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Carrentals.co.uk is the comparison search engine for luxury and budget car hire. We make searching for car hire convenient and easy. We don't add a penny to your quotes and we even have exclusive deals you won't find anywhere else!

If you need a hire car for business trips or holiday rentals, just one search with us will enable you to compare prices of up to 50 car hire companies in seconds, all in one place.

We will find you the cheapest car hire available on the market today. We don`t just find you the cheapest deals, we find discount car rental that suits all your travel needs.

We search national car hire companies to find you everything from economy car hire to executive car hire. If you want an automatic 4x4 with air conditioning and free car hire insurance we will find it for you!

Our car hire suppliers:

We work with up to 50 car hire suppliers. Our unique search engine compares cars from up to 50 of the best car hire companies. Below are just some of the top car rental providers we work with :

Thrifty Car Rental: Operates a fleet of over 60,000 cars in over 1,000 locations throughout the world. Thrifty is a gratitude-driven company, making sure to reward its loyal customers with different benefits and incentives

easyCar: is part of the easyGroup, provide car rental in more than 2,400 locations in over 60 countries. Their locations are conveniently situated at popular visitor destinations, at airports and in city centre.

Sixt: Established in 1912, Sixt was the first car rental service in Germany which originally centered on tours and day-trips. In the United Kingdom alone, it has over 143 service outlets, all offering the same quality of cars and services for which Sixt is known

Opodo: Offer access to more than 7000 car rental locations worldwide. Owned by nine of Europe’s leading airlines, Opodo uses the the power of Thrifty and Auto Europe to provide the very best car hire deal.

Holiday Autos: Part of the lastminute.com group, Holiday Autos is a car hire brand that takes pride in giving its customers the best quality car hire at the cheapest price possible.

Alamo Rent A Car: Is one of the most respected players in the industry, building on over 30 years experience.

Car Hire 3000: Offers car hire services from thousands of locations across the world with one simple ambition. They want every one of their customers to receive high quality service and benefit from their guaranteed low prices.

Economy Car Hire: Provides genuine, fully-inclusive car hire rates, with no insurance excess, unlimited mileage and Free additional driver. Specialising in the mediterranean, Economy Car Hire has over 200 locations throughout Spain, Portugal, Croatia, Cyprus, Malta and Italy

Hirecars.co.uk: Offers a range of options in over 4000 locations all over the world including UK, Spain, France, USA, Czech Republic and Australia.

121carhire.com: Has the best priced car hire in over 7000 locations in 115 countries worldwide. We have pick up locations at airports, city and central locations.

ebookers: Partners with the biggest car hire companies to provide you with the cheapest car hire. We are an online car hire broker with a large supplier network covering 9000 locations in 134 countries worldwide.

Citrox: Doesn’t believe in complicating car hire, we adopt a simple approach as car hire should be. Bookings are made in 3 simple steps and all our prices are clear with no hidden extras.

Affordable Car Hire: Is a leading independent car rental wholesaler selling an all inclusive product for your holiday car hire needs. They operate in over 4500 locations around the world.

History of carrentals.co.uk

Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by 2006, when they also booked their 100,000th customer. In 2007 they re-launched the site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry.

Using the latest technology the new Carrentals.co.uk site now searches over 40 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available.

In 2008 they won the Traveloution Award for the best car hire website beating off competition from established rivals. Websites searched include Alamo, Thrifty, Sixt, Holiday Autos, Opodo, EBookers, Carrentals.co.uk and EasyCar, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type or provider.

Their Managing Director is Gareth Robinson.

carrentals.co.uk Car Hire Excess Insurance provided by Questor Insurance Limited

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How to cut the cost of summer Holidays - Express Sunday 17th July 2011 "Gareth Robinson at Carrentals.co.uk claims that the majority of travellers feel pressured into taking out additional excess insurance at the car hire pick-up desk at their destination. “Yet many of these policies fail to include cover for essentials such as damage to the windscreen, tyres and lost keys,” he says. “We have found a growing number of people complaining about excess insurance in our customer research. “The issues are always the same, with customers being mis-sold insurance at the point of car collection.

They may end up paying twice for cover, paying a premium for taking out the cover last minute in resort or not receiving the cover they really need, all of which we believe are unacceptable.” You could save a lot by buying a stand-alone insurance policy in advance to cover the extras added on by rental firms at foreign airports, which is about £30 a week compared with £49 for a whole year. Read on Here

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Helpful Advice and Information for Excess Insurance Cover on New Carrentals.co.uk Site

Wednesday, 20th July 2011 - Customers can avoid overpaying for car hire insurance with new video and information section by online rental comparator

This summer around two million UK residents will rent a car, but many of them will not be satisfied by their experience with insurance policies. Carrentals.co.uk has listened to their complaints and created a video to answer the most pressing car hire questions.

