All Car Hire Discounts, Offers and Sale - May 2020
They could offer 50% off the base rental rate but charge the full amount of the young driver surcharge surely.
It’s all about risk and the algorithms insurance company use would stereotypically assume a 25 year old to be in less accidents than a 23 year old...it’s not personal.
Only 25+ why? I'm 23 and would otherwise qualify.
It's a shame they have removed vans from this offer. Edit: They were included in their NHS offer posted on health service discounts, which has now been removed for this.
Maybe I misunderstood your point. You mean that despite the current situation, these companies are offering discounts to front line worker...And that's what is a nice thing to do? Surely they're doing it to generate revenue (nothing wrong with that) rather than taking a hit to be nice? Anyway, as you said, hopefully someone can take advantage of this.
#staywell keep fighting for the best protection
Me too. Was quite worried last night. Im ok today. Our hosp is full of positive cases.
I was so scared when I went back after my holiday but in the end I just convinced myself I've had it already and I'm able to carry ion and do my job. And yes I'm frontline everyday with people who are actively Covid19 positive.
Hi. To be fair i enjoyed not having visitors around. Could just get on with the job. Not easy but Trying to be careful thank you. Look after yourself also.
Good luck out there. It’s starting to get busy now and I’ve had some pretty heart breaking jobs already. Make sure to look out for yourself too
Includes HMPPS staff too... (y)
Great to hear, thanks for the heads up on this :)
It seems they are not. The self promoting companies using stock that would otherwise sit idle probably do not think it sounds as exiting and appealing to the general public which is a shame. A big thank you to the staff that continue to work in essential roles which includes staff in supermarkets, and I hope she manages to get her car fixed soon
No they are not
Are supermarket workers included in this as my wifes car has a fault and struggling to find a garage open with an auto elctrician available
I got no reply as well
Messaged them over Facebook but no reply! Anyone got this?
Spot on Kay. (y)
I feel like trustpilot site is anything but trustworthy.
A stunt that helps save lives, makes life easier for those saving lives and potentially helps future business. This is exactly the type of “PR Stunt” we should all be encouraging.
My first every post, so bear with me... I tried booking with Enterprise and they will only allow you to rent certain cars, so dont bother looking at their premium ranges. Disappointed (poo)
@vostro they have a new policy about it cleaning https://www.enterprise.co.uk/en/help/notifications/advisory.html
So, do you think that enterprise will do very deep clean of returned car? With proper cleaning stuff? Or maybe they do ozone clean? I don't think so. FYI https://www.cnbc.com/2020/03/23/cdc-coronavirus-survived-in-princess-cruise-cabins-up-to-17-days-after-passengers-left.html
Can’t see many taking up this offer though, does seem like another bandwagon deal.
They know where you live
I tried and got the same message, however they still have car rentals if you want to pay full price, perhaps it was a publicity stunt.
If you click the link now it says the deal is no longer valid, even though they said bookings up til 30 March...
Yes, but the excess is usually ridiculous and some companies have a habit of charging for pre-exisiting chips, scratches and kerbed wheels. I had a very bad experience with Budget in the US (after I passed my complaint to the Better Business Bureau they backed down and gave me a partial refund). Rental companies will try to sell you upgraded insurance for an inflated daily rate. Don't take it. Instead, go to MoneySavingExpert and do a price comparison for Gap Insurance/CDW. It works out much cheaper and covers you if they try to charge for any damage. But you MUST take out the insurance BEFORE you pick the vehicle up.
car hire at the moment is very dodgy.....viruses can live in the air con, on wheels, seats, everywhere basically....
