Demand for rental 4x4s surges by 40% as winter finally arrives
Demand for our luxury four wheel drive vehicles has increased by nearly 40% in recent weeks, despite a relatively mild winter.
Since Christmas, we have experienced a significant uplift in rental enquiries at all seven of our locations across the UK with demand strongest at its Leeds, Manchester Stockport and Edinburgh locations. More than three quarters (76%) of the 4x4 vehicles it owns were rented out in January.
With the prospect of severe weather , motorists prepared for some challenging driving conditions, particularly given the poor state of many roads following the recent floods. The increased grip and traction combined with greater visibility from a higher ride, makes 4x4s an attractive option particularly amongst families and those living in more rural areas.
Andy Crinson, general manager said: "Our entire fleet acquisition policy is built around customers' needs which are, obviously, largely dependent on the vagaries of the British climate - in the winter of 2012 when there was prolonged heavy snow, we saw demand for four wheel drive vehicles spike by 150%! As a large proportion of our fleet is specialised, we are able to offer a huge choice of more unusual rental vehicles such as 4x4s and we usually increase our stock of these vehicles by around 30 per cent during the winter months.
Mr Crinson continues: "Off-roaders are becoming an increasingly popular choice for many people, offering the assurance of mobility whatever the conditions, as well as enhanced safety. We have seen this part of our business continue to grow - in the winter of 2014, four wheel drive vehicles accounted for around 27% of our rented vehicles and this has grown to 45% this year. Growth in rental of 4x4s has also been driven by scarcity in the market with production struggling to keep up with demand."