What You Need to Know About Car Sharing

There have been car pooling lanes in major cities for years, and now, there are car pooling, car sharing and lift sharing sites to make sharing your car much, much easier than ever before. Match your ride to someone going the same way, or pop to the shops with someone else who wants to do their grocery shopping at the same time by signing up to a car rental or car sharing site and you’ll soon find that it’s actually one of the most exciting and interesting ways to travel – you get to meet someone new, potentially make a new friend and save money, whilst also doing your bit to save the planet. Learn everything you need to know about car sharing below.

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  • Car sharing works much the same as hitching a taxi. You can either call people that you’ve pooled with in the past, or when you’re ready to ride, put out a request – people who are local can come and pick you up. Alternatively, if you know that you’re going out, plan in advance. There are loads of ways to car share and you can download an app, send an email, or arrange through a website depending on whats easiest for you
  • Not only does car sharing reduce your carbon footprint and your impact on the environment, but it helps to reduce stress – driving everyday can be very stressful and being a passenger, at least for a few trips a week, can really improve your mood
  • Most car sharing sites arrange insurance, so that you don’t have to worry about cover, but if you’re unsure or if this is not stipulated then you’ll need to speak to your insurer to make sure that you’d be covered in the event of an accident or incident
  • It sounds obvious, but don’t swap personal information over the internet and arrange to meet for the first time in a public place just to make sure that you’re both safe
  • Set the ground rules before you meet up, for example, where you’ll meet, what you’ll do if one or the other is late, whether you’re comfortable with texts/phone calls, and how much the sharer will contribute to the journey/toll costs. You should also figure out whether or not you can eat and drink in the car, as well as smoke – some drivers are a little bit funny about the habits of other people in their car so it’s important that you always ask first! All costs should be agreed upon before travel and most companies will recommend a percentage that drivers should charge, which typically hovers around 50%

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The Clever Guide to Car Sharing

Car sharing is something that we’ve talked about before – whereby someone owns a car, then “shares” it with their neighbours. There are a variety of car sharing models, including the profit model, where owners can make money from hiring out their car when its not in use, and the non-profit model, where owners cannot make a profit from hiring out their car – instead, the benefits are focused towards the environment. BlaBlaCar, for example, a new car sharing agency, does not allow its members to profit from their hires, which keeps everything really low-cost – you can get to Paris for just £33, which is probably cheaper than virtually any other method of travel.

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Put simply, BlaBlaCar is an organised means of hitchhiking, where travelers announce their journeys online before they head out. Anyone interested in sharing the journey just posts the details online, and then travelers can sign up to sit in the spare seats. It’s an easy way to make your way across the continent, as it’s very popular in Europe, but it’s also a brilliant way to make long car journeys and holiday treks a little more interesting. The journey distance is calculated, and then the website gives you two figures: a suggested price, and a maximum price. This is intended to cover insurance, which also helps to reduce costs for both sides as it excludes commercial vehicle insurance.

Only a few clues are given to the driver’s personality: how chatty they are, whether they allow dogs, whether they allow smoking and whether they listen to music as they drive. You can’t choose the car or the route, and some aspects of the journey will be out of your control – for example, if the driver is late picking you up. But the price of the journey is dramatically lower than similar coach or bus services, and the benefit is that you get to sit in a homely environment with (hopefully) like-minded travelers.

One thing to keep in mind is that if you’re travelling for a specific reason – for example, to an airport or to a train station and you cannot be late, book the journey well in advance so that you don’t have to worry about keeping to a timeframe.

Other car sharing sites offer drivers the chance to make a little extra money on the side, but this negates the environmental benefits. A site such as BlaBlaCar means that greedy people are immediately dismissed and weeded out, offering benefits to drivers and travelers alike – plus, travelers have the peace of mind that the people that they are travelling with have been vetted and approved, and that the process is far safer than traditional hitchhiking.

All in all, it’s a fab way to get from A to B – just be prepared for some eclectic personalities!

Would You Rent Out Your Car?

More and more “car club” services are popping up all over the UK. Zipcar, for example, a company that owns a fleets of cars that drivers can hire for as little as an hour, have locations in major cities across the country. The peer to peer rental/sharing market has soared over the last few years, with thousands of people hiring out everything from their spare bedroom to their Louboutins – so why not make some money from your car, too?

