Hiring a car blog posts


With continental Europe just on our doorstep we are in a privileged position to have such easy access to the mainland, providing a variety of diverse and exciting cultures and beautiful landscapes within a relatively short distance. A while ago Xavier wrote a post about some of the rules for taking a car outside of it’s country of origin. Well today I thought I’d write some tips and information for those people specifically looking to access mainland Europe by car, starting from thei Read More >>

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I read on the BBC website on Wednesday that the Bank of England has delivered its gloomiest assessment of the UK economy yet with Governor Mervyn King expecting growth to be flat and he could not rule out a recession. In these testing times, we’ve been writing posts on this blog for a while now about saving money whilst driving and hiring cars. Over a year ago, we wrote a blog post suggesting tips for driving economically. Given the high fuel prices at the moment, I thought it might be worth r Read More >>

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Has the price of fuel peaked? Will it keep going up and up or have we seen the worst? Either way, fuel is still much more expensive than a year ago so Avis offers our UK renters three options when it comes to refuelling the car: When you start your rental, the tank is full and you can return it in the same condition. In this case, there are no additional charges. You might prefer to pay in advance for a full tank of fuel, because you know that you’re not going to have time to fill up when you Read More >>

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We get a lot of calls to our reservation centre asking if we allow our cars to be picked up from one Avis location and then returned to another. If you are looking to rent a car one way between two locations within a country then the answer is yes we do! However, a one way fee will often apply (in the UK this is usually £40). People often ask why we charge a one-way fee as our locations share the same fleet. The reason is because we take bookings based on the cars that we have allocated to that Read More >>

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Just a quick note today about additional drivers as we’ve had a few questions on the blog about it in the past. I guess it’s pretty much common sense that when you rent a car, only the named driver on the booking is generally covered to drive it. However, it is possible to add additional drivers (as many as you want!) on to the rental so you can share the driving between your friends and family. In the UK this costs £23.50 per driver per rental (but is included free of charge if you Read More >>

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We’ve had some great weather over the past week and I am (perhaps naively) hopeful we are approaching a fine summer. Summer is our busiest period with many customers renting for the first time in the year as they look for more freedom in their holiday. And if this blog has proven anything, it is just how many different kinds of questions people can have about car hire, particularly if they do not hire on a regular basis. I’ve learned that renting a car is not always as simple and str Read More >>

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Please note that we have a more comprehensive and up-to-date post about hiring a car without your paper or photocard driving licence. I recently lost my driving licence and those who know me will not be surprised that I have been a little slow to order a replacement. It’s a case of typical Rob White carelessness followed by typical Rob White laziness. Today, however, I have learned about a new way to order a replacement UK driving licence without the need to even leave my desk. I have just Read More >>

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With all the sales going on at the moment, January is seen as a bit of peak period for customers booking their holidays. With this in mind I thought I’d give a few tips about what to look for when researching and booking car hire: 1. Book in advance. This is particularly the case if you are wanting to rent a car in the summer because most companies are likely to sell out. And of course as companies begin to sell out prices will go up. So book as far in advance as possible to get the best p Read More >>

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We always get questions from our customers asking about renting a vehicle for more than a month. If you have tried making a reservation on www.avis.co.uk for this length of time, you will probably have noticed that it will only let you book for a maximum of 28 days. However, this does not mean we do not offer rentals for longer than 28 days. In fact, you can rent with us for as long as you want, whether it’s 1 day or 100 days! If you require a car for longer than 28 days, simply book the car f Read More >>

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Argos have already started to air their TV ads for Christmas and while it may seem a little early, a quick look at my calendar says that Christmas is closer than you think! (although for me the run-in to Christmas does not really start until the Coca Cola ads are on!). Christmas is one of the busiest periods of the year for many travel providers and we are no exception. With a busy period like this the demand for hire cars can easily outstrip supply. So the best advice I can give if you are plan Read More >>

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