Practical Car & Van Rental is the fourth largest vehicle rental company in the United Kingdom with over 150 car and van hire locations situated throughout the U.K. in England, Wales, Scotland and the Irish republic.
We have over 25 years experience of self drive hire and pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding service, quality rental vehicles and highly competitive rates. We have cars to suit every requirement, from 3 door economy cars up to large estate cars. We also provide people carriers (mpv), executive cars and convertibles. Mini buses seating up to 17 people are stocked by numerous rental locations. Automatic vehicles are also available.
We provide Airport Car & Van hire at most international and regional airports. These include Heathrow, Gatwick, Stansted, Luton, Dublin, Belfast, Liverpool, Aberdeen, Inverness, East Midlands, Exeter, Birmingham, Cambridge, Southampton, Newcastle, Leeds/Bradford and Manchester airports. View our extensive list of Airport Rental locations on the ‘drop down’ list opposite.
Most rental locations will provide car hire at local railway and coach stations. Travellers arriving by train or bus can be met upon arrival. Deliveries to Hotels, B&Bs accommodation and business addresses can also be arranged. ‘Out of hours’ rentals including weekends may also be acceptable with prior agreement. Check with your appropriate rental location for more information.
Our commercial vehicle rental choice extends from small courier vans through to refrigerated units and 7.5 ton lorries. Intermediate sizes range from the short wheel base (swb) van, through medium wheel base (mwb), up to long wheel base(lwb) and extra long (xlwb) vans. Additionally other sized lorries and Luton vans with and without tail lift are available.
Child seats, global satellite navigation systems, etc., are available on request.
Continental car and van hire may also be arranged. Contact your local rental location for a quote.
One way self drive hire rentals can also be arranged. Cars, 7 seaters and vans up to long wheel base are available. Booked in advance, they can be rented from one location and dropped off elsewhere. This could be to or from an airport, business or private address, etc. Full details of your specific requirements can be submitted via our ‘one way rental’ page.
For the recreational vehicle (RV) hirer we have specialist Motorhome rental locations. They provide motor caravans for 4, 5 and 6 berth hire. U.K. Campervan touring holidays can be arranged. Interested parties should go to our dedicated Motorhomes page for further detail.
Long term rentals at competitive rates are also available.
» Would you like a one way hire of a car or van?
We understand that returning your rental vehicle to the same location does not suit all our customer needs therefore we can arrange for you to collect your hire car or van in one location and drop it off in another. With a large number of rental franchisees nationally we can offer this self drive hire facility throughout mainland United Kingdom.
» Would you like to leave a rental car at the airport?
We can have the rental car or van delivered to a local address in the United Kingdom mainland and recover it from an airport of your convenience. No parking problems and exorbitant car park fees, just a stress free start to your trip!
» Would you like to collect a rental car at the airport?
We can arrange this facility at most major U.K. airports. The car or van can be recovered from your destination at the end of the rental period.
» Would you like to move some goods to a destination and leave the car or van there for collection?
We have a variety of Commercial vehicles available to provide this service, from a small ‘courier’ style car derived van through to the long wheel based (lwb) van.
» How does it work?
Just find the location, from the list below that is closest to your intended departure point.
‘Click’ over that location to open the franchisee's home page and select the 'One Way Hire Quote' button. Only franchisee's who offer this facility have this button on their home page.
Type in your particular requirements and submit the form. Please be specific with your times and dates of delivery and return, as the pricing structure is dependant on accurate information. If your destination is not one of our establishments we will require the full Postcode before we can provide a quote.
We will promptly reply to your request, either by email or telephone.
N.B. We require a minimum of 48 hours notice to organise this service, not including weekends. Also, this is always subject to vehicle availability. You may be required to visit your nearest location, prior to the rental, to complete the necessary paperwork and identification procedures. Penalties will be incurred for late vehicle returns. A valid credit card will be required in respect of all payments and rental deposits.
Who are we?
Established in 1984, we have grown to become the fourth largest Independent UK Rental Operation, with over 150 locations Nationwide.
We cover most of the Country through our own Network, managed to our own exacting Standards of Care and Customer Service.
Our purpose in business can be summed up by our Managing Director's vision, namely:
'To Support the Quality and Profitability of the Partnership with our Locations to maximise Customer Service Levels to the Renter.'
Our approach is defined by flexibility and an accommodating attitude, helping our customers achieve their ambitions.
We take a strategic and long term relationship approach, deploy skilled and experienced people, and aim to maximise our customer service levels.
Practical occupies the middle range of the rental market, our customers are spread evenly in small towns and large cities throughout the UK.
The Practical brand is gaining significant strength thanks to a recognition of our corporate identity.
We recognise that the brand is not just a logo, but a method of operation.
We expect high standards of service from our staff and a support function that ensures that all legislative and quality standards are safeguarded.
We are committed to providing the best service for our customers.
We believe in delivering excellence in both our relationships and transactions.
A number of Practical locations conform to the standards set by the BVRLA.
Practical Car & Van Rental
21/23 Little Broom Street, Camp Hill, Birmingham. B12 0EU.
Tel: 0121 772 8599
Fax: 0121 766 6229