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OPEN ALL HOURS – Europcar extends weekend opening hours in regional trial

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Reflecting the needs of today’s hectic schedules, Europcar, the leader in car hire services in Europe for both leisure and business users, is rolling out extended weekend opening hours across four of its high volume customer locations across the UK.   


The requirements of the modern motorist have changed greatly in recent years.  Rising motoring costs, coupled with increased driving and parking charges, have led many to either downsize or forego a vehicle entirely. Those who have done so will often require a hire car or van on weekends for specific journeys – however traditional weekend hire company opening hours often do not match those needs. 


Europcar is, therefore, challenging the convention with a trial of extended weekend opening hours. Starting on 1st May 2011, customers will be able to collect and drop off vehicles from 8am to 4pm on Saturday and from 10am to 4pm on Sunday at Europcar’s Manchester City, Leeds City, Bristol North and Birmingham locations.


“Traditionally, car hire companies follow the same weekend opening hours pattern, limiting choices customers are given when wishing to hire or return vehicles” explained Ken McCall, Managing Director, Europcar UK.  “We are, therefore, aiming to give customers more choice and flexibility by extending our opening hours to cover the entire weekend.”


Europcar will be the largest car rental company in the UK to have branches open on Sundays, reflecting its position at the forefront of the car hire market.


“This is an exciting initiative for us and great news for our customers” continued Ken McCall.  “Conventionally, the car hire market can come to a halt for the weekend after 1pm on Saturdays. Previously you would either have to use an out of hours service or take another day’s hire, which is not always convenient and adds to the cost.  Our aim is to help customers by enabling them to collect and drop off vehicles outside of the traditional weekend opening hours.


“As Europe’s leading car hire Company we aim to stay ahead of the competition.  Our goal is to provide motorists with convenience, choice, simplicity and quality as standard and we are listening to their constantly evolving needs in order to be able to continually offer services to make their lives easier.”


Europcar offers the most flexible pick up and drop off locations and services in the UK, utilising an outstanding fleet including vans, family and prestige vehicles. In addition to the extended opening hours trial, Europcar’s key airport locations remain open 24/7.




For further press information please contact the Europcar UK Press Office:  Dominic Dennis, Arran Fano, Maddy Roles, Jessica Dunne or Wendy Harrison on 020 8977 9132.  Dominic@harrisonsadler.com


About Europcar


Europcar is the leader in car rental services in Europe. Present in 150 countries, the company provides customers with access to the world’s largest vehicle rental network through franchise operations and partnerships. Through Europcar’s portfolio of brands, the company and its franchisees generated more than €3 billion in revenue in 2010, including nearly €2 billion in consolidated revenue. With 6,500 employees committed to delivering customer satisfaction and an average fleet of close to 200,000 vehicles, Europcar is conscious of its corporate social responsibilities. Winner of the first World Travel Award recognising the World’s Leading Green Transport Solutions Company, Europcar also was honored with the Award in 2010, the second time it was presented. Europcar is owned by French investment company, Eurazeo.

For more information: www.europcar.co.uk




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