The benefits of being a United Rental System Licensee
- Access a wide range of extra profit opportunities and cost saving benefits.
- Become part of a great network that can provide connections, support and opportunities for collaborative working.
- Build your brand reputation as a leading rental operator.
All United Licensees are carefully selected to represent United Rental System. The decision will ultimately come down to the senior management team and whether they feel you meet our criteria and are a leading independent rental company in your area.
Before being invited to become a United Rental System Licensee, you will also be mystery-shopped, vetted for quality, and must satisfy a 14-point pre-entry criteria.
If you’d like to find out more and enquire about becoming a United Rental System Licensee, then please get in touch.
Don’t just take it from us...
We always strive to provide worthwhile profit opportunities, a top drawer service and honest answers to our Licensees, so it is very much appreciated when one of them writes in to compliment us on our efforts.
Here are just a few short extracts from some of the letters and emails we’ve received over recent years.
They have supported and worked with us, allowing us to strengthen the business and build for the future.
United Rental System have offered us more than just vehicle purchase support over the years. They have supported and worked with us, allowing us to strengthen the business and build for the future.
Beerhouse Self Drive Hire
United Rental System has been instrumental in allowing us to compete in the vehicle rental market place, and to expand over the last 15 years.
Being a licensee has also provided us with the ability to meet with other rental companies to discuss and compare the way we operate and react to the challenges we all face.
Compass Self Drive
United has been a large factor in helping our business grow. We have always found them honest, and equally important fair.
United Rental System has provided us with access to discounts with the majority of vehicle manufacturers, which we wouldn’t have had access to otherwise.
Since 2006 we have acquired thousands of vehicles, which have contributed greatly to our profitability.
Joining United Rental System was one of the best things I have ever done. Looking back I could not imagine life without United.
Having someone to talk to about various issues that arise, licensee meetings when you give an industry report, the introduction of services allied to our industry and great development managers. The list is endless, but all adds up to a great group.
Steve’s Self Drive
Being a United Licensee has benefitted our business development in so many ways it would be difficult to list them all.
Being a United Licensee has benefitted our business development in so many ways it would be difficult to list them all, but giving us increased buying power and a strong brand identity most definitely rank somewhere at the top of the list.
Little Copse Garage Ltd
United Rental System has helped Lakeland Self Drive grow over the years and survive a couple of recessions.
Being a Licensee of the network has also kept us well placed in the rental market, and strong and confident about the future.
Lakeland Self Drive
United Rental system has been one of the key drivers in the success of our business. One of the biggest problems any one can have in business is time. We now spend less time negotiating with manufacturers on the supply of new vehicles, trying to suss out bargains in the hope that we’ve got a good deal. Now we just call Rob who’s passion and knowledge of vehicles is second to none. More importantly, Richard manages to secure extremely competitive trading terms, which has been so important to us as we’re able to offer a wider range of vehicles normally offered by the national rental companies.
United Rental System has helped us to continuously modernize and expand our fleet over the years.
The support we receive from both the staff in the field and at Chesterfield HQ is excellent.
Southern Self Drive
Are you new to the rental industry or thinking of setting up on your own?
The UK vehicle hire industry continues to grow meaning competition is greater than ever.
We’re offering new start-up businesses a unique opportunity to join our network, and benefit from the support, guidance and expertise we can provide. United Licensees are selected for being the leading independent vehicle rental company in their area, meaning you’ll be connected to the best in the business.
As a United Licensee you will also have access to our suppliers and services, providing you with both extra profit and cost saving opportunities.
As with our standard Licensee membership, there will be an application process, where you will be assessed for your suitability before a decision is made.
To find out more and discuss your options for moving forwards contact our Development Director Tim Bennett, on firstname.lastname@example.org
Our suppliers of products and services
United Rental Group provides a wide range of extra profit opportunities and cost-saving benefits of scale for United Rental System Licensees. These are for one purpose only - to make more profit or save costs for our Licensee business partners - not just this year, but also next year and for many years to come.
We are proud to be associated with many quality suppliers within the vehicle rental industry. These long-standing business relationships include the following new vehicle manufacturers and dealer groups plus well-known goods & service providers, some of whose names are not shown for commercial reasons ...
New Vehicle Manufacturers: Ford, Vauxhall, Toyota, Volkswagen, Audi, Citroen, DS, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Smart, Hyundai, Peugeot, Renault, Mitsubishi, Iveco, Nissan, Seat, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Skoda, Volvo and Fiat.
Major Vehicle Dealer Groups Vertu Motors, Lookers PLC, Pendragon PLC, GK Group, Arnold Clark & Sytner Group plus manufacturer-owned dealers.
