Updates to the way we pre-authorise payments

Our payment system for drivers has just got much better. Now we pre-authorise the full amount for the first booking, and only any additional amount required for further bookings.

Find out more about this BIG update at hiyacar blog.

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Instant book badge!

Look out for the lightning bolt badge in some of our cars... It means that they have 'Instant book', that is, booking requests for cars with this badge are automatically ('instantly') accepted.

We believe the combination of QuickStart and Instant Book makes hiyacar easier and more convenient for everyone. At the moment only a handful of cars have Instant Book enabled, but we hope the number of them will expand more and more.

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Brand new car details page (website)

We've redesigned how the car information is presented, making it much easier to use. For example, the total price refreshes automatically on the right hand side when you enter date & time, and the owner profile section is now neat and clear. You can also easily distinguish QuickStart cars.

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Check out the changes searching for cars in London, or look at this Honda Civic or this Volkswagen Golf.

Payments made super easy (iOS)

We've improved the usability of the check-out screens in our iOS app (an Android update is on its way too). Now you can easily confirm your booking details and, if you already had a payment card added, literally pay in one tap.


Share & Earn available for iOS

Now you can easily invite your friends to join hiyacar and get some £££ by doing so, in just a couple of taps :-) Hiyacar is much better when your neighbours and friends are part of it, so why not bringing them on board?

You can easily find the 'Share & Earn' section under your 'Profile' tab.

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If you haven't already, you can download the hiyacar app today

Communications opt-in added to sign up

To ensure that we're GDPR compliant by 25th May and that our members receive the right communications from us, a new marketing opt-in step has gone live on the website. This opt-in is not only available for sign up via email, but also via Facebook. The option will be available in the apps very soon.

We hugely care about protecting our members' data and are working on improving our notifications and preferences, so they're easy to see and manage. More updates soon!

Page load times reduced

Some tweaks to our back-end systems were deployed reducing page load times by around 20% across the site

New Android app!

We've completely revamped hiyacar for Android. Read more about this release on our blog: https://blog.hiyacar.co.uk/car-hire-new-android-app-3be9af1ad8f0


New search results page live for web

We've re-styled the search results page and made it more in line with our brand and other sharing economy platforms, with clearer UX elements and updated colours. For example, we've stripped out unnecessary buttons and condensed key information.

Results now load quicker and asynchronously within the same page when you apply the filters.

This update sets the scene for further and deeper updates in the near future... Watch this space!

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Alternative cars if your request gets declined

We work very hard to ensure that everyone that needs a car gets a car. However, sometimes requests get declined or expire if the car owner didn't respond quickly enough. To mitigate this issue and make it easier for drivers, we now provide alternative cars every time a booking request is declined. These cars will always be near the driver and at a similar price range.

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