An A-Z of the leading rental companies.
Established in 1988 and now with a UK network of 90 locations nationwide, it employs 400 staff. The firm has tripled its network of branches and fleet to 12,500 vehicles over the past 5 years.
Tel: 0113 3875866
Apex Car Rental
Apex Car Rental can provide national coverage throughout the United Kingdom for its long-term car and van rental packages. Its national delivery covers all parts of England, Wales and Scotland.
Tel: 01323 745444
Arnold Clark Car & Van Rental
With more than 40 years experience in rental, Arnold Clark operates more than 40 branches nationwide. Close links with manufacturers mean it can offer a wide range of models, from cars to trucks.
Tel: 01786 468700
Launched in 1946 by Warren Avis, the firm now operates in more than 4,000 locations in 114 countries. Services range from basic car hire to prestige and chauffeur drive.
Tel: 0844 5810147
Avis Prestige cars are based in central London, Heathrow Airport and central Manchester, with quotes offered for UK-wide delivery. Cars on offer range from the MINI to Aston Martins and Lamborghinis.
Tel: 0207 5910444
Dealer-based rental programme offering entire range for rent for periods of one day to several months. Service includes 24 hour BMW Emergency Service, collection/delivery and airport meet and greet service.
Established in 1958, the Budget Rent a Car brand is licenced within Europe, the Middle East and Africa to Zodiac Europe, a subsidiary of Avis Europe.The global network now includes more than 3,400 locations.
Tel: 0844 5812231
Burnt Tree Vehicle Rental
Burnt Tree provides a wide range of vehicles, including cars, vans and specialist vehicles, with a fleet of more than 6,000 units serving customers from small businesses to blue chip firms.
Tel; 01743 457600
City Car Club
A car sharing system, where a company can arrange for staff to use a managed rental car instead of a pool car, and only pay for the time they use it to save costs. Schemes are already operating throughout the country and new ones can be set up on request.
Tel: 0845 3301234
Luxury car hire company, established in 1995 to specialise in performance car hire, executive car hire, 4x4 car hire, MPV car hire, luxury car hire and prestige car hire. Although based in London, it can cover the whole of the UK.
Tel: 0870 4441331
Easy Rent a Car
easyCar.com is a low-cost, online car hire specialist, providing car rental in more than 2,400 locations in 60-plus countries, including the UK. It was launched in April 2000 as part of the easyGroup, focusing on a value for money offering.
Offers car and van hire and includes a business rental programme linked to more than 300 locations in the UK and more than 10 major airports. Fleet size is currently more than 30,000 vehicles. Website includes comparison service to show cost of rental versus cost of reimbursing staff at normal mileage rates.
Tel: 0870 3503000
Eurodrive Vehicle Rental
Launched in 1993, the Eurodrive brand and network was taken over by Eurodrive Networks Limited in 2006.
Tel: 08701 608060
Founded in Paris in 1949, it is now owned by Eurazeo and is one of the world’s largest rental companies, with a fleet of some 200,000 vehicles and 8 million rental contracts signed per year.
Tel: 01923 811280
In addition to being one of Britain’s biggest leasing companies, with a range of cars and vans and business-focused support and services, Hertz is also a member of the Nectar card network, offering points for every rental taken out.
An independent rental service for businesses which arranges vehicle rental through partners, designed to consolidate all rental requirements into one contract and provide standardised costs and billing.
Tel: 0870 8303830
Ford Rental is a dealer-based rental network, operating from more than 110 dealer locations throughout Great Britain and Northern Ireland. All locations must reach and maintain set standards to remain part of the network.
Tel: 0844 2570909
Green Motion Vehicle Rental
Billed as Europe’s first fully-environmental car and van rental network, Green Motion is committed to offering its customers only vehicles with the latest environmental technologies and lowest CO2 emissions.
Tel: 08700 600600
Guy Salmon Prestige Rental
National prestige rental firm with models ranging from an Audi A4 to the Audi R8 supercar.
Tel: 0871 3842600
Leasedrive Velo Rental Management
Has access to more than 130,000 vehicles and 924 locations through its rental partners. Charges national rates and also has mid-term rental brand called Stopgap, for requirements of more than 28 days.
