Car rentals still popular despite poor economy

by Tiffany Millar on October 22, 2010

Despite continued financial hardships, holidays away from home remain top priority for Britons in 2010. Figures from UK leading car hire price comparison site, carrentals.co.uk show third quarter increases in two and three week car hire contracts.

Figures in the report were taken from July 2010 to September 2010 and based on car rental bookings. Seven-day car hire bookings accounted for 22 per cent of rentals, while eight per cent of hires were 14-day bookings. Both show increases of one per cent compared to 2009 levels.

A new trend also emerged as figures revealed that many Brits had booked a weekend trip, but later extended the holiday by a week or more. Weeklong contracts accounted for 17 per cent of rentals; an increase of three per cent from last year. Two and three day rentals, however, declined falling from 20 per cent to 18 per cent during the past year.

Carrentals.co.uk’s Managing Director, Gareth Robinson said that, “One and two week hire car bookings have increased this year showing the people throughout the UK still find taking holidays are an important part of their lives. We have seen the number of rentals for four and five days reach the same level as those for only two to three days.”

Carrentals.co.uk offers price comparison searches for all major UK car hire firms. Travellers can simply enter their destination and length of stay and compare car hire deals on notable rental firms like Sixt, Budget, Alamo, Auto Europe and Holiday Autos.

Mr Robinson adds that, “As many Brits are under slight pressure from the increased cost of fuel in the UK and government cuts, they feel holidays are important as they allow them to get away. Brits can view our website and compare a wide selection of car rentals deals.”

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