Tourists headed for Tuscany able to save big on leading name rental companies thanks to Carrentals.co.uk’s new releases

Carrentals.co.uk, the online price comparator which helps tourists save on car hire deals from more than 50 providers, has this week published new prices to help visitors to Pisa save money. People going to Tuscany for their summer holidays can currently log on and find the best value rental around, with the added convenience of car hire Pisa Airport collections.

Carrentals.co.uk operates an award-winning service which lets people compare deals from famous name providers like Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty. The website has over 5 years’ experience in saving people money on car hire, and right now offers Pisa Airport deals starting at only £22 per day*.

Visitors to Tuscany can collect their rental car on arrival in Pisa Airport and head off either to their hotel or to local attractions like the Leaning Tower of Pisa and the Piazza dei Miracoli. By comparing and pre-booking a car hire Italy choice from Carrentals.co.uk tourists can enjoy the perfect mix of value for money and complete convenience.

Carrentals.co.uk Managing Director, Gareth Robinson, comments, “Saving people money on car hire is why we exist and we are so good at it that we have won awards for our service. A travel budget can disappear pretty fast somewhere like Tuscany so sourcing a value for money car hire deal with collections at Pisa Airport is the smart move.”

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire deals from more than 50 rental providers, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

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TRAILER SUPERSTORE is clearing out Enclosed Trailers affected by hailstorms

All Pro’s TRAILER SUPERSTORE is clearing out all remaining Enclosed Trailers affected by hailstorms from the beginning of summer with deep discounts on brand new trailers.

All Pro West Customers can certainly thank Mother Nature for the deeply discounted pricing on select new single axle and dual axle Enclosed Trailers at their TRAILER SUPERSTORE.

While selections last, All Pro will be reducing the cost of all hail damaged trailers to consumers. Discounts can range from hundreds of dollars to thousands depending on the severity of the hail damage to each unit. The severity of damage varies from trailer to trailer and will be discounted on a case by case basis.

Affected units range from small Enclosed Trailers up to 24′ Custom Car Trailers. Also discounted for the ‘Hail Sale’ are stock Enclosed Motorcycle Trailers to Custom Bike Trailers and 20′ and 24′ Custom Cargo and Car Trailers.

“Our ‘Hail Sale’ will give consumers the opportunity to purchase a brand new Enclosed Trailer or Custom Enclosed Car Trailer at unbelievable pricing” remarks Scott Smith, Director of Sales for All Pro “These units have been moving fast and we expect to have all the affected trailers cleared out by the end of summer.”

All Pro’s TRAILER SUPERSTORE offers an extensive product line of Trailers for Sale, including a full line of Enclosed Trailers, Open and Enclosed Car Trailers, Motorcycle and ATV Trailers and Construction Trailers such as Equipment and Dump Trailers.

“Our trailer sales department is top of the line” states Smith “And our TRAILER SUPERSTORE consistently stocks hundreds of all type new trailers for sale to assure you always find the best trailer to fit your needs and budget.” All Pro also offers a trade in your trailer program and carries an extensive line of used trailers for sale as well.

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Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles UK Sales Rise Again In 2011

Volkswagen has seen demand for the latest range of vans and people carriers from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles increase strongly in the UK during the first half of the year. Sales have increased by over 16 per cent and registrations by over 2,400 vehicles, or 19 per cent, compared to the same period last year, to achieve an 11.3 per cent market share.

With all its van ranges updated over the last 18 months, plus the introduction of the new Amarok pick-up earlier this year, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has one of the most competitive and desirable range of vans with cost effective whole life costs and low rate financing offers available from Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Finance.

The new Caddy was the best-selling light van in the 2,001 to 2,499 kg class with sales up by over 14 per cent, or almost 1,000 vehicles, to make it Volkswagen’s best-selling van of the year, ahead of the Transporter by a narrow margin.

Over 1,000 more Transporter vans were registered in the UK in the first six months to June than in the same period a year ago, making it comfortably the second best-selling van with a 22.1 per cent market share behind the Ford Transit in the 2,800 to 3,499 kg medium van sector.

Crafter sales stayed strong without any decline despite the impending launch of the new model in August, while the 240 Amarok pick-ups that have been registered in the UK this year also added to sales volumes during this period.

Simon Elliott, director of Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “We are really pleased that more van drivers are enjoying driving Volkswagens this year. It is a great sign that more businesses are wise enough to choose Volkswagen vans in these tough economic times, and with our Van Centre network continuing to expand, and the new Crafter set to shake up the large van sector, we will continue to work hard to make more customers happy throughout the rest of the year.”

