Practical Car & Van Rental

Unit 22 Stirling Close, Washington, NE38 8QD Directions

Tel 0191 415 5212
   Closed today Open Monday 08:30 - 17:30

Business overview

Practical - A National Company with a Local Service

Practical Car Hire and Van Rental is the fourth largest vehicle rental company in the United Kingdom with over 150 car and van hire locations situated throughout England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic. We have 32 years' experience of self - drive hire, and pride ourselves on delivering an outstanding service, quality rental vehicles and highly competitive rates. There are hire cars to suit every requirement, from 3 door economy up to large estate vehicles. There are people carriers (MPV), 6/7 seaters, executive cars and convertibles. Automatic vehicles, diesel variants, child seats and satellite navigation systems are also available on request.


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Products & Services

Cars, Vans & Minibuses

Established for 32 Years

Free Mileage

Delivery & Collection Available

Motorhome Rentals

BVRLA Members

Family Operated, Local Offices

Long Term Flexible Lease

One Way Rentals

150 Locations

Account Customers Welcome


Absolutely appalling

Rang last week to enquire about hiring a minibus for a couple of weeks. Spoke to a male (couldn't call him a gentleman), who was basically arrogant, and snide. Obviously had no interest in doing his job. Got the impression he just didn't want to hire a minibus (or any motor vehicle for that matter) to a woman! Asked to speak to his manager. And after him trying to put me off with excuses as to why I couldn't talk to him, finally got given the number to another branch.
Spoke to a woman there called Kath. At first she seemed okay if a bit abrupt, but once she realised I had phoned to complain about the attitude of the man at Washington. She suddenly became very defensive of him. Saying things like "well he's there by himself, and he's very busy you know. At one point she even said "well it annoys him when people bring vans and that back damaged"! As if to say because I am a woman I can't drive!
Got me very, very angry. You expect this type of thing from some men, but not other women!
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