Central Self Drive is Warrington’s longest established independent vehicle rental company with a reputation for an unrivalled level of customer service and support.
Our wealth of experience and industry expertise has steered us to becoming a market leader in B2B vehicle rental solutions.
Our company values are built on longstanding relationships and customer retention, putting our clients at the centre of all of our business activities. We have a transparent and honest approach and encourage a partnership with our customers to find them their ideal vehicle solutions.
Central Self Drive’s founder Stan Lewis left the RAF in the 1960′s, at a time of high unemployment nationwide. He used his savings to purchase Chester Road Service Station, which traded successfully as a petrol station and vehicle repair garage.
Utilising his entrepreneurial skills, Stan saw a niche in the market whereby he could gain extra income from existing customers by providing hire vehicles whilst theirs were being repaired or serviced.
Started hiring cars, the first fleet consisted of a Vauxhall Victor, Ford Zodiac and Vauxhall Viva
Due to its ongoing success in 1968 the company moved to Winwick Street and began trading as Central Self Drive where we still operate today!
Starting hiring Vans and Light Commercial Vehicles
First major contract hire – blue chip companies, local councils, specialising in chemical industries such as ICI
Started hiring HGV’s the Layland DAF
Copy of buyout TBC
Incorperated into a Limited business Rovewide LTD
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Anne Walker joins Central Self Drive in June 1981.
Chris Wilde joins May 1984
Throughout the next two decades, the company was driven forward by the Lewis family and as the motor trade moved forward, the fleet was updated accordingly.
Introduce luxury and business class cars with month by month rentals introduced. Ideal for flexibility and taking on new staff for business. Luxury car fleet at 30 vehicle’s to date. Merc A, C, E Class, BMWs, Maserati’s.
With ongoing success and a fleet passing 250 vehicles a new office and workshop were acquired.
Central is now under the stewardship of Stan’s grandson, David, who continues to run the business with the same principles set by his grandfather decades ago. Our fleet now includes vehicles from small cars to 7.5 ton trucks. We provide a professional and friendly service to cater for vehicle requirements of any size. Here’s to the next 30 years!