Then the Daily Mail, on 5 April, used our Easter car hire research, on how "holidaymakers hiring a car in popular city destinations will be paying up to double the price compared to last year, according to new figures". Wise words from our founder and CEO Ernesto Suarez were also used by the Mail, quoting him saying: "Prices to hire a car have jumped considerably since last Easter, so the best way to keep your costs down is to plan ahead and research good value alternatives to spending money at the rental desk when you pick up your hire car."
To read the Daily Mail article in full please click here.
On Sunday 6 April, the Express did a great piece, headlined 'How to ensure your Easter break doesn't break the bank and still grab a sterling holiday', which also used our latest research. The extract featuring us is below or to read it online please click here.
Finally the Sunday People also featured iCarhireinsurance as a great alternative to buying expensive excess car hire insurance at the rental desk.
Right we'd better get back to work and stop reading the papers now!
Sunday Express Extract, 'How to ensure your Easter break doesn't break the bank and still grab a sterling holiday'
Beware Hidden Charges When Hiring A Car
As a holidaymaker, hiring a car can be the perfect way to enable you and your family to explore more of the local area. However, new findings from iCarhireInsurance, a specialist provider of stand-alone excess car hire insurance, show that prices have jumped considerably since last Easter.
This is based on the cost of hiring a compact car for a seven-day rental through the Easter holiday period from five of the main car rental companies.
According to its research, costs have gone up from between 30 per cent and 100 per cent in Barcelona, Nice and Milan.
The last named has seen the greatest rise, with the average price over the Easter weekend period doubling from £225 in Easter 2013 to £456 for Easter 2014. In Barcelona and Nice, car hire costs have risen by almost a third.
Drivers often get hit with a big expense for “excess insurance” when they get to the rental desk. This cover protects a traveller against the first part of any claim if the car is damaged, which can cost up to £1,400. While the excess cover can cost more than £100, it is possible to cut costs considerably by buying cover from a stand-alone provider. With iCarhireInsurance, for example, a daily policy can cost from as little as £2.99.
Other simple ways to keep costs down include taking your own child’s car seat and satnav to avoid having to pay to hire these items, and deciding whether you really need to add an “extra driver” as this can soon bump up the cost, especially if the motorist is under 25.