Category Archives: Vans

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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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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