Customers are generally looking for a wide range of LCVs and any type of vehicle on request. These days there may even be a requirement for an electric van for inner city deliveries.

Customers also want easy access to a rental company as ell as its vehicles.

Northgate Vehicle Hire, highly commended in this year’s Business Vans Best Van Rental category, can tick all the necessary boxes.

It has expanded its electric vehicle advice and consultancy, ordering stocks of electric vehicles, to minimise lead times. It also has 67 locations, and with workshops available at most sites, it is never far for customers to travel.

Northgate also offers mobile servicing for those who can’t leave the site.

The company’s Flexible Hire offering is a practical alternative to van leasing or ownership. Customers hire vehicles as and when they need them – without committing to minimum contract terms or expensive deposits.

SMR and replacement vehicles are included as standard while vans may be customised and branded to client specifications.

Building on this, Northgate’s new Accident Management product is designed to take care of road incidents, vehicle theft and vandalism on customers’ behalf.

Created with van operators in mind, Northgate has brought the product in-house for accidents and incidents. Despite Covid-19, it has a VOH position that has recovered to pre-pandemic levels

This is testament to the collaborative relationships that the company has with customers. Throughout Covid-19, all branches remained safely open, supporting customers and their fleets from our in-house workshop facilities.

Northgate conducted strict health and safety/risk assessments to ensure adherence to Government guidelines and introduced a contactless delivery and collection service. In addition, it provided extra vehicles where customers experienced increased demand, and for those needing to socially distance.

For customers unable to trade, it offered its Covid Support Scheme. Working with 833 customers operating 7,900 vehicles, deferred payments or waivers were offered depending on needs during that period.

Northgate has also continued to evolve how it provides service reviews for customers, with unique review packs supplied to all existing clients during their review meetings with our accounts team.

These packs offer improved transparency and display all transactional and charging data, so customers can stay on top of their spending. They also highlight where they could benefit from additional products and services in the future.

Customers can also free up capital by selling owned vehicles to us at a fair market rate. We will also sell client’s vehicles on their behalf. This service enables clients to select new fit for purpose vehicles from any of our range of options.

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