Monday, 28 April 2008

Hire Then The Sun

First of all, if you're going to offer INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITY, wouldn't it be good to be able to spell OPPORTUNITY, not OPPORTUNTIY? Now, I've been on holiday a lot. I've hired cars a lot. I have never, not ever, not even once in some fly-blown hell-pit a million miles from my own home been "driven to distraction by car hire". I'll tell you what happened. I walked in. Showed my driving license and my order form. Swiped my card and got the keys. Within ten minutes I was filling the boot with alcohol and pork products. Every single time. Or, as a reader has it:

This must be Irrelevant Press Release day... Who writes this rubbish?
From: Rebecca Leach []
Sent: 25 April 2008 15:15
Subject: ISDN Opportunity - Holidaymakers driven to distraction by car hire


Strictly embargoed until 00.01hrs Tuesday 29 April 2008
Rebecca Leach 0207 770 7561 /

Hiring a car abroad can be a minefield, with holidaymakers sometimes spending hundreds of pounds more than they anticipated, says a new report from Which? Holiday. Although most car hire fees include some type of insurance, holidaymakers may not be aware that in most cases there is a large excess, sometimes over £1,000.* A damage waiver, MY EYES ARE CLOSING WITH BOREDOM ALREADY

Exclusions on car hire policies can catch people out too; windscreen, wheels, tyres, roof and undercarriage are not covered. Some firms also add PLEASE, NO MORE!

People who book online or by phone before they arrive at their destination don’t always get the size or type of car they expect, and are then charged extra to upgrade to a more suitable model. Which? Holiday also found that holidaymakers can end up paying well over the odds for fuel, or paying for fuel that they do not use.

1. To help holidaymakers, Which? Holiday gives the following tips for avoiding a car hire nightmare:
2. Read your documents – SHOULDN'T THIS BE ONE? ENOUGH!

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