Thursday, 27 December 2012

Bergamo Airport Orio Car Hire


Bergamo Orio Airport is a relatively small airport with increasing popularity. Low cost airline companies prefer it as it's a lucrative alternative of the much busier (and expensive) Malpensa and Linate airports near Milan. We planned our weekend journey to cover Bergamo and Milan, and if we have time- the beautiful Como lake. That's the reason we went for the option to rent a car.
Car hire office at Bergamo Airport
Car hire offices are located on the right hand side of the arrival's exit. Our plane landed in the evening and around 8:30 PM we were at the Auto Europe/Dollar/SicilybyCar office. It's a small office with only one personnel inside opened from 7:30 AM till 10:30 PM.

There was another client  before us so we had to wait for his documents to be handled first. It took about 15 minutes till our turn came. Our printed voucher and documents were processed quite quickly. The Italian guy behind the desk gave prompt answers to our questions although he wasn't overly polite :-) The best thing he wasn't very pushy on offering us extra stuff.

Car rental shuttle bus stop
Useful Tip: Bring your own GPS if you have- that will save you a lot and still you'll be able to drive in the foreign land with an ease. 

Our documents were handled for less than 20 minutes and we went out to catch the car rental parking shuttle that was supposed to drive us to our car. The shuttle stop is just in front of the exit- there is an old small sign pointing it.

Inside the shuttle bus
We waited for about 15 more minutes for the shuttle. At least 10 other people joined us in waiting. The trip to car hire parking was very short. As we would understand later- there's a walk-through passage that leads to the parking (in case you don't have a lot of bags, of course).

We found our car easily although it was quite dark (9:30 PM). Nissan Micra @ 50,000 km with 2 small scratches, that were diligently marked on the paperwork we got from the agency. It's a good practice to take a photo of your car before getting it as there might be some hidden scratches.

Our rented Nissan Micra

I mounted my own GPS and we drove out. Bergamo is not a very big town so we found our hotel quite fast (thanks to that precious GPS of mine!). Bed & Breakfast Ciliegio has some great ratings and reviews at Booking.com so it was an easy choice. The owner, Philippo, welcomed us in the late evening and  even managed to recommend us a fine restaurant in the neighbourhood. He was complaining he was still waiting for an Italian (yes, native!) couple who got lost depending on public transport and couldn't manage to the hotel. That was another proof for us that getting a car hire was the right decision. Grotta Azzurra, the restaurant recommended by Philippo, was just a kilometer away. It was full to the brim, we hardy found parking place. (Parking is located in the inner yard of the restaurant- it had at least 60-70 places). Food was very delicious, the "old-school-non-english-speaking" waiters brought in even more charm to the situation- great final for our Italian evening.

Città Alta
If you happen to visit Bergamo, a must see visit is The Old Town. It's called "Città Alta"- a very charming place. It's better to visit it on spring or summer, not like us in the winter but still- the place is very beautiful. We parked our rented car at the parking, just outside the tall Venetian walls of Città Alta and went on walking. (No tourist's cars allowed inside and there are many streets that are so narrow, that two people could hardly walk shoulder to shoulder). There were a lot of offers for guided walks (starting from 10 euro per person) but we decided to go on our own- feeling confident and prepared enough.
Via Rosato in Città Alta
Our journey started at the Piazza Luigi Angelini; we visited the Gombito Tower and some other tower houses. After that we looked around for the Piazza Vecchia and surrounding buildings. We discovered the beautiful Santa Maria Maggiore and the Colleoni Chapel. We had a break at Bar Flora for a ristretto (30 ml of very strong espresso). Refreshed, we went through side streets to the church of San Salvatore. And finally, we couldn't help but testing the famous "funicolare"- a cable railway in which a cable attached to a pair of tram-like vehicles moves them up-down the steep slope.
The famous Funicolare

Although it was cloudy and raining from time to time, we had a great time in Bergamo. Once again- we recommend summer time to visit those charming cobbled-stone ancient streets with marvelous churches and cozy restaurants.

My next article will describe our visit to Milan- the centre of Lombardia and the main goal of our journey.

For conclusion, a few words on returning our rented car. We had to return our car with full fuel tank in the early morning when was our flight. In the contract, the fuel tank was divided into eights- 1/8, 2/8…8/8. I also noticed at the beginning, the Micra fuel gauge had 8 levels when completely full. So the night before return, I filled the tank to the brim and again it showed 8/8. In the morning, we managed to get to the parking lot.

