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About Us

Cambridge Car and Van Rental is your local, family run, independent car and van hire company. We have been supplying Cambridge and its surrounding areas with low cost car and van hire since 1991 - that's over 30 years! This gives our friendly staff all the experience and knowledge to help you hire the right vehicle for your needs.

Our Credentials

We are a BVRLA Member which gives you the reassurance of the level and quality of service you will receive. We are audited against their code of conduct and they offer a dispute resolution service should a complaint with us not be resolved.

We were the first company in Cambridgeshire to complete our Business Road Safety Membership program, resulting in press coverage and membership #1 in the whole of Cambridgeshire. This further more highlights our commitment to road safety.

In December 2008, we became a member of the Federation of Small Businesses.

working with cambridge university

We offer you the high level of service you would expect and have for many years has been working closely with Cambridge University members and its departments. To take advantage of this, every Cambridge University member driving or paying for the rental (when producing their member card) can receive 15% off! Ask for terms and conditions of this offer.

Our History


Budget Cambridge (Buttress and Buttress), a franchise of Budget rent a car, was born and the journey began.


Budget Cambridge (Buttress and Buttress) became Cambridge Car and Van Rental.

Wanting to remain a local company and not become involved with call centres, we became a 100% independent company. It enabled us to keep that connection with our customers and ensure we had full control of customer service.

Since then we haven't looked back!


We celebrated 25 years of business and 10 years of being fully independent. With up to 100 vehicles on our fleet, a large customer base and strong connections with the businesses of Cambridge.

We have built a reputation we can be proud of.


During the Covid-19 Coronavirus, vehicle rental companies were exempt from closing their doors. Yet, we were still one of the only companies in Cambridge that remained open and operational doing our part in keeping Cambridge, and many keyworkers, moving.

Our strict covid safety policies designed to keep our staff and customers safe, helped us continue to do business with confidence.

We stayed open and fully operational for all of the lockdowns during the Covid-19 pandemic.


Looking to the future, we introduced electric vehicles to our fleet for the first time. This made us one of the only car rental companies in Cambridge to offer electric car rental to the public to hire on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

These vehicles became very popular very quickly and so our journey with electric vehicles began.


In 2022 we changed our procedures to go digital and paperless. Gone are the days of using multiple sheets of A4 paper for every rental and instead using a much more environmentally friendly solution.

You can find out more about going digital here.