Virtually all the car rental companies screw you for the tiniest scratches. It seems to be a significant source of income for some. I have used hire cars several times over the last few years and found that your terrified of parking anywhere. Just gave me the keys on pick up but inspected car for ages on return. Expect to see them on their hands and knees as they go over the car checking every nook and cranny. Dreadful experience. Have a read https://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/consumer-affairs/car-hire-horrorsi-charged-420-repair-small-scratch/ This offer is a nice gesture but based on the above please inspect the car on pick up. Bring someone with you if you can. Do a list of anything interior and exterior you find. Note the registration. Present it to them and and get a signature, ask for a photocopy. They will rush you but dont fall for that. Hopefully its going to be a positive experience for most staff who take advantage of this offer.You can always report back on HUKD.
Isn't this to good to be true? Whys it not a hot deal?
Driiveme.CO.uk (But don't book through their website, I found it cheaper to just use as a search engine.)
Turo.com forget about traditional car rental.
Yes but ... no more £1 one way ;( ;( ;( ;( ;( ;( ;( ;( ;( ;( ;(
Yeah.... I found exactly the same with Hertz. On their own website, they're ridiculously expensive, even compared to the Hertz prices on Expedia.co.uk. But for Europcar, they were about the same price as Expedia (but then got a lot cheaper with the discount codes). And I avoided Enterprise as (true story) last time I picked up a car from their branch inside Gatwick Airport, their employee genuinely copied my credit card in front of me, and went off on a spending spree during the following week. He was smart enough to do it with me watching all the time, but stupid enough to buy stuff, using eBay, and have it delivered to his home address in London. Genius. I got all the money back eventually - after a lot of phonecalls and hassle. And the craziest part: I reported this crime to the government's Action Fraud website, as I had all the receipts and proof of who did it and when they did it, but they came back and said they wouldn't pursue this, as I wasn't the victim... the credit card company was. Are you joking ?!!! Ahhhh, I love car hire companies.
unfortunately this code Expired on the 20th of January Sorry !
I live in London didn’t work for me
it's only 15% in USA & Canada - hence the 'up to' 20%. You have to have the code entered on the website, if you don't click on the link or enter it manually (on the search page, not checkout), then you don't get the 20% off.
Code is automatically applied when you go on their site, so prices are high to begin with!
Isn't an option. To. Do. This at checkout?
No thank you!....... Makes me so angry he got an award for our Queen... For ripping off so many innocent people!! And the company continues to do so
Have a look. https://www.arnoldclarkrental.com/
Any branches in London?
Europcar does the same for £1
No worries! Never used this one personally so can't vouch for reliability but rated well it seems. Have done relocations before and they work really well if you are on a budget, up for an adventure and quite flexible!
That’s awesome! Thanks
What a royal waste of time! Also, who the flip designed that website!?
If you want a relocation, better to use something like this: https://www.driiveme.co.uk/
Car hire company’s claimed discounts, never seem to be anything like what they claim. The crucial words are .... up to 40% off. I fall for it every time!
Sorry it’s not worked for you, but as above mine changed on a 4 day rental in Cardiff for next week
been looking at some car hire options a few days ago, these prices don't seem to have changed any despite the claim that there has been discount applied :(
It is cheaper than elsewhere and better terms than on other brokers. I'd always compare but for my requirement works well.
They don’t actually have their own vehicles but just act as a broker / comparison site .... prices no better or worse than anyone else ..... would be better posted on www.everythingavailabletobuyonearth.com
use Turo, way better
The part where it works out cheaper
I hired a van with them a couple of weeks back. It was a lot cheaper than direct with the company but it is good to compare prices.
Thanks op. Could be useful. Heat added.
I got the email - heat added
Brilliant thanks for posting! So glad to see it's back after drying up several months ago. We've had loads of these over the last few years - usually use them to get to an airport and jump on the train to get back home. Often fly back to a different airport anyway, so driving my own car to Gatwick is pretty useless when I'm flying back to Manchester :-) As with any car hire - always check the car with a fine tooth comb on pick up and take photos or video of any damage. Most importantly, don't forget the cashback... Wouldn't want to pay a whole quid!!
