We are delighted to take our longstanding partnership with Accor on to the next level,” stated Rafael Girona, Chief Operating Officer of Europcar Groupe. “Thanks to this new service, we can provide a high-quality, intelligent and dynamic offering to meet customers’ specific needs.”

According to Pascal Mergez, Accor’s Director of Transportation Partnerships, “This new service constitutes a milestone in the partnership between Accor and Europcar. We rely on our respective strengths to offer our customers high value-added products and services that are easy to reserve.”

Accor E-Commerce Director Romain Roulleau added: “We need to constantly adapt to the needs of increasingly unpredictable customers. Cross-selling, and especially the addition of partners to the reservation channel, will help to make the accorhotels.com portal a genuine distribution platform for the sale of complementary services. Our partnerships, such as the one with Europcar, represent a means of securing the customer loyalty while generating traffic and additional revenue.”

In addition to Accor, Europcar has also forged strategic partnerships with easyJet, Europe’s leading low-cost airline, and with TUI, the world’s number one tour operator. Europcar has also established a strategic commercial alliance with Enterprise, the leading vehicle rental company in North America; together, they form the world’s largest car rental network. In addition to these flagship partnerships, Europcar has more than 80 international agreements with prominent travel industry players.

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Breaking Free from SR-22 Insurance

If you’re a driver who has had a few too many run-ins with the law as of late, prepare to be filing for SR-22 insurance in the near future. Unlike other insurance policies, however, this insurance won’t provide you with protection. According to a recently published article on InsuranceAgents.com, SR-22 insurance is not something drivers want to possess.

“Like other types of auto insurance, SR-22 insurance is basically a document that proves you have financial responsibility,” the article, Getting Acquainted With SR-22 Insurance, reports. “If you are cited by law enforcement for driving without insurance then you will be required to carry proof of SR-22 insurance for roughly three years just as if you were on probation.”

Although proof of financial responsibility can be obtained through most insurance providers, it is a strenuous process. Drivers are simply better off practicing safe driving because there are several incidents that can cause you to file for SR-22 insurance. They are:

1. Committing a DWI, DUI or other serious violations
2. Having your license suspended or revoked
3. Being involved in an at-fault accident without insurance
4. Having a tendency to repeat traffic violations

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Locking Down Suzuki Motorcycle Insurance

Suzuki offers a wide range of vehicles but is perhaps best known for their slick, sporty, super fast motorcycles. If you are contemplating satisfying your inner speed freak with a Suzuki motorcycle, be sure you effectively protect it with Suzuki insurance. You can find the most competitive rate possible for your new ride by going online to Vehicle Insurance Quotes Today Equals Auto Insurance Savings compare multiple auto insurance quotes.

Typically, insurance providers will charge higher rates for vehicles that are deemed dangerous, high-risk, or expensive. Suzuki motorcycles fall into this category and thus usually require extensive Suzuki insurance policies that come with pricey premiums. It is absolutely necessary to protect your Suzuki with an all-encompassing policy regardless of the price. However, according to an article recently published on InsuranceAgents.com, you can secure the most affordable Suzuki insurance possible by taking a few simple precautions.

According to the article, the first and most important step is talking to several auto insurance agents about different Suzuki insurance policies. Doing this will allow you to compare and contrast between different policies to find the cheapest one out there and may also save you money on your vehicle by leading you toward a different model that is cheaper to insure.

Suzuki insurance isn’t going to be cheap but it can be affordable if you know the steps to take. Insurers will always consider vehicles like Suzuki motorcycles to be high risk to insure but you can find yourself the best possible rate for your Suzuki insurance by going to InsuranceAgents.com today to compare insurance quotes.

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Renault and Europcar Sign Partnership Agreement in Zero-Emission Mobility

Renault and Europcar, the Renault Group’s No.1 short-term rental partner in Europe, has announced an agreement aiming to speed up the implementation of shared innovative solutions as part of Renault’s “Zero-Emission” vehicles program. The agreement will be signed at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt on September 16.

Europe’s leading car rental company will be implementing innovative solutions as part of the “Renault Alliance electric vehicles” project. With 2,500 rental agencies in Europe, Europcar will roll out the new fleet of Renault electric vehicles, as well as the infrastructure needed to recharge batteries at rental points, starting in 2011.

Renault and Europcar want to offer their customers innovative solutions developed jointly and involving the staff and networks of both partners. Europcar is supporting Renault’s “electric vehicles” project by developing specific new short-term car rental services using Renault vehicles adapted to this form of energy.

A clean means of transportation, electric vehicles are increasingly suited to current mobility requirements and short-term rental. According to Renault research, 80% of people in Europe currently travel less than 60 kilometers per day. The two partners aim to make zero-emission vehicles available to as many people as possible, starting in 2011. The electric vehicles will be silent and environmentally friendly, with no carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide or particle emissions.

Commenting on the agreement, Europcar Groupe Chief Executive Officer Salvatore Catania said: “To address the issue of climate change, Europcar wanted to take things further with Renault by optimizing short-term rental solutions suited to electric vehicles. We are proud to have our brand and staff involved in such a large-scale project, which is fully in line with our company’s sustainable development strategy and the goals set forth in our Environmental Charter.”

“Thanks to our ‘Zero-Emission’ mobility program, Renault will offer a broad range of zero-emission vehicles starting in 2011. For Renault, electric vehicles with zero carbon dioxide emissions constitute a real answer to current environmental concerns. We are proud that Europcar has chosen Renault as its partner for its future range of electric vehicles,” commented Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Director of Renault’s Corporate Sales Division.

This partnership reinforces Europcar’s strategy of taking a more eco friendly approach with its green car rental activities. The Company has pioneered in this area since opening a pilot rental location for electric vehicles in Paris in 1999.

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APCO Easycare Celebrates 25 years!

Florida Inspection Associates wishes to congratulate partner EasyCare in reaching a significant milestone: 25 years of success. “We applaud the entire EasyCare team on this milestone. EasyCare shares our dedication to customer service. This passion along with their innovative repair coverage and other benefit programs, has helped dealers and consumers alike enhance the car purchasing process for 25 years. We are proud of all they have done for our industry,” offers Bill Schultz Sr Owner and CEO Industry leader EasyCare provides vehicle service contracts (frequently referred to as “extended warranties”) and value-added programs such as key replacement coverage and dent coverage to consumers through over 2000 dealers nationwide.

“EasyCare’s commitment to providing programs that build long-term customer loyalty makes them a tremendous asset as a partner. We look forward to partnering with them for another 25 years,” shares Bill Schultz.

Florida Inspection Associates has been providing Mechanical Inspections and Appraisals since 1987 to extended Warranty and Insurance Companies nationwide.

About EASYCARE®, an Automobile Protection Corporation brand
Founded in 1984, Automobile Protection Corporation-APCO is the leading independent provider of automotive benefits specifically created to enhance a consumer’s vehicle buying and ownership experience in ways that create long-term bonds between the consumer and their dealership.

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