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Car Hire Comparison UK: Most rental companies categorise the hire cars and broadly speaking, these are as follows: Mini, Economy, compact, Standard or Intermediate, Full Size, Luxury or Premium, Vans/Minivans (also referred to as MPV's or People Carriers), SUV's and, depending on the location, Exotic and/or Special Cars which may include such icons as Aston Martin, Ferrari, Bentley, Lamborghini and so on. The 'vans' or people carriers are typically available in derivatives from 5 seats through to nine seater. Some locations will also have soft tops (convertibles/cabriolets) available, from a sports car through to a family soft top or 4x4 with a removable, canvas top. Compare Car Hire.

The range is exhaustive and we invite you to look at the 'information' section for additional details on individual vehicles and specifications. Remember, that the extent of the range will be dependent on availability, location and country. 

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The good news is that 'Car Hire Assistant' has access to over 550 suppliers who, combined, have some 30,000 locations in 175 countries. Therefore, if you want to collect your rental car from a large city, small town, holiday resort, sea port or airport, there is an excellent chance that one of the rental companies we use will have an office near you. If you want to collect your hire car from one location and return it to another, this is also possible with some hire companies, although a premium is charged. Many of the companies we deal with also have kiosks or stations at major airports. 

Remember, our service is free, there are no hidden charges or booking surcharges. We search, so you can compare, not just the price of your rental car, but the options, types of vehicles, locations and service. Compare car hire prices with Car Hire Assistant, The UK  Car Hire Comparison Site - Compare Car Hire

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Renting a car, van or people carrier (MPV) does not have to be a stressful experience. Using a car rental comparison site such as 'Car Hire Assistant' can save you  many hours attempting to find the cheapest deals and then trying to compare the hire options on a like for like basis. Moreover, the process of weeding out those rental operators that employ tactics of headline grabbing, low rental costs, only to hit the hirer with a huge list of extras, means you have to remain alert. Car Hire Assistant removes ambiguities with a guarantee of no hidden prices and a commitment to inclusive rental rates. Car options are laid out in a logical manner allowing the renter to compare 'apples with apples'. We also offer additional, complimentary services such as Car Hire Excess Insurance, Travel Insurance and Airport Transfers. Free service and no booking charges. The best comparison site for Cheap Car Hire

Car Rentals in Washington

Full range of car rental options available in the USA from Car Hire Assistant, including SUV's, Luxury cars and 4x4's.To benefit from the best deals, we all need a little help sometimes and, if you are seeking a great deal on a rental car in the State of Washington (USA), then the Car Hire Assistant website is place to be. America is a massive country and searching for a rental car by state, even using the internet, can be very time consuming affair. We are a price comparison site specialising in car hire, not just local hires, but international car rental in any of one the 175 countries we cover, which includes 30,000 rental locations. With some 550 suppliers, we are confident that we can present you with the very best deals for you hire car in Washington. We won't just limit ourselves to the smaller independent suppliers, we will also gather prices from many of the major international car rental companies that operate in the USA, which includes, but is not limited to; Europcar, National, Avis, Sixt, Hertz, Budget, Enterprise and Alamo. 

Our hire car search service is free and you will not be charged a booking fee. The prices you are quoted will be fully inclusive and completely transparent, therefore you do not have to be concerned about hidden charges, something we have all experienced at one time or another. Too good to be true? Well, not really, at Car Hire Assistant, we believe your rental price should include such necessities as; Collision Damage Waiver, Third Party Liability Protection, Theft Waiver, Airport charges, Taxes and Credit Card Surcharges. We think the search and the subsequent booking for you hire car in the State of Washington (USA) should be a painless experience, therefore we provide you with a complete range of vehicle options as well as unambiguous pricing and a simple, 3 stage booking process, without the need to re-enter data you have already provided us during the search. 

Don't be concerned that you may could lose out on special offers from rental companies in Washington, if they are running promotions, we will include this information in your hire summary and highlight it as a best buy. placing it at the top of your list, not in an obscure place. We don't look to upsell our clients, we want you to get the best deal

It doesn't really matter which part of Washington you are travelling to, or where you elect to collect your hire car from; at an airport, train station, city location, holiday resort or railway station. We are confident that we will be able to accommodate your wishes without compromise or inconvenience. 

At Car Hire Assistant, we truly believe that it is important to be completely open about everything. Therefore, we want to take this opportunity to highlight the fact that laws and regulations are different in most USA States and this, would of course, include the State of Washington. Similarly, some terms can vary between rental operators, albeit in a minor way, therefore we ensure that the terms and conditions are made available to you to enable you to truly compare your options. Full range of car rental options available in the USA from Car Hire Assistant, including sports cars, roadsters and soft top cars and 4x4's.

