Why you should consider car hire for long journeys

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Why you should consider car hire for long journeys

We make numerous long journeys every year. Whether it be visits to long-distance relatives, business trips or holidays, there are a host of reasons why we might find ourselves dotted around the country.

When embarking on a longer trip, most search for flight and train prices or consider the costs of taking their own vehicle. With prices creeping up for air and rail travel and leniency towards not taking a personal vehicle, we propose another option: car hire.

Here are the reasons why you should use a hire car for your next long journey:


If you’re going to be in the car for a number of hours, you want it to be a spacious comfortable journey. You might possess a car that is smaller in size and when you’ve got bags of luggage this can lead to a cramped and uncomfortable journey. By using a car hire, you can choose a larger vehicle or hire a second vehicle to for your journey to spread the load.

Vehicle deterioration

Long trips can take their toll on vehicles; especially if they’re frequent. For car enthusiasts and those who are particularly fond of their car, concerns about the deterioration of their car can be enough to look elsewhere. Tire grip, mileage, oil changes and general wear and tear are all a common worry. By having a hire car, your own vehicle isn’t devalued and stays in the garage for shorter drives.

Trying something new

Driving should be something you enjoy. If you’ve had the same car on your drive for many a year, it’s likely that you don’t look forward to embarking on a long journey in it. But this shouldn’t be the case. Yes, your car might be suitable as a get-around but for long journeys, you want to enjoy the ride.

If you are considering upgrading your car, car hire can be the perfect opportunity to have a test run of one of your possible options.

Fuel economy

For the environmentally conscious amongst you, this might be the main reason for using car hire for a long journey. Whether you are travelling from Newcastle to London or From Bristol to Edinburgh, at Green Motion, we have electric, hybrid and low emission vehicles that are able to get you from A to B in an environmentally friendly and economical way.

With so many to choose from, it can be hard to decide which is best for you. To help, here are some economical car hire options that we recommend for long journeys:

Renault Zoe

Renault has been one of the most forward-thinking electric car manufacturers and there were claims that the Zoe could reach up to 249 miles from a single charge. In testing the true range in normal driving will be more like 186 miles in good conditions, and at worst, 124 miles.

BMW i3

The i3 comes in two versions, the fully electric model and the plug-in hybrid version. The fully electric i3 has a range of around 114 miles between charges.

Electric car hire in the UK

If you’ve yet to try an electric or hybrid vehicle, renting one for your next long journey can give you the perfect opportunity to do so. For more information about the range of vehicle available at the Green Motion branch nearest to you or a destination that you’re visiting, browse our online booking platform.

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