Nowadays we’re told to compare and use aggregation sites for pretty much everything from car insurance to holidays. I don’t even go straight to retailers websites because often there’s a cashback site that will give you a percentage back if you click through.
So when I was contacted and asked if I’d like to try out a car hire aggregation site called Car Hire Market, with the incentive of a free weekends car hire for my troubles, my interest was piqued. We’d agreed to attend Grand Designs Live at the NEC in Birmingham so I could share my experiences of owning a Nissan LEAF with the public but ironically we couldn’t travel up in the LEAF.
No, it wasn’t to do with the range of the LEAF, which would have got me there without an issue, it was more to do with the three children and wifey. I could have taken all the kids or the wife in the LEAF but not both. I blame it on those pesky child seats; they’re very wide. The chance to test out the car hire website and put mileage on an entirely different car to our 53 plate Zafira was entirely too good a chance to pass up.
We ended up with a Mercedes C180 for the weekend, and it was interesting to see how even over a couple of days hire, the price differed quite substantially on something like this in what is a relatively small geographical area. The booking was completed without having to leave the carhiremarket.com website, which was great because it meant we only had to enter our details once and it also let us specify a collection time well after the rental premises had closed (the added bonus was the hire place thought I was some high flying German exec over for the weekend since the Car Hire Market is run by a German company).
We had email confirmation of the booking from Car Hire Market very quickly, followed up by a confirmation from Euopcar in due course.
All in all it really took the sting out of the whole sorting a hire car thing. I can easily see how useful it will be in the feature and since Car Hire Market is international, it won’t only be a boon for UK jaunts, it will be really useful if we decide to go abroad.