Thrifty Car & Van Rental UK has come a long way since its inception over 40 years ago. In 1971 the family run company, the Scot Group, began trading with a modest fleet of three Mark II Cortina’s, one Escort and five commercial vehicles, all of which were second hand.
The company was initially called Scot Hire and started as a partnership between owners Clive Spokes and Maureen Bull and was run from their home.
After several successful years of trading, 1976 saw Clive and Maureen begin negotiations to purchase the company’s first site. Developments continued at pace and in 1979, Scot Hire made its first bulk vehicle purchase of six Vauxhall Chevettes. Expansion has continued ever since, with new branches being opened every year and the vehicle fleet consistently growing. Today Scot Group Ltd runs a comprehensive fleet of more than 12,500 cars, and 4,500 vans and minibuses.
In 2005, the company acquired the UK master franchise for Thrifty Car & Van Rental in the UK and so in 2006, Scot Group became Scot Group T/A Thrifty Car & Van Rental. As owner of the Thrifty master franchise for the UK, the company has been able to develop faster than ever before and has grown to become one of the leading rental companies in the UK. Such growth has brought about increased career opportunities and securities for each of our employees and as a family business, our people continue to remain at the heart of everything we do.
Thrifty currently runs 90 locations across the UK and is based in Exeter where the accounts, human resources, insurance, fleet and car sales departments reside. They also operate a central office in High Wycombe where the sales, reservation and credit control departments are located. The firm also operates a refurbishment site in Nuneaton where a large number of the company’s vehicle maintenance and accident repairs are carried out.
The firm offer a number of business services to clients including Long Term car hire, National account and Local accounts. The rental services include car rental, van and truck rental, prestige car hire, overseas rental and vehicle guides. Long term car hire allows customers to take advantage of Thrifty’s range of new vehicles. The firm offer customers the option to enjoy these products within a flexible contract, without the penalties and costs usually associated with traditional long-term leases.
The team can manage customer’s personal requirements with variable multiple mileage and term options and monthly billing. They offer immediate availability on most models and all vehicles are covered by manufacturer warranty plus roadside assistance. Please note the term month refers to a 28 day period and not a calendar month.
The National Corporate Account Program on offer allows customers to enjoy a Central Reservation Team, highly competitive rates, an efficient delivery and collection service, and a fast, accurate billing and swift response to invoice queries. The program also includes regular review meetings to help customers discuss the service they are receiving, as well as detailed management information to track costs.