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Car Hire Excess Insurance change of website address


Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.

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Europcar extends van rental range to major UK airport


Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe, is making van hire more accessible with the inclusion of 5 major UK airports to its van rental network. The decision to add airport locations to the Europcar Van network has been motivated by an growing demand from both businesses and leisure customers for vans at these key commercial locations. It also demonstrates the growth in logistics business originating from airports.

“In the last year we have seen significant growth in van rental by logistics companies”, explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group. “We believe this is largely due to the huge upturn in online and home shopping over the last year or so. But we think it’s also attributable to the fact that logistics companies want the flexibility of van rental – rather than ownership – so that costs are matched to demand. In addition, these new airport locations increase accessibility of vans for our leisure customers.”

Europcar Vans are now available at the company’s Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham and Newcastle locations.

“This is all about choice”, added Ken McCall. “We know that there a number of businesses operating in and around these airport locations. Therefore, by adding vans to our fleet at those branches, we are simply giving these businesses the same range of choice as organisations operating down-town.

“We also understand that consumers want easy access to hire vans, which is why opening at these airport locations, with their extended opening hours and easy transport links, is a perfect fit for our customers”

All Europcar vehicles are less than 12 months old, making it the most youthful van fleet in the country. The vans are also fully maintained to manufacturer standards, ensuring they run efficiently and Europcar’s corporate customers benefit from a fleet they can rely on.

Compare van rental prices in the UK with Car Hire Assistant. With over 800 rental firms, Car Hire Assistant can compare prices in under 1 minute and includes many major van rental operators, including Europcar. The service is free to use with no hidden charges or fees. 

 

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Europcar introduces Range Rover Evoque to Fleet


Europcar the leader in car hire services in Europe, is set to bring fleets and businesses travellers more choice in executive travel, with the addition of the fashionable Range Rover Evoque. Available at selected branches around the UK, corporate customers will be able to drive in comfort and style as these new vehicles come onto the Prestige from Europcar fleet later this year.

The Range Rover Evoque is already receiving critical acclaim for its contemporary design, combined with the space and luxury interior that only a top class 4×4 can deliver. Adding it to the Prestige from Europcar fleet makes it accessible to businesses that may need a 4WD or want to create a more stand-out impression.Compare Car Hire in the UK

“Over the next few months we will be adding more great prestige vehicles to our Prestige from Europcar fleet, ensuring our corporate customers have access to some of the most desirable cars on the road today,” said Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK Group.

“The convenience of prestige car hire, available from many of our national network of locations, means business travel doesn’t have to be stressful and tiring. And the new additions planned for our Prestige fleet reinforce our commitment to this sector of the business travel marketplace.”

Car Hire Assistant offers a car rental price comparison service in 175 countries including the UK and compares prices with up to 800 rental firms, including Europcar to allow clients to get the best deals available on car hire. The service is free to use with no hidden charges or fees.

 

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Avis announce new 2013 models for fleet


Compare car hire with Car Hire AssistantAvis Car Rental have reported that the new 2013 model-year vehicles have started moving into Avis locations across the United States. “From compact vehicles to luxury sedans, SUVs and convertibles — we’ve got you covered,” said Tom Gartland, president, North America, Avis Budget Group. “Our 2013 fleet features a wide range of vehicles from a variety of manufacturers to fit every occasion, from business to leisure.”

The Avis 2013 retinue includes top Chrysler, Kia, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen vehicles in addition to makes and models from other vehicle manufacturers, including:

BMW — BMW’s first roadster with a retractable hardtop, the Z4, and BMW’s 740i sedan join “Avis Cool Cars,” a collection of fun-to-drive vehicles. Available in January, the Z4 features rear-wheel drive and a 240-horsepower 2.0-liter engine. The 740i sedan has a 315-horsepower 3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo 6-cylinder engine, and joins the BMW 3-Series and 5-Series cars already in the fleet.

Cadillac — The most acclaimed luxury SUV, the Cadillac Escalade, is now available in the Avis fleet. The vehicle seats up to eight passengers and features a 403-horsepower, 6.2-litre V8 engine that “moves from 0-60 in 6.8 seconds.” The Escalade also boasts a rear-view camera, tri-zone climate control and a roof-mounted luggage rack. The all-new Cadillac XTS arrives this month. The luxurious front-wheel drive sedan features a 3.6-liter V6 engine that delivers 304-horsepower and an eight-speaker Bose® sound system.

Chevrolet — The internationally acclaimed Chevy Spark makes its début in the United States and in the Avis 2013 fleet. The five-door, four-seat sub-compact car is rated 38 miles per gallon (highway) and is perfect for navigating around large cities. Beginning this month, the redesigned Chevy Malibu will also be available for rent. The LS model features a 2.5-litre, 4-cylinder engine, 6-speed automatic transmission and an estimated 34 miles per gallon (highway).

Ford — Joining Avis Cool Cars are two hybrid vehicles that each boasts 47 miles per gallon (city and highway). These include the Ford Fusion Hybrid and the Ford C-MAX, the all-new five-passenger multi-activity hybrid.

Infiniti — With three rows of seating, the Infiniti JX35 crossover vehicle comfortably seats seven passengers. The JX35 also boasts two panoramic moonroofs, a 3.5-liter V6 engine, a power rear liftgate and tri-zone automatic temperature control. The JX35 will be available in January.

Volvo — The front-wheel drive Volvo XC60 crossover comfortably seats five passengers. In addition, the rear seat backrests fold down and provide more than 67 cubic feet of cargo space. The XC60 rolls in this December.

