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Ssangyong Korando AWD - SUV's are in demand 11/12/2016
Choosing a vehicle to rent can be a daunting task – especially if you feel you aren’t all that clued up on what all the fancy names mean. James Blond Ltd have a superb array of rental vehicles to choose from and will definitely have a style to suit your requirements.

One of our most popular choices for our customers has been the All-Wheel Drive (AWD) SUV rental range and due to the demand received for these we have now added a number of them to our fleet.
 
We have chosen the 2016 Ssangyong Korando, petrol automatic which has a higher specification level than the 2wd model. If you are going south or heading for the snow these have 18 inch wheels and heated leather seats. You’ll be surprised at what kind of a difference having a warm backside makes on a long, otherwise cold journey!
 
All-Wheel Drives have some similarities to a 4WD system but there's no question that AWD improves traction. If you are needing a vehicle for a trip to the mountains for skiing – this is a great safety feature to have. The reason an AWD has this ability is that it allows all four wheels to spin, which can be helpful if two of them are on a slick or slippery surface.
So why choose the Ssangyong Korando? Unlike some other AWD SUVs the Korando can cope with the demands of an equipment heavy road tip. It has large storage bins, reach and rake adjustment for the steering wheel and generous equipment levels. Korando’s offer decent leg and headroom for your rear passengers, and generous luggage space. Inside, it is huge and has most of its rivals beaten, with nearly 500 litres of luggage space with the seats up and 1,300 litres with them down.
 
Unusually for an SUV, you can fit three adults across the back bench. There’s plenty of leg and head room, and with no central lump in the floor the person in the middle won’t feel short-changed either.
All of the doors have storage bins, and the boot itself is a match for the best SUVs.

All Korandos come with front, side and window airbags, as well as a stability system that will help you to regain control of the car if it starts to skid, and a brake assist function that prevents you rolling backwards when performing a hill start.

No matter how big the interior of a vehicle is, if you are road tripping there is always extra items that you want or need to take with you. If this is you then we have roof rails for rent if required. These can easily expand the space you have if you rent a Ssangyong Korado from us.

Keep in mind that our rates on these vehicles include unlimited mileage, GST and standard insurance, so you can take the vehicle almost anywhere in NZ without the stress of mileage charges. You are even welcome to take the vehicle to the South Island and enjoy the sights down there as long as you return the vehicle to Auckland. This helps set James Blond apart from other rental companies.

When hiring through us you have the peace of mind that your vehicle is fully covered by the factory warranty roadside assistance and this is available 24/7 right throughout NZ.
 
Our SUVs offer plenty of flexibility with seating capacity, power, and luggage room. Whether you are going on a weekend family trip or exploring the countryside we are sure you will find our AWD Premium SUV’s ideal for your needs.
 
Airport Rentals Easy With James Blond 28/11/2016
Often arriving at an airport marks the beginning of your journey and not the end. Auckland provides you with many different options of car rental companies. On arrival in a new city, you are tired and eager to get out of the airport zone and out on the adventure that has brought you there. More often than not, though, rental car companies have slow and tedious processes that must be worked through in order to allow you to obtain a car to drive away with. It can be hours waiting for paperwork and dragging your luggage around with you.
 
James Blond Car Rental pride ourselves in being able to offer you, a traveller to Auckland, a user-friendly, efficient and very practical version of what other car hire companies require. Our system is professional and streamlined. This allows you to be processed promptly and get you on your way as quickly as possible. A number of our previous clients have commented that James Blond Ltd take all the stress away from arrival and departure at the airports.
 
We have one of the widest ranges of rental cars in Auckland -  from the cheapest economy car through to late model and brand new Toyota’s and an extensive range of SUV's – James Blond Ltd can cater for your travelling needs. If there are more than 5 of you travelling, then we can offer you our rental minivans which give you the choice of 6.7,8.10,12,14 or 19 seat minibuses. We even offer a 24-hour rental period if you are in Auckland just for 1 day – say a concert or special event (there are certain restrictions to this) which other companies do not do.
 
Please Note: All airport bookings must be a minimum of four days.
 