Full tank fuel on the car hire receipt
A good tip: When getting the car from parking lot, save the exact location to your GPS. That could save you a lot of hassle when returning the car as roads around airports could be very complicated.

We were a bit worried if there'll be a shuttle bus that early in the morning (6:30 AM). A guy at the parking lot showed us a direct walking path to the airport and we were about to go on foot when the shuttle bus came.

The car rental office wasn't opened at the time of our arrival but there was a hole in the window and a lot of car keys on the floor. So that's what we did- filled our return document and dropped the key and the yellow paper through the hole to the floor.


Prego.

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Green Motion Heathrow Airport


A recent Tipoa customer sent us a review of their experience at London's Heathrow Airport and one of our rental car supplier's Green Motion:

Green Motion Office at Heathrow Airport

You have to go to Bus Stop 3 directly outside Terminal 1 after exiting the arrivals hall. The bus stop is marked BUS STOP 3 and you take the bus number H1 marked "H1 Holiday Inn (M4)" There is a bus every 20 minutes from 04:42 and from 15:22 every 25 minutes. The bus ticket costs £4.50 single and £8.00 return. The journey time is about 15 mins (it goes via Terminal 3).

The car rental office of Green Motion had two members of staff. Process time took 15 minutes for the paperwork. The office itself is located in separate building right outside the Holiday Inn entrance. I received a new clean car (about 8,200 Miles). Overall process time takes 30 minutes by time you check over the car.
Clean new car (8,200 Miles)

It was a similar experience when I returned the vehicle. Overall time from arriving at the Green Motion office to returning to Heathrow again takes 30 minutes.

The bus stops at two other hotels nearby, close to the M4 motorway, but the bus journey itself was only 15 minutes.

The whole process ran very smoothly, given I arrived on a Monday morning and departed on a Saturday afternoon. - On this ocassion I can definately recommend booking online with www.tipoa.com and
there is no need to avoid Green Motion as often they are the cheapest option.

The car hire office is opposite Holiday Inn
Brian thank you for this review! we hope it will assist others. If any other customers, wish to provide similar articles on their travelling experiences, then we would be more than happy to publish it to our blog. (good or bad)

Tipoa Car Hire


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Are We At The Airport?

A very common question we are asked,  "Are our suppliers based at the airport?"

In the majority of cases, when you make a search or reservation at the Tipoa Car Hire website, the supplier our system will choose will be based at the airport.



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However, if you choose the cheapest car offered, based upon the criteria you have entered, then there is a chance that these suppliers will be "off-site" and will require you catch the shuttle bus / transport supplied. Full instructions are contained within your confirmation voucher that is emailed to you, following your reservation.



If you wish to change your reservation, once made, providing there is enough time, we can request a change to an on airport supplier, but this may effect the rental rate.

 Details of suppliers that are known to be off airport can be viewed at Off Airport Car Hire.

Friday, 6 July 2012

Meteora- Greece's sky city


When we talk about Greece, we imagine sunshine, cozy white little houses spread over the hills, decorated in blue, clear sky and turquoise calm sea. And history.

Meteora (Μετέωρα) is one of the largest complexes of monasteries in Greece. It's second only to famous Mount Athos in Halkidiki peninsula. Meteora is located at the northwestern edge of the Plain of Thessaly. It's about 70 km on the west of Larissa. The nearest town is Kalambaka.



There, in the dark green mass of trees, about 60 gigantic rocks (upto 300 metres in height) are reaching high to the sky in different shapes, like towers. The monasteries are uniquely located on the top of those sharp rocks.

The exact date of the establishment of the monasteries is unknown. By the late 11th and early 12th century, a rudimentary monastic state had formed called the Skete of Stagoi and was centered around the still-standing church of Theotokos (mother of God).

In 1344, Athanasios Koinovitis from Mount Athos brought a group of followers to Metéora. From 1356 to 1372, he founded the great Meteoron monastery on Broad Rock. The only means of reaching it was by climbing a long ladder, which was drawn up whenever the monks felt threatened. There used to be twenty- four monasteries; now active are only six or seven. Each monastery has fewer than 10 inhabitants. The monasteries are now tourist attractions.

