Hello and welcome to the Auto Europe UK blog. I've been following its growth during March and April and am thrilled with the increasing number of articles and comments being posted. I will make a monthly post reflecting on what's happening in our business and the car hire industry as a whole and will include a useful tip on how to get the best out of your car hire experience.
As you've probably already read, May 2008 destination of the month is USA at Auto Europe. We've chosen the USA as our featured destination as it's currently a great time to visit especially with the weakness of the dollar, a fact not lost on our customers. Bookings are strong across the States giving us increased buying power to ensure we can offer you the best possible car hire rates. We have also seen good growth in car hire within the emerging holiday destinations in Eastern Europe, such as Croatia. We feel sure we are not alone in this after seeing many articles promoting Eastern European destinations to avoid losing the value of your pound against the strong Euro.
The other noticeable change in this year's bookings is the growing number of people choosing to book a car including our refundable excess product. This is pleasing to see as it reflects increasing consumer car hire knowledge. It enables you to recover the excess charge on the damage cover for the hire. Our product is very competitively priced, so if you haven't tried it yet, look out for the cars marked with a red 'refundable excess included' statement next time you book on our website. Don't forget to check the full terms and conditions, just as you would with any insurance policy, and do let us know what you think.
Last but not least, I promised you a tip for your next rental. Quite straightforward, identify where the nearest petrol station is to the car drop off point for when you return your car! Ask the staff at the rental desk, it will save you taking pot luck on which filling station to use as you near the rental station. Don't forget to check on their petrol policy too - how much petrol is in the car now and how much do they expect when it's returned! Happy travelling!