Whether you arrive at the Domestic terminal or the International terminal, James Blond car rental will get your trip off to a great start! Just get off the plane, into the shuttle, into your rental car and away you drive. At the end of your rental, you can simply pack your bags and drive to the airport whenever it suits you.
 
Arriving in Auckland
 
James Blond Airport Car Rental has an arrangement with Aeroparks - one of the leading Park and Ride services at Auckland Airport. When you arrive at either the Domestic or International Airports you will be met by one of Aeroparks shuttles no matter what time of the day or night you arrive. This service requires a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to ensure that we are able to meet your needs and also to transfer your vehicle to the airport for you. A one off fee of $35.00 is payable for this service. You will then be taken to their base and you will be given the keys to your rental car. Copies of your contracts and all breakdown information and your GPS unit (if ordered) will be in the glovebox of the car. 
 
To find the pickup point at the International Terminal: Turn left out of the customs hall, and exit the building through door 11 which is located at the far left hand corner of the International Terminal (between McDonalds and the i-site information centre) turn right and wait underneath the overhead clock for the shuttle. Download PDF here
 
To find the pickup point at the Domestic Terminal (if flying Air New Zealand) is located in the centre lane of the carpark/pick up and drop off point outside the terminal this lane is bordered by concrete barriers. Download PDF here 

To find the pickup point at the Domestic Terminal (if flying Jetstar) is located outside DOOR 7 of the Domestic terminal. Download PDF here
 
As Aeroparks operate as an agency of James Blond Car Rental, no payment is ever to be exchanged between you and Aeroparks. You will however need to show your ID to our agents before collecting your car. Questions can be answered by calling our office on 0800 525 663 from any phone during our business hours of 8am to 5pm 7 days a week. 
 
Leaving Auckland
 
If you thought collecting your rental car from James Blond Car Rental was easy at the Airports, dropping it off before you depart is even easier! Simply self-drive your car to our agents, Aeroparks, at 112 Pavillion Drive, Airport Oaks (click here for a map). You do need to ensure that the vehicle has a full tank of fuel and any accident damage, no matter how minor, has been reported to our agents. Once the car has been checked back into their system, Aeroparks, will transfer you to the airport. You should allow an extra 15 to 20 minutes prior to your expected check in time at the airport to ensure everything runs smoothly. 
 
So next time you are heading to Auckland, check out James Blond first for your car hire. Look at our testimonials and give us a go and see just how exceptional our service is!
Things to think about when renting a car 17/10/2016
For most of us there comes a time when we need to rent a car.  However, this isn’t as simple as signing a form and driving off. There are things you need to be aware of and questions you should ask the company before you drive away. 
Car Rental Check List

This is to avoid any confusion or unexpected bills at the end of your trip. Some questions are:
  • Do I take care of the insurance or does the car company?
  • Who pays for the fuel and when and how, eg is there a fuel card?
  • Where can I take the car? Can I drive to another country?
  • What happens if I have an accident?
  • Do I really need all the extras the company offers?

Some things to give more thought to or straight out avoid are:

Prepaid gas.  Companies like to make money and this is one way they are trying to get every dollar they can.  Unless you really won’t have time to refill the car, remember they will charge you for them having to refuel it. This only works out in your favour if you have real time constraints.  Otherwise, refuel it yourself.

Keep a look out for gas stations near the rental place, then fill up the car there on the way out and back.  This will save time and money.

Before signing up to car rental insurance check with your own personal insurance company.  Most companies will cover your rental car anyway so you don’t need an extra policy.

If your personal insurance company doesn’t cover the rental car, check if your credit card does.  If you pay with your credit card, normally that card will cover the insurance on it.

Loss of use insurance – If the car has been damaged and needs to be repaired your credit card may offer loss of use insurance.  Most insurance policies don’t cover this so it’s good to know most credit cards do.

Don’t be afraid to bargain, if they are low on cheaper rental cars or overall busy you may be able to get an upgrade at a cheaper cost.  Doesn’t hurt to ask right?

If you are already under a company such as AAA or an airline rewards scheme, check their websites first. A lot of reward programmes and certain companies have deals or offers on car rentals, so check there first.

