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.

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.