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Demand for rental 4x4s surges by 40%, reports AMT

Since Christmas, the company experienced a significant uplift in rental enquiries at all seven of its locations across the UK with demand strongest at its Leeds, Manchester Stockport and Edinburgh locations. More than three quarters (76%) of the 4×4 vehicles it owns were rented out in January.

Andy Crinson, general manager of AMT Vehicle Rental, said: “Our entire fleet acquisition policy is built around customers’ needs which are, obviously, largely dependent on the vagaries of the British climate – in the winter of 2012 when there was prolonged heavy snow, we saw demand for four wheel drive vehicles spike by 150%! As a large proportion of our fleet is specialised, we are able to offer a huge choice of more unusual rental vehicles such as 4x4s and we usually increase our stock of these vehicles by around 30 per cent during the winter months.”

Crinson continued: “Off-roaders are becoming an increasingly popular choice for many people, offering the assurance of mobility whatever the conditions, as well as enhanced safety. We have seen this part of our business continue to grow – in the winter of 2014, four wheel drive vehicles accounted for around 27% of our rented vehicles and this has grown to 45% this year. Growth in rental of 4x4s has also been driven by scarcity in the market with production struggling to keep up with demand.”

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.