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Franchise Overview – About Us

With over 30 years of experience, over 150 outlets and 3000 vehicles, Practical Car & Van Rental is one of the largest vehicle rental companies in the UK and Northern Ireland, dominating the mid-range market. We put our impressive growth down to the vital work of our franchise partners, as well as the comprehensive nationwide programme we use to work with them.

Whether you are looking to start from scratch or simply to extend your existing business, we are confident that our nationally recognised brand name can help support anyone with the right mix of entrepreneurial flair and ambition. By serving the diverse needs of the renting public, using a variety of promotional channels and maintaining a high level of customer service, we tailor the right solutions for every franchisee.

Practical Used Car & Van Rental was founded in 1984  by Bolton Agnew and Harold Williams, taking an American concept of renting older cars and vans from small community based garages as an add on to their core motor trade-based business.  The company changed name in 1990 to Practical Car & Van Rental, allowing us to offer newer vehicles yet still looking to make the most of our experience and history.

Practical now have over 150 franchisees across the UK and Northern Ireland and are one of the UK’s leading rental companies.  Our locations offer a range of cars, vans, trucks and even minibuses. The concept of our franchise network is a simple one and that is to offer its franchisees a full rental package that they can incorporate into an existing motor business, should they choose to.  Practical leads in this “add-on” franchise market in the vehicle rental sector and our experience and buying power has allowed many small businesses to make more of their assets stock and staff with limited investment requirement.  Renters like the idea of dealing with a national brand but with the knowledge and community spirit of the local area.

Practical offers its franchisees the opportunity to lead in their local markets in the supply of vehicle hire and associated and services – an indisputable and dynamic selling point.

Is Practical Car & Van Rental the franchise opportunity you are looking for?

Practical’s business model is straightforward and easy to incorporate into another existing business.  Our insurance products, rental software and online booking facilities offer a bespoke rental resource that allows you to concentrate on offering the best service possible, knowing you have the backing of a nationwide brand and a company with over 30 years’ experience in this market.   This experience means that you don’t need to have any experience of the rental and hire market; you just need the enthusiasm, entrepreneurial spirit and determination to take our systems, along with our support, and turn them into a profitable business.  Practical are looking for franchisees who share our determination to succeed and grow and who will be part of the foundation for the future of Practical Car & Van Rental.  Selecting the right individuals as franchise partners is a vital element of our long-term success.

Practical Car & Van Rental in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland

Practical Car & Van Rental Ltd is an independent company, based in Birmingham, West Midlands.

Practical has one of the strongest and most experienced Operational Support teams in the UK rental sector;  Practical can offer you bespoke insurance products, tailored to your business, Leasing deals, additional short term rental cars and vans if the need arises and most importantly, a knowledgeable and skilled Operations Manager to support you throughout your journey.  Practical Car & Van Rental has one of the strongest car and van hire management teams within the industry with the operation being headed up by the CEO, Graham Lond, who is highly talented and experienced in the franchise sector.

The Practical Car & Van Rental support team have the knowledge, the ability, along with the determination and passion to ensure that you as a Practical franchise receive the very best in expertise and support.

Please click on the links on the right to gain a better appreciation on how you can decide on whether Practical is the right franchise opportunity for you.