Although Meteora is one of the top Greek attractions, the place is quite isolated (seclusion is part of the monastery idea, I guess). We reached it with a rented car from Tipoa Car Hire from Thessaloniki airport. It was easy to find it after less than 3 hours drive. From the airport, we crossed Thessaloniki heading for the highway to Athens (E75). After a short drive, we followed highway E90. Both highways required partial toll payments. It costed us about 5 euro in tolls. At Grevena, we took the Exit 15 to Trikala. The road is new but it has a lot of turns (way too many :-)) There are plenty of Meteora signs on the way, so you can't miss it. A road is heading right to the top of the cliffs so you can park very near to the monasteries. Admission ticket for Holy Monastery of Great Meteoron is 2 euro. There's a striking skull room inside (still shivering).

 You could easily spend the whole day, wandering around the monasteries. The nearest town of Kalambaka is a tourist place so it has a lot of restaurants, taverns and little comfy hotels to stay.

Finally, a tip for car hire travellers: bring your own GPS (if you have one)- this will save you costs and you'll still be able to find your destination of interest.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Car hire: 10 ways to avoid being ripped off



1. Buy the basic package only

The secret to saving money on car hire is to buy the basic package only. Hire Car suppliers make all their profits by selling you the add-ons, which are usually absurdly expensive. In particular, ignore pressure to buy their collision damage waiver (CDW) or "super" CDW insurance, which will cover the "excess", usually 500-1,000, not covered by the basic insurance. Instead, arrange your own cover independently - see step three.

Use online agents such as Tipoa Car Hire to check hire prices first.

If possible use off airport operators -  often you can avoid lengthy rental desk queues at peak airport terminal times, and they usually offer a wider and cheaper range of vehicles. Hire deals organised by airlines such as Ryanair's link with Hertz or going to the hire firm direct are rarely better value than using a broker.

2. Bring your own satnav and child car seats 

We tested the cost of hiring a satnav for a week in Italy with Hertz and were asked for €97 (£78.50) for one week. In Spain, Europcar wanted £77. This is a waste of money. You can buy a new satnav that covers both the UK and Europe for around £50-£60, or bring your own.

Child seats are more tricky. Hertz wanted £78.50 while Europcar asked for £74, and £60 for a booster seat. But if you are flying with a charter airline such as Monarch, it is free to take a child seat with you. Booster seats cost as little as £8 to buy in the UK, indicating just how overpriced the car hire deals are.

If you are flying on a low-cost airline such as Ryanair, check the additional baggage cost when booking. Ryanair charges £10 each way for a child car seat, so even with this extra cost it can still make sense to bring it along.

3. Save £100 by buying excess insurance

Most car rental companies charge an Excess. If you have a claim - typically you pay the first € 500 or so. Also, most policies issued by car rental companies don't cover windows, tyres, undercarriage, roof or loss of keys.

Excess Insurance from our third party partner ALLIANZ GLOBAL ASSISTANCE gives you complete peace of mind for just € 5.65 per day. The policy will cover up to € 2390.52 of any excess; it can be used on any vehicle type and if your particular vehicle can't be confirmed, you can use it with any rental company so you won't lose out. Please note: Excess Insurance is billed separately on your credit card statement…

UPDATE: Many suppliers now realise they are loosing a valuable income with brokers such as Tipoa Car Hire offering comprehensive Excess Insurance online, so you may see some all inclusive deals, promising " zero excess ' but beware, these are not comprehensive and they still so not cover many of the things they should, such as tyres, loss of keys, window damage.

4. Ignore the sales patter at the collection desk

This is where you need to be strong. Don't be persuaded to buy insurance you have already paid for (above). When you fill out the rental agreement, the local agent will try to sell you their super CDW that reduces the excess to zero. They will tell you that your insurance isn't valid (it is) and they will try to sell you windscreen wheel, tyre, and undercarriage insurance.

Assuming you have a policy, don't fall for it and take a copy of the ALLIANZ policy with you. We get lots of complaints about this, and the car hire firm is under no obligation to refund you because you bought two policies - nor is the agent you hired the car from. If you paid twice, it's your mistake.

When you refuse the extra cover, the rental firm will "pre-authorise" a sum to cover the excess on your credit card - typically £600 or so in the local currency. This is normal and allows the firm to charge your card the excess if you do have a crash. They will also charge you for the fuel if appropriate.

