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Car Hire In The UK

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You may need to hire a car for a variety of reasons. This could include: moving house, making a long journey, going on a staycation or because yours has gone in for repair.

How to hire a vehicle

If you are planning to hire a car here in the UK or abroad, you need a code from contacting the DVLA. This is because the paper counterpart of driving licences were abolished in 2015. Formerly, the paper counterpart of a licence was used to display information about your licence, such as any penalty points you have collected. However, now all information will be stored in an online database. This means that in an instance where you need to show information about your licence, such as when hiring a car, you will have to get a code from the DVLA to allow the car hire company to check your driving history.

You can generate the code by using the Share Driving Licence service online, or by calling the DVLA. To get the code, you need your driving licence number, National Insurance number and postcode.

Some car hire companies will only ask to see your driving licence, but it’s worth generating the code just in case. The code is valid for 21 days, but can only be used once to help protect your privacy. You can have up to 15 codes active at any one time.

This video explains the code generating process in detail:

UK Car Rental Companies


Enterprise Rent-A-Car covers many destinations across the UK, all the way from Belfast to Aberdeen. They have an online booking system to make the process simpler.

There are specialised rental programmes specifically for businesses, an exotic car collection and van hire.


Focusing mainly on airport locations, Hertz is ideal to rent from for a staycation. In London alone, they have 12 different branches for you to pick your car up from. They have a price match system, where if you can find a lower price, they will pay you the difference. Theft and damage cover is included in the price that you pay, so there are no hidden extras. They also have a 24 hour rental helpline if you need to use it in an emergency. You can also use each rental to earn frequent flyer points or miles.


Book your car hire online and take care of any necessities such as child car seats and sat navs, so that you don’t have to stress about them when you pick your car up. You can also add extra drivers to take the burden off a long journey and choose which type of car you need based on how many passengers you have. Easy!

Best Places In The UK For A City Break

Staycations are all the rage at the moment. They’re affordable, less stressful and a great way to see more of your home country.



Brighton is a popular seaside destination which sees thousands of visitors in the summer. However, it’s a great place for a city break all year round, with a vibrant arts scene, parks and museums for you to wile away the hours in.



Bath is small and compact, but this makes it great for a shorter holiday. The original Roman baths of yesteryear are still there, but you can’t take a dip in them. Not to worry, as there are plenty of modern spas to help you unwind after a hectic week.



Next year, Hull will take a turn in the spotlight as the Capital of Culture 2017. If you were a raver in your younger days, visit the Museum of Club Culture. If you like marine life, visit The Deep aquarium. The Old Town is also a popular area to visit.



Chester and the surrounding areas has so much to offer. The city itself is encased in Roman walls, has a great selection of shops and a real amphitheatre. For kids (or grown ups who love animals!) get back to nature at the nearby zoo.



Another small city, Lincoln gets an influx of visitors during the festive season for its popular Christmas market. A beautiful castle and cathedral take over the city’s skyline and at the castle, you can see the original Magna Carta from 1215. Perfect for history buffs.



Don’t listen to the rumours…it doesn’t actually rain¬†that much¬†in Manchester. Even if it does, there’s always something to do. It’s the perfect city break destination for a football fan, with the National Football Museum in the city centre, and two of the UK’s biggest football teams based here. For kids, there’s the Legoland Discovery Centre and for mum, there’s the Trafford Centre.



Liverpool is the place to be for a perfect mixture of day and night activities. Visit for a special event such as the Grand National at Aintree or the Food and Drink festival in Sefton Park. Hit the shops at Liverpool One and then spend the evening trying to find the secret bar through a telephone box.



Each year, this Yorkshire city becomes the proud home of the Snooker World Championships at the Crucible Theatre. Sheffield also has a vibrant culture scene, with historic music venues, museums and beautiful botanical gardens.