We offer a wide range of vehicles in the State of Washington, however, the full extent will be determined by the local operator and your chosen rental location. The types of vehicles will include economy and compact models, family cars estate cars (station wagons), multi-purpose vehicles (also referred to as MPV's, people carriers or vans), prestige car including Mercedes, Lexus, BMW, Audi and so on) as well as four wheel drive vehicles such as Sports Utility Vehicles (SUV's) or 4x4's. In some larger locations or cities, we can also provide sports cars or high value prestige cars (Porsche, Ferrari, McLaren, Aston Martin etc). 

Car Hire Assistant can provide rentals cars in all states of America; Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington, District of Columbia, Washington, Washington, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Marianas Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Virgin Islands, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Confusion reigns over a change in legislation in Florida requiring all drivers to possess an International Drivers Permit. Whilst the legislation was initially passed to deal with the influx of travellers with non-English licenses, the legislation drafted includes all drivers, including those with an English licence such as those with Irish, British, South African and Australian licenses.

Whilst the DHSMV has indicated that it will defer enforcement, the fact remains that all non-US drivers are still required to carry an IDP and, there is some confusion as to whether a driver not in possession of an IDP will be insured in the event of an accident.

Even some car hire companies are reported to be unsure or unaware of the new legislation. Whilst others are simply refusing to hire cars to travellers without an IDP. Car Hire Assistant is a car rental price comparison site. Compare car hire prices.

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Germany’s largest car rental company Sixt has commenced the implementation of its plans to create a franchise network in the USA. The company will not only continue expanding Sixt’s own system of rental stations, but it also wants to purchase franchise partners in different states in order that it can increase the rate of expansion in the car hire market in the USA, and strengthen the placement of the Sixt brand. This stage is part of its international growth plan, presently the emphasis of much of the company’s activities.

Over 100 possible franchisees have already approached by Sixt in the USA. They come from practically every state in the country with a distinct geographical emphasis on economically crucial locations and important tourist destinations. It is anticipated that the first independent car hire companies with their own car fleets and with services which accomplish the requisite tiers could start as Sixt franchisees before the end of this year.

Erich Sixt, CEO of Sixt AG: “For many years now, cooperating with local franchise partners has been a cornerstone in our expansion overseas. Establishing a franchise network in the hugely important US market plays a key role in these plans. Due to our successful progress in the USA and the tremendous interest shown by potential franchisees we are able to start pursuing this strategic objective only one year after making our debut in the US market. Sixt has quickly made a name for itself in the USA.”

Craig A. Olson, Vice President Sixt Franchise USA: “Independent car rental companies and growth-minded local entrepreneurs now have a unique opportunity to join the internationally successful Sixt Franchise system early in our drive to expand in the USA. By working with Sixt, they will be able to grow quickly as our company makes progress.”

Sixt began expanding in the USA in the spring of 2011 when it launched its first rental office in Florida. The firm now has 5 rental offices throughout the state, which are located in Miami (2), Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and Orlando. Throughout the course of 2012, Sixt has established additional important bases for its car hire business in Atlanta (Georgia) and Phoenix (Arizona), both of which are crucial transport hubs in the United States.

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Taiwan has joined the United States Visa Waiver Program according to a statement from Janet Napolitano, secretary of the department of homeland security.

Eligible Taiwan passport holders will now be able to visit the United States without visas on trips of up to 90 days.

The move comes into effect on November 1st.

Like other visa waiver travellers, Taiwan passport holders will be required to apply for advance approval through the Electronic System for Travel Authorisation.

“This announcement is a major step forward in our long-standing economic partnership with Taiwan,” Napolitano said.

“Taiwan’s participation in the visa waiver programme will not only stimulate tourism in the United States, it will also enable us to work together to maintain the strictest security standards.”

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The Hertz Corporation continues to increase its neighbourhood market network with the opening up of another 103 Hertz Local Edition locations in 22 states. These new sites are in addition to the 150 Hertz Local Edition sites opened in the 2nd quarter, the largest number of launches in a one quarter since Hertz began extending into the local, neighbourhood market, taking the number of Hertz neighbourhood sites to more than 2,390. The openings are part of a Company wide approach to increase growth in the off airport, neighbourhood car hire market serving the replacement, leisure and business hire customers.

Hertz’s neighbourhood activities continue to develop and the Company is boosting its financial commitment to meet the needs of the local hire customer. Since the beginning of the year, Hertz has opened up roughly 380 new sites. The off airport sector is strategically important for Hertz and the Company is determined to develop new and extended partnerships in the replacement market, providing customers with a pickup and delivery service, as well as growing leisure and business rentals.

