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Downsized motorists flocking to hire larger cars for family holidays

  • 24 November, 2006 16:03

<p>Australians who bought smaller cars in response to rising petrol prices are hiring larger vehicles transport family, gifts and camping gear to Christmas holiday destinations, according to car hire website Vroom Vroom Vroom <a href=""></a></p>
<p>The online car hire shopper reports an overall 21 per cent increase over the same time last year in people hiring larger vehicles, with many motorists booking ahead for Christmas. The increase is nationwide and covers all the major car hire companies, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty.</p>
<p>Vroom Vroom Vroom CEO, Peter Thornton, says: "Clearly there is an accelerating trend towards renting larger cars for special occasions, and there's nothing more special than Christmas holidays. New South Wales' motoring organisation, NRMA, advises motorists in its latest Open Road magazine to save fuel by buying a smaller car and renting a larger one when necessary - and that's exactly what we see happening."</p>
<p>"We have seen an increasing trend in the off-peak season and, now in the peak season, which is solidifying into more than just a coincidence."</p>
<p>In the analysis, Vroom has defined a large car as any car fitting into the full-size, standard, premium or luxury car classes. The increase was shown across all States.</p>
<p>About Vroom Vroom Vroom <a href=""></a></p>
<p>Vroom is an online car hire shopper which compares prices side by side for all major Australian airport car rental and hire car firms nationwide, including Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Thrifty, giving online customers a direct choice and comparison between prices for each car class. By focusing exclusively on cars, rather than dealing with accommodation and airline tickets as well, Vroom Vroom Vroom is able to guarantee the best web-based pricing from the leading suppliers. The portal's suppliers have car rental depots in over 1000 locations through Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, France, Spain and the USA.</p>
<p>For more information</p>
<p>Peter Thornton
Vroom Vroom Vroom
Phone: (07) 3256 3592

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