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easyCar Club have spotted a gap in the hire car market, allowing people to hire their car directly to other drivers in the local area. It’s immensely safer than hiring through a local free listings site or social networking sites, as there are a whole hot of protective measures in place, including feedback for both the hirer and the owner, insurance provided by easyCar for the duration of the hire period (which means that your no claims discount is protected, as the hire doesn’t effect your existing insurance policy), RAC cover (whether you’re driving your car or whether you’re hiring the car out) and the ability to “block out” days or weeks where you’ll be driving the car, and to accept or deny requests to hire as and when you please. Put simply, you are in control of each and every hire.

The sticking point with easyCar’s system is that they are quite stringent with regards to who can hire their car out. Vehicles must be less than five years old (although older vehicles can become hire cars – easyCar will pay for an RAC inspector to make sure that it’s roadworthy), have driven less than 120,000 miles, be worth less than £60,000 and be covered in insurance classes 1-32. This means that your average, run of the mill family/city/commuting car will fit the bill just nicely. If you have a more exotic car – like a Ferrari or a Lambourghini (lucky you) there are sites dedicated to hiring out these types of cars, with the proper insurance and maintenance cover included so that you don’t need to worry about whether your car is going to get scratched/totaled.

Something to keep in mind when considering hiring out your car is how attached you are to it. If you’re a bit of a fanatic, wash and wax it weekly and are slightly obsessive about not letting the children eat in it, hiring out is probably not the best idea – no matter the precautions, even if you stipulate that the car must be returned clean, tidy and with a full tank of petrol – the person hiring the car may have a different view on what clean, tidy and full mean. On the other hand, if your car is simply something you use to get from A to B, or you use it in conjunction with public transport, or if it’s sat in a train/bus car park each day for 10 hours whilst you commute, hiring it out could provide you with extra income for very little effort and very little fuss.

Sneaky Things You Need to Know Before Renting A Car

Car hire can be a pain in the neck, but it’s also incredibly useful, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar spot, going on holiday or just need a car for the day. But there’s a minefield of things that you need to think about – insurance, existing insurance, roadside assistance and tax, to name but a few.

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  • A lot of the “big name” car hire companies own a lot of the slightly smaller car hire companies. Avis, for example, owns Budget. Oftentimes, the price differs massively between companies despite the fact that they’re all owned by the same company. Always, always, always do a comparison search before you go ahead and reserve the hire. If you can’t do that, or you have to make the hire at the airport kiosk, you’ll pay far more than you should.
  • Before you go ahead and say yes to the hire car insurance, check with your own car insurer to see whether or not your existing policy covers you for any accidents or incidents that may occur in another vehicle. Most car insurance policies that are fully comprehensive will cover you for hire cars. So there’s no need to take out an additional policy – you’ll just be covered twice. If you don’t know whether or not you’re covered, just give your insurer a ring before you get to the kiosk. If not, your credit card or bank account might offer insurance that you’re not even aware of, so make sure that you check!
  • It’s oftentimes much cheaper to hire a car directly from an individual, rather than a company, using services like Zipcar or through direct peer-to-peer sharing and selling sites like Gumtree. These tend to give you greater flexibility, as you can hire for shorter periods of time or even by the hour, which is really handy if you just need to drive to and from a hotel, for example, but don’t want to pick up a cab. The only downside with these kinds of hires is that you usually have to return the car to the pick-up location, which means that you’ll need alternate transport to return home. Generally, hiring from an individual or sharing service is much easier if you’re in an area with lots of public transport.
  • Make sure that the rate quoted is the rate that you have to pay. All too often, the rate advertised isn’t actually the final rate that you’ll pay – make sure that it includes everything, like roadside assistance, all of the relevant insurance (if you need it), VAT and tax. You don’t want to end up with a big ol’ bill at the end of the hire, so make sure you get the information up front.

10 Things to Buy Now and Keep Forever

Interior design is a fickle friend. Trends change with each season and what was perfect for summer becomes too bright and bold for the more subdued winter months. Stripes are in, and then they’re not. Metallic furniture is in, and then it’s not. Patchwork sofas are in, and then, you’ve guessed it, they’re not. So how do you decorate your home without buying into fads and trends? Well, we’ve got 10 things that you can buy now and keep forever. They’ll be with you whatever the colour on the walls and wherever you go, quietly making your home feel homely. Click here to hire cars and vans to pick up your new furniture, or take a look at this link for painting and decorating materials if you want a fresh start.

