Following on from our classic advert #1, here’s the next one in the series from our famous ‘We Try Harder’ advertising campaign from the 60’s. This particular ad from November 1963 highlighted our We Try Harder attitude when it came to speed of service.

Classic 'We Try Harder' advert from the 60s

Although the ad might look a bit dated, the message and our values remain the same, as does the high level of service you receive when you rent a car with Avis.

Today, we offer the 3 minute promise, where we promise to get you your keys in under 3 minutes (of we’ll give you a £20 John Lewis voucher!)  You just need to be an Avis Preferred member, and all you need to do is collect your keys and go!

 

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As our car hire delivery and collection service continues to grow, we recently conducted research into the delivery habits of UK consumers and found that British consumers are becoming more demanding than ever.

Topping Brits wish list of most desirable delivery items are a cooked English breakfast following a night on the tiles, freshly brewed high street coffee to kick-start the working week, fish and chips from the local chippy, alcohol post closing time and a cooked Sunday roast. Not forgetting emergency supplies such as toilet rolls, petrol for when the nearest filling station is out of reach, plus shoe repair, laundry and dry cleaning.

We’re spending and ordering more than ever before
So dependent as a nation have we become on direct delivery services , that we are  now ordering  a staggering 1.5 billion deliveries a year at a cost of £16.8 billion – that’s an average of 30 deliveries per person, totalling £342.

We’re becoming more demanding
Three quarters (73%) now expect a delivery service as standard when purchasing goods, three out of four (75%) would like companies to offer a courier collection service for unwanted items and a  massive 89% would consider switching supplier if they didn’t offer direct delivery.

Delivery just to the home is also no longer enough, with 78% expecting to be able to receive goods to their place of work or other addresses. Over half (58%) also admit that even next day delivery offers limited flexibility for busy schedules with 63% keen to see same day delivery more readily available.

Our research clearly demonstrates the popularity of delivery services. Car hire is just one example of a delivery service which has cropped up to meet time poor customers and

Avis Delivers gives those customers the flexibility to have a car delivered and collected for just £10 each way, wherever they are.

About Avis Delivers

- Delivery (and collection) available straight to your door whether at home, at the office or even at the gym!

- Same day delivery if booked before 12noon

- Only £10 per Delivery and £10 per Collection

- Choose a delivery window that’s convenient to you

For more details on the Avis Delivers service visit www.avis.co.uk/homedelivery or call 0844 581 8181.

 

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If you’re in the midst of planning your next holiday – make sure you swot up on the more unusual overseas driving regulations that exist before you take to the open road.

For example, did you know that it’s in fact a recommended requirement to carry an extra pair of specs when driving in sunny SpainAnd, if you’re heading to Italy don’t make the assumption that headlights are only for night time driving; it’s compulsory to have them on at all times outside of built up areas.

If all that sunshine is making you thirsty and you happen to be behind the wheel in Cyprus, make sure you pull over before taking a sip of water, as drinking anything whilst on the move is prohibited. In Greece it’s also a good idea to note parking times before leaving your car for a spot of shopping – you may come back to more than just a ticket with police confiscating the number plates of illegally parked vehicles.

Planning a holiday further afield to Romania or Russia? Better get shining those hub caps, as a clean car isn’t just about keeping up appearances – it’s actually against the law to drive a dirty vehicle in these countries. Before you turn the ignition key in Denmark, make sure you check for people under the car – a legal requirement alongside checking the brakes, lights, steering and horn before you drive.

Other weird and wonderful regulations include:

  • In some cities in Spain, cars must be parked on the side of the road where houses bear uneven numbers on uneven days of the month, and on the side of even numbers on even days
  • In Switzerland, pedestrians generally have right of way and expect vehicles to stop. Some may even step into the road in front of oncoming traffic so make sure you keep your eyes peeled
  • California law prohibits a woman from driving a car from wearing a dressing gown
  • Driving through Vienna? Make sure you don’t use your horn – it’s prohibited within the city

To help Brits get up to speed on overseas driving regulations, Avis has published a series of guides covering the top 10 sunshine destinations for car hire this summer. The guides also highlight the best drives and recommended family day trips to help make the most of holiday drive time. Click here to download these guides.

Share this via facebook or twitter and make sure your family and friends know about these unusal road laws!

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At Avis, we really do try harder. We pioneered blogging in the car rental world and we aim to make our blog much more than just an information source. You can use our blog to ask questions or tell us what’s important to you when you hire a car. We try harder because we care what you think, so we really do value your feedback.

New to car rentals? Our blog gives you tips and advice on getting the most out of your Avis car hire experience. You can find information about booking and hiring your car, safety tips, and eco driving. We also provide driving advice and the latest news about our fleet.

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