Southend-on-Sea Car & Van Hire

Southend-on-Sea

Location Details

196-200 Queensway
Southend-On-Sea, ENG, GB, SS1 2LU

Pick-Up Service Available
After-Hours Returns Unavailable

Hiring a car at Southend-on-Sea

Located 40 miles east of London, Southend-on-Sea is the largest town in Essex and a great seaside resort to visit. It has the world's longest leisure pier, and statistics show it's the warmest and driest place in the UK. All these features make it a great place to visit and hire a car from Enterprise. Aside from the pier and the seaside, everyone can enjoy a trip to the town's Adventure Island theme park. Take a drive in your hire car westwards along the coast to quaint Old Leigh with great pubs, or drive inland to Belfairs Wood, Park and Nature Reserve. Southend is only about 40 minutes' drive from the M25 in your hire car or van. The Enterprise branch on Queensway is easy to find and within walking distance of the Southend Central and Southend Victoria train stations. It's by the roundabout, where the A1160 meets the A13. As Southend is served by the London Southend Airport, there are a number of ways to get to the area to hire your vehicle.

Cheap Car and Van Rental in Southend-on-Sea

Secure a great price when hiring a car or van from Enterprise. Enterprise provides excellent vehicles and service, at affordable rates! Also, save money on prepaid rental when you book online and reserve the car or van you need for your planned date and time. The fleet comprises up-to-date vehicles that are maintained to exceptionally high standards and are fuel-efficient, so you won't use all your funds at the pumps.

Southend-on-Sea Van Hire

Whether you need a small, medium, large or extra-large van for your domestic or business moving job, Enterprise will take care of your request. Included in the range are spacious and accessible vans for those with mobility needs, and Luton vans with a tail-lift to help you move and handle your load. All Enterprise vans are modern and maintained to high standards. Learn more about Enterprise van hire.

A Wide Range of Vehicles to Hire

Enterprise has different hire cars to suit various needs and budgets. Whether you want a small or large compact, a standard vehicle or even a small or large premium model, the branch can provide well-maintained, clean cars of your choice. For something a little flashy, like a coupe or convertible, check out the range online! Finally, you can also book people carriers and SUVs for families or groups.

Driving Information in Southend-on-Sea

Southend-on Sea benefits from a well laid out road network, with several major A roads crisscrossing the city centre, making it easy to drive around. For example, there is the A13 from east to west and the A1160 from north to south. Further north is the A127, connecting to the M25. Park your hire car using on-street parking or municipal car parks, such as the Seaway Car Park.

Rental Policies

Additional drivers must meet all renter requirements. Additional drivers can be added to the rental agreement if they visit any rental location and present their driving licence. A daily surcharge of 18.33 GBP will apply at airport locations and 15.60 GBP at all other locations.

The minimum age to rent for all vehicles is 30. Renters aged 25 or older may rent cars and SUVs of the categories Mini, Economy, Compact, Intermediate and Standard, Small People Carriers as well as Vans except for Luton Vans with tail lift for which the minimum age is also 30. No additional surcharges apply. Renters aged 19 years or older who have held a full driving licence for at least one year, can access a vehicle through Enterprise Car Club. Find more information at www.enterprisecarclub.co.uk.

Customers who collect a vehicle from the UK mainland and wish to drive within the Republic of Ireland or mainland Europe are required to purchase European Travel Coverage. European Travel Coverage provides the customers with our written consent (VE103B form) to drive the vehicle in the countries stated below and to access 24/7 international breakdown cover through the AA.
 

In all cases, customers must inform the rental branch of their intention to leave the UK mainland with the vehicle and require our authorization. Customers are required to inform the rental branch with no less than 72 hours’ notice prior to collecting the vehicle to arrange their European Travel Coverage.

European Travel Coverage is only available to customers paying with a credit card and the vehicle must only be used in the following countries: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, UK. This includes the destination and any countries customers might travel through. Premium, Luxury and Executive vehicles are excluded from the European Travel Coverage product and are therefore not allowed to leave the country.

The charge for European Travel Coverage is £300.00 per rental for all cross border travels. Customers renting from Northern Ireland wishing to cross the border into the Republic of Ireland will only be charged £25.53.

Please note that we are unable to provide any additional equipment that may be compulsory for driving abroad (e.g. breathalyzers, warning triangles, first aid kits etc.) and this responsibility rests on the driver. Customers are required to be aware of any requirements of the destination and any countries or regions customers might travel through.

Advice on driving in Europe following the United Kingdom leaving the European Union may be found at www.gov.uk/driving-abroad

Damage Waiver (DW) reduces the liability of the renter in the event of damage to or theft of the vehicle. If DW is not included in the reservation, the renter has full liability for the vehicle. DW is available for purchase.

If included in the reservation, the excess amount is 1500 GBP for all cars and SUVs of the categories Mini, Economy and Compact. All other vehicles have an excess of 2000 GBP.  The excess will be charged every time a vehicle is damaged, lost or stolen.