Check your rental car properly before you leave the lot.  Take photos or a video of any damage, anything loose or questionable so that you don’t get stung for it when you get back.  Make sure they know about it, even better write it down and get them to sign it that you didn’t do it.

If you have to leave a car in a lot or somewhere for the company to pick up later, again take photos or a video of the car in the condition you left it.  If it is vandalised before the company collects it you may be blamed and have to pay.
If you rent a car oversees check on the details of taking the car across borders to other countries.

Make sure your insurance covers this and what the company says on the matter.

We hope this article makes renting a car a little more “safe” for you.
The advantages of an independent car rental company 29/08/2016
When you go to rent a car you may find a large number of companies, but did you know that most companies are owned by the same four major companies?  You see Avis owns Budget, Zipcar and Payless.  Hertz owns Dollar and Thrifty.  Enterprise owns Alamo and National. Advantage owns E-Z Rent-A-Car.  If, however you look beyond the big companies that own everything you will find more competition and more choices.  Independent car rental companies have the advantage of offering more customer care and are generally more flexible.  They get to care and support the customer rather than the shareholders.  Independent companies have more freedom as they don’t have to answer to one over-all company, it’s just the customer and them. 

Independent Car Rental
Pricing is another advantage, Independent companies have the freedom to do what they wish with pricing while the major companies have a set overall price.  Independent companies are local so they deal with local prices and local companies whereas major companies have to deal with the corporate side of things.  Because independent car rental companies only answer to themselves and their customers and don’t have to worry about the corporate side, the shareholders etc. they make the experience more personal.  They are able to care about the customer and their customer’s satisfaction.

James Blond Ltd is happily one of these independent car companies who pride themselves on happy customers.  We offer a wide range of top of the line vehicles.  We are the largest stand-alone rental company in Auckland.  We offer a pick-you-up and drop-you-off service from the airport or will even deliver your rental to your hotel.  We will have your rental ready for you no matter what time your flight lands, day or night.  We have regular deals and specials.  Give us a call today or fill out our online form.  With such a large range of cars we are sure to have what you want from our small vehicles to our 19 seater minibus, to our trucks and trailers.  Come and see what an independent car company can do for you.
Do I need a photo drivers licence to hire a car in New Zealand? 11/08/2016
The short answer to this question is yes.  It is law in New Zealand (NZ) that you carry your driver’s licence and driving permit at all times.  In most cases this must be a full licence held for a minimum of three years.  


If your Drivers licence or permit is not in English you must also carry an English translation approved by Land Transport NZ or a diplomatic representative at a high commission, embassy or consulate or by the authority that issued your licence.  Further on this the NZ transport agency states you can drive in NZ if:

·         You have a current and valid overseas licence or driving permit
·         You haven’t been disqualified or suspended in NZ
·         You came into NZ less than 12 months ago
·         Your overseas licence is in English or you have an accurate translation
·         You haven’t been granted a NZ drivers licence since you last entered NZ

If you don’t meet ALL of these requirements, you must apply for a NZ drivers licence to drive in NZ.  You can drive for a maximum of 12 months each time you come into NZ.  Your overseas drivers licence allow you to drive a car or a light vehicle with a gross laden weight of no more than 6000kg.  If you have a full overseas motorcycle licence you can ride any size motorcycle.  If your car or motorcycle licence is less than full you may be able to drive but with more restrictions.

Once all that is sorted welcome to New Zealand.  Please remember we drive on the left side of the road, it is also a good idea to review our New Zealand road code to familiarize yourself with our road laws.  There are many roads that are unsealed and many are one way, we have many one car bridges and other such things on our road you need to be aware of and know how to drive these safely.  Our country is a beautiful place to do road trips in with many scenic drives around. 

To make your stay much more enjopyable, why not checklout our car rental range? Expereince New Zealand service at its best! With our Auckland Airport pickup service and large selection rental vehicles your are set to have a hassle free and enjoyable holiday. of   We hope you enjoy your stay here in New Zealand. 
Car rentals for backpackers 04/07/2016
Backpackers, welcome to New Zealand!
 