Situated in practical, easy to reach locations, the launches present Hertz customers with a complete range of rental motor vehicles including small through large cars and SUVs with offers special weekend rates. Pickup and return delivery service and direct billing to insurance companies is also offered. In addition, as with all Hertz corporate sites, vehicles are provided for rental with unlimited mileage and all rate structures are honoured, including one way and inter-city charges.

Growing market share quickly in the $10 billion off-airport market, Hertz is launching major hub locations as well as co-locating with body shops, hotels and repair facilities to serve the needs of neighbourhood customers. Off-airport rentals, which include monthly and multi-month rentals, typically have a longer hire duration, which generates higher revenues per transaction. Serving the insurance replacement industry for more than 10 years, Hertz has more than 2,390 neighbourhood sites countrywide, the vast majority of which offer a pickup and return service as well as insurance replacement hires, and is a acknowledged provider to more than 193 of the 209 largest insurance corporations.

The new openings are located in: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington.

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Los Angeles is on track for what will be a record-breaking tourism year, officials with the Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board (LA Tourism) have announced.  A mid-year forecast projects the destination will welcome 41.3 million visitors by year end, some 2.4 percent above the current record of 40.3 million visitors set in 2011.

For the first half of the year, the destination’s leading indicators for visitor volume posted positive gains over last year including:

hotel occupancy in the month of July averaged 83.9 percent, the highest monthly occupancy rate in the last 25 years of reported lodging metrics; month-over-month hotel occupancy rates have exceed 2011 occupancy rates every month this year; year-to-date hotel occupancy through July is 76.1 percent, up 4.5 percent over the same time period last year; passenger traffic at LAX through the end of July was up 3.3 percent over 2011, putting the airport on pace to exceed 2007 pre-recession passenger totals.

“This is great news for our local tourism industry and our local economy.  Every visitor and every visitor dollar spent plays a critical role in creating jobs and in keeping our local economy strong,” said LA Tourism President and CEO Mark Liberman.  “With the new Tourism Marketing District support, we now have a stronger voice in the increasingly competitive travel space that is already paying off and helping to drive demand to visit.”

LA’s tourism industry continues to benefit from strong domestic visitation from key markets including San Francisco, San Diego, New York City, Phoenix, Sacramento and Chicago; its position as a gateway city for Asia, including the growing China market; and the outlook for emerging markets in South America, especially Brazil.

LA Tourism launches a new domestic arts and culture campaign this fall to inspire travel to Los Angeles during October and November, traditionally a shoulder season for the destination.  In the first quarter of 2013, the organization will launch a new domestic consumer branding campaign designed to inspire travelers to choose Los Angeles for spring and summer travel and continue its popular dineLA restaurant program.  Internationally, LA Tourism has plans to launch expanded marketing efforts in Canada, the UK and Australia and to pursue new global meetings, incentives, exhibitions and tradeshows (MICE) business.

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The latest round of road trips released today by the Alabama Tourism Department include spending the night at one of state’s last active plantations, hiking one of the largest river canyons in the Southeast and taking a ferry to a remote hideaway to see the renowned Gee’s Bend quilters.

The three-year campaign will eventually provide 100 ready-made itineraries for those wanting to spend a weekend or a vacation in Alabama.

The next 10 trips include Gulf Coast Family Fun, Gee’s Bend: Pastimes to Patchwork, Discover Dothan: The Heart of Alabama’s Wiregrass, Famous Alabama Hometown Heroes, Bicentennial Road Trip from Burnt Corn to Horseshoe Bend, Florence: Alabama’s Renaissance City, Rocking and Rolling on the Mountains, Fort Payne: The View from Lookout Mountain, Alabama’s Coastal Connection: National Scenic Byway, and Greensboro and Marion: Interesting People, Places & Food.

“We now have 30 road trips posted online and each provides detailed itineraries for families, couples, friends and individuals,” said Lee Sentell, tourism director. “This next round of road trips takes visitors to each corner of the state for adventures and discoveries,” Sentell said.

The Gulf Coast family fun trip takes visitors along 32-miles of white sand beaches, the Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores and the Southeast’s tallest Ferris wheel in Orange Beach. Alligator Alley is just north from the beaches on Hwy. 59 near Robertsdale and showcases plenty of big gators. When families need a break from the beach they can drive a short distance to Mobile to explore the USS Alabama Battleship and the Gulf Coast Exploreum, a hands-on science museum for adults and kids alike.