Goods and Service providers include:
- Vehicle insurance - United Insurance Programme
- Accident claim handling - United Incident Support
- Asset funders
- Independent finance brokers
- Local & national reservation opportunities
- Short-term 'top-up' vehicle provision through United RentPlan
- Yell.com listings
- Vehicle auction houses
- Point-of-sale IT systems and online auctions
- Car wash & valeting products
- Utilities management services
- Excess protection products
- Overseas holiday car rental
- Search engine optimisation & management
- Rental operations & rental sales training and examination – City and Guilds Accredited
- Vehicle breakdown & recovery services
- Telematics & vehicle tracking services
- Loss of use & warranty claims assistance
- Overseas debt & asset recovery services
- Tyre and windscreens
- Credit card schemes
- Cheque guarantee services
- Ex-rental vehicle remarketing services
- Rental staff recruitment services
- Rental business & accounts consultancy
- Personal pension & wealth management advice
- Employee benefit schemes
United Rental Group is also proud to be a Full Member of the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association and promotes membership of this industry association to its Licensees.
The above Business Partners (and others not mentioned here) provide a wide variety of quality goods & services to United Rental System Licensees and their continued support of our network is very much appreciated.
How it all began...
United Rental Group Ltd was incorporated in 1991 and has been trading in the UK for 25 years.
We are part of the United Kenning Rental Group Ltd, which gives us financial stability and a long trading history with UK motor industry suppliers such as new vehicle manufacturers, asset funders, dealer groups, auction houses & vehicle insurance providers.
Our ultimate parent company Sixt SE was founded in 1912. Sixt SE trades as Sixt rent a car and is a leading international provider of high-quality mobility services for business and private travellers in more than 100 countries worldwide.
Founded & managed by the best in business
The three founding directors of United Rental Group previously held similar positions with Europcar, Swan National / EuroDollar and Kenning Car & Van Rental, and one was a past-Chairman of the British Vehicle Rental & Leasing Association.
The present directors of United Rental Group also have many years combined experience working with major rental networks (we stopped counting at 100 years), so this tradition continues. One thing is for certain, all are dedicated to continuing the profitable growth and controlled expansion of both United Rental System and United Rental Group.
We are proud of our vehicle rental heritage and profitable trading history, so all Licensees, customers and supplier partners of United Rental Group can be assured they are working with a financially strong and well-connected Company.
Just about everyone in the United Rental Group management team has worked at a senior level for one, two or even more of the major vehicle rental networks.
Whilst we don't profess to know all the answers to running a successful rental business, our combined experience puts us in a good position to advise Licensees of what to do/not to do when managing a business.
There is no magic formula for running a successful rental operation (so be wary of anyone telling you there is). The 540 plus United Licensees each run their own profitable businesses in slightly different ways, which is why United management doesn't get involved in the decision-making process at any of our Licensee businesses - unless of course we are asked.
The Executive Team
We have five Executive Directors heading up Sales and Development, Commercial, Accounts and Fleet Divisions of our business, all (hopefully) assisted by a Managing Director who has been with United Rental Group since it first started trading. These might venture out of Durrant House less often than the Regional Management team (however, you should see our telephone bills!) but are always pleased to visit any Licensee's offices at any time and discuss matters of mutual interest regarding vehicle rental.
The Regional Management Team
United Rental Group employs eight Regional Development Managers to cover all regions in the UK. These are Central & South England, Eastern England & London North, North & North East England, North Wales, North West England & Central Midlands, North Yorkshire & East Midlands, Scotland & Northern Ireland, South East England & London South and South Wales & South West England. All are experienced car and van hire professionals, who are out on the road working with existing United Licensees and looking for new prospects five days a week.
The Head Office Team
The above senior management is backed-up by our excellent in-house team, which includes Fleet Sales, Fleet Support, RentPlan Sales, Telemarketing, Accounts, Training and Administration. Again, most of the team has many years (this time we gave up counting when it got to 400 years) of combined car and van hire industry experience.
Experience covering all areas...
In their past careers, our team has washed millions of cars & vans, issued hundreds of thousands of rental agreements and dealt with most of the customer issues United Rental System Licensees deal with every day. Some have also managed large rental networks in UK and overseas and some have purchased many thousands of new vehicles from various manufacturers.
Additional Expertise to support your business
Through our connections and suppliers, our team can also help you with marketing, website design, and SEO development and optimisation. And if we don't know the answer ourselves, we know competent professionals who do.
Get in touch!
Whether you’d like to enquire about becoming a United Rental System Licensee, or you have a product or service you think would be of value to our network, then get in touch!
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