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  • An amazing dining table. Don’t choose something too modern – all glass and chrome – instead, look for a wooden set with sleek lines and chairs with tall backs. If you can get away with it, go for a circular table as you can always squeeze one more person in.
  • Instead of staid armchairs, invest in the modern version, with clean lines, thin legs and a soft-to-the-touch fabric. They’ll last for years.
  • Original artwork. Either paint it yourself, get someone to do it for you, or buy from a local gallery. You might just discover the next big name in the art world – and if not, you’re still supporting the local community.
  • A decent set of kitchen knives. Those brightly coloured sets are all well and good, but they tend not to be particularly sharp. Buy chef’s knives, or even just one or two, and they will quite literally last a lifetime.
  • Plain yet elegant dishware. When you move into your first home, you’ll likely have pots and plates from at least four different sets. Match everything up by buying a set of plain yet elegant dishware – perhaps a rounded square shape with either no pattern or very minimal pattern. Better yet, invest in chip-free and scratch-resistant crocks so that you don’t end up ruining them in the washing-up bowl.
  • A super-strength blender. Handy for grinding spices, coffee and nuts, making smoothies, perfecting custards, making delicious meringues, blending soup and making smoothies, a super-strength blender is a must for all kitchen work-tops.
  • A decent rug. If you have wooden floors and want something that will warm the place up a little bit, invest in a well-made rug. If you like the style, choose a tapestry-style rug – the bonus is, they actually look better the more they’re used.
  • A really good, heavy cooking pot made from ceramic, rather than metal. Again, invest now and you’ll never have to buy another one. Perfect for the most melt-in-your-mouth stews and roasts.
  • A modern headboard. Look for something fairly tall, with clean lines but soft padding so that it’s comfy, too.
  • Anglepoise lamps are the classic, and they’re so popular for a reason: they’re really elegant and incredibly functional for task lighting. As a modern update, look for anglepoise-style floor lamps.

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Why Zipping is the New Renting

Chances are, you’ve heard at least a little bit about Uber and Lyft over the last few months – car sharing and “taxi” schemes designed for you to hop in someone else’s car and hitch a ride, often at a significantly lower cost than regular car services, with either (and) a big pink moustache on the front of the car or a “U” on the dash. Uber has recently hopped over the pond to the London car rental market, but Lyft is still an unknown. Luckily, though, we have Zipcar – a “car club” that want to take 1 million cars off the road, matching drivers with riders and ensuring that everyone gets to do their bit for the plant, all while getting to drive thousands of cars in locations all over the world.

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This kind of car club is completely different to your run of the mill rent a car concept – basically, everybody pays a fee to be able to drive any of the cars on their books at any time. Many of the cars are available to hire either hourly or daily, ideal if you want to pop out of town for the afternoon or go away for the weekend. You make the hire, unlock the car with your smartphone or the Zipcar app, hop in and drive away. Then when you return, you simply leave the car back at its reservation bay. There are 6 simple rules that are explained to every Zipcar member when they join, which include things like leaving the car with at least 1/4 of a tank of fuel, making sure that the car is clean/free of food wrappers and pet hairs before you leave and keeping the car smoke free, so that everyone can enjoy the ride. There are a few flaws with this though – if the car becomes damaged, there’s no way to tell who damaged the car as they’re not monitored or attended and the onus automatically fall on the last person to drive the car. That’s all well and good, but if the damage occurred between the end of your hire period and the beginning of the next hire period, you have a problem. The only way to solve this is either to take photographs of the vehicle as you leave it, or to shoot a quick video. For the extra 5 seconds of inconvenience, it’s definitely worth it – otherwise, you might be charged for something that wasn’t your fault.

Ultimately, companies like Zipcar and even the entrepeuner hiring out his car on the weekends to make a little extra money all have one thing in common: the potential to vastly change the way we see the car hire market. Zipcar estimate that each Zipcar takes 6 personally-owned cars off the road, while owners who sign up to the service typically drive less than 1,000 miles per year – adding up to huge energy savings of 121 million litres of crude oil left in the ground, which means that our natural resources are being protected. Not only that, but with fewer cars on the road, we can all enjoy cleaner, greener air and more open spaces.