To echo the above comments, Europcar are easily one of the worst companies I've ever dealt with. We booked a car with them to be collected from a train station and when we arrived to collect it their office was closed. We then filed a complaint which they rejected because we "didn't provide a flight number". Why we would need this when collecting a car from a railway station is anybody's guess. Finally they refunded the rental fee but then immediately and illegally charged a no show penalty to the same credit card. We had to go to the credit card company to file a chargeback claim for that. TLDR; Europcar are awful and need to be removed from existence.
Sorry to hear you had a bad experience. I've personally used Europcar dozens of times, including a couple of £1 one-way rentals and I have never once had any problems. Unfortunately there are some bad eggs in all areas of car rental and for that reason I only ever hire cars with a full waiver in place (sourced externally see links on moneysaving expert pages). For that reason I couldn't give a flying hoot if they try and claim I've done any damage... in any case I've not yet ran into any car rental companies that have tried this on me yet...
Don't trust Europ Car. I was wrongly given a parking ticket, I told the council it was wrong (with photo), so the councik at the same time asked Euopcar to pay - which they did, then illegally took the money off me. I got it back from the bank - never trust Europcar.
I would rather walk than use europcar.
Great effort sorting out a deal ...I just got back from a 2 week road trip from Chicago I stayed at club quarters wacker on michigan and it cost £65 a night and that was over 4th july, then parking just around the corner was $25 a night through parking wizz. It was nowhere near as bad as anyone says the driving in the centre,and it was so much better to centre.
Thank you.souch for putting all the work in here. It's summat my wife and I would love to do. Need to find somewhere to put the toddler though!
Super effort on the post. Thanks for that. (y) I wonder what the weight restriction is? I'm 18 stone ,would I get refused ?
Why ? I mean, i though obama was bad president, but i would never based my decision on if to go to USA on a holiday because he is in white house. Are you sure you dont have TDS ? XD
Fab.... Looking to do New York and Washington then a Virginia road trip next August for my 60th... Will keep an eye out for your posts. (y)
We did deep south Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, New Orleans. Some big drives between anything of significance but the food was absolute blow out amazing. Brisket, with BBQ Pit Beans and Slaw. Saw little bit of trouble while out there, shooting on Beale Street but apparantly talking to toilet attendant, it's the norm. The people were so kind and friendly. Only advice was that we did Atlanta and that is the only city in US where we have been spotted as tourists and targeted by vagrants on the street.
This is a fantastic post and a wealth of info. Thanks
Four on a road trip would be too much. Two of you, at least you only have one to please with where you go and what you do.
Do it all yourself and it would be at least half of that. Motels are not that bad if you look at the reviews. Most are really homely and owners at many bake each morning and have it in reception for you to eat at your leisure. We did Boston to Stowe during fall season and we split it with a cheap motel for two nights and then a nice luxury one for two nights. Best thing we ever did.
