Book early for Easter


Book early for Easter

With the removal of legally-enforced Covid restrictions people are starting to catch up on visits to relatives and friends they may not have been able to see for almost two years.

At the same time the Easter holidays will soon be upon us and many people will be looking forward to a relaxing holiday break.

All this is already putting pressure on our bookings especially for cars.

So if you are planning a trip over Easter and you will need a car, please book with us as soon as possible.

Despite the removal of legal restrictions scientists and health professionals are still advising a degree of caution including self-isolation after a positive Covid test.

It makes sense, therefore, for us to continue with the precautions we introduced in our offices at the height of the pandemic.

So for your protection and our staff’s we shall keep our Perspex screens, sanitiser regime and where appropriate will be asking customers to continue wearing masks.

Stay safe everyone

Please be patient!


Please be patient!

The removal of many of the restrictions imposed by Covid has prompted more demand for vehicles as businesses try to return to normal.

However, it will take time to recover from the slump in car and van manufacture that was caused by Covid and in part by supply chain issues.

While Robertsons is doing its best to diversify its fleet, sourcing replacement vehicles even by selecting from a wider range of makers is proving difficult.

We do try to keep some vehicles in reserve for private rental customers but whether you are renting for business or personal reasons please understand that it will take time for things to get back to normal.

Please give us as much notices as you can when you want to rent and we will do everything we can to help.

Book soon to avoid Christmas disappointment


Book soon to avoid Christmas disappointment

After the lockdowns of the last 18 months, it is no surprise that people are looking forward to seeing relatives they haven’t met for some time over the festive season.

We are seeing a huge rise in booking rentals for both cars and people carriers for the run-up to Christmas and are close to being fully booked.

To avoid disappointment, we are asking customers to please book a vehicle as soon as they can.

The minimum period for a rental is seven days if your rental coincides with Christmas Day or Boxing Day.

Latest time for your rental collection is by 1pm on December 24 after which we will be closed until December 29.

Christmas Bookings


Christmas is coming and the vans are getting booked!

This month we have experienced a sharp rise in the numbers of vans being booked despite having added four new ones to our fleet.

Yes, we have four new long wheelbase Maxus vans.

The two main drivers are the usual added demand for vans from the various parcel delivery companies and this year the Cop26 climate change event in Glasgow has added to the pressure.

Police forces, including Essex, have been asked to supply officers for the event and we have so far reserved 15 people carriers for them.

So, if you are expecting to need a van in the next couple of months please be aware that we will need at least a week’s warning.

In the meantime to let you know we are still using all the Covid safety measures that we have put in place in the office.

Do you really need to own a car?


Do you really need to own a car?

Some people obviously need a car as a condition of their work, but if your car is mainly used for leisure is it really worth all the annual expense?

No matter how infrequently you use a car you still have to pay for road tax, insurance, and MOT fees at the same rate. Then there are the depreciation costs.

Given the increasing pressure on household budgets this could become unaffordable.

Renting a vehicle only when you need it could be a more sustainable option, not only for your household expenses but also to help the environment.

We think we are one of the very few rental companies that will rent out vehicles to people up to the age of 78, where most have a cut-off point of 70.

So if you are beginning to think about whether you actually need to own a car, why not talk to us and find out more about how rental works.

Demand for vans is soaring!


Demand for vans is soaring!

Despite the difficulties and delays with ordering, we have managed to purchase a number of new vans!

They are Maxus long wheelbase transit-type vans.

Given the current shortage of HGV drivers some businesses are turning to using deliveries with smaller vans for which an UGV licence is not needed.

However, as we approach peak season for vans from parcel delivery companies in the run-up to Christmas this will add to the demand.

If you know you are going to need additional delivery vans in the next few months please let us know as soon as possible and we will do our best to ensure you have what you need.

Let us know if you need to cancel your rental


Let us know if you need to cancel your rental

With most Covid-related restrictions now lifted and the peak holiday period upon us we are experiencing very high volumes of bookings, especially for people carriers.

However, given the very high numbers of people reportedly receiving text notices at short notice telling them they must self-isolate we are appealing to customers to please let us know if they cannot take up an already-booked vehicle as a result.

For several weeks now we have been asking customers to give us as much notice as possible to be sure of getting the rental vehicle they want, so demand has been at a peak.

So if you unfortunately have been told to self-isolate and you can therefore free up a vehicle for another customer we would appreciate your letting us know.

We hope everyone has a very happy and safe summer.

Lockdown easing and high demand for vehicles


Lockdown Easing and High Demand for Vehicles

While the demand for vans has eased off slightly, demand for cars has rocketed thanks to the partial easing of lock-down restrictions this month.

At last people are able to visit loved ones who live at a distance, but they cannot stay overnight. However, this may make using public transport an unrealistic option.

Similarly, people can now get away to self-catering accommodation.

Consequently, as many of our cars are already rented out to local authorities and businesses we have a limited supply for private rental.

We will do everything we can to accommodate you but we ask that you please give us at least a week’s notice ahead of the date when you need a car.

Please remember we are still sticking to all the Covid-19 safety requirements, such as limiting numbers in our offices, providing hand sanitisers to visitors and ensuring all our vehicles are thoroughly sanitised between rentals.

House moving? Book your van early


House moving? Book your van early

The extension of the Stamp Duty holiday until the end of June, announced in this month’s budget, has prompted a surge in people planning to move house.

The demand for vans has therefore increased dramatically.

The two sizes most in demand Ford Transit Lutons and 7.5 ton box vans and they are not only being requested by people intending to do their own property removals but also by removals companies.

To add to the pressure, there are very few rental companies other than Robertson’s that rent these types of vehicle.

As a result, we are asking for a minimum of a week’s notice for people wanting to rent vans although we will of course always try to help people with an urgent deadline.

Remember, you can make a provisional booking if you are not entirely sure of the precise removal date.

Give us a call to discuss your options and find out more.