Hiring a car blog posts


We’ve had a few comments on the blog about what our policy is for dropping off a car “out of hours”. As customers look increasingly more for convenience, this is the sort of question we are seeing more and more. Some of our busiest airport locations are open 24 hours a day where there is complete flexibility about when you pick up and return a car. These locations include London Heathrow, London Gatwick South Terminal, London Stansted, Birmingham Airport, Manchester Airport and Glasgow Air Read More >>

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Some areas of the travel industry have gotten a bad name in the media predominantly due to the contentious issue of hidden costs (only last Sunday did the BBC Breakfast programme run a segment on this). I appreciate that the prospect of hidden charges can create anxiety for our customers. To put your mind at ease I thought I’d write a post to answer some of the most common concerns and talk about some of the processes we have in place so you can be confident that you won’t receive any na Read More >>

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We’ve been getting comments on the blog recently about renting across country borders: do we allow it, how much does it cost, can I rent one way? Well in the UK we do allow our rental cars to be taken over to continental Europe. However, if you are planning to take the car there you will be required to take out our Continental Cover. This costs from £88.12 on top of the rental price although it does increase with the length of rental. Unfortunately, you cannot book this type of cover on Read More >>

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Please always remember to bring BOTH parts of your driver’s licence if you have a new style picture one. It’s essential that we check both parts for identification and driving endorsements. Sometimes our Avis Preferred members forget as they understandably assume that they don’t need ANY paperwork, but we do need to be able to check a valid driving licence at each rental, so please bring it along. If you forget, we can call the DVLA in your presence (during their opening hours) Read More >>

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Nice in the South of France is rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations in France for English tourists and it’s a great base for exploring the French Riviera, Monaco and Provence.  I travelled there a couple of years ago for my friend’s wedding and next month, I’ll be there to celebrate the christening of his daughter.   I’ve been speaking to an Avis colleague in France, Sophie Grimoin who gave me some great recommendations if you’re visiting.  She suggests tak Read More >>

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Part 2 of my holiday tips follows.. but first of all a special reminder about how important it is to decide in advance what size of car you’ll need. I’m going to Jersey on holiday next week, and have booked an MX5 to whizz around in – My husband pointed out that the several large suitcases I’m stacking up, wouldn’t fit into the car, and suggested I take less luggage :((( I had a better idea and booked a taxi to take us from the airport to the hotel and back, and arr Read More >>

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I talk to people all the time who’ve rented cars abroad in the past and have found it to be quite a traumatic experience. The first thing I always suggest? Make sure you rent with a reputable company! Preferably Avis of course. :o) If you deal with a company that has a global presence then you’ve got someone to turn to in your home country if something goes wrong. At Avis you can always deal with someone in the HQ of the country you live in and you don’t have to worry about language barrie Read More >>

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Most people associate Venice with canals and gondolas but did you know that it is one of Avis’ busiest locations in Europe? The question that springs to mind is why do you need a car when there aren’t any roads? Well, Venice Marco Polo airport is a great base for exploring the north of Italy, including the regions of Veneto and Lombardy and cities such as Bologna, Padua and Milan, as well as Venice itself.   Marco Polo airport has one terminal and the Avis desk is conveniently located Read More >>

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Looking outside my window right now you would not know that Summer is coming. But contrary to the weather it is and this means we are moving into our busiest period. If you are looking to rent a car over the Summer here is my top tips for getting the best value… 1. Book in advance This is my top tip. It is not always possible to do this but where you can, try to book your car hire in advance. Our pricing model is very similar to that of airlines. When there are lots of seats available the Read More >>

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I’ve just been to Scotland, visiting the Avis office at Edinburgh Airport, Scotland’s fastest growing airport serving over 8.4 million passengers a year! Situated just 7 miles from the centre of Edinburgh, the airport is within easy reach of Glasgow and our staff reckon it’s a perfect gateway to the Highlands and the Borders. Here’s some information to help you with your rental when you’re there.  The Avis office at Edinburgh is based in the terminal building and is open from 7a Read More >>

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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.

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