Europcar Announces Back To University Van Hire

Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe believes that parents helping their children head to University often find the family car just isn’t big enough for everything that’s needed for student life so it’s either a case of making several trips or hiring a van.

But many drivers will be unfamiliar with what sort of van is best for the job and what they should expect to pay for van hire, plus they may even be nervous about driving a vehicle much bigger than their car. They may also want to avoid having to drive the van both ways.

With these factors in mind, Europcar is offering a wide range of vans to families to make the University trip as easy as possible, with great rates and one-way hire too. It is also offering advice and tips on its website to help select the right van for the job.

Europcar van hire rates are very competitive and with vans available from over 130 locations across the UK, Europcar is offering students the perfect way to get their belongings from one end of the country to the other, with its one-way hire service. Europcar can also deliver vans through weDeliver, its paid delivery and collection service.

“University terms are about to start and that means students will be trying to fit everything but the kitchen sink into a backpack,” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar Group UK. “Rather than overloading the car, Mum and Dad can opt for van hire to ensure everything that’s needed can be transported in one easy trip.”

From the small Vauxhall Combo to the Ford Luton box van, Europcar has a van to suit a wide range of needs. Tail lifts come equipped as standard with box vans from Europcar, making it even easier to pick up those last minute essentials before term starts. Additionally, all Europcar vans are fully maintained to manufacturer specifications and covered by 24 hour breakdown, for added peace of mind.

“The minimum age for van hire is 25, so it’s most likely Mum or Dad will have to do the driving,” Ken McCall continued. “But Europcar’s range of vans, means we have the right vehicle for the job and our hire packages also allow customers to choose the package to suit them, whether they want to hire by the day, a week or longer and our top tips on safe van driving ensure the move goes smoothly.”

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Admiral Reveals Tailgating Tops List For Driving Bad Behaviour

Britain’s most annoying driving behaviours have been revealed in a new poll, and it’s the dangerous practice of tailgating that gets British drivers most hot under the collar.

Car insurance specialist Admiral commissioned YouGov to survey 2,500 drivers as part of the annual Admiral Survey of Motorists, and found the aggressive act of tailgating was top of the list, with over three quarters (79%) of motorists saying it infuriates them. Next was not indicating (70%) followed by cutting up (64%) and not paying attention (64%).*

Hogging the middle lane was also irritating (55%), as was driving too slowly (52%), drivers not saying thank you when you give way (44%), speeding (30%), and racing at traffic lights and junctions (22%).

Admiral managing director Sue Longthorn said: “Tailgating is incredibly dangerous, so it’s not a surprise to see how much it annoys motorists. Not leaving enough room should the car in front need to brake can lead to accidents as you need time to react. Some motorists even think it’s acceptable to intimidate the driver in front by driving very close to them, which is totally unacceptable.

“Not indicating and cutting up can also prove dangerous for yourself and other drivers. And there could be other consequences, as if the police catch you, convictions for dangerous or careless driving can range from 3 penalty points on your licence to two years in jail.”

Alongside these annoying driving behaviours, it appears the nation’s roads have become a less pleasant place to be over the years. In fact, 62% of the motorists Admiral surveyed agreed that road users are less courteous than they were five years ago and 69% agree that they get irritated by the lack of courtesy from other road users.

More information on this and the rest of Admiral’s Annual Survey of British Motorists can be found at www.admiral.com/surveyofmotorists.

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Savings on Orlando Car Hire from Award-Winning Comparator Carrentals.co.uk

Carrentals.co.uk, the website that helps tourists to compare and source money-saving car hire deals, is this week home to new prices on rental cars in Florida. With the autumn holiday season in full swing the award-winning website has published new deals to help people rent a car for less in Florida.

Carrentals.co.uk has helped people save money on car hire around the world for over 5 years and sources its prices from more than 50 of famous name suppliers. Travellers can compare and then book car hire Orlando deals from companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty to get the best possible deal for them.