Welcome to New Zealand all you adventurers.  If you are looking for a car to use while you are here we now have a “backpackers” range of rental cars.  These cars are well serviced and can be relied upon.  They have unlimited mileage and come with standard insurance.  For added peace of mind we also offer 24/7 roadside assistance.  We do not charge for additional drivers. We also have the option of airport pickup and drop off, which is available 24/7.  We can even deliver to anywhere in Auckland.  So what do we have for you my friends.

RENT ME FROM $13/DAY (*45 days plus)

Backpacker car rental
 

 
  Nissan Sunny 2014 Nissan Bluebird 2014 Mazda Demio 2014
Specs HR15 Manual
5 Speed
2WD Front
16.95 KMPL
ABS & EBD
CVT transmission
15.6 KM/L
VDC, TCS, ABS, EBD, BA
129 hp
6000 rpm
Front wheel drive
1.5L, 4 cylinder engine
ABS, ESC, brake override
5 speed
Traction control
Features Push button start
Auto climate control
Keyless entry
Rear view camera
Bluetooth
Intelligent key
Sport button
Push start button
Keyless entry
Intelligent Key
Climate control
 
 
Remote keyless entry
60/40 Split seat back
USB & auxiliary audio input
Roof spoiler
Tilt adjust steering wheel
 
 
So you have your backpack, you have your wheels, now where to go.  There are a few places we recommend are must-see’s.  Rotorua is a favourite place to go among many, mud pools, geysers, the luge, etc., there is so much to do and see.  While there pop over to Taupo to see Huka Falls and do some fishing.  The Corramandal is another must see, beautiful beaches, trails etc.  then what about Waitomo caves, visit the glow worms and do some abseiling.  You can’t forget to visit our capital, Wellington, and the beautiful waterfront.  We hope you enjoy your trip and see some amazing things.
Ski season is here! Are you ready for the mountain? 12/06/2016
Winters here, time for snowboarding, skiing, and all things fun in the snow.  So if you are looking at renting a van or SUV for your winter vacation call us quick as we are running out!  New Zealand has been called a country of all holidays and that is true from beaches to mountains to desserts we have it all in our beautiful New Zealand.  So now it’s time for the snow season, let’s see what we have.



To get up the mountain we suggest the SUV range.  We fell in love with the Ssangyong range of SUVs so that is what we have stocked up on.  This range has space, comfort and more extras you can “chuck a stick at”.  Our first is a 2015 premium small SUV, the Ssangyong Tivoli with a 1600cc engine and great fuel economy.  Next up is our 2015 premium SUV, the Ssangyong Korando 2wd, 2.0L, 5 door hatch with a big boot.  Then is the AWD premium SUV, the 2015 Ssangyong Korando, petrol, auto with 18 inch wheels and heated leather seats, perfect for winter.  Last up is the Nissan X-trails 2016, 2wd with 7 seats.

Let’s look at our van range, we have a large range here.  Starting with the standard van, a Toyota Hiace with twin side door in either manual or auto which has three seats across the front.  The next one up is our rear seat van, another Toyota Hiace which has a rear seat fitted to give seating for five or six but has lots of space.  Then next in line is our jumbo van, 2011 twin door Ford Transit which has as much space as one of our small trucks. Next up is our eight seaters a Toyota Estima with twin side doors, and unlimited mileage. Also we have a 4WD premium 8 seater our 2014 Ssangyong Stavics, a diesel, 4WD, 2.01 turbo diesel with on demand 4WD.  Then we have a 10 seater minivan, another Toyota Hiace petrol in either manual or auto.  We also have 12 seater, a Ford Transit, a Volkswagen Crafter and a Toyota Hiace Jumbo and a new LDV.  We also now have a 14 seater, a 2015 LDV which has a higher roof and each person has their own comfortable seat with an adjustable back rest.  Then our last in this range is our big 19 seater mini-bus, this can be driven on a car licence.

Give us a call and book your choice today and be prepared for the snow.
Rent a SUV for your next NZ holiday 12/04/2016
New Zealand is an amazing country. One traveller said the best thing about New Zealand is, it’s like having the world in one place. Want to go hot and sunny and hit the beaches? We have a range of amazing beaches from the black sands of Raglan to the surfing of Piha or the hot water beaches in the Corramandel.  Want to go to the snow and board or ski? In the North Island we have Mt Ruapehu and in the South Island you must visit Queenstown.  Want to go hiking through forests and such? We have the Abel Tasman coast track, the Tongariro national park or Mt Cook national park. want to see some amazing sights? 

