Carrentals.co.uk Advises Olympics Fans to Book Summer Car Hire Soon

Leading online car hire price comparator Carrentals.co.uk has issued a warning to travellers heading to the UK for the Olympic Games this summer – book your car hire soon. The website has seen a steep rise in bookings for Olympics car hire recently and predicts that prices and availability will continue to be impacted.

Carrentals.co.uk reports that demand is up for car hire around the Olympic Games this summer, meaning that prices are rising too as supply shortens. As such the website has issued a warning to travellers – that they need to book their Olympics car hire as soon as possible. The site is currently home to deals such as car hire from London Gatwick Airport from only £14 per day.**

Carrentals.co.uk has more than 5 years’ experience in helping people compare all the best car hire deals around, from all the top names in the sector. As thousands of people prepare to head to London for the 2012 Olympic Games, Carrentals.co.uk can help them to get around on a budget – with deals such as car hire from just £16 per day from Heathrow Airport*.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, commented, “We always like to try and offer people the best advice on car hire ahead of major events, and for the Olympics this year advance booking is essential. Car hire prices and availability are both still very likely to change between now and the start of the Games.”

The Carrentals.co.uk service compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Avis, Budget, Hertz, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

*Price correct at time of writing for 1 week car hire from July 26th for rentals collected at Heathrow Airport.

**Price correct at time of writing 1 week car hire from July 26th for rentals collected at Gatwick Airport.

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Carrentals.co.uk Introduces New, Enhanced Website

Online car hire price comparison specialist Carrentals.co.uk has announced the launch of its latest website, which it has put together in consultation with customers and site users.

The online comparator, which helps travellers and tourists source cheap car hire from more than 50 top name suppliers, surveyed its users and worked customer feedback into the new site’s design and functionality.

The end result is a site which offers users simpler navigation through search results, better filtering functionality and a faster, cleaner user interface.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “It’s great to be able to announce the introduction of our latest website incarnation, and we’re pleased to have been able to engage our users in the process. Customers will now be able to find cheap car hire around the world more quickly and easily than ever.”

“Our users should enjoy the improved navigation and simpler, cleaner interface – and we think that this will help us to consolidate our place at the top end of the travel industry.”

Since launching in 2003 Carrentals.co.uk has grown to become one of the UK’s leading car hire comparison websites booking over 650,000 rentals to date and celebrated its 5th birthday as a comparator in February 2012.

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire to find the best available vehicle and price from up to 50 rental companies including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide.

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Europcar launches new mobile application on iPhone and Android

Europcar, the leading car rental company in Europe, has launched a new mobile application available on iPhone and Android. Easy to use with added value services, the new application makes booking a car more simple and enjoyable than ever. Customers can make reservations and search for details on any Europcar car hire locations worldwide, at the touch of a button. This new mobile application reflects Europcar’s commitment to support its customers in their mobility needs.

“The usage of mobile phones, and particularly smartphones, is playing an ever increasing role in society and statistics now show that around 25% of total mobile users shop using their smartphones. With the development of this mobile application, we therefore wish to accompany our customers at important steps of their everyday lives by providing them with a new booking experience that is simple and brings them added value. Development of digital services is a key component of our strategy to be a leading and innovative mobility actor,” explained Jehan de Thé, Europcar Group e-commerce Director.

Europcar’s new mobile applications have been developed to help customers throughout their rental experience, from identifying Europcar car hire locations to picking up and using the car.

The new optimized booking path requires only 3 steps to book a car:
– Define, time and place of rental
– Choose the vehicle
– Payment options (immediately or at the rental location)

During the booking, customers will also have the possibility to enrich their reservation with extras (e.g. child seats or a GPS/Sat Nav); at the end of the booking it is also possible to store personal data, in order to significantly speed up future bookings.

Europcar’s application offers added value functionalities such as augmented reality, allowing customers to use their mobile phone camera to visualise how to find the nearest station or, thanks to the ‘car finder’ function, customers can take a photo of where they parked, store this in the Europcar App and then use augmented reality to find their way back to the car.

Europcar will promote this new application through three videos, which will be available on Europcar’s YouTube page, pin-pointing possible different uses of the mobile application: for business customers, for a planned trip and for a last minute reservation.

Europcar also has an optimised mobile website, especially for customers who are not equipped with an Android or iPhone phone.

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121Carhire.com Advises Olympics Fans to Book Car Hire Well in Advance

Leading car hire bookings website 121carhire.com has reported high demand for car hire with just 50 days until the Olympic Games.

The website has seen bookings spike around the Olympics recently – with nearly 50% of reservations made for the period between 20 July and 11 August.

Sports fans from overseas have also been booking car rental in big numbers – with 121Carhire.com reporting reservations from places including New Zealand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Michael Bond, spokesperson for 121carhire.com, says, “We’ve seen a big jump in demand for cars lately, and with just 50 days until the Olympics we advise early booking.”

“With people travelling into the UK from all over the world the way to ensuring great value and plenty of choice is to book well in advance of the Games this summer.”

121Carhire.com reports that the top 5 countries booking Olympic Games car hire between 20 July and 11 August are:

Top 5 Countries Booking Car Hire –

1. Great Britain
2. USA
3. The Netherlands
4. Italy
5. Switzerland

To check the latest offers and availability, visit www.121carhire.com.

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Europcar Announces 40% Off Car Hire For Londoners Looking To Escape The Capital

Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe, is helping Londoners escape the crowds flocking to the city for this summer’s Olympic Games. Those living and working in the capital can get away for less with up to 40% off car hire from Europcar – the ideal opportunity to swap the city for the country.

Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group, said: “The spotlight is on London this summer, with thousands of people expected to visit the city to cheer on the athletes.

“It’s going to be hugely exciting, but for those who would rather get away from the expected congested roads and increased pressure on public transport, we’re offering a helping hand with our discount of up to 40% off car hire in the UK.”

Londoners also won’t have to stress about picking up or dropping off the hire car. Europcar’s freeDeliver service delivers the car to their door and collects it at the end of their trip without any additional charge.

All UK bookings, for 2 days or more, benefit from Europcar’s unique freeDeliver service, which is available for all customers who live within 15 miles of any of Europcar’s 200 locations.

In addition to reducing the cost of car hire by 40%, the deal also includes unlimited mileage and a Damage Liability and Theft Waiver at no additional charge.

Ken McCall concluded: “Summer in the capital is going to enormously exciting, but for those who don’t want to be part of the Olympic experience, up to 40% off car hire will make it more affordable than ever for them to swap the hustle and bustle for a relaxing break in another part of the UK.”

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