Excess Insurance Advice on Show from Price Comparator Carrentals.co.uk

Industry: Insurance

Internet car hire specialist helps UK travellers be better informed about excess policies and various rip offs

Lightwater, Surrey (PRUnderground) July 18th, 2011

Drivers who want to avoid paying way over the odds for excess insurance policies when renting a car have been thrown a lifeline by Carrentals.co.uk. The car hire price comparison specialist has launched a new scheme which sets out to stop people paying too much – in some cases up to £2,000 for excess policies – when they arrive at their car rental office.

The website reports that as many as 50% of people admit to feeling conned by excess insurance policies when collecting a vehicle at a car hire office. The policies offered at collection time often don’t cover hirers for things such as lost car keys, damaged wheels and windscreens and more.

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, said: “It seems clear that lots and lots of drivers feel that they are somewhat overcharged for insurance policies and excess cover when they arrive to pick up their rental cars. We want to help them avoid these schemes which can in many cases be designed purely to rip them off.”

“Our new campaign has been formulated to help people know the ins and outs of the excess insurance trade around car hire, and we have the experience to advise people correctly.”

The new Carrentals.co.uk scheme includes a useful video which advises travellers on what to watch out for – http://www.carrentals.co.uk/extras/car-hire-insurance. The website’s new Raising the Standard campaign also offers a chat forum for sourcing information, this located at http://forum.carrentals.co.uk/collision-damage-waiver-excess-insurance.

Also available through the Carrentals.co.uk website are dedicated excess insurance policies which are designed to offer car hirers clarity and value for money. The new cover deals can help people to save up to 60% versus policies on show at car hire offices.

“People can use the tools and policies on show in our new campaign to be both better informed and better off financially. Nobody wants to start a holiday feeling that they have just been ripped off with an incorrect or unclear excess insurance policy “, Gareth went on.

Carrentals.co.uk is the leading car hire comparison site, comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide.


About 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.

In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations.

Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.

The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.

In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in 2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/Price Comparison category. To book or for further information visit www.carrentals.co.uk

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