If you want to rent a car on your summer vacation this year, you need to be aware of the hidden charges and cut them down with the Acklam Car Centre‘s guide to cutting rental car costs.
Renting a car is the best way to avoid the tacky resorts and get the real holiday experience, however it’s surprisingly expensive, and if you don’t sort it out before you leave, it’ll hit you right where it hurts – the holiday budget. Here’s what you need to consider before your plane touches off the runway.
What Do You Need to Consider?
- Booking: If you book your car early, you can save a tonne of cash. Travelsupermarket.com worked out, for example, that booking a medium sized car (something in the Peugeot 508 range) now for a two week holiday in Nice, which starts at the end of July, would save you a staggering £980, compared to if you book on the day.
- Excess Waiver: Book on the day and you’ll probably be conned into buying an excess waiver to cover the exorbitant cost of any damages. Why not book a cheaper standalone excess waiver before you leave. Experts estimate that it could save you as much as £40.
- Choose Your Fuel Policy Wisely: Many companies work with a full-empty fuel policy. With this, you shell out for a full tank of petrol when you pick up the car, but don’t get refunded on any leftover fuel when you leave. And chances are, according to Which?, which estimates that if you hired a Fiat 500, you’d need to drive 550 miles to empty the tank, you’ll have fuel left, unless you’re there for like a month. Go with companies such as Alamo, Enterprise and Autoreisen, which have fair fuel policies.
- Bring Your Own Supplies: Car rental companies are known to charge through the nose for extras such as car seats, sat navs and portable DVD players to keep the kids happy. Bring your own, and cut down the cost of car hire by a staggering amount.
Acklam Car Centre’s Best Advice? Do Your Research!
In the end, Acklam Car Centre has nearly always found that it’s a case of doing your research. Decide who you want to go with, and look up their policy, that’s the best way to save a wad of cash on car hire, and ensure that you have enough money left in the budget to have the holiday of a lifetime!
If you’re jetting off to foreign climes this summer, we’ve got just the thing for you this week, with Acklam Car Centre’s top five tips for driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road.
The Rest of the World Drives on the Other Side of the Road!
Summer is well and truly here, and with end of the third week in July approaching, many of you out there will be planning your annual family holiday; a time for you to relax with your loved ones, and make memories that’ll last a lifetime.
A lot of people like to head off the beaten track and hire a rental car to get the full holiday experience, but this comes with a major problem. That problem? We British are kind of weird and we drive on the left side of the road. Just about everyone else? They drive on the right!
Acklam Car Centre’s Top Five
It can be a little disorientating to suddenly find yourself on the opposite side of the road, and if you’re not careful, you could cause an accident, which is why you might want to try out Acklam Car Centre’s top five tips for getting to grips with driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road:
1) Pay Attention: Something you should always do whilst driving, it’s especially important when you’re driving on the other side of the road. Stop paying attention and your body could go into default mode, make a wrong turning and cause a lot of damage.
2) Take it Slow: This is no time to speed. If you drive too fast, one minor slip up, due to not being used to driving on the wrong side of the road, is more likely to cause lasting damage because you have less time to react and rectify your mistake.
3) Watch Other Drivers: Chances are, the other drivers on the road will be far more used to driving on that side of the road than you are, so take your cue from them.
4) Test it Out: Before you take the rental off the lot, give it a test drive first so you can get used to how it drives. Knowing your car will take some of the strain off having to constantly think about driving in the opposite direction.
5) Limit Distractions: You don’t need blaring music or arguing kids distracting you from the task at hand, so limit your distractions so you can focus on the road ahead.
Driving on the ‘wrong’ side of the road certainly isn’t the easiest thing ever, but it’s entirely possible, as long as you make sure you’re ready for the task at hand!
In a move that shocked approximately no-one at Acklam Car Centre, GM has announced the recall of yet more vehicles this week. One question; why?
Acklam Car Centre: We Know Second Hand Cars
You have to be pretty familiar with the car industry to succeed in the second hand car game. Acklam Car Centre, a family owned Middlesbrough-based second hand car seller has grown to become one of the most popular second hand car providers in the North-East of England because we know the market.
Cars are recalled all the time, for a number of reasons. We see it every month, nothing unusual However when cars are recalled repeatedly in such a short space of time, we’d suggest that it’s indicative of a larger problem that the manufacturer needs to address.
Problems with the Ignition
That seems to be the exact situation facing GM Motors; one the US’ largest car manufacturers. The BBC reported that this week GM has announced the recall of more than 500,000 Chevrolet cars, after discovering a fault with the ignition system. This mostly concerns products sold in North America.
Specifically, the car producer found that a driver’s knee could bump the key fob; this would put the ignition into ‘run,’ which would drain the power. The company has also noted that the discrepancy has led to three crashes, which caused four minor injuries.
Indicative of a Larger Trend
So this is undoubtedly a minor flaw which hasn’t seriously hurt anybody; it doesn’t even effect the UK car market. Does it really matter? Well as we’ve already said, this isn’t the first time recently GM has had to recall cars; this is indicative of a larger trend.
In March alone GM were forced to recall 2.6 million vehicles because of a faulty ignition switch that was said to be the reason behind 13 deaths. This led to the company being fined $35 (£21) million, two months later.
Whatever your position on the latest recall, it does remind you to be careful about the car you buy. Make sure you go to a car provider you can trust, like Acklam Car Centre, so you can drive away safe in the knowledge that you’ve gotten your money’s worth!
With the rollout of the Tesla Model S in the UK last weekend, the company’s head honcho has hinted that he might finally tell everyone the secret to their wildly popular electric cars. At Acklam Car Centre, we want to know what that secret is!
We Love Electric Cars Here at Acklam Car Centre
As a second hand car company, we feature all kinds of cars here at Acklam Car Centre. That dedication to making sure that every customer gets the car they want, in mint condition no less, is why we’ve grown to become one of the most successful second hand car providers in the North-East of England.
Of course we have electric cars and hybrids. Considering the fact that more people than ever want to live a green lifestyle and reduce their carbon footprint, we’d be idiots not to. That’s why we’d love to get a Tesla on the lot; considering they sold 22,500 last year, and are set to sell a projected 35,000 this year, Tesla cars certainly a hot property!
Tesla: The Best Electric Cars America Has to Offer
Tesla Motors and Manufacturers bills itself as a premium electric car company. Their sales volumes certainly back that up! Since they primarily trade in the US, we always get the latest Tesla model late, however when it does come in, you can be sure it’ll sell out pretty darn quick!
That’s exactly what’s happened with the S model, which was finally rolled out this side of the Atlantic after it was unveiled in the US two years ago. Hailed as a triumph of engineering, it’s arguably the most effective electric cars on the market, but nobody really knows how it became so.
That could be set to change, as Tesla CEO Elon Musk has indicated he may be ready to give the secret away. At the launch of the S model in the UK, he was asked whether he was ready to give away the secret. He replied “I’m contemplating doing something fairly significant on that front which should be kind of controversial with respect to Tesla’s patents.”
OK, one of these bad boys costs £70,000, so it’s unlikely you’ll be able to get one any time soon, but one day we’re sure you’ll see one on the Acklam Car Centre lot and we really can’t wait for that day to come!