The main complaint by more than 50% of travellers polled reveals concerns over the pressure to purchase additional insurance at the time of pick up. These unnecessary add-ons can tack up to £2,000 onto a rental charge, and often neglects the most common problems such as lost keys or damaged tyres.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, comments: “The mystery surrounding how much insurance one really needs causes massive headaches to car hire customers every time they go to pick up their vehicle. It’s a game played by the rental companies, and we don’t like it.”

“To help even the playing field, we opened a new website with a video and information section designed to answer the most pressing questions about coverage. Hiring a car for a holiday is expensive enough, so we aim to keep as much cash in our customers’ pockets as possible by providing the right information about insurance.”

The video at http://www.carrentals.co.uk/extras/car-hire-insurance provides a full range of useful advice about car hire coverage. Carrentals.co.uk also has a webpage focusing on frequently asked questions at ** http://forum.carrentals.co.uk/collision-damage-waiver-excess-insurance.

Customers of Carrentals.co.uk also now have the option of purchasing a special insurance cover designed to avoid overpaying for unnecessary things. It covers all the important details and can cost as much as 60% less than policies offered directly by the rental firms.

“Our special insurance cover is the real deal,” Gareth adds. “View our video first to get the information you need about coverage, then compare that to our policy and you’ll see that we aim to give our customers a fair package with no hidden agenda."

Carrentals.co.uk is Britain’s leading car hire comparator site, showing rates from more than 50 rental agencies such as Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations across the world.

Source: www.carrentals.co.uk

** Carrentals uses Questor insurance

Carrentals.co.uk Shows Motorists How to Avoid Car Hire Pitfalls

Wednesday, 18th May 2011 - Leading comparator specialising in car hire shares top tips to avoid car rental mistakes

As many people are starting to plan their summer breaks, Carrentals.co.uk top car hire comparator, is highlighting some of the top issues that many renters can be faced with.

Gareth Robinson, Carrentals.co.uk Managing Director, reveals, "Hiring a car enables tourists to fully explore a new destination with the utmost convenience. Unfortunately, some drivers find they fall for one or several mishaps when they hire a car, ranging from not understanding fuel policies to not taking the time to check the hire car before leaving."

"The good news is these pitfalls can be avoided which will enable travellers to have smooth and successful trip, which can be looked back on for the correct reasons."

Carrentals.co.uk's Top 10 pitfalls to avoid when renting a vehicle

  1. Late Bookings - The best way in which you can secure a great price, and have a wider selection of cars to choose from is to book as early as possible. When you book a car closer to the date of collection, it is common for prices to rise greatly, plus some popular vehicle options such as people carriers may not be available due to limited supply. Therefore if you book early, you will significantly increase your chances of securing the car of your choice, plus stay clear of paying a higher price.
  2. Unsure of Suppliers Fuel Policy - It is important to fully understand what your rental companies fuel policy is. For example, some companies will state in the terms and conditions of your rental agreement that your return the rental car with a full tank, some might even state that you should drop the car off with an empty tank. Checking the terms and conditions fully will help you understand what the requirement for fuel is, thus will ensure you are not charged for sticking to their policy.
  3. Choosing the wrong insurance policy - When you are seeking rental car coverage you should choose a policy that covers you for damage to areas such as car wheels and the windscreen. Total Damage Excess Waiver policies will typically cover these areas, as well as an excess and damage to the roof, tyres and underside of a rental car.
  4. Tempted by the lowest priced vehicle - It may be tempting to hire the cheapest car for your trip, however the cheapest is sometimes not the most practical or comfortable. You should assess how much space you really need from a rental car, so you can comfortably cater for the intended number of passengers and luggage. Comparing a varied range of vehicles is something well worth doing, as you may find that better value deals are to be had with hiring a larger sized car.
  5. Prior to collection failing to check your credit card limit - It is common practice for suppliers to swipe your credit card, holding a specific amount in case of future damage when you arrive to collect a rental car. The actual amount can vary depending on the supplier you choose and the cars location, however by checking the terms and conditions of your agreement you will be able to see what this exact amount is. To avoid being denied a rental car, you should ensure that your credit card has a valid limit.
  6. Failing to provide correct documents - When you go to collect a rental car you need to ensure you have all the right documents to do so. The exact documents you will need can vary upon supplier and the location, however typically you will be required to show both the paper part and photo card of your driving license, your credit card and passport. Certain destinations such as USA, might require additional documentation, including a recent utility bill with your name and address and a copy of your return flight ticket.
  7. Unaware of local road laws - It is important that you check the road rules and laws of the country you are visiting prior to your arrival, as they can differ greatly from that of your home country. For instance, right of way is given to other motorists in Turkey who are entering a roundabout, thus if you are on a roundabout you must stop and let others in. Checking local rules beforehand will help ensure your trip goes smoothly and is safe.
  8. Forgetting to check the rental car prior to leaving - It is highly important that you take the time to thoroughly check the car you will be renting for any damage before you take it away. If not you may find yourself being charged for damage that the supplier has not accurately recorded.
  9. Failure to book extras at the time of initial bookings - Snow chains, child seats, roof racks, snow tyres and sat nav are popular extras, which are often limited in their availability. If you feel you need extras for your rental car you should reserve these early, at the same time you make your initial rental reservation. It is normal practice that the cost of any extras is to be paid when you go to pick up your rental car.
  10. Saying yes when an insurance policy is offered at the time of collection - When the time comes to collect a hire car, the supplier may offer you insurance. To avoid paying twice for insurance, check the terms and conditions thoroughly of any policy you already have.

