Our fleet is expanding
We have taken delivery of eight new MG SUVs and two new 7-seater Dacia Joggers since our last update.
We’re awaiting the arrival of six new, smaller MG SUVs and two MG3s.
However, due to a combination of supply chain issues for customers trying to get parts for their vehicle repairs our rental waiting bookings are now full and we have a waiting list.
It is still worth putting your name on the list if you would like to rent a vehicle over the Christmas period, however.
Do keep in touch!
Book early for Christmas and new vehicles
We are advising people to book now if they are going to need to rent a car during Christmas.
There are very few spaces left so please let us know as soon as possible.
Meanwhile our search for replacement vehicles goes on.
We have recently taken delivery of two new seven-seater people carriers made by Dacia and three Maxus drop-sided vans.
Given the delays in deliveries of replacement vehicles we are actively seeking alternative manufacturers who can deliver on time.
In the last few weeks four of our vehicles have been stolen, one of them our own recovery vehicle.
One, a brand new car, was found written off a short time later. We also lost a Transit tipper and a minibus.
As times get harder vehicle theft is likely to increase so we would ask all of you as rental customers to be security aware.
Please think about where you are parking your rented vehicle at night and ensure it is somewhere safe and well lit.
Please also be careful where you are putting the keys.
The same applies to car owners and their own vehicles.
We are ordering a wider range of cars
Some of the orders for new cars that we told you about last month have been cancelled by their manufacturers.
They say that they are unable to source the parts they need to make some models.
So we are ordering a wider range of makes and models to ensure we cans supply or fleet and private rental customer order s.
In the meantime, as demand for rentals remains high please allow at least two weeks when ordering your rental – and more if you can manage it.
We will do our best to make sure you can get what you need when you need it.
Holidays in the UK and more cars ordered
Thanks to the hot weather and the surge in customers choosing to holiday in the UK, demand for our rental cars remains high.
We have ordered another 19 new cars to be delivered between now and September but we would ask that you give us as much notice as possible for your rentals.
All cars are fully insured and come with a full fuel tank so you just have to complete the paperwork and drive them away.
We wish you all very happy holidays.
Summer holidays and new vehicles
If people are worried that flight cancellations continue into the summer holiday period it is likely that they won’t take the chance of going abroad and there may be a rise in staycations.
This means we may see an increase in requests for rental cars so if you are already considering a holiday in the UK please get your bookings in to us as soon as you can.
Car availability is fine at the moment so better to be safe than sorry.
We have recently taken delivery of some new work vehicles. They are a Maxus tipper truck and a short wheelbase Vivaro transit-style van.
We have also taken delivery of five Hyundai i20 small cars.
We are expecting delivery of around 15 new cars between July and September to add to our fleet.
We will be closed for the Queen’s Jubilee bank holiday
Our depots will all be closed for the four days of the Queen’s Jubilee bank holiday from Thursday June 2 to Sunday June 5 inclusive.
Please book as soon as possible if you will need a vehicle during that period.
You will need to collect your rental by June 1 at the latest, although vehicles can be returned to our depots at any time throughout the holiday period.
If you have any celebrations planned for that period we hope you enjoy them.
Fuel supply and prices
The climate change activists protests have disrupted fuel supplies, particularly diesel for motorists. However, we have fuel on site to ensure all our vehicles are topped up before they go out for rental.
So if customers have had difficulty topping up their rental vehicles before returning them, we can do it.
However, the prices we are charged by our supplier are higher than they are at an ordinary, public garage, and this is reflected in your charges when you return a vehicle.
Hopefully, this will only be a fairly short term issue and prices will return to normal in due course but in the meantime it may be worth trying to top up your rental before you return it.
Coming soon! New cars
Finally, we have been able to order 19 new cars!
They will be with us over a period of between two weeks and four months, a sign that life is returning to some kind of normal.
We also have a couple of new vans, two od them tippers and one a medium wheelbase.
Fuel price rises are, sadly, affecting our costs and we have had to pass some of this on to customers renting diesel-powered vehicles.
We always rent our vehicles with a full tank, so there is no way of avoiding this for the time being.
As yet, there has not been a significant downturn in vehicle rentals for the various holidays coming up, although we have noticed that there are fewer rentals for longer holidays.