Florida State Officials Confirm They Will Amend New IDP Law

Hi all,

Yesterday State Officials confirmed that they will be looking to amend the new law introduced on the 01/01/13 requiring non-residents to be holders of International Driving Permits.

A spokesman for Governor Rick Scott confirmed in a statement to Reuters;

We will work with the legislature to amend the law this year so it does not burden international visitors to our state, who make up an important part of our tourism industry

 

The passing of this law and then the apparent lack of communication has caused quite a stir in English speaking countries such as Canada and Britain who make up a very large percentage of travellers to the Sunshine state every year.floridalaw

International travellers accounted for nearly 15% of Florida’s 87.3 million visitors in 2011. Canada tops the list of foreign visitors at 3.3 million, followed by 1.5 million Brazilian and 1.3 million British tourists. So you can see why Rick Scott can not afford to annoy English speaking tourists.

How quickly this Law is amended is anyone’s guess but at present officials will not be enforcing it.

regards,

James

 car hire USA

 

usrentacar.co.uk Introduces Sixt Rent A Car

Hi all,

I’m delighted to announce that today we have added Sixt Rent A Car to our list of USA car hire suppliers. 

Sixt Rent A Car, founded in 1912 has been a main stay of European car rental for a 100 years and we are now delighted to be able to offer them at key pick up points in America including Miami, Orlando and Fort Lauderdale.

Sixt, not only bring with them great customer services but also a diverse fleet including BMW’s, Camaro’s and Mercedes. As with all our suppliers, Sixt rentals include the very highest level of insurance including CDW, SLI and UMP, for more details check out our What’s Included page, they also include one additional driver within our silver rate and have opted in to our young drivers under 25 Florida car hire option.

Sixt operate a shuttle bus service from each of their Florida locations and offer a pre registration service to speed up collection. At select locations if you provide your mobile phone number during the pre-registration process when you arrive, Sixt will send a text message to welcome you and arrange the Free shuttle bus. During peak periods Sixt will provide  a dedicated counter to make the check in quick and easy.

As an introductory offer Sixt are offering £10.00 off per week for new bookings  using the promo code Sixt10.

So what are you waiting for, don’t delay, book today….!

regards,

James

 Florida car hire

Take The Stress Out Of USA Car Hire With Our Essential Guide

Hi all,

A recent survey conducted by YouGov suggested that car hire was one of the most stressful parts of people’s holiday.

Today I thought I’d go through the surveys results and point out how usrentacar.co.uk are tackling each issue.

The survey revealed;

Over one in 10 people (11%) queued for more than an hour to pick up their rental car

Here at usrentacar.co.uk we have introduced a couple of initiatives to counter this statistic. The first is the introduction of our exclusive Wait Time feature, powered by the usrentacar voucher app; upon arrival users of the app are prompted to add the length of time they have had to queue, this data is then averaged and displayed within our search results so customers are aware of possible delays.

The other feature we promote are our suppliers  pre registration options, by pre-registering your details here in the UK you will not be required to do this locally and in some circumstances you can use a dedicated desk.

Over one in ten (12%) found damage on the rental car that was not originally disclosed

This statistic is more about European car hire than Florida car hire the difference being is that car rental in Europe for the most part have insurance excesses associated with the rental, so damage on the vehicle is payable by the customer, however in the U.S. the insurances we offer come with zero excess (excluding parts of New York and Alaska) so the issue of damage to the vehicle is not really applicable.

Over a sixth of consumers (17%) did not get the rental car they ordered

Here at usrentacar.co.uk all our vehicles are hired as “or similar” although we can never guarantee make or model of the vehicle we can guarantee the category; so for example if you hire a (sports utility vehicle) Grand Jeep Cherokee or similar, you are not hiring that specific model but a sports utility vehicle.

To help our customers get an indication of which vehicle they are most likely to get we offer USA car hire reviews gathered from our customers which state the make and model the customer received from that category of vehicle.

One in seven (14%) car hire respondents said they did not read the small print of the rental agreement with the same number again (14%) saying they couldn’t be bothered to read all the bits of paper.

Reading your rental agreement upon arrival is one of the most important things we try to stress here at usrentacar. Your rental agreement is a legally binding contract between yourself and the car rental supplier, here are a list of posts relating to rentals agreements.

Car Rental Agreements – Read it before you sign it.

The Guys On The Desks Work On Commission, Here’s How To Survive

How To Survive Easter USA Car Hire

Car Hire USA – Things to remember

What Does An Alamo Rental Agreement Look Like?

