Category Archives: Car Rental

MojoCar Client Launches in NYC: Book a Ride Online, from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch

MojoCar LLC recently released its flagship product, MojoCar Client, a transportation app that allows users to book cars throughout the New York City metro area from an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch, or on MojoCar.com – giving commuters a new option that gets them from point A to point B safely, quickly and easily when they’re on the go. The app is currently available for download from the Apple App Store free of charge.

Once users set up a MojoCar Client account, they can choose to book rides “now” or later.” When a client needs a ride now, the app uses GPS technology to instantly send the request to all MojoCar drivers within a two-mile radius of the client’s pickup location. The booking is awarded to the first driver who responds, and the app provides the client with an ETA – guaranteed to be within 15 minutes.

When a client books a ride in advance, the request goes out to all drivers within the MojoCar citywide network. Drivers then compete for the job by submitting bids in real time, auction-style, with prices and vehicle details. In this scenario, the client takes his pick based on price, car and/or user reviews, benefitting from competitive pricing and a selection of cars ranging from economy through premium, including Lincoln Town Cars, BMW and Mercedes-Benz.

When clients are dropped off at their destination, they can pay their fare directly through the app – using their own device, or the driver’s. A receipt is automatically sent via email. For rides booked “now,” clients pay a flat fee of $30.95 to go anywhere within Manhattan.

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Europcar, Mannequins, False Legs And The Back End Of A Horse

Europcar hires out thousands of vehicles daily, so it is not surprising that a survey of its branches revealed some strange excuses for damage and late return as well as some rather unusual items of lost property.

While the Europcar survey revealed some surprising results, perhaps one of the most amusing was supplied by a car hire customer who got more than he bargained for while he waited for a horse to pass on a country lane, after the horse decided to take a rest on the bonnet. The driver watched in horror as a horse, complete with rider in tow, slowly backed onto the car as a vehicle on the opposite side passed in a narrow country lane.

Another unusual animal encounter was reported when Europcar staff at the Newport car hire branch noticed a large chunk was missing from the bumper of one of their cars. The customer explained they had visited Longleat Safari Park and driven through the lion’s enclosure where a lion had taken off a part of the bumper with his claws.

The survey also showed that while sunglasses, CDs, mobile phones and keys are among the most common items left in Europcar’s vehicles, sometimes stranger items can also turn up – ranging from items like a mannequin, to 50 fluorescent light bulbs, and a Scottish Piper’s black ostrich hat. As well as these strange items, Europcar’s customers have also been known to leave more valuable goods. One customer left £1000 worth of designer clothes in the boot of a car.

Derby car hire customer nearly lost their cool when they were hit by a van driver from behind. When Europcar’s staff asked why he had driven into her, she explained that he’d been distracted by the ice cream he was eating flying onto his seat.

Catriona Lougher, Marketing Director for Europcar commented, “There’s never a dull day in the life of a hire car as some of these stories and items of lost property reveal. Our staff are always professional and understanding no matter what the reason for late return or damage and often go to great pains to reunite lost and forgotten property with their rightful owners.”

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Friendly Man & Van

For over the past 15 years, I’ve worked in one of the most demanding fields imaginable – the man and van industry (first as a trainee and eventually as a team supervisor over a group of movers). Not only is the work physically demanding for man and van, but also it’s emotionally demanding. Besides being able to lift 50-pound boxes, full-length sofas, and antique bedroom sets, professional movers must be patient, sensitive and understanding to their client’s needs. After all, moving is perhaps one of the most stressful events that a person experiences in life. Throughout my career as one of the top man and van, I’ve always wanted to share my experiences and suggestions with others to make that big move that much more enjoyable. I have the time to actually sit down at my computer and write my “man and van” suggestions, tips, advice, etc. in the form of an ongoing blog. I plan to write blogs on an almost daily basis on a variety of “moving” related subjects. Some of the areas that I plan to discuss are the following:

– Packing – How to pack, what to pack, when to pack, and what packing supplies are needed.
– Choosing the right man and van – Perhaps the key to a successful move.
– All you wanted to know about moving insurance.
Moving internationally – What to know beforehand to make the internationally move a success.
– Do-it-yourself moving versus using full-service movers.
– Estimates from movers.
– Plus much more.

Examples of some moving tips In almost every blog, I mention some type of movers’ tips or suggestions. Here are some examples:

Most of all – sit back and enjoy Even if you don’t plan to move tomorrow, simply sit back and read my movers’ advice and tips for a latter day. Sooner or later, everybody makes that big move in life.