You will need enough available credit on your card to handle both.

5. Check the fuel policy, the mileage and other extras

Before you hand over your credit card details, look up the company's fuel policy. If you are driving a long way, does your rental limit the mileage in any way? If you are under 25, is there a surcharge?

A growing number of firms (for Spanish rentals in particular) now insist on a full-to-empty fuel policy on rentals of more than three or four days. You pay for a full tank of fuel and then bring it back empty, which is fine in theory, but if you aren't using the car much you'll end up paying for three-quarters of a tank of fuel you didn't use.

Renters on the small Spanish islands report it being impossible to use a full tank of fuel. Even the big firms now adopt this policy. The only way round it in Spain for those on a week's holiday is to go for a series of short rentals. Elsewhere, such as Italy, it is less prevalent, but starting to appear.

UPDATE: You can choose your fuel policy and view the cost, online prior to making your reservation at Tipoa.com STEP2. Look down the left hand side for the filter and click on FUEL POLICY

6. Note all damage, and video or photograph the car

This is the key moment. Before you leave, go round the car and look for any damage and mark even minor scratches on the rental agreement. Don't leave anything off. Same for the interior. Check the spare wheel is there, inflated and undamaged. Check the car is full of fuel if it supposed to be, and record the mileage, if it's restricted.

Once you have marked all the damage on the sheet, get someone at the rental desk to sign it - even if it is a long walk or drive back to the desk. If you don't there is nothing to stop the firm arguing that you caused the damage at the end the rental.

Once signed for, there can be no dispute. Take a video or digital pictures of the car (especially any pre-existing damage) as extra proof.

7. Photo the car on return and keep the paperwork

Assuming you have done no damage, and have filled it up (if required), park it up and then take digital photos of each panel of the car, the wheels, the mileometer, and other shots.

Hand the keys back to the person at the desk. If late at night post them through the letter box. Be wary if approached by someone in the car park claiming to work for the car firm. One reader faced a lengthy battle after his car was stolen in this way.

Lastly, keep hold of the paperwork. Don't throw it away, thinking the rental is over - it's not.

8. Keep an eye on your credit card statement

Check your credit card statement a few days later to make sure promised fuel payments and excess charges are returned and keep an eye out in later statements that no extra payments have mysteriously materialised.

9. Fight any additional charges

If you have wisely bought excess protection, simply claim from the firm in question. If the claim is spurious, pass this on to them and let them sort it out. If you bought the car hire firm's policy (why?) and the claimed damage is not covered - it rarely is - then it is time to go into battle.

Send a copy of the photos you took, and talk to the company. Some, particularly those in Spain, will ignore you. 

Ask for evidence of repairs that were supposedly carried out.

If you don't get anywhere and know you are innocent, raise the dispute with your credit card provider. The card firm may again try to ignore it. It will then be up to the car hire firm to prove its claim is valid.

Tipoa Car Hire welcome emails from you on these matters.

10. So which car hire company do you go with?

Shop around, of course, and consider Tipoa Car Hire. It has the advantage of offering a one-stop shop in that you can buy its basic rental - it also offers excess insurance and you can reserve your extras, such as baby seats, ski racks, GPS all in the same booking.

Just remember if you've already paid and don't pay again at the rental desk. 

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Check list for Online Car Rental Booking




1. Print your rental voucher
You will need to present it and the "Terms of Service" pages at the rental desk.

2. Take your full & up to date driving license
Usually drivers must hold a full license for minimum of 1 year with no major endorsements.

3. A credit card with the main driver's name
Although you will be allowed to book a car with a debit card, you'll need a credit card at the rental desk to release the vehicle.

4. Get your passport or any photo ID other than your driver's license

For more interesting tips, please visit Tipoa Car Hire

Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Car Hire at Sofia Airport Terminal 2

I've visited Bulgaria and it´s capital several times. Each time I used a local car hire company which was ok. This year I've decided to do something different. A friend of mine recommended me a car hire site he has used and was happy with. I said OK, I'll give it a go.

My first impression was very positive. The search engine of the site offered me a great quote EUR176 for 13 days- which is about EUR13 per day. That's EUR7 better than the local company's offer! Sorry, guys it was a great pleasure working with you… :-) Having this lucrative offer, I booked with tipoa.com straight away, 1 month in advance of my arrival. Because this was a part paid rental, only EUR29 was taken from my credit card. The rest of the rental balance was payable on the arrival.

