Europcar Gets SMEs Moving
on: August 26, 2009, 4:29 am
the UK's leading vehicle hire company, is making car and van hire
both more accessible and more affordable to keep businesses moving
during the economic downturn, as SMEs focus on reducing their
long term financial commitments and cutting costs.
Director of car hire
firm Europcar, Catriona Lougher said: "With the future looking
so uncertain, pay as you go car and van hire makes a lot of sense
enabling businesses to respond quickly to opportunities without
being tied into longer term contracts. We have therefore created
tailored solutions suitable for occasional to more frequent users
of vehicle hire. Crucially we have removed potential barriers
such as credit checks and improved access to vehicles with free
delivery and collection for less frequent customers to make car
and van hire much more convenient."
Small businesses needing a car or van infrequently but requiring
flexible rates can now book business
car hire or van hire online, via phone or from any of Europcar's
branches using a company credit card and have the vehicle delivered
for free within a 10 mile radius. Customers can also pre-pay for
their car or van
hire, which guarantees a lower rate than paying on arrival.
Businesses can also opt to take the vehicle hire on their own
insurance or use Europcar's Options+ excess waivers which include
additional drivers and SatNav as part of a menu of packages, allowing
them to tailor the hire to their needs.
SMEs that may need vehicles on a more regular basis but want flexible
rates, Europcar now offers Business Advantage bookable via Europcar's
200 plus locations across the UK. This offers a discount of 15%
off standard rates every time they book a car, van or prestige
vehicle, plus the convenience of a free additional driver.
that require vehicles frequently but want the certainties of fixed
rates are offered a Business Account with a special rate that
is tailored to their needs for bookings made via Europcar's contact
centre. This means the business can budget for vehicle hire costs
throughout the year and take advantage of up to 30 day credit
terms, monthly invoicing, option of credit card or credit account
payment, delivery available to home or business, more flexibility
with out-of-hours drop off, unlimited additional drivers, reduced
rates for long-term/mini lease and 24-hour RAC breakdown cover.
Lougher concluded: "The key point is that through these tailored
solutions, business have access to the UK's biggest car and van
hire fleet, supported by the strongest rental network in the UK
providing the flexibility and choice of vehicles to suit the job.
With cost cutting so high on the Agenda, businesses need to get
from A to B cost-effectively and safely. Vehicle hire from Europcar
helps them do just that."
Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility
vehicle rentals. The company serves business and leisure customers
throughout Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and
the Asia-Pacific region. Since March 2007 with the acquisition
of Vanguard EMEA, its network comprises over 5,300 rental outlets
in 160 countries. The Europcar fleet has an average CO2 of 158g/km
compared to the average UK car parc* which has 164.9 g/km CO2.
Europcar is the first company to win the World Travel Award for
"the World's Leading Green Transport Solution Company."
Today, over 99% of Europcar's fleet is certified "Euro IV"
or above - the most stringent applicable European Union standards
today in terms of energy consumption and emissions.
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