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Europcar Gets SMEs Moving – Pay as you go is the way to work

As SMEs focus on reducing their long term financial commitments and cutting costs, Europcar, the UK’s leading vehicle hire company is making car and van hire both more accessible and more affordable to keep businesses moving during the economic downturn.

Marketing Director of 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 require flexible rates can now book car or van hire online at www.europcar.co.uk, 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 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 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
  • 24-hour RAC breakdown cover

For regular or frequent business users requiring speed of hire, Europcar offers a quick, streamlined service. Customers provide key information in advance, so that each car hire can be processed as quickly and efficiently as possible. Also, customers using this service can take advantage of the ‘Ready’ desk at busier locations such as airports, to skip the queue and be on their way even quicker.

Catriona Lougher concludes: “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.”

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