More information can be found on: http://www.friendly-manandvan.co.uk 

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Established Miami Limousine Operator Expands Fleet

Having established its rapport through years, A2Z Limousine, a Miami based ground transportation limousine rental service announces a grand expansion its limo fleet. A2Z Limo’s Miami limo, Fort Lauderdale Limo and West Palm Beach Limousine services in Dade, Broward and South Florida are most trusted ground transportation services.

The Ford Excursion Stretch Limo - just one of our fine limos in our Miami Limo, Fort Lauderdale Limo and West Palm Beach Limo Service.“Time is money. So why should executives waste productive time waiting in line for rental cars, taxi cabs, or airport shuttles, then trying to find their way to meetings and searching for parking?” says A2Z Limousine spokesman, “With our Miami LimousineFort Lauderdale Limousine and West Palm Beach Limousine Service, you can conduct business and relax while your personal chauffeur takes you safely and comfortably to your destination in our fine quality limos. Using our limousine service, will help you turn non-productive time into productive time.”

Top quality limo service is exactly what customer will receive when choosing A2Z’s limousines and service for his or her transportation needs. A 2 Z Limousine has long been making travel comfortable and convenient for their clients. Businesses, locals and travelers all can take advantage of A2Z Limo’s Miami Limo and Fort Lauderdales Limo services. Their professional chauffeurs have impeccable timing, ensuring their clients will arrive at their destination relaxed and on time.

A2Z Limousine’s fleet included Sedan Town Car, Executive SUV, Stretch Limousine, SUV Excursion Limousine, H2 Hummer Limousine, Vans, Mini Buses or Motor Coach Buses for airport transportation in Miami, Fort Lauderdale or West Palm Beach. They also offer all-day limo rentals, weekly limousine rentals and more. Regular daily limo service can also be scheduled.

A 2 Z Limousine has the perfect vehicles to satisfy needs of their clients; for those who simply want a “Night on the Town,” a “Romantic Evening,” or to ride in style to a concert or sporting event at one of South Florida’s stadiums/arenas. Arriving in A2Z limos means arriving in Miami style.

A 2 Z Limousine service is available 24 hours, 7 days a week, for all limo transportation service needs. A2Z encourages the customers to call their direct line: (954) 792-2005, or call Toll-Free 1-877-Ride-A2Z (1-877-743-3229) to speak with a live agent. Their agents are determined to help customers with any questions, and can take reservations. A 2 Z Limousine Believes in Starting with Perfection and Ending in Satisfaction.

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Integrity Group US Names Distributor for 3 Commercial Vehicle Safety Products

Integrity Group US has been named by Mobile Awareness, LLC™ as a national distributor for three safety products aimed at commercial vehicle fleet operators at airports, the parking industry, health care facilities, hotels/resorts, car rental agencies and universities.

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The three products — TireStat™ TPMS (tire pressure monitoring system), VisionStat™ Camera Systems, and SenseStat™ Obstacle Detection Sensor System, – are designed to improve overall driving safety, while reducing costs.

“The tire monitoring product gives critical data concerning the vehicle’s tire pressure and temperature,” said Jim Newell, Director of Product Sales for Integrity Group US,” while the other two high-tech products make it easier for drivers to monitor through cameras or sensors the areas beside and behind the truck, van or bus as it backs up.”

TireStat TPMS The TireStat TPMS detects overheated, under-inflated, over-inflated and rapid leaking tires before a tire incident occurs. The TireStat sensors install directly on the tire valve stems and transmit the actual tire pressure and temperature to the display wirelessly. Alert levels are easy to set for both pressure and temperature for each tire. The sensors have an anti-theft feature and air can be added without removing the sensors.

“Properly inflated tires increase overall fuel economy, as well as enhance fleet safety,” Newell stated. He explained that a 20 percent under-inflated tire reduces tire life by approximately 25 percent. “This costs money,” he said, “but more importantly, it could lead to possible tire failure and a serious accident.” “The return on investment for adding TireStat TPMS to fleet vehicles could be as quick as 10 months, when you consider the fuel cost savings, tire maintenance/wear costs, reduced downtime, reduced liability/accidents and reduced vehicle wear,” Newell said.

VisionStat Camera Systems The VisionStat Camera Systems can help limit financial loss and legal liability by monitoring and recording events in and around a vehicle and eliminating blind spots to help prevent costly backup accidents.

