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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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New Car Rental Offers from 121carhire.com Offer Summer Holiday Savings

121carhire.com – the dedicated car hire booking website – has this week announced a choice of new prices designed to help tourists rent a car for less on summer holidays this year. As many people get set to head to the beaches of Greece and Spain, the website is offering new savings with collections available at local airports.

The beaches and resorts of southern Spain remain a hugely popular draw with Brits, and 121carhire.com can this year help people stretch their holiday budgets thanks to new deals. UK tourists love the Mediterranean climate thanks to it offering guaranteed sunshine and great beaches, and travellers heading there can currently book car hire from only £9 per day*.

Tourists around the UK trust the 121carhire.com brand to help them save money on car hire wherever they may be travelling to. If people are planning family holidays on the beaches of the Greek Islands this year they can enjoy trips on a budget thanks to new Corfu Airport deals starting from just £16 per day**.

Michael Bond, spokesperson for 121carhire.com, commented: “At this time of year many people’s thoughts turn to getting away for a family holiday and some sunshine, and we can get them the best value possible car hire deals. By logging on to our site people can save money on car hire to get better value for money on any trips to Spain, the Greek Islands and more this year.”

To search for and book the best value summer car hire deals visit www.121carhire.com.

*Price correct for rental collected from Malaga Airport on June 13th, returned June 20th 2012, subject to change.

** Price correct for rental collected from Corfu Airport on June 13th, returned June 20th 2012, subject to change.

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UK travellers able to save on family holidays to Orlando thanks to leading car hire price comparator

Comparecarhire.co.uk, the website which helps travellers source cheap rental deals from over 40 leading suppliers, has this week introduced new deals on its site to get families great value for money in Florida. The specialist comparator is now home to new cheap car hire deals at both Sanford and Orlando airports.

Tourists and travellers use the Comparecarhire.co.uk service to save money at dozens of leading name providers. The Comparecarhire.co.uk website is the place to go this spring to compare the very latest car hire Orlando prices from which they can source the perfect rental car at the right price for their spring holiday.

Florida offers tourists some of most fun places to drive to in all of the USA, with a family holiday in Orlando including trips to places like Universal Studios, Disney World and many other tourist attractions. The new choice of Comparecarhire.co.uk Sanford Airport deals are perfect for helping families get more rental car for their money when holidaying in Orlando this spring.

Andy Hemmington, spokesperson for Comparecarhire.co.uk, comments: “UK families do love a trip to Orlando, but we appreciate that Mums and Dads are still working to restricted budgets. Thanks to the new deals we have sourced and made available this week people can enjoy great value rentals from Orlando and Sanford Airport this spring.”

Comparecarhire.co.uk is one of the leading car hire comparison websites in the UK, allowing users to compare car hire prices for over 40 suppliers in 15,000 locations worldwide including Spain, Portugal, the USA and Greece, with pick up locations at all local airports and city centres.

To check the latest deals visit www.comparecarhire.co.uk.

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Visitors Snap Up Faro Car Hire for Portugal Rally

Leading international car rental company ArgusCarHire.com is encouraging visitors to book their car hire Faro airport early if they are looking to experience the action and excitement of this year’s Portugal rally.

Between March 27th and April 1st, the world’s top rally drivers will be descending on the Algarve to compete on its famously fast open stretches with challenging tracks. Visitors travel from far and wide with their car hire Portugal to soak up the atmosphere. The fun doesn’t end on the track. The closing party at Estádio Algarve is one of the main highlights of the six-day event and is almost as famous as the rally itself.

Commenting on this year’s Portugal rally, a spokesperson for ArgusCarHire.com said:
“Anyone planning to get in on the action should be booking their car hire Faro now. The rally attracts spectators from all over the world, so cheap car hire Faro airport deals will only really be available in advance of the rally. Early booking is definitely essential, especially if you are sticking to a budget or if there is a particular car that you need to book.”

ArgusCarHire.com is offering car hire Faro from just £4 amount this March.