Car rental can be stressful however if you follow these brief rules you’ll be fine.

  1. Book a car suitable for your requirements; if you have a lot of suitcases make sure you book something capable of accommodating them all, a 7 seater wont take 7 pieces of luggage for example.
  2. Make sure you read What’s Included in the rentalthoroughly.
  3. Pre-register your details.
  4. Read your rental agreement thoroughly and only sign it when you are totally happy.
  5. Enjoy your holiday.

If you would like to add to this list please feel free to comment below.

regards,

James

 Florida car hire

Alamo Rent A Car Release 2012 Florida Rates

Hi all,

Although a little slower than Dollar and Budget, Alamo have today revealed some early bird rates for Florida (other locations to follow).

usrentacar.co.uk customers can secure these 2012 rates at 2011 pricing for just £50.00 with the balance due 8 weeks prior to departure

Remember Alamo Rates Include

So that’s all the main players with at least Florida rates out in the market, I must admit this is the earliest I’ve even been able to state we’ve had complete rates for the following year, perhaps this bodes well for a competitive 2012.

regards,

James,

 Florida car hire

usrentacar.co.uk Releases Android Voucher App

Hi all,

Following on from the success of the popular usrentacar iPhone Voucher App we has today launch a dedicated Android Voucher App.

As with the iPhone App, the primary service of the Android Voucher App allows customers to present their phone to our suppliers instead of the traditional paper voucher to collect their hire. Our experiences so far have proved this new technology to be very popular and very easy to use.

Secondary functions include our unique Wait Time feature which allows our customers to view the average queue time at their pick up location and to add their own time. This feature has proved very popular and at present we currently have over 500 individual rate times, which helps give our customers a good sense of how busy their location is.

The review feature is also available on the Android App and allows our customers to share live reviews of their rentals, including the option to upload video’s and pictures of their rental vehicles.

Android Market Place Description

The usrentacar.co.uk android application is a free tool to help assist users with car rental bookings. The application’s primary function is to provide users with a mobile version of a car rental voucher which is used to collect their pre-reserved car rental.

The application is also an information resource for existing and new users. The application will also provide users with average ‘wait times’ for collecting their vehicle (they can also add their own wait time) The application also offers users a chance to ‘review’ their car rental experience. The application will also provide access to latest blogs on car hire in the USA.

How to get the Android Voucher App

To download the usrentacar.co.uk Andoid Voucher App simply visit the Android Market, and search for the term “usrentacar” .

regards

James

 car hire USA

How To Collect Your Car Hire Voucher

Hi all,

Today’s post is a guide on how to collect your car hire voucher from our website.

Assuming you haven’t got an iPhone and therefore haven’t taken advantage of our free voucher app, available here – usrentacar voucher app you will need to print a copy of your voucher from our website.

The voucher is confirmation to our suppliers that you have pre-paid in the UK and also lists exactly what’s included in your rental.

Step 1

At the top of our homepage and on every page are two options for logging in to your usrentacar.co.uk account both are shown with green arrows in the above picture.  The first is a link to a separate login page, the second is a direct link to your account, you can access this by entering your email address, the password reconfirmed on your confirmation email and the verification code found in the box to the left of it.

Step 2

If you opted to click on Collect Voucher from stage 1, then you will be redirected to this page www.usrentacar.co.uk/booking. Here you are required to enter the email address used at the time of booking, your password which is reconfirmed on your confirmation email and enter the verification code situated below the box. The verification code is used to identify you as a human and not a robot or crawler.

Stage 3

Once you’ve successfully logged in to your account you will notice a button titled “Collect Your Voucher” an icon of a voucher will appear as soon as its ready to download. Clicking on this button will open up a new window, displaying your voucher.

Stage 4

Once you click on “collect voucher” in stage 3, your browser should open a new window displaying your car hire voucher (you may need to disable pop up blockers momentarily) at the bottom of the page is a button that states “Print Voucher”, clicking on this button will start the process of printing off your voucher.

We always advise you to read your voucher and make sure you fully understand it, if you ever have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 0845 226 8523.

regards

James

 Florida car hire

Latest Florida Car Hire Reviews

Hi all,

I thought I’d share some of the Florida Car Hire reviews that have been left this month by our customers.

After renting with usrentacar.co.uk we always contact our customers to ask for their comments regarding their hire and to mark the supplier on services such as speed of collect, vehicle quality and value for money to name a few.