This success in the UK has contributed to a 29 per cent increase in global sales with 260,300 units delivered in the first six months of the year, making Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles Europe’s leading manufacturer of light commercial vehicles.

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Farnell Land Rover is Leeds United’s Latest Signing

Farnell Land Rover will be putting its power behind Leeds United football club for the next two seasons, as the club Championship football team looks to make a return to the Premiership.

Officially the best-supported team of all 72 in the Football League, Leeds United will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of missing out on the play-offs for a Premier League spot on the last day of last season, and the deal with Farnell Land Rover represents a major boost as the club gets set to embark on its 93rd league campaign.

The club will also be looking for success in cup competitions as a fitting way to mark the 40th anniversary of the only time they have won the FA Cup, when in 1972 they beat the previous season’s double-winning Arsenal side 1-0. Farnell Land Rover’s management and staff saw the opportunity to link up with such a well-loved club as too good to miss.

Company operations manager, Jatinder Aujla, said: “As an independent motor retailer with a greatly envied standing in the trade, Farnell Land Rover is very proud of its West Yorkshire heritage – and Leeds United share that same proud heritage.

“So we’re very excited about linking up with the club, and will be backing manager Simon Grayson – who, of course has a strong Leeds pedigree himself – fully in his efforts to lead the club back to its rightful place in the top division of English football.”

Operating from prestigious showrooms just off Hunslet Road, Farnell Land Rover sells the full range of new Land Rover and Leeds Range Rover vehicles, and always has a wide range of these prestigious British-built models in stock. It also has a team of factory-trained technicians who are trusted by Farnell customers from far and wide to service and repair their vehicles to the highest standards.

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Avoid extra insurance payment on hire cars by checking out online information provided by Carrentals.co.uk

Few things frustrate travellers more than paying for things they don’t need. How much insurance to buy for a rental car is one of the most confusing issues out there, but Carrentals.co.uk has written an online guide to help people avoid paying for cover they don’t need.

After polling some of the two million Brits who rent a car during the summer holiday season, Carrentals.co.uk discovered that the most common annoyance was the pressure exerted by rental agents to purchase additional coverage at the time of pick up. Most of the time, extra coverage in unnecessary and can add up to £2,000 to the bill.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, comments: “Having the right amount of coverage on a rental car is important, but most car hire companies try to take advantage of their customers by pushing them to buy extra insurance. It’s an annoying game they play, and sadly often neglects the most frequent trouble areas like lost keys or damaged windscreens.”

The rules of the road regarding proper rental insurance cover is nicely presented in a new video by carrentals.co.uk that can be viewed at http://www.carrentals.co.uk/extras/car-hire-insurance. They also have an excellent site devoted to common questions and the correct answers at http://forum.carrentals.co.uk/collision-damage-waiver-excess-insurance.

“One of our goals is to arm travellers with the right information to help them manage their budget effectively,” Gareth adds. “The video lays it all out there in black and white so that you won’t feel pressured to pay for cover you don’t really need. There definitely is a good case for buying extra cover, so we’ve created our own policy for our clients that tosses out the unnecessary things and keeps the good ones at a price everyone can appreciate.”

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New Car Care Plans Are Designed To Go The Distance

An end to “oversold and under-performing” car protection plans has been signalled by major national used car retailer ACF Car Finance Limited.

The company has announced two new products, both developed in conjunction with RAC Warranty.

They are a new maintenance and breakdown warranty, and Guaranteed Asset Protection (GAP) cover, both giving comprehensive protection which won’t run out of road if a claim is made.

At just £175.00 each, says ACF Car Finance, the products are extremely competitively priced.

The warranty covers vehicles up to ten years old and with up to 100,000 miles on the clock, and is based on RAC Warranty’s top “platinum” level of cover with RAC membership.

It includes the cost of replacing virtually any mechanical or electrical component which fails, even extending to the air-conditioning and turbocharger where fitted.

The GAP cover, in the event of a write-off, will pay the difference between the settlement figure from the car finance provider, and the amount covered by the owner’s private motor insurance.

But unlike most GAP products – also known as financial shortfall cover – it also protects other specified “extras” bought at the time of the car’s purchase, such as a paint protection system, and the car’s warranty.