The UK's top car hire comparator Carrentals.co.uk efficiently compares a wealth of deals in more than 15,000 worldwide locations from up to 50 suppliers, including Budget, Sixt, Alamo, Holiday Autos and Auto Europe. To view the latest car hire deals see www.carrentals.co.uk.

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Carrentals.co.uk Warns Drivers Not to Become Too Reliant on Sat Nav

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Car hire comparator advises motorists to always carry a map book in their vehicle

Offering added peace of mind and providing directions for all around the world, satellite navigation systems have become increasingly popular with British drivers, but leading car hire comparator Carrentals.co.uk is warning motorists not to become solely reliant on the technology.

Despite the extensive detail provided by most sat nav devices, there are occasions where the GPS technology does not instruct drivers to take the most direct route or simply reaches an area that is not covered by GPS - leaving drivers without a map book lost.

Managing director of Carrentals.co.uk, Gareth Robinson, says: “Sat nav technology is very useful in helping drivers reach destinations with which they are unfamiliar, but there is a danger of motorists becoming too reliant on the technology and just blindly following any directions that are given, even if these go against their own sense of direction.

“GPS technology can save motorists a lot of time and effort in travelling to new or unfamiliar destinations, with extensive geographical information available at the touch of a button. However, it is always a good idea to carry a map book in your car and to research the best route before setting out on a journey, so that the directions are more familiar and it is easier to correct any mistakes should there be any problems.”

As part of its holiday extras, Carrentals.co.uk offers sat nav hire for a choice of 38 countries around the world, with prices starting from just £27.08 a week. Last minute travel plans can also be catered for with delivery of the sat nav by 1pm the next day* for any bookings made before 4pm Monday - Friday.

Carrentals.co.uk compares car hire deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Budget, easyCar, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 9,000 locations worldwide.

To compare the latest car hire deals visit .www.carrentals.co.uk

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Car hire comparison website sponsors Diabetes UK event

Monday 4th October 2010

A three-legged charity event climbing the three highest mountains in the UK has helped raise £4,500 for Diabetes UK, and had car hire donated by Carrentals.co.uk – the car hire price comparison site.

The trio of fundraisers have been helping the charity for over 15 years and also suffer from diabetes themselves. Steven Craig, Ann Bentley and Clare Moon have been helping the charity with their latest event to help generate cash for kids with type 1 diabetes to go on care supported holidays through Diabetes UK. The car hire company’s MD, Mr Gareth Robinson donated car hire as diabetes has something of a personal connection to it, as his young daughter also has it.

Gareth stated: “My 13 year old daughter suffers from type diabetes, and we know how much these holidays for the children are important as it gives the families support as well as the children get to meet other diabetic children. We wanted to help out with the event that Steven, Claire and Ann managed to raise such a large amount for such as great charity as Diabetes UK”.

Over five days, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Snowdon were conquered by Steven, Ann and Clare who started the event at the Scottish mountain before ending it on the Welsh mountain.

One of the fundraisers Claire Moon said, “All three of us (fundraisers) have had diabetes for a long time and we have also been working hard with the charity raise money for Diabetes UK and run the supported holidays. As they only receive donations to help fund the holidays, this year the amount was low, so Ann, Steven and I decided to raise as much as possible to keep the holidays going – as they are such a great way for children with type 1 diabetes to meet others and realise they are not the only one with the condition”.

Anyone who wants to donate to the cause, can visit http://www.justgiving.com/3diab3pea3leg for more information.

The car holidays from Diabetes UK started in order to help children learn about the condition and for them to spend time with other children with diabetes in a caring environment. As kids with the condition face a lifelong journey of up to seven injections everyday and frequent blood-glucose tests, or kidney damage and blindness could happen, the holidays provide much need respite.

Carrentals.co.uk compares up to 50 rental companies such as Budget, Holiday Autos, Alamo, Auto Europe and Sixt and their best car hire deals in more than 9,000 locations. Check out the latest hire car opportunities at www.carrentals.co.uk.

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