My favourite is Milford sound, or see the glow worms at the Waitomo caves, or the beautiful Franz Josef Glacier.  Into snorkelling or diving? Go to Goat Island, or the Bay of Islands or Kaikoura.  Shopping holiday? We have our cities like Auckland and Wellington. We even have a desert you can explore. These are only a few of the many places and suggestions. New Zealand from the top to the bottom is full of adventures just waiting for you. We have it all right here in one country.

Why choose an SUV?

SUVs are fantastic for getting around our country as they can go wherever you want to go.  SUVs are have more room than cars and passengers can sit higher to see more. Which is great for those who get sick travelling. The seats can be arranged to suit your needs and being 4WD they can go off road or on slippery ground without trouble.  They are great for whatever you are planning. We at James Blond have three choices of SUVs. We have the premium small SUV which is our Ssangyong Tivoli 2015 model. 

This car is packed with features including Bluetooth for safer driving and though it’s under the heading of small it still has plenty of room. It features a 1600cc engine and gives great fuel economy. Our Premium SUV is the Ssangyong Korando 2014/15 model. This SUV has a 2.0Litre engine and is a 5 door hatch with lots of boot space and is also packed with features. Then we have the AWD premium SUV, our 2014 Ssangyong Korando, a petrol automatic with 18 inch wheels. This SUV has higher specs and even has heated leather seats and we can put on roof rails if needed.  So whether its hitting the sand or the mountains or trekking around the trails our SUV range will get you there and back with no worries.

So why choose James Blond?

We are the largest stand-alone rental company in Auckland and we pride ourselves in customer satisfaction. With over 250 rentals we can pretty much guarantee to have what you need when you need it.  We will even pick you up and drop you off to the airport no matter what time day or night, or we can deliver your rental to your hotel during business hours. You can take our rentals anywhere in New Zealand for however long you need it for, just bring it back to us in Auckland when you are ready. 

Our Premium SUV and our AWD Premium SUV include unlimited mileage, GST and standard insurance cover.  Our AWD Premium SUV is fully covered by factory warranty roadside assistance 24/7 anywhere in New Zealand.  Not that you will need to worry with these beauties.
So to sum this article up

·         New Zealand offers everything you can imagine all in one country
·         Our SUVs are the best option for your holiday
·         The Ssangyong range of SUVs we offer are packed with comfort, features and space
·         We at James Blond can give you what you want, when you want It, for how long you want it for
·         We value our customers and your satisfaction is important to us
 
  
 
Winter Season 1 April to 30 September
Time Premium Small SUV Premium SUV AWD Premium SUV
24 Hours $70 $75 $80
2-6 Days $60 $65 $70
7-12 Days $55 $60 $65
13-18 Days $50 $57 $62
19-29 Days $47 $52 $57
30+ Days $42 $48 $52
 
Escape the cold to New Zealand 17/02/2016
Looking at the weather reports around the world, Tokyo is at 5', Canada is at -1', London is a bit warmer at 8', no wonder people are escaping the cold and heading to New Zealand where we have a warm 26'. Why not make the most of a New Zealand summer. Lord of the Rings, the movie, really put New Zealand on the map. Filming here they showed the world how beautiful and scenic this country is, they started in the Waikato in Hamilton and Matatmata shooting scenes like the Hobbiton and the Shire, and moved around New Zealand ending up down in The Fiordlands shooting The River Anduin and Fangorn forest. Now many movies and music videos are being shot in our beautiful country, why not long ago Taylor Swift shot her "Out of the woods" music video in The Southern Alps exclaiming how beautiful it is here.