So, at the beginning of May, I landed on Sofia Airport. It's good we landed on Terminal 2- the brand new terminal of Sofia Airport, as Terminal 1 looks a little worse than Warrington Bank Quay station (if you know what I mean)…

Terminal 2 is a nice modern facility. The car hire companies desks are a few yards from the custom's exit. Very convenient- straight ahead. Managed to snapshot the desks although camera isn't allowed.




The girl at the desk spoke perfect English. She was friendly and polite. I showed her my printed voucher (which I received in my email right after the booking from the site) and it took us several minutes to deal with the documents.

I expected some shuttle bus to take me to the car hire facility… No. We used the side exit on the right (not the main exit) and there my rental car was waiting for me - 50 yards from the exit. Easy. A brand new white Chevy Aveo. Car type within my voucher was stated: "206 or similar" so the Aveo was fair enough. I got additional driver for free as a bonus, which was nice (it costed about EUR15 as an extra). I got my keys and drove on.




My stay in Sofia will be described in a separate article (more spicy, I guess ;-) ). Here I'm concentrating on the car hire experience.

All was fine with my car during the stay. It was very economical even in the worst traffic jams. Driving in Sofia was not that easy but I didn't have any accidents. Almost was fined for parking but managed to move the car before it happened. Parking in the centre of Sofia was cheap- EUR0.50 per hour but the parking signs were not very clear. Later I discovered you could pay for your parking with a text message. You type in your plate number as text.

Fuel policy is not an issue in Bulgaria. I had some bad experience in Spain with full - empty fuel policy. In Bulgaria, you take the car with full tank and return it full. Oil price was EUR1.30 per litre- which is quite ok.

Way to and from the airport was easy to be found even without GPS (it was an option for EUR15 which I didn't take…).



I had to return my rental car at 7AM as my flight was an early one. I was instructed to park the car at the same place (very close to the taxi parking) where I had taken it and to deliver the keys to the desk. The sleepy guy at the desk got out to the parking and just had a quick look at car. All was fine and well.

It was a good service and a great bargain. I'll use Tipoa Car Hire again on my next travel.





Report submitted by Tipoa customer: Mr Georg Platt (USA)

Thursday, 3 May 2012

5 Romantic Hotels



Are you considering a romantic getaway, at a luxury hotel? Tipoa Car Hire recommend these five hotels:

1. Shangri-La Hotel - Paris, France
Shangri-La Hotel welcomes the world with its exhilarating rooms and restaurant views of the Eiffel Tower and La Seine.

2. Hotel Danieli, a Luxury Collection Hotel - Venice Italy
Venice is a must-see for all romantic travellers. Well, Hotel Danieli offers rooms viewing Venice's iconic lagoon.

3. The Greenwich Hotel - New York City, United States
Located in hip TriBeCa, this romantic escape offers absolute service and complimentary amenities to all.

4. Pierre du Calvet Hotel - Old Montreal, Quebec, Canada
This boutique hotel sits only steps away from the city's Old-Port, and the many captivating, historical attractions that make Montréal so adorable.

5. W Hotel Barcelona - Barcelona, Spain
A modern gem that features astonishing views of the Mediterranean and the city.

Visit http://www.tipoa.com for more ideas

Sunday, 8 April 2012

Corvera Airport in Murcia will not open until 2013

The date was given by the Murcia President, Ramón Luis Valcárcel.


The new airport at Corvera in Murcia has suffered another delay in opening of several months. Summer 2013 is now being put as the earliest date the facility can be operational.

The date was given by the President of the Murcia Government, Ramón Luis Valcárcel, who said that a thousand technical requirements and approval of the equipment used still has to be carried out. He said he did not want an airport with no planes, as has been seen in Castellón.

The departure of Luis del Rivero from constructors Sacyr has apparently slowed down the paperwork in Madrid. From Murcia himself he was sacked last October as boss of the multinational, and had been the person putting the necessary rhythm to get the airport operational.

The IU-Verdes spokesman for the Murcia region, José Manuel López, after hearing the airport will not open this summer, described the infrastructure as ‘ a never ending tale’.

Meanwhile AENA has announced 22 extra flights this summer from the San Javier airport.