The color camera system can be configured with up to four infrared night vision CCD cameras for front, side and rear mounting, available in wired or wireless setups. The quality cameras are easy to install, waterproof, rugged in construction and cost effective.

The 5.6” or 7.0” monitor includes built-in controls, automatic turn-signal or reverse views, switching with the direction (“backward,” “left,” or “right”) displayed on the monitor. The cameras are audio enabled so the driver can hear around as well as see around blind spot areas.

SenseStat Obstacle Detection Sensor System The SenseStat Obstacle Detection Sensor System is designed for commercial trucks with trailers, utility vehicles, and buses. The wired or wireless system is activated automatically when reverse gear is engaged. Drivers are alerted to objects behind their vehicles with both an audible and visual indicator (LED display) on the dash-mounted Warning Display Unit.

The four waterproof sensors are easily mounted on the rear of the truck or trailer. All zones are simultaneously displayed in real time, indicating the area closest to an object within one inch.

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With Escalating Fuel Prices, Global Businesses Have To Face The Reality Of Increasing Costs To Their Fleet Management

Masterlease reports global vehicle fleets have seen their fuel bills rise by as much as a third in the last year, making fuel management a boardroom issue

Global vehicle fleets have seen their fuel bills rise by as much as a third in the last year according to research by international leasing company Masterlease.

With vehicle manufacturers’ continuous improvements in fuel efficiency now being swamped by escalating fuel prices, global businesses have to face the reality of increasing costs to their fleet management.

While average diesel prices have soared by a third in the last year, the story is not quite as grim for unleaded petrol – although globally it has still increased on average by 18% since 2007.

Despite the overall increase in fuel prices, the latest research by Masterlease shows some interesting differences between the countries. The most expensive countries to purchase fuel from are the UK, Norway and Sweden, although the price increases over the last year have not been as dramatic as in others.

At the other end of the spectrum, Australia remains the cheapest place to purchase fuel – although over the last twelve months the price of diesel has increased by 33%. However, the country that has endured the biggest price hike is Austria, with diesel prices rising a staggering 42%.

Masterlease carried out the survey in all 17 countries in which it operates to get a true picture of how much fuel is really costing global customers. The research was conducted in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

As well as the global price hikes on fuel, one factor that has a big impact on global fleet fuel bills is the provision of free private fuel to company car drivers. In nine out of the 17 countries, this is a taxed benefit, while in five of the countries surveyed (Spain, Portugal, Italy, Greece and Australia), free private fuel is not taxed.

Nowhere is this more apparent than in Australia, where as one of the highest emitters of carbon in the world, contributing on average 27.54 tonnes to the atmosphere every year per person, many businesses are looking at measures to compensate by investing in formal carbon offsetting activities.

Nick Brownrigg, CEO of Masterlease Group, commented: “While the fuel issue may not be particularly new, the relative cost of fuel has been the biggest recent talking point in fleet management and it would come top, or close to the top, with every fleet decision maker, wherever they are in the world. As a result, the continuing volatility in fuel prices has emphasised the importance to the fleet industry of effective fuel management and accessibility of information to help control costs at every stage.

“It is important for global businesses to understand exactly how much they are spending on fuel across all of their country operations, so that they can look for cost saving opportunities.

Once there is an understanding about the total fuel bill, businesses should then consult an independent expert to advise them on how to reduce these costs. There are enormous benefits to businesses that can demonstrate efficiency in terms of meeting these challenges. It simply means more effective measurement of MPG, fuel and fleet costs, and to achieve this, businesses need to make fuel management a boardroom issue.”

About Masterlease Group
Masterlease is one of the fastest growing funding and vehicle fleet managementcompanies in Europe, offering business to business all makes full service car leasing.

With 15 operations in Europe and plans to expand into other countries, its strong geographic presence and consistent branding enables Masterlease to offer a cohesive service across the Continent. The company manages around 210,000 vehicles.

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Cost savings remains the common language of fleet decision makers, but buying decisions are driven by different cultural behaviours, says new global research from Masterlease

Despite political and business pressure, the environment is still not a major factor for fleet decision-makers across the world when looking at strategic vehicle procurement, according to the latest research from international fleet management company Masterlease.

In fact saving money remains the common language of international fleet management across the globe, although the Italians (53%) and the Polish (33%) are more turned on to technology while the UK (2%) and the Dutch (4%) are surprisingly gadget shy, in terms of influencing the buying process, the survey of 2,600 fleet decision-makers revealed.