Florida is renowned for offering tourists famous attractions, theme parks and more great days out. Having picked up a hire car from Orlando’s airport for as little as£14 per day*, the tourist can head off to their hotel or for a fun day out.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says, “Autumn sees many thousands of people making for the beaches of Florida to enjoy some warmer weather, and we can help them do so on a budget. The new car rental USA deals we have offer some great Orlando deals right now.”

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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Admiral Awards Contract to Auto Windscreens

After only six months under its new ownership, Auto Windscreens has been appointed by the Admiral Group as a preferred supplier of automotive glazing.

“This is a major step forward for the business,” said Managing Director Nigel Davies. “To secure such a prestigious contract has been a huge boost for Auto Windscreens”.

Auto Windscreens is a leading automotive glazing company, serving customers throughout the UK. It has a nationwide network of fitting centres, provides a 24 hour call out service through its mobile units, and is an expert in windscreen repair and windscreen replacement.

Lorna Connelly, Deputy Claims Manager for Admiral, added: “We are delighted with the appointment of Auto Windscreens, who have demonstrated a solid business platform combined with excellent service levels. I’m sure the partnership will be a success for both companies”.

Trifords Limited acquired the Auto Windscreens brand in February this year and has since transformed the company, attracting many clients with its unique service management system and focus on customer service.

“Every customer is offered a satisfaction survey at the point of sale via our handheld PDA devices, so the levels of monitoring are unrivalled,” said Davies.“This does set us apart from the rest of the industry”.

For more information about Auto Windscreens visit www.autowindscreens.com or call 0800 999 5000.

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Carrentals.co.uk Tells Car Renters Beware ‘Unfair Wear & Tear’ Charges

Travellers renting cars are being advised to report any ‘wear and tear’ issues they experience with a car, including concerns such as brake and clutch performance, to the supplier to help avoid unfair excess charges on their return.

The advice comes from leading comparison site Carrentals.co.uk, which has been told of a number of cases where customers were charged for issues such as a damaged clutch, which would have been built up over time.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “Most people will check over their rental car before driving off, but sometimes there can be problems that can’t be found until the car is actually being driven. A clutch that has been damaged by frequent riding, brakes affected by aggressive usage over time – they’re just some of the potential issues that can build up and result in one unlucky customer being unfairly charged. Our advice is that if you have any concerns about your car – be that the oil level or braking performance, contact your rental company straight away.

“Rental companies do regularly maintain their cars, but it’s always possible for unseen damage to occur over time. Our focus is on ensuring our customers aren’t financially hit for previous misuse.”

Carrentals.co.uk Top Tips to Avoid ‘Unfair Wear & Tear’ Charges –

1) Shop around for the most comprehensive excess insurance cover before you travel – and make sure it covers things like tyre and windscreen damage.

2) On collection, check over your rental car carefully – take your time and highlight any concerns with your supplier.

3) While you may not be able to see things like a nail in a tyre or a clutch that is slipping, once you start driving the vehicle take your time to feel if everything’s OK and if you have any concerns go back to the supplier and let them know straight away.

4) Again, once you’re out on the road or in your destination, if something’s not right with your car, don’t wait until you drop it off to highlight the problem, contact the supplier and let them know.

5) Keep a record of your contact with your supplier, including phone calls and written communication to ensure you have all of the details in case you need to challenge any charges.

Gareth adds: “While many people now take out excess insurance cover, some elements such as damage to windscreens and tyres just aren’t covered with many suppliers, despite them being the most likely to be damaged. Make sure you know what you’re getting with your insurance cover, and if in any doubt about your car’s performance report it to the supplier immediately.”

The award winning Carrentals.co.uk compares cheap car hire deals from companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, and has booked over 650,000 rentals to date. Offering car hire in Portugal, including car hire in Faro, as well as Spain, France and over 15,000 locations worldwide, for more information visit www.carrentals.co.uk

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Windmill Leasing Opens A New Office In Sheffield

Windmill Leasing has opened a new office in Sheffield to provide a base in the North of England for the business car leasing company.

The new office, which officially opened its doors on 1st August 2011, will enable the company car leasing specialists to complement its existing supplier and client database by better utilising local dealers in the North of England.

