Car Hire Comparator Warns over New Money Making Hire Schemes

Monday, July 4, 2011

LONDON, July 5, 2011 -


Schemes that let car owners hire out their car to other drivers
are gearing up for trouble, according to car hire comparator

While the schemes such as WhipCar offer motorists a chance to
recoup some of the costs associated with running a vehicle, the
potential for disputes and bad feeling is vast says the

Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of href="">, the UK’s
leading car rental
comparison site, says: “We work with over 50 hire companies and
rent over 150,000 cars every year, ranging from href="">car hire in
France to Australia, so we know the diverse range of issues
that can crop up with rentals.  

“For the motorist renting out their car, it may be OK if there’s
no emotional attachment there, but the reality is that few people
will look after a rental car as well as their own.  Food and
drink being consumed, coughs and sneezes on the steering wheel,
riding the clutch and putting the wrong fuel in are just a few of
the issues that should be considered.  Is it worth the worry
for £30?

“For the person doing the renting, you can generally get a new
rental car for a similar price to these schemes.  You know the
vehicle has been maintained and you’re dealing with a company with
no emotional attachment to the vehicle.  If you should scratch
it - or worse - you won’t need to face an angry owner.

“While finances may be tight, these types of schemes offer more
potential for lawyers to make money out of them than consumers keen
to earn some extra income.” is the leading car hire comparison site,
comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo,
Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000
locations worldwide, including href="">
car hire at Geneva Airport and across the USA.


About href=""> was launched
in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK’s leading online
car hire companies by 2006.

In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first
major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the
latest technology the href=""> site now
searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an
impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000

Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers,
Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the href=""> site quickly
comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by
car type.

The site
also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a
mini-guide format.

In 2008
was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in
2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/Price
Comparison category. To book or for further information visit href="">

Media Contact: Rachel Builder & Jenny White, Context, T: +44(0)1625-511966, F: +44(0)1625-511967, carrentals at,

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