65% were also unhappy with the cleanliness of the child car seat and over half (53%) were not confident that they had fitted it correctly.
Over 40 UK people, who had hired a child seat from a rental company, were asked about their experience by iCarhireinsurance.com, a leading provider of stand-alone car hire insurance.
To hire a child seat in Tenerife during the October half term week (w/c 28 October), iCarhireinsurance.com researched the prices of five rental companies and found that families could be paying up to £76 with Europcar, £58 with Hertz, £57 with Avis and dropping to a more reasonable £20 with Sixt.
“Car hire companies are charging extortionate amounts for child car seats which are often dirty, scruffy and parents don’t feel safe using,” said Ernesto Suarez, founder and Chief Executive of iCarhireinsurance.com.
iCarhireinsurance.com advises that parents and guardians should insist on receiving the manufacturer’s fitting instructions as the rental companies will generally not help with the fitting of the child seat as they do not wish to be liable if it’s not fitted correctly.
“We know of instances where the rental companies haven’t been able to provide the correct instructions so we strongly recommend that travellers contact their hire company before they travel to find out the make of the child seats so they can source the fitting instructions in advance,” continued Ernesto Suarez.
A list of child car seat manufacturers and their websites is listed on the iCarhireinsurance.com website here.
Alternatively, iCarhireinsurance.com recommends that travellers consider taking their own child seats which will usually be allowed in addition to a passenger’s luggage allowance – a significant saving when the average cost to hire a child’s car seat is £53.
Families can also save money at the rental desk by buying their car hire excess insurance in advance from a stand alone provider, like iCarhireinsurance.com. An iCarhireinsurance.com excess insurance policy starts from £2.99 a day (compared with the average £17*[see Table 1] charged by the rental desks) or from £39.99 for an annual policy. It also includes cover for vulnerable parts of the vehicle such as tyres and windows which are frequently excluded by the rental companies' policies. If excess waiver insurance is not purchased by a hire car customer they could be liable for up to £1900 if the car gets damaged or even stolen.
For more information please contact:
- Or Ben Wooltorton, Sales and Marketing Director, Halo Insurance Services Ltd
*Table 1: Cost of hiring a child car seat in a hire car in Tenerife during the October half term, 26 Oct to 2 Nov 2013 – Research by iCarhireinsurance.com
Rental Company Child Car Seat Hire Cost:
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Notes To Editors
Halo Insurance Services Ltd is a ground-breaking online insurance broker which was founded in 2009 by Ernesto Suarez, a leading insurance expert specialising in non-standard motor insurance. Its products include car hire insurance, van hire insurance and car club excess insurance all of which have been designed to offer more cover for a better price than the excess waivers offered at the rental desk.
Halo operates the retail brands iCarhireinsurance.com in the UK, leihwagenversicherung.de in Germany, Aseguraicochedealquiler.es in Spain and Huurautverzekering.com in the Netherlands. It also provides insurance solutions to a number of commercial partners involved who provide software and booking services to car hire operators.
• WINNER - 2013 British Insurance Awards – Insurance Start-Up Award
• FINALIST - 2012 British Insurance Awards – The E-Business Award
• WINNER - 2011 Insurance Times Awards – Broker Innovation of the Year
Halo Insurance Services Limited is registered in England number 6929208. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority Register No. 504629 for the sale and administration of general insurance products in the United Kingdom and throughout the European Economic Area (EEA).