Centrally located in The Gateway, Broad Street, Sheffield, the office will be staffed by business development managers who will source the best company car leasing deals to the organisation’s Northern based consumers.

Complementing the recent launch of the company’s new website, which showcases a range of contract hire deals, the opening of the new Sheffield office marks a continued positive expansion for the business car lease specialists. Further expansion has also come in the form of the company’s recently achieved status as an official finance broker of vehicle management service providers, Arval PHH.

Jason Marshall, Sales Executive, Windmill Leasing said: “We are pleased to announce the opening of our new sales office in Sheffield. The Sheffield office will serve as a satellite office to provide a local base to support clients in the North of England and complements our strategic plan to become a truly national provider with a local presence.

“We have also recently signed to become a finance broker of Arval PHH and this new office will work alongside this to complete the services we already offer our customers.”

Marshall added: “We have always prided ourselves on a quick and efficient response to our customers and the ability to meet our new and existing customers’ needs. The presence that this new office will give us in the North of England will mean that we can build on the business model that has proved to be a great success for the business from our Head Office in Bromsgrove, Midlands. Here, we work alongside dealers local to the area who receive a wide range of support services from the staff.”

The expansion will provide Windmill Leasing with further exposure across the UK for its range of company car leasing and contract hire services as the company looks to build upon its established presence in the UK business car leasing market.

Windmill Leasing is now considering further expansion into the South of England planned for later this year to complement the new Sheffield office and the company’s Head Office in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Any future announcements will be syndicated through the company’s official website, as well as its Twitter and Facebook news feeds.

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Europcar Offers Travellers Mobile Wifi Service From Heathrow, Gatwick & Edinburgh

Europcar, leading car hire provider in the UK and Europe, is trialling a new WiFi hire service from its Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh Airport locations. Designed to provide customers with on-the-go connectivity, and help them avoid excessive international data roaming charges, the new partnership with fonmigo meets the growing need for international travellers to remain connected.

Available from Europcar’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh Airport locations, TEP devices will be available during the trial which runs until 3rd October 2011. The device offers 1GB internet usage, fits in a pocket and acts like a WiFi hotspot, providing the facility to connect to up to 5 devices simultaneously. Compatible with all devices that access the internet, from tablets and laptops to Smartphones, it is the ultimate way to keep travellers connected.

“The internet is part of everyday life, which means business and leisure travellers are demanding on-the-go connectivity,” explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar Group UK. “However, the reality is many people struggle to get the service they want while overseas, facing hefty roaming charges, network issues and an absence of mobile and on-the-go WiFi services.

“Through our innovative new WiFi hire service, which we are trialling at several key airports, we are giving travellers wireless internet access wherever they go, as an added value service with their car hire.”

Europcar’s mobile WiFi service allows travellers to remain connected and use Smartphones and tablets to access invaluable tools such as GPS, maps and guides. It also gives Europcar customers visiting the UK the chance to save on roaming charges and hotel WiFi charges, providing genuine added value on and off the road.

“Airlines and train operators already offer WiFi and now Europcar is giving car hire customers the same level of service,” continued Ken McCall.

“Internet connectivity has become an essential for business and leisure travellers, but roaming charges are a big hurdle for many. Our unique service helps travellers avoid costly fees, allowing them to benefit from a seamless WiFi connection wherever they go. This is the latest innovation from Europcar, as we continue to bring our customers added value benefits that deliver the ultimate car hire experience.”

The trial takes place at Europcar’s Heathrow, Gatwick and Edinburgh Airport locations with WiFi devices available to hire on all vehicle bookings, excluding one-way car hires for £9 per day. There is no deposit but a replacement fee of £100 inc. VAT will be charged if the device isn’t returned with the hire car.

The price includes 1GB Internet usage per day and each mobile WiFi includes a Charger, USB lead to connect to PC, Instruction cards and carrying pouch. Up to 5 devices can be connected simultaneously and there’s no need for installation, cables or software.