Alabama’s Coastal Connection National Scenic Byway trip offers natural surroundings like preserved lands, coastal waterways, wildlife refuges and beachfront activities. Enjoy bird watching and sea lab discoveries on Dauphin Island and see shrimp boats docked with the day’s fresh catch in Bayou La Batre. Along the way, visitors will discover the floral beauty of the 65-acre Bellingrath Gardens in Theodore.

The Creek Indian War road trip explores the history of the battles from Burnt Corn and Fort Mims that led to the Battle at Horseshoe Bend near Alexander City and the signing of the treaty of Fort Jackson at Fort Toulouse in Wetumpka. Each year in August re-enactors perform the battle at Burnt Corn and the massacre at Fort Mims. About a three hour drive north to...


Europcar, a leading car rental firm in Europe, has recognised its best performing franchisees at ITB in Berlin.

Franchisees were nominated within five categories:  “Best Performer”, “Technical Solutions”, “Customer Satisfaction”, “Commercial Vehicles” and “Best Newcomer”. This is the first time Europcar has rewarded its international franchisees’ network with dedicated trophies”.

2013 winners were:

Best Performer : Europcar Zambia:  Grant GATCHELL, General Director Customer Satisfaction: Europcar Switzerland: Carlos SARDINHA, General Manager Technical Solutions: Europcar Oman: Nitin SAPRE, General Manager Best Newcomer: Europcar Chile: Cristian PEREZ MOORE, General Manager Commercial Vehicles: Europcar Denmark: Poul TVEDE, General Manager

“We are very proud to reward our best franchisees for the first time. It is essential for Europcar that its franchisees’ network gets further integrated and recognised within our group. We have created our new Awards to highlight the best performances and share the best practices. Our franchisees give the Europcar brand a worldwide presence and high visibility, but also a great diversity to...


Car Hire Assistant, the car rental price comparison site has changed the website address for its Car Hire Excess insurance. With immediate effect, the new address will be: www.carhireassistant.travelexcess.com.

A spokesman for Car Hire Assistant apologised for the inconvenience, but assured users that the excellent offers previously available for these independent car hire excess insurance policies shall remain.

Car Hire Assistant providers hirers with the opportunity to take out an independent ‘pay and claim’ insurance police to cover the insurance excess imposed by car rental firms. Taking out an independent policy can save hirers a small fortune, when compared to the ‘daily’ charges imposed by most rental companies.


Heathrow passengers are the first in the world to use an revolutionary technology as component of the airport’s drive to further enhance the passenger experience. Terminal 1 passengers are being asked to participate in a 2 month ‘self-boarding’ trial in collaboration with South African Airways, which makes use of biometric data to help them board their flights quicker and more efficiently.

Once passengers arrive at the ‘self-boarding’ gate, they pass through an automatic electronic barrier which takes an infrared scan of their face. This data is verified against the biometric data that was taken at the check-in stage. When the 2 sets of data scans are successfully met, the barrier opens and the passenger can pass through and board their flight. The technology means that a passenger’s identification only needs to be checked by airline staff once during the whole departure process, minimising the amount of time it takes for passengers...


Dubai International has broken another monthly record by receiving, for the first time, more than 5.5 million passengers in a single month. According to the traffic report issued by Dubai Airports, passenger traffic rose by 14.6 per cent to 5,559,760 in January 2013, up from 4,852,139 for the same period in 2012.

It is also acknowledged that most markets improved in January through a combination of holiday traffic and visitors to the ever popular Dubai Shopping Festival. In addition, flight links continue to be widened between Dubai and Saudi Arabia with Emirates, flydubai, Nasair and Saudi Arabian Airlines all adding new flights in 2012.

For example in the course of the year Emirates added new flights to Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh while flydubai expanded its network to include Jeddah, Dammam, Riyadh, Taif, Yanbu and Tabuk. Saudi Arabian Airlines, also introduced flights from Medina and Riyadh to Dubai and low-cost airline Nasair introduced links...


South African Airways Extreme Fares campaign has seen exceptional 2013 figures for the airline in the UK, with income up 70 per cent year-on-year across some channels. The unprecedented improvement in January bookings comes after the recent launch of South African Airways’ focused winter adventure travel marketing campaign.

This witnessed the airline partner with adventurer Charley Boorman for his 4 part TV series Charley Boorman’s South African Adventure, which was broadcast on Channel 5 and exhibited South Africa’s ultimate experiences throughout January. The country was also in the limelight last month on the BBC as a consequence of David Attenborough’s ‘Africa’ show. Both shows generated interest which SAA were able to expolit.

Jon Danks head of UK&I marketing & communications, SAA said: “The integrated campaign ran across key digital, print, and social media channels, anchored to the range of adventures showcased in both shows.

“Our tie up with Charley and Channel 5 presented...



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