Europcar gets SMEs moving


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Europcar, the 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.

Marketing 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.

For 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.

Businesses 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.

Catriona 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.”