Recently at Avis we’ve made a number of advancements aimed at helping to reduce carbon emissions created while driving either an Avis rental car or your own car. In November 2009 we launched Avis Eco, our low emission car group, in the summer of 2009 we improved the group by adding the VW Golf blue motion.

In the summer of 2010 we launched our Avis greener world website with information about our commitment, our initiatives and projects we support.

In the UK we have allowed customers to offset there carbon emissions when at the rental branch when they pick up there car. Now we have extended this service to Switzerland, Austria and Czechoslovakia.

To help reduce your emissions why not read our blog post on Eco driving tips.

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It’s that time of year again when proud parents are taking there children back to university, but are also trying to work out how to fit all of the essential and student comforts into one car. So why not let Avis help you gear up for the new term with ease by renting a large car from our fleet.

We have all seen those cars driving down the motorway that are full to the brim with the university essentials as well are unhappy, squashed passenger, that are about to drive across the country to take their children to University. So why not treat yourself to a little more room and happiness by renting a people carrier or estate car from Avis.

Plus as we have mentioned before in our ‘Head home from University with Avis Rent A Car’ blog post it isn’t worth thinking about the toll this will take on your car, with the extra weight, miles and fuel. So why not give yourselves and your car a break and call Avis to book a car from our wide range of fleet. Plus if this is your first trip to their university an Avis GPS unit would be a wise investment to ensure you take the quickest and most efficient route.

Whichever car you choose, renting a car from Avis means you’ll get it all done in one trip, with no wear and tear on your own car, or your nerves. And with Avis’s great value rentals and fuel-efficient late model vehicles, that could mean quite a saving.

Let us and our bloggers know if you have any other helpful hints and tips for getting your children to their University with ease.

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CoupleRev up your romance with a short break and the freedom of an Avis hire car.

A friend of mine wanted to hire an Avis car to impress his new girlfriend with the most romantic getaway she has ever known – it’s their first trip together, so a big deal breaker. He admits he’s not the most imaginative of people, and asked for help, so I turned to some of our other friends for a run-down of their most romantic drives.
At Avis we want to make your car rental experience more enjoyable by providing you with tips to make your driving and journey easier, more enjoyable and comfortable – from upgrading to a roomier car to opting for convenient home delivery.

First on the list was my friend Janet, a true romantic. She suggested coasting through the beautiful landscapes of North Cornwall, on the drive from the beaches of Bude, through pretty Boscastle and on to legendary Tintagel, birthplace of King Arthur. She pointed out that nowhere in England has anything comparable to the rugged, rocky terrain and heart-stopping views, which bring to mind smuggling pirates and Daphne du Maurier. Her boyfriend drove her to the sheer 250-foot-high cliffs by Hells Mouth and proposed on bended knee. She was dizzy with love – or vertigo.
Avis top tip: Take your romance up a gear by hiring a super-luxury car from the Avis Prestige range of luxury, sports and executive cars to really impress the apple of your eye.

Some pair the word Scotland with ‘rainy’ and others ‘magnificent’: a real division. Paul is one of the latter, pointing out that the majestic wide open spaces make you feel like there’s no one else there but the two of you. His most romantic drive was with his girlfriend along the A82 from Inverness, all the way along magnificent Loch Ness – taking in the gorgeous villages of Drumnadrochit, Invermoriston, Fort Augustus and Invergarry, a little stone village that looks frozen in time.
Avis top tip: For the perfect, hassle-free beginning to a romantic trip, have your rental car delivered straight to your door with Avis Home Delivery.

Catherine has two children and a full-time job, and took a moment to register romance on the Richter scale of her life. Then she remembered her most romantic journey by car – along the windswept, deserted Northumberland coast with an ex-boyfriend: 100 miles of pure pleasure… wide, unpopulated beaches overlooked by crumbling castles where you expect to see Colin Firth on a horse galloping towards you. They drove to the ancient sites of Holy Island, Bamburgh and Berwick-on-Tweed, perfect backdrops for a romantic getaway.
Avis top tip: Help save our countryside by opting for a low-carbon emission car with Avis Eco.

There’s nothing like the romance of the open road paired with the freedom of a car, and these are the locations we’d most like to be found nuzzling up. Tell us where your favourite romantic spots in the UK are.

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Following up on our post from this morning, we are pleased to confirm that the issues we were experiencing with the Avis.co.uk website have been fixed, and the website is up and running again.

Thank you for your patience

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Hi all,

Just to let you know that today we have been experiencing some issues with the Avis website. Our IT team is working around the clock to fix the problem, however in the meantime we had to revert back to a very basic version of our booking engine.