According to Richard Cox, Head of Motor Operations at The Funding Corporation of which ACF Car Finance is a part, the bar has now been raised for all retailers of second-hand vehicles:

“We have closely examined the shortfalls which are most often highlighted by consumers with regard to warranties and GAP cover, and have worked with RAC Warranty to address the issues which cause the greatest dissatisfaction among purchasers,” said Richard.

The keen pricing, he states, points to the company’s wish to help customers “future-proof” their purchases, and says that showroom staff are not being strongly incentivised to sell the plans.

Richard also emphasises that a one-off initial payment by the car buyer covers the cost of the products in full, and that the amounts are not bundled up in the car loan.

Helping ACF Car Finance to develop its new products was Ian Simpson, Sales and Marketing Director of The Warranty Group which works in conjunction with RAC Warranty:

“The principles of fairness apply to every aspect of our warranties and GAP cover, and customer trust in our products has helped The Warranty Group become a world-class provider.

“We’re delighted that ACF Car Finance has partnered with us to give the best possible protection to their car buyers, and to provide them with long-term peace of mind,” said Ian.

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Auto Windscreens Appointed Exclusive Supplier to 1st Central

It’s just three months since Auto Windscreens’ reincarnation and the buoyant supplier of automotive glass windscreen repair and windscreen replacement services is delighted to announce their appointment by First Central Insurance Management Ltd (FCIM), the UK service provider for online motor insurer, 1st Central.

Claire Burrell, Claims Director at FCIM, confirmed, “I’m delighted that 1st Central has selected Auto Windscreens as its chosen glass supplier. Enhancing customer experience is integral to our strategy and we have every confidence that Auto Windscreens are committed to deliver a service without compromise. We are looking forward to a fruitful partnership.”

Nigel Davies, Managing Director of Auto Windscreens, adds “We believe in total transparency and have proved our mettle to 1st Central. This is a great vote of confidence in the Auto Windscreens’ brand values, which are founded on Total Customer Satisfaction; coupled with Triford’s ownership that affords clear business direction. Our new strapline ‘Clearly Going Places’ is more than mere words.”

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Summer holiday season sees award-winning online comparator serve up Spanish savings

With the summer holiday season in full swing many British tourists are right now taking the opportunity to head off overseas for some Spanish sunshine and Sangria. With budgets remaining tight as the economic recovery continues, leading online car hire price comparison specialist Carrentals.co.uk has introduced new deals from top suppliers to help people find the best value for money around.

Carrentals.co.uk helps travellers and tourists to save money on hire car deals from all the top companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt. This week the website has introduced the latest deals designed to help people save money on their car hire needs in Spain’s Alicante, with deals to be had from as little as £115 for a full week’s rental*.

The Carrentals.co.uk website specialises in helping people to save money on their holiday car rentals, and thanks to cheap flights making travel to Spain easier than ever, people are heading to Spain in great numbers for a summer break. With that in mind, Carrentals.co.uk can help people enjoy the best value car hire Alicante Airport has available thanks to its comparing all the latest deals around.

Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, Gareth Robinson, comments, “Alicante is one of those permanently popular destinations with Brits, and so we’re seeing a lot of demand for rentals there at present. Because we update our site in real time we’re always able to offer the very best value for money car hire Spain has to offer.”

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Dealer Turns Red Light To Green For Declined Car Buyers

Customers who aren’t accepted for car finance at point-of-sale can still act as goodwill ambassadors for the car dealer forced to turn them away.

That’s the view of ACF Car Finance Limited which has just launched a new guide to its introducer programme, providing information for used car retailers and finance intermediaries who increasingly have to disappoint would-be buyers.

Ever-tightening criteria by mainstream car finance providers, says the company, means that more and more customers are being declined.

But by referring their declines to a specialist non-prime motor retailer, says ACF Car Finance, dealers can at least hold out the hope of a successful resolution to the customer’s car quest.

And a happy ending will ensure not just goodwill, but also a prompt commission payout which currently averages £300 per sale.

Rhian Roberts, Business Development Manager of ACF Car Finance, says that the company’s growing number of referrers range from small independent dealers to major car retail groups.

Each is provided with full product and systems training, plus the services of a Business Development Manager who gives guidance and support to help clients operate the referral programme and their own marketing activities.

ACF Car Finance owns a national network of car dealerships which supplies vehicles directly to customers who may have had difficulty in acquiring finance elsewhere.

Its parent company, The Funding Corporation, was this year named as the UK’s most responsible lender when it won the category accolade in the Credit Today 2011 Awards.