If you would like to book car hire, please go visit Tipoa Car Hire

Wednesday, 4 April 2012

Tipoa Car hire Thailand Phuket - Airport

Tipoa Rental Car at Phuket International Airport [HKT] , Thailand's second busiest airport and the gateway to all that Phuket and the surrounding islands have to offer. Millions of passengers each year visit Phuket to enjoy a wide range of tourist activities, natural beauty of the world famous Phuket beaches and fascinating attractions.

Visitors to Thailand and Phuket for the first time may be concerned about the safety of driving on Thai roads.

Well an important factor to consider is, what side of the road do they drive on? It is the left side, the same as in the UK, Australia and India. For a useful map on what countries drive on the left hand side visit that article and click on the MAP to enlarge it.

The biggest adjustment you have to make when driving in Thailand, is the large amount of motorcycles. There are very few pedistrians. Motorcycles tend to drive in opposite directions to what they should on the wrong side of the road, and carry up to 4 persons.

But the main roads are good and in fact flow quite well most of the time.

BEWARE there are very few 24 hour petrol stations in Phuket . Don't get caught out, petrol stations tend to close at around 20:00 hrs. There is a 24 hour petrol station close to the airport, on the main road Thep Krassattri [ National Highway No. 402 ]‎ เทพกระษัตรี อ.ถลาง จ.ภูเก็ต ไทย to Phuket Town and the South of the Island.

Tipoa Car Hire and it's suppliers are located just across the airport car park opposite the main airport entrance. If you have heavy bags we will come and collect / greet you.

We also have locations at or close to the Major hotels, in Rawai, Patong, Laguna and Surin.

Patong, Karon, Kata, Kata Noi, Kamala, Nai Harn Beaches are in the South of the island and Surin, BagTao, Nai Thon, Banana Rock, Nai Yang in the North

Phuket also has many great Golf Courses, Blue Canyon is very close to Phuket International Airport [HKT] and Laguna is nearby. There is also Phuket Country Club, Phunaka, Loch Palm, and Red Mountain Golf courses. 

Tipoa Rental Car at Phuket Airport bring together all the major suppliers so you can compare all the car hire providers and come up with a vehicle/price package to suit your needs.

Start now or enter another location, your car hire dates, review the best car hire deals from top Thai car rental companies, and book cheap car hire direct from Phuket Airport.

Other nearby TIPOA locations can be found at Krabi , Koh Sumui

Who drives on the left hand side of the road?

When considering hiring a car an important factor is " what side of the road do they drive? " The map below will help you, destinations such as Thailand, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand. most of South Africa, much of the Caribbean, India and United Kingdom do so.

All the blue areas on the map below drive on the left hand side of the road.







Please visit Tipoa Car Hire News for more interesting car rental information

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Pedestrians in Spain




If you drive a rental car in Spain you must be aware of the way some pedestrians approach the cross walks.

Instead of stopping at the edge of the sidewalk and check if there are cars approaching, they just keep walking.

So please, slow down when getting closer to a cross walk and always keep an eye for any pedestrians trying to cross the road.


Monday, 2 April 2012

Centauro rent a car Valencia Manises Airport

Centauro is a Spanish rental car company that operates the Full/Empty fuel policy, when you make a reservation for more than 3 days.

Some useful information regarding their location at Valencia airport (Manises):

Like most of the car hire companies at Manises airport,Valencia Centauro have no desk at the airport terminal . Some rental car suppliers like Avis, Hertz and Europcar do have a desk , but ALL provide their customers with a prompt bus service to the nearby facilities in Manises Polygon, where the rental car fleets are located. This bus collects and delivers the customers outside Departures. On your confirmation voucher it explains this, so whether you arrive by air or to the airport by taxi, for example, you should stand just outside the airport in front of Departures and await the Centauro shuttle bus.

If you are not arriving by air, you can go directly to their office and collect your rental car. When returning a car, then you always go to the same office.

Please note that most spanish car rental companies operate a full out empty return policy. Click here for additional advice on Tipoa's FAQ page

With Centauro if you rent a car for 3 or less days, you have the chance of returning it with the tank full and the initial amount of money you paid as a deposit for the fuel when you collected the car, will be reimbursed.

I recommend that you take this option, as they charge you a premium amount for the initial full tank of fuel. So it is best that you do not return the car empty.

Filling up the tank before returning the rental car is not a problem as there are many petrol stations at Manises Polygon. i.e. just a few meters behind Centauro local there are a Repsol and also a Galp petrol stations.



