07 10 / 2013
Have you ever felt annoyed when tried to find best rental offer abroad? How to find best solution and not to overpay? As a frequent traveler and CEO of rental portal Rentmama.com I would like to share my observation.
It’s worth doing a bit of research before renting a car in any country as this could lead to a better deal. In each country there are the international rental giants with their swanky airport offices compete with a very active local market – smaller companies which can offer lower rates, a broader range of cars and a more personalised service. Renting from a local company can also be easier and cheaper for young drivers and those who’ve only recently passed their test.
Some local agencies don’t even have offices. A representative drops off and picks up the car wherever is most convenient for you – the airport, your hotel or a central meeting point. Take note, the cost of the pick up and drop off service will vary according to the exact location.
Signing of documents takes place in or outside the car. You’ll need to show your driver’s licence and provide a copy of your passport or ID card.
- Read the terms and conditions
You may well have rented a car hundreds of times before but this doesn’t mean you can skim read the terms and conditions. Paying attention to the details is vital, particularly when renting from an agency you haven’t used before.
Did you know that in some countries you as the rentee are often expected to get the car professionally washed prior to returning it? Car wash isn’t included in the price of the rental so this adds another EUR 10 or so to your overall bill.
- Check the state of the car
In some countries, the average age of a rental car is 10 or more so they don’t come picture perfect. Take more than just a mental note of the state in which the car is delivered to you. Are there any marks or scratches on its surface? Be sure to point these out to the company rep before signing the contract so as not to risk paying for damage which wasn’t caused by you.
- Know your insurance
Don’t skimp on pennies. Ensure you get an appropriate insurance plan which covers accidental damage and theft. Some policies might seem like a good, cheap deal but if you look into them you’ll find you have to fork out a fortune in the unlikely event something does go wrong. Wouldn’t you rather be safe than sorry?
- Plan your trip
How far are you planning on going? Will you be crossing any international borders? These are important factors to consider before renting a car. Some rental companies set limits on how far you can drive each day and some don’t allow international travel.
Mileage limits are set to keep the cars in good shape. If the set mileage is exceeded, you’ll be fined accordingly to cover the costs of potential repair work.
Spontaneous trips across the border are inadvisable. If anything were to happen abroad to a rental car which isn’t meant to be outside Latvia, insurance wouldn’t cover it.
- Rent a car in advance
Car rental is popular in many countries both among locals and visitors so it’s always a good idea to book your car in advance. This way you can also benefit from the best deals and choose from the widest selection of vehicles from budget to luxury class.
Christmas, Midsummer, school holidays – these are all busy times so if you’re planning on renting a car during those periods, start thinking about it soon.
Having considered all the above points you should be good to go. A rental car makes travelling much easier and more fun provided you’ve got a good deal!
17 4 / 2012
17 4 / 2012
We have great news for our vehicle rental companies who have a larger selection of fleet. Previously you may have found it difficult to provide the renter with a specific car model, but now RentMama has made things easier!
Currently customers can search for and reserve their exact car model, however this may be difficult for you if you do not have the exact car model that the customer has reserved through RentMama.
As more and more larger independent car hire companies are now joining RentMama daily, we have decided to make changes to our site that allow rental companies the option to offer the customer a particular car or a similar vehicle of the same class.
If you cannot provide your customer with the particular car as shown on RentMama then you can select “OR SIMILAR” in the car catalogue section.
When the customer is searching for a particular car on RentMama they will also see “OR SIMILAR” next to the make/model of the vehicles.
Therefore it is important that you offer similar vehicle and by this we mean of a similar size, fuel type and gear box.
13 2 / 2012
04 2 / 2012
Well its been a very exciting week for RentMama! We have officially launched and our brand spanking new website is live for the world to see.. and we couldn’t be more excited!
Along with our launch we’ve also had a few press mentions too, which is all very flattering!
John Hill from The Journal wrote a great artical which was printed on the first page of the Science and Technology section, you can read the full article online here! This newspaper has a circulation of approx 88,000 so were delighted that RentMama got a mention! Thanks John!
We also had an article on TNW website, Paul Sawers titled the piece 'RentMama.com plans to transform the local UK car-rental industry', the article caused quite a buzz on twitter and we got some excellent feedback…
andrewhennigan: Wonder what impact Rentmama will have on attitude of big rental companies? Note “choose exact model”!…From what people are saying when I talk about Rentmama I think the majors should be very, very worried!
We can’t thank people enough for their kind words and mentions this past week you have really helped us to get RentMama’s name and message out there, its amazing the impact that even a retweet has on our website hits so thank you all!
Its great to see that people from around the world are beginning to use RentMama as a sevice for their car rental needs. The fact that we can help and assist our customers in finding the best deals for them makes us want to appeal to even more people and to keep on growing.
I’m sure you’ll see and hear plenty more about RentMama and what we’re up to so please keep a look out! We do still need your mentions, follows and tweets too so please keep them coming..and we hope you now know who to come to if you ever need a great car rental deal :)
Have a lovely weekend all and I hope its not as cold as it is in Newcastle where you are!
30 1 / 2012
30 12 / 2011
28 12 / 2011
So we’ve come to the end of the year as well as the Ignite100 accelerator scheme and what a year we’ve had!
Its been a very enjoyable and progressive 13 weeks working with Ignite100. We pitched to the investors at Tyneside cinema a couple of weeks back which went extremely well and all teams were very impressive.
In the past month we have already managed to get 25 North East car rental companies on board which is an estimated 2000 vehicles! We are thrilled that we have moved forward so quickly and are very excited to work with these local car rental businesses and to grow our community of independent car rental companies.
This year has also seen the arrival of our new RentMama member Kate who is a Business Development Manager. Kate will be helping us grow RentMama sales as well as pushing with our marketing campaign.
The new year will see the launch of our brand new website which will have a number of features to help make the booking process a lot more easier, reliable and enjoyable for you. You will all be informed about the exact launch date soon and when we do go live we would love to hear your thoughts!
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Festive Party Time!
So to celebrate the end of ignite we had a party…or a few! We went to Codeworks Christmas PUD and met santa himself! It was a fab night of networking and we met some great contacts. The night ended on the dance floor of course!
All of the ignite100 teams had a Christmas dinner together on our last day in the UK before Christmas which was a lovely way to end the scheme. We’ve met some special friends though the scheme and will never forget the experience- we wish them every success! We also cannot thank our mentors enough for the help, support and guidance that they have gave us this year.
Enough of the soppy stories…New Years celebrations await!!! The Rentmama team have all gone home for a well deserved festive break!
We would like to say thanks for everyone’s support this year especially you guys!! Stay tuned as we will be back in the new year with an exciting launch in the North East.
22 11 / 2011
15 11 / 2011