You will still be able to book your car online if you wish to, or alternatively you can contact our call centre on 08445 818181.

Also if you are booking for the UK you could try our Home Delivery Service.

We wish to apologise for any inconvenience.

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South_Africa_3At Avis we have teamed up with KLM to give you the chance to WIN a dream holiday to South Africa. We are giving away a pair of flights, one weeks car hire and other exciting goodies!

The prize includes everything you need to make that trip to South Africa extra special:

  • 1 pair of KLM tickets to Cape Town from any UK KLM departure airport.
  • Free car rental, 7 days in Cape Town or Johannesburg – Group F (Audi A4 or similar)
  • GPS Satellite Navigation
  • Digital camera
  • 2000 South African Rand spending money

Find out more.

So make sure you enter before midnight on 31st August 2010 to be in with a chance of winning.

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Following our successful roll out of the Avis Home Delivery Service to West London, I am pleased to announce that we have extended the service across North and South London, enabling us to offer Home Delivery throughout the area of London.

We can now deliver hire cars to areas including; Chelsea, Kensington, Chiswick, Ealing, Finchley, Golders Green, Acton, Chingford, Barnet, Marylebone, Islington, Abbeywood, Bethnal Green, Greenwich, Woolwich, Crystal Palace, Stretham, Wimbledon and Penge, to name a few.

Reservations can now be taken for Delivery across London and these can be made via our website www.avis.co.uk/homedelivery, through our central reservations team on 0844 581 8181 or direct at our local Avis branch.

It would be good to hear your views on our Home Delivery Service and the roll-out of the service across London.

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At Avis we like to keep car hire easy and simple. So we are excited to introduce our NEW iPhone application which will enable you to book your Avis car rental on the move.

We have based the Avis iPhone application development around speed, simplicity and ease.

Your booking can be made in just 2 minutes and all you need to do is:

  • Select your location, dates and vehicle group.
  • Enter personal details.
  • Accept terms and conditions.
  • Then confirm.

This fast and simple booking process has a few time saving functions:

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  • 3 way location search
  • Easy to use date selector
  • Google maps function for accurate directions
  • Full selection of Avis fleet quick and easy to select
  • Pre-saved details (personal details only needed for the first booking)
  • Reservation details saved on your phone for easy access
  • Dedicated Avis contact detail if you require any support
  • Location details including opening times


The application has been made to help improve user experience by making the booking process simpler and faster. So download it today and try it for yourself.

Download the Avis iPhone application

View a step by step booking process

Once you have downloaded the Avis iPhone application we would love to get your feedback.

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Edinburgh_imageFor most of us, August Bank Holiday weekend marks the end of the summer as the last Bank Holiday before Christmas in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. So to help you make the most of it, we’ve put together five of the best Bank Holiday events up and down the country for you to explore with Avis Rent a Car.

Renting a car from Avis makes sense for so many reasons. For a start, you’ll keep the miles down on your own car, preserving its value. Plus you get the chance to treat yourself by hiring a luxury car from our prestige range, so you and your family can travel in style. Alternatively, why not hire a people carrier and bring everyone along to make it a real family day. With a rental car from Avis, you’ll enjoy the convenience of driving door to door, and stopping wherever you want along the way to see the sights. Whichever car you choose, we’re sure you’ll have a great weekend.

Here are our five top spots for a Bank Holiday Weekend to remember:

1. England’s Medieval Festival, Herstmonceaux Castle, East Sussex, 29-31 August
England’s Medieval Festival is Britain’s largest three day celebration of the Middle ages and includes a morning siege and afternoon battle for Herstmonceux Castle involving 1,000 knights, bowmen and men-at-arms, plus a Grand Parade of knights, lords, ladies, jousting competitions, fire-eating, falconry displays and medieval puppeteers with 12-foot stick puppets. A historic day to remember. Find Herstmonceux Castle off the A271 north east of Eastbourne in the heart of Sussex.

2. Notting Hill Carnival, Central London Monday 30th August
This spectacular event is well worth the drive from almost anywhere in the UK. Park and ride as you reach the London Underground network and you’ll be whisked into the heart of the colourful carnival atmosphere of Europe’s biggest street festival. The Notting Hill Carnival attracts over a million people every year along the 20-mile parade route packed with party music and classic Caribbean food stalls.