Report submitted by Tipoa customer:
Srta. Claudia Antela (Javea)

Friday, 9 March 2012

Take a photo of your rental car

Next time you rent a car, take a picture of it before and after you drive it . Whip out your digital camera or phone and take a snapshot.

Eliminate the risk of being falsely accused of damaging the car.

This could ensure that innocent drivers don't have to pay for the mistakes of others. It's wise to have your own record — just in case.

Your rental car is ready for its closeup inspection.

For more interesting tips on car rental, please visit Tipoa Car Hire Site



Monday, 6 February 2012

Discover the Wine Regions of Spain with Tipoa Car Hire



There are sixty plus wine regions in Spain producing a comprehensive array of different wine styles.

Improvements in Spanish viticulture and winemaking over the past two decades has lead to a marked improvement in quality across the board.

A Quick Tour of the Wine Regions of Spain:

Rias Baixas
Rias Baixas is on the Atlantic coast just above the border with Portugal. Here Albarino is the favoured variety making Spain's best crisp white wines.

Getariako Txakoli, Bizkao Txakoli and Arabako Txakoli
The Basque country on the Northern coast where the Pyrenees meet the Atlantic contains three small wine regions Getariako Txakoli, Bizkao Txakoli and Arabako Txakoli. The local grape varieties Hondarribi Zuri and Hondarribi Beltza and Folle Blanche are used to make refreshing low alcohol but highly acidic white wines.

Navarra
Also in the North of Spain is the wine region of Navarra, named after the province known in English as Navarre. It is overshadowed by Rioja, it's southern neighbour. Garnacha is the traditional variety used here but Tempranillo is increasingly used. Red and rose wines are made with these varieties and some white wines are produced from Macabeo and Chardonnay.

Rioja
The Rioja region straddles the Ebro River in the northern part of Spain's Meseta or central tableland. It is Spain's leading wine region producing mainly red wines from the Tempranillo grape.

Ribera del Duero
Ribera del Duero is south of the Rioja along the Duero River. Again the main grape variety used is Tempranillo, here known as Tinto Fino. Other red wine varieties include Garnacha (Grenache) and Cabernet Sauvignon which are minor blending partners to the Tempranillo. This region boasts Spain's most expensive red wine - Vega Sicilia Unico.

Penedes
Penedes to the south-west of Barcelona is best known for the production of Cava, Spain's sparkling wine. Still white wines made from Chardonnay and other varieties as well as red and rose wines, often made from Cabernet Sauvignon are also produced here.

Jerez
In the South of Spain is Jerez in sun kissed Andalucia is world famous for its sherry. These beautiful wines are not the only treasure to be found here. Jerez also lays claim to being the originator of tapas, the delightful small smacks that have taken the world by storm, and an indispensible accompaniment to sherry.

These are just a few of the sixty or so Spanish wine regions. All are undergoing modernisation and improvements as they compete in the world market.

For more info on car hire in Spain, visit Tipoa Car Hire

Returning a rental car at Alicante Airport

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You may need to fill up the tank before returning a rental car at this airport following the "full out/ full return" fuel policy. In this case and in your interest, there is Galp petrol station opposite the new terminal building.

1. If you head to the airport from the A7 highway, take the exit "aeropuerto" through the road N338. Then in the first roundabout take the road N332 heading to Alicante.
You will be able to turn back in another roundabout and then reach the N338 road back again to the airport and the petrol station.

2. If you already drive on the N332 from any direction and heading the airport, just take the exit to the airport through the N338.



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Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Solar Storm: US Airline Delta Diverts Flights Across Polar Region As Radiation From Sun Hits

US airline Delta has diverted flights on routes across the polar regions as radiation from a massive solar storm batters the Earth's atmosphere.

The radiation storm has caused dramatic displays of the aurora borealis (the Northern lights) but there are also fears it could disrupt communications, damage satellites and cause power grid outages at northern latitudes.

Atlanta-based Delta said it had altered the course of some flights between Detroit and Asia to avoid communications problems from the storm.

Airline spokesman Anthony Black said. "We are undergoing a series of solar bursts in the sky that are impacting the northern side of the world.

"It can impact your ability to communicate," he said. "So, basically, the polar routes are being flown further south than normal."




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Sunday, 15 January 2012

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