Because there is so much to see and do in New Zealand, especially to see, many holiday goers opt to do a driving holiday. When you do the big OE you want a great car at a great rate. Especially since the North Island is so very different to the South Island it's a must to see both. James Blonde, who started up in 2004 now have the largest range of vehicles in Auckland, and we aim to please. We have a wide range of vehicles and even a 19 seat minibus. Our airport to airport service is fantastic, any flight at any time we can pick you up and drop you off, you see we have an arrangement with one of the leading park and ride services at Auckland Airport, so you can just grab a shuttle for a three minute drive to our base, pick up your vehicle and go. We offer vehicles to use for days to years, whatever you need.
 
Since many people choose the backpacking option to see New Zealand we have a backpacking plan, we know backpackers go for cheap, so we offer cheap but our vehicles are just as reliable as our whole range. Our cars are extensively serviced so they can be fully relied on, for example our backpacking range has a 1500cc Nissan sunny, a 1300cc Mazda demio or an 1800cc Nissan bluebird. While backpacking you really must visit The Corramandel, The Bay of Islands, Taupo and Rotorua, Queenstown, and my favourite, The Milford Sounds.
 
New Zealand being an island has stunning beachside towns too, our beaches are beautiful and we have no nasty surprises in them. With fuel prices on the rise why not take our hybrid, a 2014 Toyota Prius C with a return fuel economy of around 3.9litres per 100k and check out some of our most popular beaches, like Raglan with its black sand, Piha a perfect surfing beach, Hahei a white sand beach with the clearest waters, Hot water beach where you can dig your own hot pool or 90 mile beach shown in The Lion, The Witch and The wardrobe.
 
What about families? Well why not take a family trip in our SUV rentals, like our 2015 Tivoli, you have options of petrol or diesel, auto or manual, two or four wheel drive. The 1.6litre petrol engine does 126hp at 6000rpm and 160Nm of torque at 4600rpm. If your heading up the mountain for some skiing or snowboarding the 4WD SUVs are perfect and there is no need to worry about chains. We have some incredible mountain places to go in New Zealand that are perfect for skiing and snow boarding, for example in the North Island we have Mount Ruapehu, a stunning place to ski or snowboard there are even walks and hikes you can do to discover the mountain. Then in the South Island Queenstown is one favourite place to go and has four ski fields to choose from.
 
I mentioned earlier we do minibuses for those who need the extra seats, we have them from a 7 seater right up to a 19 seater. Our 7 seater is a 2002/3 Mazda MPVs 2300cc in petrol and our 19 seater is a Toyota Coaster, which can be driven on a car license and is a manual. Perfect for those group trips and again our vehicles are extensively serviced so they can be fully relied on. We have thought of everything to add to make your journey the best possible from child seats to the very important GPS. So check out our extensive range of vehicles we are sure to have something to suit whatever New Zealand holiday you choose. Customer satisfaction is highly important to us. Let us show you New Zealand.
Driving holiday in New Zealand 01/02/2016
Are you looking at taking a driving holiday around our gorgeous country New Zealand? Well look no further than us here at James Blond car and truck rentals. We will take care of you from the airport, to the airport. Whether you come from the UK, Canada, Europe or beyond, flying any flight, at any time we will take care of you. We have arrangements with one of the leading park and ride services at Auckland airport who will pick you up and drop you off. So all you need to do is come off the plane and grab a shuttle to our valet parking base situated 3 minutes from the airport where you will be handed your rental car or truck and off you go to discover the beauty of New Zealand.

We offer a wide variety of cars, vans, utes, minivans, trucks and trailers from short term rentals to long term rentals. In fact we have the largest amount of rentals in all Auckland. Our easy to navigate website will take care of it all for you. If you do need a more long term rental just ask us for a quote and we will give you the best rate possible. Whether you need it for a day or a year or more we've got you covered and with over 75,000 satisfied customers you can tell we pride ourselves on customer satisfaction.

What's not to love about New Zealand? Travel throughout the North Island visiting such sites as the Rotorua mud pools at Waiotapu, the Waitangi treaty grounds, Te Papa museum or Goat Island marine reserve and don't forget our SkyTower. Or head to the South Island and check out beautiful Milford Sound, the Blue Penguin colony, the world of wearable art and classic cars museum, or stunning Queenstown with its majestic mountains and picturesque lake. With no time restriction why not see it all. So what are you waiting for? Let us take care of you just tell us what you want and we will do the rest. To book a long term rental, click here.

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