Before purchasing DW it is advised to determine, if a personal coverage is adequate to cover damage, theft, loss of revenue, administration fees, diminishment of value, and any towing, storage or impound fees. If DW is declined, the renter will be required to pay these charges and seek compensation through their carrier of personal coverage. DW is not insurance.

Renters wishing to discuss or dispute any matters concerning damage to the rental vehicle may contact our damage recovery department. Please email dru.uk9z@ehi.com or call 00 44 (0) 345 604 2881.

All rentals where the vehicle is not returned to the same location as it is collected from will be subject to a one way fee. The one way fee varies based on car category, location and pick up date. The exact amount of the one way fee will be displayed during the reservation process when entering the dates, desired route and car category.

Excess Protection (EP) is an optional coverage available only if Damage Waiver (DW) is included in the rate or purchased. EP reduces the applicable Damage Waiver excess amount. If EP is not included in the reservation, it is available for purchase.

For all Cars and SUVs of the categories Mini, Economy and Compact the excess can be reduced to 100 GBP. For all other vehicles the excess can be reduced to 250 GBP. Excess will be charged every time a vehicle is damaged, lost or stolen.

Before purchasing EP it is advised to determine, if a personal coverage is adequate to cover damage, theft, loss of revenue, administration fees, diminishment of value, and any towing, storage or impound fees. If EP is declined, the renter will be required to pay these charges up to the Damage Waiver excess amount and seek compensation through their carrier of personal coverage. EP is not insurance.

If the renter does not choose to purchase an optional fuel product at the start of the rental period and does not return the vehicle with the same level of fuel as at the start of the rental period (as indicated on the Rental Agreement) the renter will be required to pay a refuelling service fee calculated as the difference between the fuel level recorded on the Rental Agreement and that recorded upon the return of the vehicle multiplied by the fuel price displayed at the branch, plus a refuelling charge of up to 15 GBP. Unused or excess fuel will not be refunded.

Where the vehicle is an electric vehicle and is returned with less charge than was provided at the start of the Rental Period (such level as indicated on the Rental Agreement Summary), a re-charging fee calculated as the kWhs needed to charge the vehicle to make up the difference between the charge level recorded on the Rental Agreement Summary and that recorded upon the return of the Vehicle multiplied by the kWh price displayed on the Rental Agreement Summary plus, an additional charge as indicated on the Rental Agreement Summary. No unused or excess charge will be refunded. 

 

Mileage - all vehicles include unlimited mileage.

All major debit and credit cards, issued by either Visa, Mastercard or American Express, are accepted. All cards presented must be in the renter’s name. A security deposit plus the estimated cost of the rental will be taken at the time of rental. Cash, checks, prepaid cards, Diners Club and Discover Card are not accepted. For all Cars and SUVs of the categories Mini, Economy, Compact, Intermediate, Standard, Small People Carriers and Vans a deposit of 200.00 GBP is required. These vehicles may be rented with a debit or credit card. Large People Carriers, Compact Elite, Full Size SUVs and all Premium vehicles require a deposit of 500.00 GBP. For Luxury and Executive vehicles, a deposit of 1000.00 GBP applies. A credit card is mandatory to rent these vehicles.

Airports Only - Debit cards are accepted at the time of rental with a round trip plane ticket or flight itinerary that shows the renter's name and discloses the return date. Debit cards are not accepted from local customers. Local renters must present a valid credit card in the renter's name. If using a payment source registered outside of the United Kingdom, this location cannot be responsible for any fluctuations in the currency exchanges while the deposit is being held.

 

Roadside Assistance Protection (RAP) is an optional 24-hour emergency service including tyre and glass repair or replacement costs except when part of a larger repair, replacement keys costs and all recovery and call out charges as result of a fault caused by the renter.
RAP does not apply if there is a breach of the rental agreement or if a wrong fuel type is used. The renter pays a flat-rate fee that covers all roadside assistance services. Before purchasing RAP, it is advised to determine if a personal coverage is adequate to cover these charges. If RAP is declined, the renter will be required to pay any applicable charges and seek compensation from the carrier of personal coverage. RAP is not insurance
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All drivers must present a fully valid and unexpired driving licence (digital licences are not accepted). If the driving licence is written in a language and characters different from those of the country of rental, an International Driving Permit is also required. Renters are advised to check whether local authorities require foreign drivers to present an International Driving Permit to avoid the risk of potential fines. Renters with licences from countries that are not part of the International Driving Permit Agreement should carry a certified translation.

All renters must provide a valid photo ID such as a driving licence, passport or ID card. Visitors to the UK must also provide proof of return travel and accommodation information while in the UK. Please note that we reserve the right to request additional ID or conduct further identification checks if needed, which may include an identity check with an external organisation.

If Third Party Liability is included in your reservation, the renter and additional authorised drivers will be provided with coverage that meets or exceeds the minimum required third party liability insurance against death, personal injury and damage to property. Third Party Liability is subject to compliance with all terms, conditions, limitations, exceptions and exclusions, under rental entities insurance policy.

Southend-on-Sea Car Hire FAQs

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