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Nationwide Vehicle Contrasts Improve Customer Service By Opening At Weekends

In a bid to make life easier for their many customers, one of the UK’s largest car leasing companies has decided to open at weekends, to add to its existing weekday service. Nationwide Vehicle Contracts are now able to provide the finest deals on the very latest cars on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 am and 4pm.

NVC are committed to providing the finest customer service, and have made the switch to weekend working because they recognise that many of their clients have more time on Saturdays and Sundays than they have during the week. Nationwide know that deciding from their many superb cars isn’t always an easy matter, so the decision-making process can now be a more leisurely one.

As might be expected from a major player in the leasing industry, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts have an enormous range of cars on their books. From smaller superminis lease deals such as the superb Kia Picanto and the highly acclaimed Peugeot 107 to larger SUVs like the award-winning Porsche Cayenne and the ultra-tough Nissan X-Trail and deals such as Volvo contract hire.

In recent years, leasing a car has become more and more popular, and it’s easy to see why. Choosing this option makes financial management far easier to organise in the coming years, because the driver will know monthly outgoings in advance, and of course will not have to find a major initial outlay. By becoming available at weekends, NVC’s experienced and knowledgeable staff members will now be on hand to explain the benefits throughout the week.

One of the reasons for the company’s high profile within the industry is the combination of low prices and tempting special offers, which has proved particularly attractive in the past few years. Nationwide Vehicle Contracts have always had a strong commitment to matching quality with value, and their highly impressive Price Match Challenge is an especially good example.

NVC recognise that making a decision about leasing a superb new car isn’t always the responsibility of a single person, so their weekend opening will come as particularly welcome news to couples and families. Now everyone can join in the debate about the best options, and of course with Nationwide’s friendly experts on hand to offer guidance making the right choice has never been easier.

Having established themselves as one of the largest and most proactive car leasing specialists, Nationwide Vehicle Contracts see their weekend opening as evidence of their belief in the importance of customer service. It’s also a hugely impressive indication of their commitment to the future of their business.

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Online car hire specialist offers £1 for each booking made on January 25 this year

Online car hire comparison specialist Carrentals.co.uk will this coming January 25th hold its second ‘Book & Donate’ day in aid of homeless charity StreetSmart. The day will see Carrentals.co.uk donate £1 per booking to the leading homeless charity group.

The first Carrentals.co.uk ‘Book & Donate’ day was hosted on January 11 2012 and succeeded in raising over £330 for StreetSmart. The money contributes to the great work done by StreetSmart – the group helps to fund education, training, housing and health initiatives for homeless people around the UK. The group works with 90 UK homeless charities and has the support of celebrities such as Stephen Fry, Neil Morrissey and Richard Bacon.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “The response to our first ever ‘Book & Donate’ day was great, and we raised more than £330 for StreetSmart. As such we have decided we will host more similar days, where every car hire booking made through Carrentals.co.uk will create a £1 donation to StreetSmart.”

“We are hoping that our site users planning to rent a car this winter will consider booking it on a ‘Book & Donate’ day to help StreetSmart out,” Gareth continues. “As ever we also recommend advance booking to get the best deals and plenty of choice – rental cars are in high demand right now and people can end up paying over the odds if they wait too long.”

Carrentals.co.uk has more ‘Book & Donate’ days scheduled for later in 2012 with days already booked for February 8th and 22nd, and March 7th and 21st.

StreetSmart operates large fundraising campaigns and events every November and December, working with leading UK restaurants to raise money. Leading names like Nobu, Dinner by Heston Blumenthal and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay all feature, with the restaurants adding a £1 donation to diners’ bills to help generate funds for StreetSmart.

Glenn Pougnet, director of StreetSmart, comments: “We are of course hugely pleased that Carrentals.co.uk has chosen to continue running Book & Donate days, they made such a great job of the first one. We sincerely hope that Carrentals.co.uk website users will book their cars on these days to help raise funds for our UK homeless projects.”

