Fee Fighters: How to beat crazy rental car hire insurance fees

Insurance on a rental car can now be more expensive than hiring the vehicle itself.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Analysis by News Corp Australia shows that adding insurance to the cost of renting a Hyundai Elantra for a week doubles the price.

For example, through Hertz, intermediate vehicles are available for $316 per week, whereas its “SuperCover” product is $322. more……

6 Business Ideas For Car Lovers

Car lover? Many people have a passion for automobiles and believe that it can be nothing more than a hobby. This is not the case as there are many professions involving cars which would suit any car lover. Seeing as cars play such a huge role in modern day life, it means that there are many different ways that you could earn money through vehicles either as a part-time job or as your main source of income. So, if you have a passion for automobiles and you are looking to embark on a new career then read on for a few business ideas.

  1. Car Salesman

The most obvious profession involving cars is to become a salesman. This is a terrific job if you have an interest in automobiles because you get to use your knowledge every day, you get to work with a wide range of cars and help people to make important decisions. This can also be a lucrative career to pursue if you have the skills required to sell.

  1. Car Rentals

An alternative to being a car salesman is to set up your own rental store. There will always be a demand for car rentals as people will always go on holiday or travel for work which will require a vehicle in the short term.

  1. Mechanic

If your passion lies more with mechanics and how cars work then opening your own garage is a great business idea and one which is always in demand. Even if you are not a mechanic, you could still open up a garage and hire people who know how to work on cars.

  1. Ecommerce Store

The ecommerce industry is booming right now, and this can easily be capitalised on by car-loving entrepreneurs. You could set up an online shop which sells official merchandise, model figures, magazines, posters, calendars, tools, accessories and just about any other product related to cars. It is also relatively straightforward to set up an international ecommerce store so that you can sell to people all around the globe.

  1. Writer

If you have expert knowledge on cars and you have a way with words, then you could look to become a car writer. This could involve either writing for a website or magazine or setting up your own car website where you could include car reviews, previews, special features, interviews, galleries and much more.

  1. Driving School

Teaching people how to drive is an incredibly rewarding job as you are making a huge difference in their lives and providing them with a tremendous amount of independence. This also allows you to work with cars every day and there will always be demand for this role.

These are just a few business ideas for car lovers which could help them to make a living out of their passion. Vehicles play a very important role in today’s day and age which means that there will always be ways that you can make money from cars whether you are selling them, writing about them or working on them.

How To Make A Long Car Journey Entertaining

If you find yourself on a long car journey, it can very easy to become bored. Whether you are on a family vacation, work trip or any other kind of journey, you will want to find a few ways to make the trip more enjoyable so that it will go by faster. Fortunately, there are many ways that you can make a car journey more fun if you are a passenger and in some cases for the driver too. So, if you have a long road trip ahead of you and you want to make it more enjoyable then try one or all of the following:

Games

One of the most obvious ways to make the car journey more entertaining is to play a few games and there are many terrific car games that you could consider:

 

  • I Spy
  • 21 Questions
  • While You Were Sleeping
  • The Movie Game
  • Fortunately/Unfortunately
  • The Alphabet Categories

These are just a few fun car games, but there are many more to consider which can be great fun and a good way to pass the time.

Listen To An Audiobook/Podcast

It can be difficult to read when you are a passenger in a car which is why listening to an audiobook or a podcast is a smart idea (this can also be a good activity if you are the driver). This will help the time to fly by and allow you to learn something new or tick off a book that you have been meaning to read for a long time.

Listen To New Music

A car trip is also a good chance to listen to some new music. You could always put your favourite albums on but this is the perfect opportunity to try something new whether this is a recommendation from a friend or simply an artist that you have head a lot about but never listened to before.

Betting/Online Games

It is hard to get bored when you have a smartphone and betting and/or online games can make any car trip much more entertaining. Sports betting is a good choice because you can closely follow the action during the trip which will pass the time and give you something else to talk about.

Meaningful Conversations

When you are stuck in a car with one person or more for a few hours you will want to have a few topics of conversation in mind. This can be a good opportunity to have deep and meaningful conversations (depending on who you are travelling with) and get to know each other a bit better.

No matter where you are headed, a long car journey can quickly become very tiresome and boring. It is for this reason why you should think ahead and plan a few ways that you can make the trip more enjoyable for all. These are just a few ideas and you could try one or all of the following to make the trip fly by and make the most of this time spent with those you are travelling with.

