A new business has launched the UK’s first £1 car hire service.
DriiveMe has been offering cheap-as-chips rentals in its native France since 2012 and, after rolling its operation out to Spain last year, has now brought its offer to the UK.
For just £1 motorists can hire a car or van for 24 hours, including insurance, but there are a couple of catches.
The flat fee covers the rental of a car or van for 24 hours but the driver has to pay for petrol and any tolls. The other slight catch is that you have to be travelling from Edinburgh or Glasgow airports to London Heathrow or Manchester Airport.
The operation works thanks to the way car hire firms operate. Large companies such as Hertz need to move vehicles between their rental locations to balance their fleets. Normally this involves paying drivers or using large transporter lorries but DriiveMe instead offers the cars to members of the public making the same trip.
The firm says that moving cars this way halves costs for the rental firms while allowing members of the public to take advantage of the nominal fee.
While the routes are limited, the rental includes plenty of time to make the drive and more than 100 miles additional allowance. The firm says that more routes will be added in coming months and rentals of up to 72 hours will be available.
DriiveMe was founded in France in 2012 by Paris-based brothers Alexandre and Geoffroy Lambert and spread to Spain in 2017, offering thousands of daily rentals across the two countries.
Trevor Lambert, DriiveMe’s UK country manager said: “DriiveMe has already revolutionised inter-city transport in France and Spain, and I’m delighted that people across the UK will now be able to enjoy £1 one-way car rentals. DriiveMe cuts costs for car rental companies and opens up cheap transport to the public – everyone wins.
“Anyone should be able to get out and explore new cities on a budget.”