Carrentals.co.uk is the UK’s leading car rental comparison site, comparing deals 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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UK Tourists Booking Car Hire Earlier This Christmas Says eRentals.co.uk

Online car hire specialist eRentals.co.uk has reported that Brits are booking Christmas car hire earlier than ever this year. The website, which helps travellers source car hire in over 12,000 locations around the world, this week reports that advance booking for Christmas is up by 38% with around six weeks still to go.

Historically, travellers have tended to see car rental as an optional extra and something which can be left until the last minute says eRentals.co.uk. This year however, the website is seeing many more tourists plan ahead and book car hire well before travelling.

eRentals.co.uk also reports that this year’s most popular Christmas car hire collection points throughout Europe are Geneva, Heathrow Airport, Lisbon, Faro and Manchester Airport. Many Brits head away overseas during the festive season to spend Christmas with relatives.

Briony Fairbairn, spokesperson for eRentals.co.uk, says: “Traditionally Brits have a habit of waiting until they arrive somewhere before finding car hire, or at best booking a few days before they travel. This year seems to have seen a change in behaviour.”

“At Christmas each year car hire providers see increased demand for family vehicles like 4x4s and people carriers, so booking ahead is essential. The same applies to added extras like child seats, waiting until arrival in a resort before asking about them can result in disappointment. So this year’s rise in people booking ahead is a refreshing change and these people will have a more enjoyable car hire experience.”

eRentals.co.uk is a specialist car hire company, providing low cost car rental in over 12,000 locations around the World. Committed to finding its customers the best prices, eRentals.co.uk offers a quick and easy search of the latest offers, including Majorca car hire and Lanzarote car hire, for a festive escape in the sun.

For more information visit www.erentals.co.uk.

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Carrentals.co.uk Introduces Savings on French Car Hire with Latest Ski Deals

Carrentals.co.uk, the leading online car hire price comparator, has announced a choice of new deals prices to help Brits save money on car hire when visiting the Alps for ski trips this winter. Whether flying into Geneva or Lyon, travellers can log on this week and find the right cheap car hire deal for them by comparing prices from all the top name providers.

Tourists rely on Carrentals.co.uk to help them compare and book the best value car hire deals around and the site offers deals from the likes of Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt. This week the website has sourced new Geneva car hire prices to help ski fans save – prices begin as low as £22 per day with collections from Geneva Airport*.

Some tourists prefer to fly into Lyon Airport and drive through the Rhone countryside before heading to their ski resort up in the Alps, and Carrentals.co.uk is home to great value car hire France prices this week too. Trips to the Alps can be a blend of pleasure, convenience and value for money thanks to the new deals on Carrentals.co.uk – the new prices begin at only £19 per day with pickups from Lyon Airport**.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says, “Thanks to our team working hard to update our deals at all times we can always help people enjoy the benefits of cheap car hire – no matter where they are heading. The Alps are best explored by value for money rental vehicle and we have some terrific bargains on show right now.”

The Carrentals.co.uk service compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 10,000 locations worldwide. To compare the latest car hire deals visit www.carrentals.co.uk.

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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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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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Drivers should not keep details from insurance companies in effort to reduce costs says online car hire comparator

Online car hire price comparison website Carrentals.co.uk is advising the UK’s drivers not to cut corners in seeking out ways to save on car insurance this year. The award-winning website, which is home to cheap car hire deals in over 15,000 locations, advises drivers to always announce penalty points on their licences to insurers.

With UK car insurance costs continuing to be higher than ever, some drivers look to reduce their premiums by not making insurers aware of penalty points and accidents they have been previously involved with. However many drivers don’t know that they are legally bound to report such facts to their insurance company.

Having been involved in an accident or incident in the past and not reporting it means that the driver can be left helpless should the insurance company decide not to pay out on a claim. In addition the driver is then also left driving without insurance under a void cover policy – also illegal under UK law.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “There is no doubt that car insurance is really expensive these days so we are in a way not surprised that people would seek to lower their outgoings however possible. Not telling an insurer about previous points is inadvisable though.”

