Time to think about your Christmas rental needs


Time to think about your Christmas rental needs

The summer peak holiday rental season is over, but there’s no time for us to relax!

It will soon be Christmas and we are already aware that there will be shortages of rental vehicles for private renters.

We know that the Royal Mail is going to be short of thousands of vehicles this year, both cars and vans.

Cars, too, will be in short supply because of the numbers of businesses now renting them for their fleets.

So, while it may seem a little early to be thinking about Christmas, if you expect you are going to need to rent a vehicle please get in touch as soon as possible.

We do our best to satisfy all our customers’ needs.


Don’t worry if your rental vehicle breaks down during our working hours


Don’t worry if your rental vehicle breaks down during our working hours

We have our own mechanics and have completed our workshop expansion.

We have now also bought a new recovery vehicle.

This means that our rental customers need have no worries if their car breaks down during working hours.

We will get to you as fast as possible with a replacement vehicle and recover the broken-down vehicle.

We like to think this makes us more responsive than other breakdown services during the day.

Outside office hours, however, you need to use another recovery service.


We’ve been growing!


We’ve been growing!

After a challenging few years and with a large increase in business we are lucky to have an experienced team dealing with everything from repairs and maintenance.

We have a team of 4 in the office with a combined experience of 78 years, there is not many situations that arise that we haven’t dealt with or heard about before.

We all bring our own strengths in different areas so as a collective we can advise you on the appropriate vehicle for every customer’s needs.

We have also increased the size of our workshops to enable our experienced team of mechanics and engineers to increase efficiency in fully maintaining and repairing our extensive fleet.

Enabling us to continue to give the customer service and reliability that over the last 90 years J.D.Robertson & Co. Ltd has been renowned for, continuing to be led by a family member with Mr John Robertson taking over from his father in the 1960’s.


Our most popular rental vehicles


Our most popular rental vehicles

As the summer holiday season approaches our most popular rental vehicles are people carriers.

Ironically these, along with mini buses, are also the most difficult to replace.

It is also the case that Robertsons are the biggest suppliers of rented people carriers as many other rental companies do not provide them.

If you are going to want to rent a people carrier sometime during the summer, please let us know as soon as you can.

However, please note that we only rent vehicles for use in the UK, not for overseas trips.


A little bit of history


A little bit of history

We thought for a change we would give you a little on the history of J D Robertsons.

The company was founded in 1930 by the father of its current owner, John Robertson, and originally it specialised in engineering and in replacing vehicle tyres.

We started hiring cars in 1937.

In 1960, John Robertson took over from his father and expanded the company’s engine reconditioning operation as well as introducing van hire in 1969. They included a Bedford CA 15 cwt van and the Bedford Luton as well as motor homes.

By 1973 the company had become VAT registered and as the economy thrived so did the vehicle rental sector so that more specialised vehicles were added to meet customer demand, among them 7.5 tone tippers.

By 1990 the company had many large contracts, including supplying John Menzies and the armed forces.

The range of rental vehicles had also grown to include people carriers, cars and vans.

Now, as well as supplying fleet cars and cars and people carriers for private renters Robertsons also supplies companies such as Parcelforce, Royal Mail and local authorities.


Need a car for your holidays this year?


Need a car for your holidays this year?

As memories of Covid lockdowns and travel restrictions fade the numbers of people planning summer holidays are increasing rapidly.

Already we are near capacity for the months from May to Jul so the sooner you can book the better.

Cars and minibuses are going particularly quickly, with people carriers not far behind.

We now have a wider range of makes and models due to the difficulties we are experiencing in a availability for new vehicles.

Remember, the sooner you can book your rental the better to make sure you will not be disappointed.


Book early for the holidays!


Book early for the holidays!

No, we’re not only talking about Easter, but bank holidays and summer too, in fact any time when demand for rentals for more than a day is likely to be high.

Why is this such an issue?

It’s all about the supply chain. There’s a shortage of car parts and new vehicles, making it hard to get repairs done or to add to our fleet.

So if you know you will want to book a rental care for a week at Easter, or in the summer particularly please give us as much notice as you can but certainly a minimum of two weeks

Thank you


Offering rented electric vehicles is not yet practical


Offering rented electric vehicles is not yet practical

Have you ever wondered why car rental companies do not offer hybrid or electric vehicles for rent?

Mostly, the reason is the availability of the charging infrastructure, but it is also about pricing.

Generally, rental companies require vehicles to be returned with a full tank of fuel and many have petrol pumps available on site or there is a petrol station nearby.

That would not be a practical proposition for electric vehicles.  For example, in Colchester, there are just two charging points in the city near our location. Also, the time it takes to fully charge is considerably longer than filling up a fuel tank.

Setting up charging facilities on our sites would mean a significant investment and there would still be the issue of the time it takes to fully charge a vehicle while a customer waits.

Equally, charging points are not always available near to our customers’ homes or businesses and in a typical town terraced street, how could enough charging points be made available to enable vehicles to be charged overnight?

The investment a rental company would have to make in electric vehicles would be considerable as they are generally considerably more expensive than petrol or diesel-powered cars.

Then there would be the issue of determining a viable level of pricing that would be realistic for the rental company and affordable for the customer.

While in an ideal world it would be nice to offer the option of a more environmentally friendly electric vehicle, sadly, it is not a practical proposition yet.


Our fleet is expanding


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!