Strafford Self Drive, Brighton

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updated on 16/07/2020

Opening Times

Hours may differ
08:30 – 16:00
08:30 – 17:30
08:30 – 17:30
08:30 – 17:30
08:30 – 17:30
08:30 – 17:30
Opens in  1 h 18 min.
1 h 18 min

Official Data

Official Name
Reg. office address
Company Number
SIC Code
68209 - Other letting and operating of own or leased real estate
Date of Incorporation
11 Apr 2012
Company Type
Private Limited Company


Brighton, East Sussex based self drive vehicle hire company, offering car, van, minibus and vehicle rental for personal, commercial and corporate use in the local area and for Heathrow, Stanstead and Gatwick airports.

Company description
Vehicle Hire (GB) Providing 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 New locations 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 Vehicle Hire (GB) 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 vehicle, a single Ford Fiesta from Endeavour Motor Company registration number B440 GAP for a sum of £2, 487. 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 ca…
Truck Hire, Van Rental Agency, Self Drive Car Hire, Car Reservations
Car Hire, Van Hire
Available payment methods
  • American Express
    American Express
  • Cash
  • Maestro
  • MasterCard
  • PayPal
  • Visa
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, more than 2 years ago

Hired a very big Transit van to move some furniture up to Manchester, it was a 66 plate 2016 virtual new van and was 30% cheaper than all the other companies I called. Very central location (for me anyway) near Preston Circus and friendly staff. All good.

Dominic Forristal

, more than 2 years ago

A truly dreadful experience today at Strafford. Because I didn't have a credit card a £750 deposit was demanded from me even though I offered to use my own car insurance instead of theirs. I had already booked online and wasn't aware of this small print until after paying but of course no refund was offered. Very disappointed.

, more than 2 years ago

SO glad I did not read the earlier bad reviews which appear to have been written by the same group of people with a personal grudge, this is the problem with reviews they are sometimes inaccurate and misleading as this really is a great company. They gave me a fab vehicle. The staff were friendly AND really low prices. AND a very central location... whats not to like guys ??

, more than 2 years ago

Thought I should warn people off this company if they're doing research into hiring a vehicle. My sports team hired a minibus from them and 1.5 hours into the journey discovered a flat tyre - not a problem in itself but there was no spare! A new tyre was paid for by a member of the club but Strafford refused to accept blame and never refunded the money. Another incident was booking a vehicle online (and paying) that clearly stated the minimum age limit was 22. After the booking was made they rang me and said this was a mistake but it took me 2 months and intervention from my credit card company to get the money back! They knew the problem on the day I'd booked it! Same story as other reviewers, stopped replying to emails, rude telephone assistant etc. Seriously don't risk it, they will scam you out of hundreds!

, more than 2 years ago

Don't use them. I hired a van in line on Friday and then Monday morning I discovered , only because I called them, that they were not going to provide one with a tail lift which was the whole point of hiring the van. When I challenged it the lady was not even really bothered saying that we were going to get a van just not a one with a tail lift. What's the point of specifying a van type if yr not going to get it. It is silly to substitute a van with a tail lift for one without a tail lift without checking with the customer first.

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