3. Knebworth Classic Motor Show, Hertfordshire, 30-31 August
If you think Avis have an extensive range of cars, that’s nothing compared to the Knebworth Classic Motor Show. On Bank Holiday weekend, over 2,000 gleaming classic and vintage cars come together to celebrate the best in motoring. And don’t worry there’s something for all the family with a large adventure playground, Dinosaur Trail and miniature railway for the kids and delightful formal gardens. Find Knebworth just off the A1(M) J7

4. Matthew Street Music Festival 29-30 August
Liverpool offers two days of free fun over the bank holiday weekend, with the Matthew Street Music Festival to rival Notting Hill in the capital. Offering over 80 hours of live outdoor music from over 95 cover bands, original bands and the hottest new bands, it’s a feast of free music on six huge stages across the city centre, with something for every musical taste in the home of the Beatles.

5. Edinburgh International Festival and Fringe
Most events claim to have something for everyone, but few can back that up as much as the world famous Edinburgh Festival and Fringe. From classical music to contemporary theatre, outrageous comedy to stunning circus style acts, it is a cultural event like no other and has to be experienced at least once. Wherever you’re travelling from it’s a trip worth making!

Avis think of everything
It’s not just our cars that make hiring from Avis so easy; it’s all the extra attention to detail too. We’ve thought of everything to make your trip go smoothly, from SatNav to a second driver, baby and child seats to home delivery, leaving you free to concentrate on enjoying a brilliant Bank Holiday trip.

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Family--seasideWith more of us staying at home for holidays, finding fun days out for the whole family has never been more important – and with Avis Rent a Car, it’s never been easier. Rent a spacious estate and fit in everything you need for a seaside summer day, or rent a people carrier and take the kids and their friends too.

By renting an estate or people carrier from Avis you avoid all the worry of wear and tear on your own car, and avoid all those endless fights that come from squashing all the kids together in the back. Our extensive fleet of vehicles makes a great family day out full of fun, and it’s so much simpler than struggling with public transport as you can drive right to the door of your destination. And when you add up the cost of the train or coach for everyone, you’ll find hiring a car from Avis is well worth it.

Here are five top days out that all the family will enjoy:

1. Isle of Thanet, Kent
Head east from the capital on the A28 or A299 and enjoy a traditional day out at the seaside on the Isle of Thanet in Kent. Not strictly an island, this superb stretch of coast boasts no less than nine clean, safe Blue Flag beaches full of fascinating rockpools to keep the kids amused all day. Plus there are promenades, cliff top walks and all the family fun you’d expect from great British seaside towns, including Margate, Broadstairs and Ramsgate.

2. Alton Towers, Staffordshire
With world famous rides and attractions, Alton Towers theme park needs no introduction. Simply follow the signs from the M1 (J23a or J24) or M6 (J15 or J16) for an adrenaline filled day with something for everyone. Speed from 0-60 in 2.2 seconds on the Rita ride, or experience the world’s first vertical freefall drop rollercoaster TH13TEEN. One admission price pays for all the rides you want, and if you book online in advance you’ll save even more.

3. The GreenWood Forest Park, Snowdonia
Situated in the foothills of Snowdonia, just off the A55 between Bangor and Caernarfon, you’ll find rides of an altogether different kind at GreenWood Forest Park – because at this award-winning eco-friendly attraction, all the rides are people powered! And that’s just the start of the fun in the forest. You can try your skills as Robin Hood on the archery range, go Indiana Jones on the Jungle Boat Trail, or create your own souvenirs in the wonderful woodcraft centre, in a delightfully different day out with something for everyone.

4. Chester Zoo, Cheshire
Just a few minutes drive following the signs from the M53 (J10) and M56 (J14), Chester Zoo is a must for any family’s summer schedule. Chester is the UK’s number one zoo, with over 7000 animals and 400 different species, including some of the most endangered on the planet, all surrounded by stunning gardens. Don’t miss the boat ride around the zoo or see it all from above on the monorail.

5. Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick
25 miles east of Edinburgh on the A198, the Scottish Seabird Centre is like Springwatch all year round, with everything from seal pups to sea birds, puffins to dolphins all on view, up close and personal, on giant screens at the centre and out and about around the grounds. Book a boat trip to Bass Rock, one of Sir David Attenborough’s ‘wildlife wonders of the world’, and enjoy the rest of the day on the white sand beaches of the Firth of Forth.

Everyone can come along with Avis
You can bring the whole family along when you hire a car from Avis, because you can organise baby and child seat hire on request and add an extra driver so you can take turns at driving and looking after the kids. And with home delivery available in most parts of the UK, your big day out starts right from your doorstep.

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