According to Rhian, that obligation of responsibility is extended not just to consumers, but also to the partners with whom the company works:

“When we recently canvassed feedback from the dealers and finance firms who refer to us, the most common theme was the confidence they had in their relationship with us.

“We have an independent department dedicated to businesses which introduce us, and provide regular reports on the progress of each customer’s application through to sale.

“They also have the assurance that all of our sales personnel are fully trained and SAF (Specialist Automotive Finance) accredited in providing explanations to customers about the technicalities of motor finance.

“These days, earning a good salary is no barrier to someone being classified as high risk – but by teaming with us, dealers can at least point in the direction of a possible solution,” said Rhian.

Some of the comments provided by the company’s partners are contained in the newly published introducer document from ACF Car Finance.

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Car owners need to be careful if indulging in the latest car hire money generation schemes

Online car hire comparison specialist Carrentals.co.uk – the website which saves the country’s motorists money on car rental wherever they are travelling – has reported that car owners need to be careful if indulging in the latest car hire money generation schemes.

Whipcar is an example of the schemes motorists are using, with the intention of the schemes to make some additional case for car owners. Online car hire comparator Carrentals.co.uk is however counselling people that they should be careful what they expect on the back end of renting their car to someone.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, comments: “We have a huge amount of expertise in helping people save money on their car hire needs all around the world. Whether people want to book car hire in France or find ski trip rentals on a budget we are able to help and to guide them through the various pitfalls involved.”

“These new programmes such as Whipcar may seem like good ways to make money – but people need to know that their own car won’t be as carefully maintained as it would be by themselves. There are all sorts of problems which can occur or cause disputes – food spillages, wrong petrol, poor treatment of the car in general et cetera. So we are warning people to be aware of this kind of thing.”

“We can get people cars from top name providers for about the same prices – so we can offer hirers greater comfort and peace of mind knowing that they are not hiring from someone emotionally connected to the vehicle in the first place.”

“We appreciate that people want to make a bit of extra cash but these kinds of schemes really do contain potential problems – so people need to go into them with their eyes open.”

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More Brits Going Topless, Car Retailer Reports

Sales of open-top cars are currently running at double those of last year’s volumes, according to a major national used car retailer.*

ACF Car Finance Limited says the recent spell of warm weather is tempting record numbers of motorists to put their faith in a long, dry and sunny summer.

But the passion for topless models isn’t being led by younger image-conscious male drivers, says the company’s Group Buying Manager Leyton Cooper.

The majority of customers for convertibles, he reports, fall within the 30-45 year old age band, and comprise a higher percentage of women than those who buy conventional fixed-roof cars.

“Early summer is always a prime time for open-top sales and right now we’re constantly replenishing stock to keep abreast of demand,” said Leyton.

“Popular makes include the Peugeot 207cc and Vauxhall Astra TwinTop – and those offering the best back seat space are most sought after, suggesting that many are being bought for family use.

“The days when a soft top meant putting up with draughts and leaks have long gone,” he added. “Modern convertibles are as snug as fixed-tops when you don’t want the breeze in your hair”.

More information about the company can be found at www.ACFCarFinance.co.uk.

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Exploring England’s capital won’t break the bank with rental deals from online rate comparison experts

Travellers heading to London this summer can start the savings early by booking their rental car online with Carrentals.co.uk, one of the leading internet car hire specialists. Customers can browse the current prices and special offers from 50 leading car hire firms to help find the best rates at over 15,000 travel destinations around the world.

There are dozens of convenient car hire pick-up locations across London, making it easy to get mobile soon after landing in the capital. A car rental UK booked online through Carrentals.co.uk can be picked up in train stations like St Pancreas International, all of the capital’s airports and many well-known hotels. By visiting their website, customers can compare the latest rates from international rental outfits such as Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Holiday Autos, Opodo and Thrifty to find the deal that’s best for them.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, comments, “Our goal is to get the right rental car into our customer’s hands at the best price possible. London is no cheap holiday, but the savings from booking with us translates into more cash to spend on highlights like the London Eye and the Tate Modern. Having a rental vehicle also makes it cheap and easy to visit nearby towns like Cotswolds or Brighton for the day.”

There are almost too many attractions in London. Visitors have the daunting challenge of choosing from sites like the Tower of London, The British Museum, Madame Tussaud’s and the hundreds of options for dining, drinking and evening entertainment. With a car rental London there is more time for sightseeing and greater convenience in terms of moving about the capital with total flexibility. Public transport and taxis are not cheap in London, so many travellers discover the cost of a rental car is actually a cheaper way to go.

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