Why Hire Beats Being A Buyer

It’s an age old debate that has plagued motorists for decades – hire or buy? To settle the matter once and for all we’ve come up with a robust set of reasons highlighting why choosing to hire a vehicle is a far savvier choice than becoming an owner.


Cost effectiveness


Without a doubt, the cost effective benefit of hiring a car is one of the biggest triumphs over becoming a buyer. Below are just some of the areas customers will save on: 

Permanent parking – When investing in a personal vehicle buyers must always address the question of where it is going to be parked. In big cities this often means applying for pricey parking permits or risking fines. With hire cars, parking is on an entirely pay-as-you-use basis. 

Year-round insurance – Rather than fork out for year-round insurance, hire cars allow drivers to only pay for what they need. This could save hundreds of pounds a year. 

Maintenance – Hire car customers have zero maintenance obligations, unlike owners who must regularly budget for repairs, MOTs and servicing.


When hiring a vehicle from a reputable supplier drivers enjoy the total peace of mind that their wheels are 100% road worthy. 


Buying a car is a lengthy process that requires research, budgeting and other time consuming tasks. In comparison renting a car with Nationwide Hire can be arranged online in a matter of minutes. 


Car ownership is on the rise and while it may be good for the economy, the reality is that roads are getting clogged up and air pollution is an increasing issue. Renting a car gives drivers access to vehicles on an ad-hoc basis which means less cars cluttering up Britain’s roads. Rather than ask each individual to drive to a location in their own car, vans and mini buses are an efficient and eco-friendly way of getting groups from A to B.


Rather than resort to using a personal hatchback or family wagon to get from A to B, hiring a car allows drivers to select the perfect wheels for each individual job. For example, if a manager needs to transport a group of employees to a conference a premium quality minibus rental is the perfect solution. Similarly, if a family wants to head off on a road trip they can simply hire a spacious Vauxhall Zafira minivan which will comfortably seat seven.


Have we convinced you that hiring is better than buying? Of course, there are pros and cons to both sides and we want to know your thoughts!

4 Road Trips to Take Before You Hit 40

For keen travellers and those who love to drive, taking road trips is more than just a holiday choice, its’ a way of life. If you love to get behind the wheel and feel the wind in your hair, read on for our pick of the top four road trips on the planet.


USA – The Blues Highway

Kicking off in Memphis, Highway 61 slices through the Deep South and carves an iconic route along the Mississippi River. Along the way you’ll be enchanted by the legendary Delta Blues genre, which represents a bygone era of soul, struggle and sanguinity.  As you cruise out of Memphis stop by Elvis’s house, then set your sights on Vicksburg.  Check out the famous Clarksdale cross roads where Robert Johnson supposedly sold his soul to the devil, sing along to the sounds of B.B. King and visit the string of music museums all the way down to the historic town of Natchez. Last stop is New Orleans for a good dose of culture, soul food and late night jazz.

Australia – Gibb River Road

Love to be at one with the great outdoors? Australia’s Gibb River Road trail is one of the most spectacular drives in the country. It cuts through the heart of the Kimberly, a rugged and wild region located in Australia’s north. The 660 km trail was originally used as a cattle track but is now a mecca for adventurous 4WD enthusiasts in search of the ultimate camping safari. It’s a tough drive full of mud, sand and steep inclines so be sure to traverse it in a suitable set of wheels.  Robust models such as a Range Rover 4×4 are ideal.

Hawaii – Big Island 

The absolute best way to soak up the sights of the Aloha State is to jump in a car and cruise around it. You’ll quickly fall head over heels for the spectacular landscapes that appear around every corner. From lush jungle, rolling farmland, active volcanoes, pristine beaches, towering mountains and plunging valleys, the roads that wind around Hawaii’s Big Island are without a doubt some of the most scenic on the planet!

Scotland – The Highlands

Rugged and remote, The Scottish Highlands is one of the only region’s in the UK where you can experience a true sense of isolation. Roads snake around icy lochs, in-between lofty bens and through fields blooming with heather. Read up on your Scottish history for an enriched experience that will give you a newfound appreciation for the stories that have unfolded throughout the incredible scenery.


Where will you be taking your next road trip?

Where to Show Off Your Sports Car Rental

Thanks to shows like Top Gear, most of us would love to slink off in our own sports car for the weekend. Now, it’s entirely possible thanks to a luxurious yet affordable sports car rental range from Nationwide Hire. So where should you cruise off to once behind the wheel? Read on for our list of some of Britain’s most scenic drives, routes and locations.

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Nationwide Hire: We Mean Business

Hire cars are incredibly convenient for family holidays and personal use but did you know that they’re also hugely popular with corporate customers? When getting from A to B requires a little more than your average economy sized hatchback, we’ve got it covered! So when do our ultra-spacious hire vans come in handy? Read on for some of the most popular uses we encounter on a daily basis.

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