How To Start A Car Rental Company

The car rental business is one which is always in demand. This is because people will always need to hire a car on a short-term basis for various reasons such as a work trip, going on holiday, or while their automobile is in the garage. The car rental industry can, therefore, be a lucrative and rewarding area to work in, but it can also be a competitive space while also being difficult to stand out from the crowd. So, how can you succeed in the car rental industry? Read on for a few tips for getting started and how you can go on to find success:

Type Of Business & Your Fleet

First, you will need to decide what type of rental business you will operate. This could be a company that offers customers (usually individuals) daily hire or short term hire, or alternatively, you could lease automobiles for a longer period (this option is usually for businesses). Once you have decided this, it should help you to decide on the vehicles that you purchase (choose a selection so that there is a type for all needs).

Website

A professional-standard website is an absolute must. This website should contain details (including photographs) or your entire range; you could even have the option for customers to arrange their rental online through ecommerce platforms to make it quick and easy for them to arrange a rental. In addition to having a high-quality website, you should also use internet marketing to increase your visibility online and use social media to engage with your customers and promote your business.

 Location

It is important to find a suitable location which is safe, spacious, and easy to find. Ideally, this will be near transport hubs like airports, train stations and hotels so that you can get more business passing through.

Insurance

Before opening the business, you also need to make sure that you have enough insurance in place. This will include fleet insurance and car rental excess insurance for customers. It can also be helpful to have a system in place for checking your customers before leasing them an automobile. You should also carefully craft a rental agreement for customers to sign to ensure that the vehicles are well looked after.

 Promoting Your Business

Finally, you will want to raise awareness about your company to attract customers through the door. As mentioned, internet marketing is a great way to do this, but you could also look into more traditional forms of marketing and getting involved with the local community. One excellent idea is to team up with local businesses to help each other, such as pairing with a local hotel where customers can get a discount on their hotel room when they hire a car from your company.
The car rental industry is one which can be rewarding to work in and one which is always in demand. It can also be competitive and hard to break into, but the above tips should help you to set up and operate a profitable company and to make a name for yourself in the industry.

New Zealand Tripcover Launches Car Rental Excess Insurance New Rates and Policies

Car rental rip-offs have been very topical lately, especially when the rental companies are falsely charging its customers for damage that they were not responsible for.
One way to counter this type of fraud is to let third party car rental excess insurance companies fight the battle with the rental companies. Tripcover is one such insurance company that offer such policies in Australia and now a full policy offering in New Zealand for residents and overseas visitors.

For six years now Tripcover has been offering Australians and overseas visitors to Australia a chance to offset this car rental excess liability and  they sell over a million dollars worth of cover for Allianz Gloabl Assistance now. They now have the same policy offering in New Zealand for New Zealanders and overseas visitors to New Zealand.

For more on what they offer visit Tripcover.com.au and Tripcover.co.nz

How This Startup Created a Funding Channel

I know this is going to sound very simple but I am about to tell you what has been a very valuable and lucky result of setting up a Paypal payment gateway.

First a bit about our business. Tripcover sells car rental excess insurance in Australia, and for Aussies going overseas, direct to the car rental customer and competes head on with the car rental companies and they don’t like us…ha!

We, my brother Steve Sherlock and myself Desmond Sherlock started the business at the start of 2012, creating Australia’s first standalone car rental excess insurance business and thus a new category was born here.

After the first 3 years I decided to add a paypal payment gateway and offer it as a zero payment fee option. It was an instant hit with our customers with about a 30% uptake.

Then about 18 moths ago Paypal started its Working Capital offering to customers with a track record of sales. This is a great service where we can decide how much % from each sale goes to make repayments and also choose how long we wish to take out the loan for and thus the size of the fee we wish to pay.

This has allowed us to take out a few small loans now and use them along with some local state grants/loans from Iowa and and the Global Insurance Accelerator (GIA)to expand our business into the USA over the past 2 years, creating:
www.pablow.com – Pablow Pronto, vacation rental managers earn extra revenue while offering cancellation protection to guests and owners, in under 2 minutes!
www.bonzah.com – Bonzah provides affordable and primary rental car damage insurance compared to the rental desk. So, travel anywhere with your rental car and take pleasure in declining the expensive rental car company insurance offer
www.pteet.com – Rental Car Damage Protector provides up to $40,000 in primary coverage and annual policy with coverage up to $45,000.

So I highly recommend this funding option when only small seed is needed while we are working on getting traction.