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.

Great Escape Car Hire Review

It seems like we review a lot of car hire companies here at Hire Jungle, but Great Escape Classic Car Hire is definitely one of the most unique! With the largest fleet of classic, vintage vehicles in the UK, Great Escape offer a vast range of classic and performance motors in several convenient locations throughout the UK.

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Great Escape Classic Car Hire was founded in 2006 by classic car lovers Graham and Janine Eason to make renting a vintage car, easy, fun and most importantly, affordable, with prices starting from just £95. Great Escape is now the UK’s biggest classic car hire company with locations around the UK, either operated by Great Escape staff or by like-minded enthusiasts who hire their cars out through GE.

Pricing

Great Escape put a huge amount of work into pricing their cars. At least 35% of the hire cost goes straight back into maintaining the fleet of vehicles, ensuring a high level of reliability. All hire prices are fully inclusive, meaning that the price displayed is the price paid, including breakdown cover. Hire packages include: full 24 hours use of the vehicle (not just AM to PM), 150 miles per day (unless otherwise stated or agreed before the hire), parking for your own vehicle, an 18-point check of the vehicle before the hire, local rail and airport pick-up, insurance, breakdown cover, carbon off-setting, a leather-bound in-vehicle information pack and a vehicle familiarisation tour.

Packages and Hires

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Great Escape offer two hire packages, whether you want to self-drive the vehicle or be driven. The self-drive package is outlined in detail above, and the chauffeur package provides much of the same benefits – but all you have to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the luxury of your classic car.

There are also a range of gift vouchers if you’re looking for a gift for a classic car enthusiast. Buy a specific gift voucher for a certain car, day and time, or buy a gift voucher for any value that you like so that your recipient can choose the perfect car for them. There are also regular Classic Car Rallies throughout the year – the perfect gift or day out for anyone who loves classic cars, including breakfast, lunch and the chance to drive five classic cars on some of the best roads in Britain.

Great Escape also cater corporate events, giving workers the opportunity to network and chat whilst driving some fantastic vehicles. The general format of the day will be for drivers to take turns navigating and driving the vehicles, swapping vehicles along the route, stopping for lunch halfway through the day – but there is a huge amount of scope to adapt the day to suit your requirements.

Whether you want to hire a car for a weekend away in the Cotswolds, self-drive a vintage motor to your wedding or take a spin on a rally day, Great Escape Classic Car Hire can help.

Holiday Autos Review

Holiday Autos is the largest leading international car hire broker. Established in 1987, Holiday Autos brings together deals and offers from some of the best-known car hire companies, including Avis, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt. Whether you need to hire a car to take you from the airport to your home, or you want to hire a car for a month or even longer, Holiday Autos can help.

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The Hire Process

Simply type in the city or airport location that you want to hire from, as well as how long you want to hire the car for and you’ll be given a huge list of cars that are available to hire from that period. You can then filter the results more by choosing the number of passengers that will travel, the number of doors on the car, the number of suitcases that you’ll be travelling with and more. You can also filter by car group, so if you’d prefer to travel in a small, compact car, you can filter the selection to reflect that, making the whole process super simple!

Worldwide Cover

Wherever you are in the world, Holiday Autos will be able to find a car hire company in your area. With locations across Europe, including Malaga, Switzerland and Toulouse, locations up and down the UK in all major cities and at most major airports, America, Australia, Canada, South Africa and even New Zealand, Holiday Autos can broker the perfect deal for you in almost 30,000 locations across the world.

Features

Holiday Autos pride themselves on being the first car hire broker to offer fully inclusive car hire – that means no hidden charges, no hidden fees and no hidden extras. You’ll pay just one price and won’t be charged for anything else. Alternatively, you can also choose from a vast range of added extras, including adding an additional driver, air conditioning and heating, child seats, additional cover and much more. Most vehicles come with tax, collision damage waiver, third party liability protection, theft waiver, unlimited mileage, airport costs and breakdown cover as standard. All you have to do is add fuel – and all they ask is that the vehicle be returned with a full fuel tank. GPS systems, snow chains, snow tyres and ski racks can also be included in the booking should you be travelling somewhere cold or remote!

There are also no credit card fees as well as a rather good 48 hour cancellation policy, free amendments and alterations and free 24/7 telephone support. For the latest discounts and special offers, there is also a newsletter. Customers can also choose special offers like queue jumping and key-free hiring, depending on the company that the vehicle is hired with – and with a choice of 800 suppliers, Holiday Autos are committed to keeping prices low.

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.