Self Drive

Who are we?

With over 30 years of car rental experience in both the UK and Europe, 1st Direct have supplied self-drive car rental services to both the retail and corporate sector. As a family run business we pride ourselves on giving a very personal service to all our clients. We currently have two locations, Streatham (South London) and Wellingborough (Northamptonshire). As a franchise for the newly formed Europcar Group we are able to book and reserve vehicle rentals at over 180 locations throughout the UK. Through this association, we can offer a selection of newly registered cars, vans, mini-buses, sports cars and luxury vehicles, all available for Self-Drive hire from one day, one week, one month or longer.

The 1st Direct Price

We are proud to offer the “1st Direct Price Pledge”, if you can rent the same make, model and age of car from another company within 5 miles of our office, at a cheaper price! We promise to beat or match that rate.

Meet and Greet service

Our “Meet and Greet” service is great way to start a rental from either London Heathrow or Gatwick Airport, making the whole rental process simple and easier for you.

Our uniformed representative will be waiting to greet you in the arrivals hall, where the car will be waiting outside. They will explain the controls, check the vehicle for any damage, point you in the right direction and you can on your way in less than five minutes.

Before the hire commences, usually at the point of booking, we will ask you to fill out a short and simple form online for any address, license details needed to complete the rental agreement, this will ensure that we can hand over the rental vehicle quickly and effectively, as all we will need from you at arrival is your signature. All information attained by Auto-International will not be passed on to any third party and is held on a secure server.

Pilot Service

Tired after a long flight? Is it your first time in the UK and nervous of navigating away from the airport? Take advantage of this service and let our representative drive you to any location within the M25.

Want to go further? Just ask and we will endeavor to meet your needs.

GPS Hire

Want to get to you journey stress free and on time? Plan your route easily and effectively with GPS navigation.  We can fit GPS in all our vehicles, our rates are very responsible at £8.69+VAT per day 1-6 days £4.34+VAT per day 7+ days. £150 deposit required.  Please contact us for further details, all extra charges will be paid for at collection.

Please contact the office for more details.
Tel: +44 (0)20 8764 7767
Fax: +44 (0)20 8679 6869
24hr: 07887 516 111