“People at this time need to know that should they be involved in an accident under a void insurance policy through not announcing points, they will risk incurring extra costs – paying for other people’s cars, medical bills, legal fees and such. Points on a licence and also big fines can be levied too – so holding back that penalty points information in the first place can end up costing people more money if and when they get caught out.”

Carrentals.co.uk is the leading car hire comparison site providing cheap car hire by comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide including car hire in Spain, USA and Switzerland, with a wide choice of pickup locations including car hire in Malaga, Denver and Geneva.

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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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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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Europcar Reveal The Cost Of Dormant Urban Cars To Motorists

Europcar has revealed new research that shows the cost of dormant urban motors is £65bn.

Europcar Reveal The Cost Of Dormant Urban Cars To Motorists

Parked cars clogging up residential roads in the UK’s cities is a long-familiar sight, but the cost of dormant urban motors (DUMs) is today revealed to be £65bn a year*.

According to new research by Europcar, which has just launched its free WeDeliver service of vehicles to customers’ door, car ownership for the time-poor city dwellers costs them £3.50 for every mile they cover – excluding fuel.

On average a city car owner only spends 4 hours, 40 minutes at the wheel each week – meaning that their car remains parked for 97% of the time**.

With the depreciation of their car***, and the cumulative with costs for maintenance, insurance, fines and parking totalling £5,328.96 a year, it’s no wonder that nearly half (48%) would sell their car if there was a convenient alternative to ownership.

The nature of city life also means that two thirds (66.6%) of car owners still regularly opt to use public transport, cycle or walk to cover short distances and avoid congestion or parking stress.

Over half (51%) admit that expense is the most stressful part of owning a car, a quarter (24%) cite maintenance, while 44% say that their car has been damaged or vandalised due to being left parked outside for prolonged periods of time.

Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director at Europcar commented: “This research shows how busy lifestyles and the nature of urban living and travel has filled out cities with dormant urban motors.

“Europcar has developed a free weDeliver service as a solution to this trend, meaning would-be motorists can have a vehicle dropped off at their door at a time that suits them and picked up again when they’re finished with it – for free. That’s perfect for Brits in cities who feel they don’t use their car often enough, but want the freedom of a car when they want do to travel.”

WeDeliver can be the perfect stress busting solution for the city dweller. The new service includes free delivery within 15 miles of an address and offers a rather speedy one hour delivery window even in Britain’s busiest city, London. To make things even easier customers can now have their car delivered to a home, business or even hotel address**** making car rental queues a thing of the past.

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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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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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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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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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Europcar Has Launched A Competition To Win A Fiat 500

Europcar Has Launched A Competition To Win A Fiat 500

The competition is running until October 15th 2009 and can be played on the ‘Fiat Green’ dedicated Europcar micro site. Entry is restricted to those living within Italy, France, Germany, Spain, Portugal, Austria and Belgium, where the competition is currently being run.

To be in with a chance of winning one of the two available Fiat 500s, players must correctly answer five questions from the Europcar car rental game. Each of the questions focuses on the eco-friendly benefits of the Fiat 500 and Europcar’s policies as a green car rental company.

The Fiat 500 is just one of seven eco friendly cars from Fiat which are available for hire from the Europcar website. CO2 emissions for each of the cars range from between 110g/km to 119km/km, with full details of each car’s CO2 emissions available on the website. Of the seven cars, the Fiat 500 is the most eco-friendly producing just 110g/km of CO2, however it is also seen as a good all round winner by car industry experts, having picked up the ‘European Car of the Year’ Award in 2008.

This news further cements Europcar’s credentials as an eco friendly company, following the certification of the Green Charter in 2008, the first European car rental company to be honoured with the award. This was shortly followed by Europcar being given the title of “The World’s Leading Green Transport Solution Company”, putting it at the forefront of green car rental in Europe.

The Green Charter which is certified by Bureau Veritas recognises a company’s green efforts towards the environment. With 99.6% of Europcar’s fleet certified Euro IV, Europcar was a prime candidate for such an award.

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