The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA), the trade body for the UK car rental industry, is again warning customers to take extra care when confronted with cheap deals for Christmas car hire on the Internet or in the press.

Festive season travellers were caught out by bogus car hire companies this time last year, handing over deposits of hundreds of pounds for cars that never materialised. The BVRLA believes that similar scams are being planned this year and has already made contact with Police and Trading Standards over one potential threat.

“These companies offer unbeatable prices and free delivery – but they really are too good to be true,” says BVRLA chief executive, John Lewis.

“Unfortunately it is very easy for fraudsters to build a simple website and set up a call centre to pass themselves off as legitimate businesses.

“These sham operators are damaging the reputation of car rental. We are working with the authorities to help stamp them out.”

In the meantime, the BVRLA is offering five simple tips for customers looking for safe and hassle-free car rental.

1.            Only use a BVRLA member to be sure that you’re dealing with a reputable company that has been vetted and operates to a professional code of conduct.

2.            Never hand over cash. Most reputable rental companies will only want to accept credit/debit card payment.

3.            Make sure the company is operating from a bona fide commercial premises, not a PO Box or virtual office, no matter how prestigious the location sounds.

4.            Make sure the company actually owns and operates the cars it is offering – all BVRLA members operate their own rental fleet.

5.            Remember, if the price or service being offered seems too good to be true, it probably is and you may well end up out of pocket and disappointed!

 

For more information or if in doubt, visit www.bvrla.co.uk

 

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With Christmas just around the corner why not spoil the family to a festive treat by renting a car from Avis and driving them away for the weekend to see some great Christmas lights? Rent a family friendly Avis car and drive to some of the UKs cosiest holiday cottages to absorb all the Christmas magic.

Below are 4 of the best scenic places to visit to see the UKs best Christmas light displays.

Bath
Famous for its healing spa, sophisticated buildings and stylish Georgian lanes, Bath is a popular attraction for many famous people such as Hollywood ‘A lister’ Nicholas Cage who recently turned on the Bath lights. Once you’ve driven to see the lights why not visit the Christmas market and breath in the festive cheer.

Brighton
Drive your Avis car to Brighton’s famous lanes and take in the glowing array of delightful decorations lighting up the festive shop windows. The lively Brighton streets provide the perfect Christmas experience for any car lover.

Stratford-upon-Avon
Drive your car to the birthplace of Shakespeare and see the world famous Christmas lights. Accelerate past 800 years of history lit up by the festive yuletide glow. The nearest Avis location is Warwick.

Eden Project, Cornwall
Take a gentle drive through the winter wonderland that is Eden. Look out from behind the dashboard and see the festively lit enormous biomes, winter ice spaces and winter markets.  Park up and sample their famous Cornish hot chocolate and Victorian hog roast. The nearest Avis location is Newquay Airport.

With thanks to our guest blogger -

Rahul Mistry, Skyes Cottages.

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