In the interest of fairness I’ll try and offer 2 positive reviews and 1 negative for each supplier.

Alamo

Mr D Horton, Orlando International Airport, 14/03/11 said:

Great service from Alamo, I love the fact you can pick your car from the line rather than having a vehicle assigned to you. Big thumbs up.

Mrs J Ellis, Sanford International Airport, 22/03/11 said:

Our flight was delayed by almost 6 hours but the Alamo staff were very friendly and had our vehicle all prepared and waiting for us upon arrival. They even gave us a free upgrade to a lovely 4×4.

Mr D Herring, Tampa International Airport, 11/04/11:

We spent the best part of an hour queing up at the Alamo desk to rent the car this which is unacceptable.

Budget

Mr J Godwin, Tampa International Airport, 25/03/11:

Excellent service from Budget as well as USCarRental. Received upgrade as requested from Tampa location..in the past have used same service at other airports ie Orlando and Miami where upgrades were not ”available”!

Mr B Terry, Orlando International Airport, 07/03/11:

GOOD SERVICE AS ALWAYS,WE HAVE USED BUDGET FOR THE LAST FIVE YEARS WITH NO PROBLEMS. MY ONLY GRIPE IN THE TIME WE HAVE TO SPENT IN THE QUEUE AFTER A NINE HOUR FLIGHT

Mrs J Alexander, Melbourne Airport, 29/03/11:

I have used this supplier at the same location 4 times now and each time they do not seem to know what I have signed up for. This is the second time that I have been charged for$64 for a second driver and had to go back to get it re-imbursed onto my credit card. It seems that the US locations can”t quite believe the deal we get in England.So…my advice is..book this deal but make sure that you check what you are being charged for BEFORE you leave at the end of your hire.

Dollar

Mr K McCarthy, Orlando International Airport, 24/03/11:

Excellent top of the range car, new blind spot sensors are a fantastic addition and only 250 miles on clock

Mr A Moore, Orlando International Airport, 18/03/11:

We booked a Ford Mustang at a very reasoable. We collected from Dollar staff who were very helpful, and returned to a Dollar desk at our hotel with no problems at all. later in the holiday we rented a yellow and black Corvette from a different supplier, and were not at all impressed with the service. No guessing who we booked with when we wanted to arrange a hire car for the last few days and to take us to the airport. Will happily use next time we visit America. Thanks!

Mr N Roberts, International Drive Palms Resort, 28/03/11:

CAR COULD HAVE BEEN CLEANER

Does your experience of Florida Car Hire match up with any of the reviews above?

regards,

James

 Florida car hire

Easter Car Hire USA Selling Out Quickly

Hi all,

Word from the top bosses today confirm that we could be in for a vehicle shortage over the Easter period.

The rental dates most under threat are picking up between 15th and 24th April 2011.

Budget

We have already had some vehicles rejected for the above period with Budget and top sellers like the 7 seater SUV are hitting limited stock.

Dollar

Dollar have issued a price increase of around £25 per week on the dates above to prevent having to issue stop sales. We are trying our best to swallow this charge.

Alamo

At present Alamo seem in the healthiest position but as they have the largest fleet you’d expect them to be fine.

So if you haven’t booked your usa car hire yet our advise is not to delay.

regards

James

 car hire USA

Sanford Car Hire Reviews Who Is Best At SFB?

Hi all,

Recently I posted about the best suppliers at Orlando International Airport, with Dollar Rent A Car coming up tops.

So I thought I’d take a look at Orlando International Airport’s neighbour, Sanford International Airport.

Remember these rankings are based on our customers experiences,  who rate their rental when they return home.

Drum roll please…

Alamo Rent A Car – 87%

Budget Rent A Car – 87%

Dollar Rent A Car – 87%

Thats right! A complete 3 way tie…

Does this result tally with your own experience of our suppliers?

What can car rental companies do to improve for 2011?

Regards,

James

 car hire in Orlando

Alamo Rent A Car Extend Sale

Hi all,

Fresh on the trail of our post this morning regarding the extension of theDollar Rent A Car sale. Alamo have also confirmed the extension of their own exclusive usrentacar.co.uk sale.

Slightly different to the Dollar sale, the Alamo sale is Florida only, but covers even peak seasons such as easter, summer and Christmas plus 2012 bookings.

The Alamo special offer is only available to new bookings and will end on the 28/02/12.

Just waiting for Budget now…

Regards,

James

 Florida car hire


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