– New schemes under which owners of cars rent out their own vehicles to make money are not the good idea they might at first seem – so says award-winning car rental price comparison website Carrentals.co.uk.
Some of the schemes, like WhipCar, allow car owners to make some money back on the various expenses of owning and operating a car – however they do leave the car owner open to disputes and problems.
Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, says: “At Carrentals.co.uk we source deals from more than 50 of the industry’s leading hire companies and help people find deals on more than 150,000 rental cars per year – from finding car hire in France to rentals in the USA – so we are aware of the many issues and problems that drivers can encounter.”
“Anyone who is considering hiring out their own car will probably be alright so long as they are not too emotionally tied to it, but it is worth remembering that few other people will look after a borrowed or rented car like it was theirs. Food or drink spilled in the car, germs and bodily secretions, filling the car with the wrong petrol and riding the car’s clutch are just some of the things that drivers need to think about.”
“The driver who is hiring the car should know that they can hire a brand new car for about the same price these schemes cost. That way the driver has a sense of trust in the company they are renting from and they also know that they won’t be dealing with a vehicle owner who has an emotional attachment to the car.”
“With people’s budgets remaining tight at present, this kind of proposal could end up making more money for lawyers via lawsuits than it does for people looking to make some extra pennies.”
Carrentals.co.uk is the leading car hire comparison site which compares deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide, including car hire at Geneva Airport and across the USA.
Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online car hire companies by 2006.
In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations.
Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.
The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.
In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in 2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/Price Comparison category. To book or for further information visit www.carrentals.co.uk
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