Providing excellent customer service along with low rates has been the Strafford Rent a Van, later to become Strafford Self Drive, philosophy since its founding in 1983. Today, our success in these areas has enabled us to develop into one of the most respected independent discount car rental company headquartered in the South of England. From our base in Brighton England, we are uniquely placed to serve your holiday, family or business needs.
New locations may be opening soon in response to the requests of our satisfied customers.
Strafford Self Drive has become a preferred vendor with many small to midsize businesses along the south coast. Many name brand operations look to Strafford Self Drive to fulfil their car rental needs.
Leisure renters and corporate business travellers have come to expect the highest standard of service from Strafford Self Drive. We consistently offer clean dependable late model cars and rates guaranteed to be lower than any national car rental company. This is the Strafford Self Drive commitment to customer satisfaction. A commitment the consumer can count on day in and day out. Book a reservation for your business trip or vacation today. Experience the Strafford Ltd t/a Strafford Self Drive difference.
Strafford Self Drive has been providing quality self drive car hire throughout the UK since September 1983. All those years ago it started from the rear of a grocers shop doing van hire from Hove in East Sussex. The first year up to 1984 saw rapid growth in its vehicle rental market with the introduction of car hire and minibus hire to compliment the already popular core fleet.
On the 1st of August 1984 Strafford Rent a Van purchased the first brand new vehicle, a single Ford Fiesta from Endeavour Motor Company registration number B440 GAP for a sum of £2,487.00. A few month later a brand new 15 Seat Renault Minibus was added together with a new Renault 1 ton Trafic van. All those years ago this was high finance.
Within the next two decades Strafford Self Drive had established several additional locations or service hubs. Today car hire, van hire, self drive hire, rent a car, rent a van, minibus hire and lorry hire is supplied from locations including : Horley, serving LGW London Gatwick Airport self drive : Worthing van hire : Ivor Lane, serving LHR London Heathrow Airport : Preston Road self drive, serving Brighton & Hove : Eastbourne : Burgess Hill : Hurstpierpoint : Ditchling van hire : Haywards Heath van hire : Uckfield : Hastings : Bognor Regis : West Sussex & East Sussex van hire.
1986 saw the opening of a new head office on Hove seafront, East Sussex, which involved the demolition of a former Texaco petrol station forecourt, construction of new purpose built reception with the installation of custom designed computer software named `Easyhire` which was probably the 1st of its kind. All this was designed to deal with the continued growth. In 1991 the head office was moved from this location to a far larger 1 acre site in the centre of the city of Brighton. The former Hove seafront site was passed on to Churchfields vehicle hire who then passed that site on to Enterprise Rent a Car who are still there today.
Today Strafford Self Drive takes regular deliveries of new vehicles through its membership of United Rental System which is possibly the largest rental group in the UK operating in excess of 60,000 vehicles, as well of disposing of near new ex-rental vehicles to the general public, business and trade buyers, all to ensure that if you rent from Strafford you will experience a new or near new low mileage vehicle every time.