The leading causes of frustration, anxiety and financial distress when renting cars is damage and insurance. Whilst airport waiting times, car swapsies, and unfair rental terms come in succeeding places on the frustration-o-meter, nothing ruins a well-planned trip than an insurance claim.
This article deals with rental car insurance for prestige cars. By prestige cars, I generally mean European cars that have a higher daily hire rate, cost more to repair, and typically come with a higher damage ‘excess’. Other cars also fit into these criteria.
Let me show you how to save some dollars and your sanity.
There’s a lot to say about BMW drivers. Most characterisations, typically involving balding middle-aged corporate men with existential mid-life crises, are unfair. Given my Volvo Driver Moment, I was open to reconsider that such stereotypes could be open to interpretation.
Europcar recently launched three new BMWs into their Australian fleet: 320i, 220i cabriolet, and 420i cabriolet. This was a second bite at the apple for BMW after Hertz dropped them for Audi in the Hertz Prestige Collection. The Australian premium and prestige rental market is now home to Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz. If a different German each weekend is your kind of thing, we’re improving each year, and Ride Hacks covers it all.
The Jaguar F-Pace is an unnecessary car, in every sense of the word.
It was only by chance that I stumbled upon Europcar releasing the F-Pace for hire in Australia. Avid RideHacks readers would recognise that I have a soft spot for Europcar despite prices significantly higher than Hertz.
When I saw they were introducing the Jaguar F-Pace in the first week of October 2016, I decided to make a reservation as the first Australian to drive the first ever Jag offered by a major rental company.
The last time I rented a Volvo from Europcar, my world changed forever.
You see, I had a perfectly ignorant view of Volvo cars and the people who drove them. I was proudly confident, believing that the common Volvo rhetoric would be true.
They’re probably slow, probably felt like sitting on a school bus, and probably weren’t any safer than their German comrades. People who bought them were clearly suckers of one of the biggest marketing heists in history.
That was the perfect story. Except it was wrong.
Equally, such cars deserve the attention from those who can admire their quirks, idiosyncrasies, and faults. These are the cars with a personality we hate to love and love to hate. The Europcar Mercedes-Benz GLE 250D is one of those cars.
In a short pregnancy, the Mercedes GLE was announced in early May 2016 and a week later we had our hands on what seemed like an ex-demo entry-level Mercedes SUV — a direct competitor to the Hertz Audi Q7. Although I usually undertake these reviews myself, this time would be a bit different. I had a pair of accomplices and they had a grand plan.
The Mercedes-Benz C200 was a long sought-after car on my books. For a few reasons. I had previously driven the predecessor out to Western Sydney for a themed birthday party where I dressed as The Joker, and whilst I was quite impressed with the previous C200 as a ‘base model’ to the Mercedes C-Class range, I was looking to purchase the new AMG C63 at the time and wanted to drive the new W205 build.
This is a Mercedes-Benz C200 review from the perspective of a Europcar rental.
For a regular day in regular life, owning a convertible may seem impractical. While it is possible your romantic mind might rationalise this as a perfectly practical choice, most of us would prefer to simply take a convertible for a weekend and hand it back.
This is a review of the Mercedes-Benz A-class that seems to be permanently on sale at Europcar.
When a rental company has a permanent sale, they are really telling you that (for the first time) their pricing is transparent and you won’t pay different amounts depending on the length of rental, day of week, your loyalty status, the booking engine used, where you pick it up from and…the list goes on.
Transparent pricing — sounds like a fantastic step forward. Though not quite revolutionary.
What’s your first thought of a Volvo driver?
Safe, probably old, conservative, and likely drives too slow. Right? This is what I’ve known the Volvo brand to culturally represent, and at times embody, since I was a young boy.
Until 10am yesterday morning, I was such an ass.
Ride Hacks is about driving experiences. This doesn’t (only) mean driving the most expensive cars that require three credit cards of insurance as security, or parading around in the quintessential red Ferrari. No, Ride Hacks is about redefining driving experiences with a touch of class — replacing that Toyota Yaris for $50 per day with a Mercedes-Benz at $150 per day. Three times the price, ten times the enjoyment. For us anyway.
But my day didn’t go as planned, did it?