Even if just a few of us start to hire cars for the day instead of buying a brand new vehicle, it’s a step in the right direction – and that’s what’s important.

Season Car Hire Review

Season car hire is one of the top car hire companies in the UK. They’ve been trading since 2006 and are based in London, although they service the whole of the UK. Season’s offer a huge range of prestige, luxury cars and pride themselves on owning the whole of their fleet. They offer a range of hire plans too, including one day and three day hire, pay as you drive and airport drop off. With cars suitable for everyday family use, as well as high-end luxury supercars available for your special day, Season car hire really have got everything covered.

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The Hire Process

The process of hiring a car with Season car hire couldn’t be any easier. Using the form at the top of the home page, simply choose your pick up location, date and time, the return date and time and the most convenient drop-off location. Season car hire will then provide you with a list of cars available for your chosen time and date, as well as unavailable cars for that date. They’ll also let you know when the unavailable cars will next be available – handy for if you have your eye on something special! Next, you simply provide them with your personal data and pay for your hire, then wait for your car to arrive. It’s that simple!

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Drop Off and Pick Up

Drop off and pick up is simple too. Season car hire will deliver your car to anywhere in the UK, even though they’re based in London. With three dedicated car transporters, Season’s can drop off or pick up up to nine vehicles in one go, so whether you’re hiring one car for a special day or a fleet for a television shoot, they’ll be able to help. They can even deliver cars to most of the major UK airports and can pick them up from wherever is most convenient for you.

Pay As You Drive

Perfect for customers who hire supercars regularly but never use the full mileage allowance, Season car hire have recently introduced their exclusive Pay As You Drive scheme, offering supercars at half the price with a 25 mile driving allowance. Additional miles are then charged on top. You can also book cars with a set amount of mileage, and pay before you drive – which means no nasty surprises when you drop the car back. Season car hire will also look over the vehicle with you before and after the hire to ensure that there is no damage and each and every vehicle is fitted with an incredibly accurate mileometer so that you can keep tabs on your mileage, meaning that you always know exactly what you’re paying for.

Whatever your hire car needs, Season car hire has the vehicle for you – all topped off with fantastic customer service.

Car Hire by HireJungle

We have incorporated a new car hire engine to HireJungle.co.uk. This powerful tool compares prices among the top 500 car hire firms over 35.000 locations in 180 countries. Users are able to get the cheapest rates for any car model on each city just by defining the driver’s age and time-frame of the rental.

This comprehensive car hire solution offers 24/7 customer support in different languages via phone and email, secure payments, and flexibility for incorporating important add-ons such as car insurance, GPS, child seats, just to name a few. We have worked on presenting an interface as user-friendly as possible, with no hidden costs as all taxes are included in the price and bookings are commission-free.

How to rent a car with HireJungle

Users can rent a car with HireJungle.co.uk in 3 steps:

  1. Quote: Car rental information should be filled into the booking engine for start the price comparison among local car hire providers. The form request just basic information such as location, pick-up/drop-off dates and times, driver’s age, car group, currency and country of residence.
  2. Book: Users must select the car that matches their needs, and further information for adding drivers, child seats, insurance and other add-ons will be displayed accordingly. There are no booking fees associated to the rental, but a pre-payment to secure the reservation is required. Full payment should be completed at front desk of the car hire agency when picking up the vehicle.
  3. Confirm: All details are listed for a printable version, and automated email is sent to the email address provided with all the relevant details of the reservation. All contact details of the car hire agency are provided on confirmation email, with directions to the pick-up point, the agency name, address and phone numbers. Furthermore, customer support contact details are also provided so users can clear any doubt. Changes and cancellation policies vary depending on the terms of the car hire agency, but all relevant data is clearly stated before and after completing the reservation. In most cases, cancellation and changes can be made at no extra cost.

Reliable Car hire in UK and abroad

Our booking engine makes easy to rent a car not only in UK but on any city over 180 countries world-wide. Make sure you print out the confirmation email with your reservation number and present this paperwork on the reception counter when picking up the car.

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