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iPhone mobile app launched called CarHirePro by Car Hire Assistant


Car rental price comparison site, Car Hire Assistant has introduced a new mobile “App” to allow users of the popular iPhone and iPad to easily compare prices on car hire. Named “CarHirePro”, this free app is available for download from Apple Store through iTunes by searching for “Car Hire Assistant” and more information can be found on the Car Hire Assistant main website.

Car Hire Assistant recognised that users want a convenient, fast and simple method to compare car rental prices on the move and this application does so in a fast and logical manner. Users can even use GPS to locate their nearest car hire centres.

In addition to searching for the best prices, users can book their hire in a simple 3 stage process and then review and/or amend their bookings using the CarHirePro application.

Car Hire Assistant can cater for users seeking a rental car in some 175 countries on 5 continents. And, with up to 550 rental operators searched, users can choose from over 30,000 car hire locations.

To offer the widest possible choice, Car Hire Assistant includes searches of local and regional rental operators, in addition to well known brands such as Hertz, Avis, Alamo, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Enterprise, National, SIXT and Dollar.

The CarHirePro mobile app will allow you to do any of the following:

  • Select your current location
  • Choose which currency you want to receive the prices in
  • Search using simple and very quick entry function
  • Find your nearest rental location using in-built GPS
  • Ability to book online
  • Facility to amend and change reservations using the app

As an intermediary, Car Hire Assistant adds nothing to the rental price, users can search and book with the confidence of knowing they will receive a selection of the very best car rental deals, from local and national brands, without the fear of hidden extras or charges.

CarHirePro is a free application and available for immediate download.

Download the CarhirePro from iTunes App Store using the link below, or search for “Car Hire Assistant” on your iPhone or iPad. 

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Hertz Buys Pioneer rentals


Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. announced that Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation (HERC) has purchased Pioneer Equipment Rental and Sales, a top Oklahoma based construction and industrial equipment hire business, focused principally on rentals to the industrial and construction segments, that serves the Oklahoma, Southern Kansas and Northern Texas markets.

“Pioneer Rental is another significant step in our commitment to diversify HERC geographically as well as to expand its product and service portfolio,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Pioneer Rental gives HERC an even larger footprint in the Oklahoma equipment rental market and access to a broader range of contractor and industrial business. The acquisition immediately increases HERC’s overall market share, bringing to 12 the total number of HERC locations in Oklahoma, while advancing HERC’s industrial penetration strategy particularly in the attractive oil and gas market.”

Compare Car Hire in the UKThe Oklahoma industrial and construction sectors are forecasted to expand in excess of 20% in 2013. Pioneer Rental will bring $25 million of annual revenue to HERC, and the purchase will be accretive to Hertz’s 2012 earnings.

“I’m very excited to join the Hertz team,” commented John Redwine, President, Pioneer Rental. “Hertz has been a strong player in this area and around the country for a long time. I’m convinced that both the Hertz and Pioneer customers will greatly benefit with the expanded footprint and services that will be available to meet their equipment needs.”

Established in 1998, Pioneer Equipment Rental and Sales is a major, independent rental company specialising in the hire and sale of equipment for industrial, construction, earthmoving, and material handling customers. In addition, Pioneer offers extensive repair and maintenance programs with comprehensive parts, inventories, mobile service, planned maintenance, and fleet management.

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European travel habits highlighted through research


Turkey has been recognised as the favoured holiday destination for Russian holidaymakers following research by IPK International ahead of ITB Berlin. On the other hand, when it comes to how often they visit the country this source market still has huge development potential.

In 2011, only 14 per cent of the 3.4 million holiday journeys undertaken by Russians to Turkey showed a 4th return visit or more, whilst the number of first-time visitors was 48 per cent. Some 37 per cent of Russians have previously visited Turkey on two or three occasions.

These are the latest conclusions of the World Travel Monitor, a special survey carried out by IPK International and commissioned by ITB Berlin. One of its objectives was to find out how often Russians, Germans and Britons selected a particular country for their holidays (excluding trips to relatives and friends).

Depending on how often they visited a destination travellers were divided into three categories: newcomers, explorers (first or second-time visitors) and regular guests (four or more visits).

Turkey is also a favourite with German holidaymakers.

In 2011, 1.5 million (41 per cent) of the 3.8 million holiday trips undertaken by Germans to Turkey represented a 4th visit or more.

Out of the 2.2 million trips taken by Britons to Turkey 31 per cent were trips by newcomers and 32 per cent trips by frequent guests respectively. Visits by “explorers” represented 38 per cent.

Commenting on the survey’s conclusions, Martin Buck, director of the Competence Center Travel & Logistics, Messe Berlin, said: “The number of times a country is visited is a very important sign of how popular a destination is.

“Holidaymakers who repeatedly travel to the same country are a measure of overall satisfaction with tourism services.

“In order to maintain that situation those destinations must constantly adapt to travellers’ needs.”

The results of ITB Berlin and IPK International also indicate that Germans are regular visitors to the Netherlands. Some 63 per cent of Germans’ trips to their neighbours represented a 4th visit or more.

Austria and Italy were ranked 2nd and 3rd amongst the nations that were regularly visited. Conversely, Germany is the preferred holiday location of Scandinavians, mainly of Norwegians. A total of 64 per cent of Norwegians are devotees of repeated visits to Germany. Amongst Danes this proportion is 55 per cent and among the Dutch it is 54 per cent.

France is highly ranked amongst Britons, 48 per cent of whom take their vacations just across the Channel. Russians also prefer to visit their neighbours. Some 50 per cent of Russians were identified as having taken their vacations 4 times or more in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic.

 
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Posted by on 26/09/2012 in Tourism News

 

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