Tel: 0871 2718877
A national organisation with a UK-wide infrastructure including strategically placed branches in Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and London. It claims to be the largest privately-owned vehicle hire company.
Tel: 0870 2420088
National Car Rental
The first major car rental company to win the Investors in People award, it has 160 branches across the UK. It has also been awarded ISO 9002, the highest international quality accreditation that recognises standards of excellence in the vehicle rental industry.
Tel: 0870 4004581
National Van Rental
A vast range of vehicles offered, from car-derived vans to Luton box vans, minibuses and tail-lifts, as part of the National network.
Tel: 0870 4004581
Nexus Vehicle Rental
Nexus is an added value daily rental business providing rental solutions via a supply chain of over 50 of the leading international, regional and specialist rental companies. IRIS, its web based rental management system, is designed to deliver efficiency throughout the rental process.
Tel: 0113 460469
Northgate Vehicle Hire
International company that provides flexible vehicle solutions. Products including the NORFLEX rental service, other specialist rental products and non-rental, vehicle related-products, such as tracking and fleet management. The firm believes its flexible rental solutions provide an alternative to outright purchase or leasing.
Tel: 01325 467558
NVR Fleet UK
NVR Fleet UK is a specialist in commercial vehicle contract hire and rental, with an operating fleet of more than 8,000 vehicles.
Tel: 0161 9470033
Practical Car and Van Rental
Practical Car & Van Rental one of the largest vehicle rental companies in the United Kingdom, with more than 150 car and van hire locations. Vehicles available to hire range from cars and vans to minibuses.
Tel: 0121 7728599
Peugeot Car & Van Rental
Peugeot Car and Van Rental provides a national daily rental service with a local focus through a network of more than 100 dealerships. It has more than 4,000 cars and vans within the network.
Tel: 01480 222112
Sixt rent a car
Part of a global vehicle rental and hire agency network, with more than 3,500 sites offering a range of cars, vans and trucks. Services also include chauffeur drive and prestige rental. Network includes Kenning.
Tel: 01246 220111
The self-service car hire company, where members of the hire network share vehicles and use them as an alternative to a private car or pool car. Rental can be for as little as an hour, ensuring customers only pay for what they use.
Tel: 0845 6448475
Following the success of the Street Car business model, the company has expanded into the van market to offer vehicle sharing to small businesses and individuals who need more than a car for a short time.
Tel: 0845 6448475
Thrifty Car and Van Rental
Now owned by Scot Group, the firm has been trading since 1971 and currently has 90 locations within the UK. Services range from car and van rental to prestige vehicle hire.
Tel: 01392 411171
TLS Vehicle Rental
Part of GE, one of the biggest companies in the world, TLS services cover rental, maintenance, monitoring and sales. Available vehicles range from cars to lorries, while through the GE network, there is also access to plant and other equipment hire companies.
Tel: 0800 407070
Salford Car and Van Hire
The firm was created in 1965 by Raffaello Bacci. It is now based at two strategically placed depots in Manchester and Leeds, with an annual turnover of more than £45 million.
Tel: 0161 8330771
United Rental System
The United Rental Group, based at its head office in Chesterfield, Derbyshire owns and manages the United Rental System, a network of nearly 400 independent vehicle rental companies offering car, van, truck and minibus rental throughout the UK.
Established since 1976, Vauxhall Rental is owned by General Motors UK and has coverage throughout the UK. The range of vehicles covers everything Vauxhall has to offer, provided via the retailer network, with the back-up of a central team.
Tel: 01582 874496
Dealer-based rental network with backing of a national team, offering Volvo product at strong daily rental rates. Dealers offer showroom-ready Volvo models, less than 9 months old with full RAC cover for private or corporate rental.
Tel: 0800 400430
National pay-as-you-go rental car provider focused on car sharing following a proven concept already used in Europe and the USA.
Tel: 08444 779966
Zipcar claims to be the world's largest car sharing club. London-based, but also operating in 50 cities in North America. It has 225,000 members.
London rates now also start at £3.95 an hour or from £29 a day.
Tel: 0800 0112555