While the schemes such as WhipCar offer motorists a chance to recoup some of the costs associated with running a vehicle, the potential for disputes and bad feeling is vast says the company.
Gareth Robinson, Managing Director of Carrentals.co.uk, the UK’s leading car rental comparison site, says: “We work with over 50 hire companies and rent over 150,000 cars every year, ranging from car hire in France to Australia, so we know the diverse range of issues that can crop up with rentals.
“For the motorist renting out their car, it may be OK if there’s no emotional attachment there, but the reality is that few people will look after a rental car as well as their own. Food and drink being consumed, coughs and sneezes on the steering wheel, riding the clutch and putting the wrong fuel in are just a few of the issues that should be considered. Is it worth the worry for ?30?
“For the person doing the renting, you can generally get a new rental car for a similar price to these schemes. You know the vehicle has been maintained and you’re dealing with a company with no emotional attachment to the vehicle. If you should scratch it – or worse – you won’t need to face an angry owner.
“While finances may be tight, these types of schemes offer more potential for lawyers to make money out of them than consumers keen to earn some extra income.”
Carrentals.co.uk is the leading car hire comparison site, comparing deals from up to 50 rental companies, including Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Holiday Autos and Sixt, in over 15,000 locations worldwide, including car hire at Geneva Airport and across the USA.
Carrentals.co.uk was launched in February 2003 and grew to become one of the UK's leading online car hire companies by 2006.
In 2007 the company re-launched its site to create the first major online price comparator in the travel industry. Using the latest technology the Carrentals.co.uk site now searches up to 50 different car hire websites, providing an impartial comparison of the best prices available in over 15,000 locations.
Websites searched include Alamo, Auto Europe, Budget, Ebookers, Hertz, Holiday Autos, Opodo, Sixt and Thrifty, with the Carrentals.co.uk site quickly comparing prices and allowing customers to refine their search by car type.
The Carrentals.co.uk site also features over 5,000 pages of travel information in a mini-guide format.
In 2008 Carrentals.co.uk was voted Best Car Hire Website in the Travolution Awards, and in 2010 it was Highly Commended in the Best Meta-search/Price Comparison category.
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