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Florida Car Hire Savings from Award-Winning Comparator Carrentals.co.uk Announced

Carrentals.co.uk, the website which helps travellers and tourists compare and source great value car hire deals, is this week home to new money-saving deals for rental cars in Florida. With Brits heading to Florida for some sunshine this autumn the award-winning website has published new Florida car hire prices to help tourists save.

Carrentals.co.uk has been helping people save money on car hire around the world for over 5 years and sources prices from over 50 of the biggest name suppliers. Travellers can compare and then book car rental deals from companies like Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty in Florida this autumn to get themselves the best possible deals around.

Florida is famous for offering tourists many famous attractions, theme parks and days out, and having picked up a hire car from Orlando’s airport the visitor can head off to one of the popular tourist sites. The Everglades National Park and the Florida Keys are other popular locations easily accessible by rental car and this week Carrentals.co.uk is offering car hire picked up from Orlando Airport car hire from only £14 per day*.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, comments, “Tourists from the UK know that Florida is a great place to go for some sunshine in autumn and our latest car hire USA choices are perfect for helping people to save on rental cars while there. Getting around Florida definitely needs a hire car and we’re able to help people get more car for their money this autumn.”

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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Finance Firm’s Fun-Day Raises Smiles And Charity Cash

Soap suds and sponge-cakes both featured at a charity fun-day held this summer at the headquarters of Chester-based motor finance group The Funding Corporation (TFC).

Organised by ACF Car Finance, the car retail subsidiary of TFC, the event offered the chance for staff to pay to have their cars hand-washed by the company’s bosses, including TFC Managing Director David Challinor.

And for those who liked sponge-cakes as much as seeing their supervisors sweat, a cake-sale did a roaring trade in swelling both tummies and charity coffers.

Other activities included a luxury raffle with prizes donated by the company’s suppliers and local businesses, and a ‘guess the number of jelly beans’ competition.

In total, the day raised more than £500 for BEN, the automotive trades charity.

All 160 staff at ACF Car Finance’s head office were given the opportunity to join in the fun, and representatives from BEN were present to describe its work and the payroll giving scheme.

Helping to mastermind the event was the company’s Marketing Manager Jane Whittle who is possibly one of BEN’s most extreme fundraisers.

In the past she has leapt from a plane flying at 14,000 feet on a tandem sky-dive, and earlier this year plunged 750-feet on a zip-wire from the top of Manchester’s Imperial War Museum.

But although this latest fundraising initiative had its feet firmly on the ground, Jane believes it will have done a great job in helping to raise the charity’s profile among staff:

“All the funds raised will go towards the total which will be collected in October this year when two of our employees drive to Maranello in Northern Italy as part of the annual Bangers4BEN event.

“Participants must spend no more than five hundred pounds on an old car to make the journey, and we have bought an old Volvo which is currently undergoing a transformation to become the famous Ghostbusters Ectomobile.

“This event will help get our team’s fundraising off to a really flying start,” said Jane.

ACF Car Finance specialises in helping car buyers with damaged credit records and has been a keen supporter of BEN for many years.

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Malagacar.com Extends Its Car Hire Discount Voucher Codes Until October 31 At Malaga Airport

The favorable reception and reviews from customers who have used the service offered by Malagacar.com at Malaga airport has led to an extension of the discount codes until October 31, 2011. How to get the best discount codes? Continue reading to learn more.

Malagacar.com offers many and varied ways in which customers can benefit with the best deals on car hire Malaga airport which include: Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, their own blog and of course everybody who is receiving their newsletter.

The best discounts can be obtained through Facebook, where Malagacar.com offers significant discounts for those interested in coming to Malaga for a vacation.

Moreover, by becoming a Malagacar.com follower in Facebook you may review and contact the company, read the latest customer reviews for car hire in Malaga and belong to an increasingly growing community enjoying Malaga and their services.

Is it recommended to hire a car in Malaga?

Malaga is a province where to go from one extreme to another can take us a few hours if you use public transport. All those people who like to get the most of their holiday should rent a car in Malaga without a doubt.

The Costa del Sol is the main tourist area in the province of Malaga extending along 150 kilometers of beaches and is one of the favorite destinations for tourists. The train covers only a part of the area, while the bus in summer and with many people may not be the best option for many.