Went to USA (LA/SD/SM/SF/HWY1 etc) a couple of months ago on my own (to meet up a friend in LA) and here's how I did it, all in all in about less than £750-£850 for a week. Got a deal from moneysavingexpert to park cheaply for a week at/near Heathrow (about £35 for a week).Flew to LA, had a rented car waiting (Mustang, on my friend's car hire account with Alamo), met with friend then drove around sightseeing for a couple of days, stayed outside LA in a cheap motel. 2 days later changed car (to a more economical Nissan Note variant, car was 0 metre & paid for it myself, you don't need insurance even in USA, but a good idea to insure it through hire company = abt £8ish for a day) drove to San Diego and spent the whole day sightseeing. Drove back to LA, returned rental car and flew off to Sacramento. Rented a car in Sacramento (Mitsubishi Outlander), drove to cheap motel, rested and then next day on to 'Muir Woods' (beautiful park/resort with gigantic trees & beautiful mountains/hills. Drive was awesome too, more like a curvy country road). Then drove onto San Francisco, stopped at the entrance to Golden gate bridge (parking was free, bridge takes you into SF) and walked on the bridge for half a mile and enjoyed the view. Drove into SF, 1st stop Palace of fine arts (parking was free on roadside, explored for an hour). 2nd stop, fisherman's wharf (parking is not free, paid about $4-5 for an hour). Food is expensive but tasty + you can get a boat ride/tour from here to Al catraz (I didn't because it was getting a bit foggy & rainy). 3rd stop/drive on the most crooked street in the world (Lombard st), drove around for an hour at least, all the streets close by were great to drive on and an experience to have. 4th stop hyde street/beach st (right at the bottom of where the trams start). You can park here (for free again at set times, I think after 4pm) enjoy the bay, views of GG bridge etc and then walk to a park very close by towards Fort Mason, a very refreshing walk about a mile one way. 5th stop city, drove around, got some food etc. Drove out of SF and stayed in Motel 5 in Redwood (cost around £50 for the night). Next day Highway 1 (also called highway 1 SR = scenic route): set off for half moon bay from redwood (beautiful natural beach, very strong currents, but very calming). Next stop Santa Cruz which was a local & tourist hotspot. Nice beach, but a bit too overrated. Next stop was Monterey, nice little city/town with a beautiful beach called del monte, besides which was a pub called 'london bridge'. Explored for a few hours & then onto Hwy 1 again towards big sur (the drive up till now was beauuuutiful, but it got a bit more amazing past monterey towards big sur. Before reaching Big sur, you can just stop in lay-bys on the road, switch the engine off & just enjoy the view which is second to none! At sunset, started driving back to Sacramento via Monterey again, to catch my flight to LA to get back to Heathrow from LA. Stopped again in Monterey for a bit of shopping from ROSS & Target (Ross is like Tk-maxx, great deals). Advise 1: As soon as you've rented a car, head for local $ dollar store & get some basic supplies like snacks, water bottles/big gallon of water, crisps, shaving stuff, deodorants etc etc Advise 2: Get health insurance before travel to USA, as health care costs can be outrageous, also try to include car insurance in same insurance if you can to save costs & hassle. Advise 3: Download Offline Google Maps for area you intend to visit in advance. Do so before you leave or there's free wifi at airports & motels. Advise 4: Motels are cheap if you just turn up, or you can book in advance & look for deals from booking dot com & the likes, to make it even cheaper. Advise 5: Driving is easier than here with few rules, as others have explained, but some states have different laws, for e.g. In California you can only park on the same side of road/lane you're in or sometimes you have to keep your headlights on even during the day when it's sunny and I think always on when it's raining. All in all, USA is very underrated in terms of natural beauty. Sure its famous for Hollywood or Las Vegas etc, but I found it to be very beautiful naturally, hence wrote in great detail about the second part of my trip, post San Diego/Sacramento, not about LA etc. The following image is from my last day, drive between Monterey & Big Sur.
I'm not sure where the contradiction is here?
If they've got car rental full insurance they don't need to have the 2k available. Either way, you think 2k isn't much, why scrimp on car insurance (lol)
Even so, my partner smashed the side of our vehicle, rang car rental company and got a replacement within 2 hours, swapped keys and drove. Think you can do that on your third party insurance? Hells no. When I'm on holiday I want easy doing.
Not necessarily, Florida trends to have no fault insurance.
Yeah I don't think they've thought it through, considering just how bad they drive over there! You've gotta pay for there medical and other expenses that can easily cost a few million...screw that, I prefer pay a few hundred for peace of mind.
Along with chlorinated chicken, irradiated vegetables, a steep rise in hate crimes and losing access to the worlds largest single market (y)
But....we haven’t left and this holiday is cheap. (confused)
The more the merrier thanks for posting :)
Ohhh right ok! Just had a look at her page and couldn’t see the deal (confused) must just be coincidence (y)
SunshineStacey very well know to HUKD now on Facebook she posted this other day!