Almost 60% of Belgians put safety near the top of their list of issues concerning fleet management, while surprisingly, the Austrians (2%) and the Germans (5%) came bottom of the list of countries driven to improve risk in their fleet strategies. Decision makers in Portugal also put risk high on the agenda (43%), with their counterparts in the UK (27%) coming in behind Greece (32%) in terms of their risk focus.

With just 1% putting the environment as a priority, the Greeks and the Mexicans appear to be the least ‘green’, while at 16%, the UK decision-makers come out as championing the eco-cause, although this is still a relatively low priority compared to employee satisfaction which the UK’s managers scored at 34%.

In fact, the environment was regarded as a low priority amongst almost all of those surveyed despite it being currently so high on the political and business agendas around the world.

Masterlease conducted the survey in Australia, Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain and the UK, to discover decision-making drivers across 13 of the 17 countries in which it operates.

At 50%, the overall global findings put cost savings as the main concern for fleet managers, with risk coming in as a second priority. The ability to keep the vehicles on the road was the third most important priority with environmental concerns coming down the list with just 6%.

But the survey revealed some interesting country-by-country variations. More than half of the Italian sample (53%) put technology issues as high on their list with cost savings coming in joint second alongside keeping the vehicle on the road.

The Italians also put employee satisfaction as an important issue (37%) while it figured with only 5% of those in the German sample.

“The findings show a lot of expected commonality in terms of the cost saving issue, but the low rating of environmental concerns was a surprising discovery considering the importance being placed on C02-based tax initiatives around the world,” said Nick Brownrigg, CEO of Masterlease Group. “It is a fallacy that saving the environment and saving money are mutually exclusive. Reducing C02 emissions and costs are two sides of the same coin which is a message we are trying to get across to our international customers.”

He concluded, “Employee satisfaction and risk issues also provided some interesting cultural and geographical variations which went beyond typical stereotyping and provide fuel for thought for lease companies such as Masterlease who need to understand the business imperatives of both global and domestic procurement departments. This is part of our global strategy of thinking globally and acting locally”.

About Masterlease Group
Masterlease is one of the fastest growing funding and fleet management companies in Europe, offering business to business all makes full service vehicle leasing.

Headquartered in the United Kingdom, Masterlease operates in a total of 17 countries across the globe: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the UK.

With 15 operations in Europe and plans to expand into other countries, its strong geographic presence and consistent branding enables Masterlease to offer a cohesive service across the Continent. The company manages around 210,000 vehicles.

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easyVan.com, the low cost van rental service from easyCar, is working with Sign*A*Rama Northampton to brand its vans

easyVan, the low cost van rental service from easyCar that provides van hire from more than 120 convenient locations throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, has been working with Sign*A*Rama Northampton to brand 80 Mercedes Vito vans for easyVan.com.

The vans feature vinyl graphics in easyVan’s eye catching orange livery. All the graphics were prepared at the Northampton store before being applied at a transit centre in Tilbury Docks.

The vinyl used for the project was supplied by Doro Tape Ltd from Ritrama’s L100 range. Of the 33 colours in the range, the orange proved to be the perfect match for the easyVan insignia. Doro Tape Ltd was also able to work within the extremely tight supply deadline for the project.

Mike Cook, from Sign*A*Rama Northampton says:

“The biggest challenge with this project was logistics. We had just two days to fit all 80 rental vans whilst at the dockside location before their distribution to depots countrywide. Our solution was to prepare the graphics in advance, and then a team of six of us worked systematically to apply the graphics to half a dozen vans at a time, until the project was completed.”

The branding was a complete success as easyVan’s Marketing Director John Sinke comments:

”We are delighted with the way in which Sign*A*Rama Northampton rose to the challenges posed by this project. We had an extremely tight deadline which they met and all 80 vans are now in service with Northgate plc, easyVan’s partner and main supplier.”

easyVan.com is the new low cost van hire service from Stelios and easy.com. Born from the rapid expansion of easyCar.com, easyVan.com focus solely on delivering value for van rental throughout the UK. The easyVan offering is working in partnership with Northgate plc, the UK’s largest van leasing and hire company.

easyVan is one of several easyGroup companies founded by Greek entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ioannou. The easyGroup includes several well known companies such as easyJet, easyInternetcafe, easyCar, easyPizza, easyJobs and easyMusic amongst others.

About easyVan
easyVan is a low cost van rental partnership between Northgate plc and easyCar providing van hire from more than 120 convenient locations throughout the United Kingdom, including England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. They provide a large range of vans which are ideal for moving house or making large deliveries.

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