From Marbella to Malaga airport by car it takes less than 45 minutes… thus we could also take advantage of our vacation until the last second and not have to leave hours in advance to arrive in time at Malaga airport to catch our flight back home.

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The Co-operative Is First Insurer To Reward Safe Young Drivers With Cash Back

• 88% of young motorists will receive an average £102 in cash-back

• This is on top of an average £505 saving on premiums for majority of drivers*

Nearly 90% of motorists with The Co-operative’s Young Driver insurance will see over£100 returned to their bank accounts this month, after proving themselves as safe drivers.

The cash-back is a reward to motorists who have kept to speed limits, avoided excessive harsh braking and acceleration and taken corners carefully since the Young Driver scheme was launched in March.

The insurance product uses ‘Smartbox’ telematics technology to monitor how a car is driven and ‘scores’ behaviours every 90 days. If motorists make the top scores in all four categories (speeding, cornering, braking and acceleration, time of day of driving), they are given a partial refund on their initial premium.**

David Neave, Director of General Insurance at The Co-operative, said: “Insurance has been rising at a disproportionate rate for young drivers, but telematics offers a genuine solution to stop this trend and prevent a generation of young people being driven off the roads.

“We believe that other insurers need to now play their part in finding similar solutions so that as an industry we can offer fairer prices to all young drivers in the UK.

“More than that, we can see that our ‘carrot’ rather than ‘stick’ approach of rewarding motorists for driving responsibly is leading to better driving behaviours. Our scheme is only in its infancy, but if it was taken up on a larger scale it could be a major step forward in improving the safety on Britain’s roads.”

Which? also believes that telematics car insurance policies have great potential to enable young drivers to get on the road and under their own insurance. Dan Moore, Senior Researcher at Which?, said: “Car insurance is very expensive and systems such as the Co-operative Young Driver scheme should help ensure that a new generation of drivers will have access to more affordable cover, and be rewarded for safe driving.”

As well as rewarding safe drivers, motorists who drive consistently badly, for example repeatedly breaking speed limits or taking corners too sharply, will see penalties applied to their premiums up to 20% of their initial policy price. The Co-operative Insurance will also cancel a customer’s insurance policy if they drive at a speed which would result in a driving ban.***

Julie Townsend, Campaigns Director at road safety charity Brake, said: “A huge proportion of deaths and serious injuries on our roads involve young drivers, and many of the victims are young people themselves – road crashes are the biggest killer of this age group. Persuading young drivers to make safer choices is vital in preventing more lives being needlessly cut short.

“We applaud this scheme for rewarding young drivers who stay within the law and drive responsibly, such as by slowing down to give themselves more time to react to hazards.

“This is an innovative and practical way to help young people protect themselves and others. We hope it will help to pave the way to a safer driving culture among young people, and fewer devastating deaths and injuries on our roads.”

The data collected from a sample of 1,300 young drivers shows that nearly four in five (78%) consistently drive within speed limits. It also shows that 40% of males and 41% of females achieved the top score in all categories.

Young drivers are eligible for a maximum annual discount of 11% of the initial premium paid. Based on the driving behaviours shown in the first 90 days, the average discount being rewarded is 8.5% of the initial cost.

The average premium paid by customers with Young Driver insurance is £1,727 before discounts are applied, compared to the average premium of £2,294.****

* Based on online independent research by Consumer Intelligence during June 2011, 51% of under 25s could achieve this saving on their initial premium. Their premium could go up as well as down dependent on their driving score throughout the year. As a result their annual saving could be less than their initial saving.
** Annual refunds are up to 11% of the initial premium paid. The annual discount is applied after the first 90 day period and is adjusted if changes in driving behaviour occur. If premiums are paid annually, a lump sum will be rewarded and if premiums are paid monthly, the direct debit will be adjusted to reflect the saving
*** Only three policies have been cancelled since March 2011
**** £2,294 average premium for 17 – 22 year olds sourced from AA British Insurance Premiums Index, 28 July 2011

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