Economy car hire is an affordable option for short journeys and urban driving.

The exact make and model may vary , but we usually offer the retro-inspired Fiat 500 or the nippy Kia Picanto. To make a booking simply complete our online booking form, or contact us on 0345 222 1022 and speak to a member of the team today!

Kia Picanto

With its modern styling, combined with a well thought out and comfortable cabin, this city car is a pleasure to drive. You can effortlessly navigate your way in and about cities and town centres with ease, and find all the best parking spots!

Our top-specification economy car rental also benefits from:

  • low fuel consumption
  • a touchscreen radio
  • bluetooth phone connectivity
  • apple carplay and android auto
  • air conditioning
  • light steering
  • rear parking sensors and reverse camera

It’s efficient yet reliable and the perfect car hire option for couples and small families on a budget.

Is economy car hire the right choice for you?

Economy car hire is often chosen for local travel, such as a day trip to a nearby city or a weekend away to visit friends. The compact nature of the Fiat 500 and Kia Picanto make them ideal for crowded areas. It’s nifty enough to tackle busy traffic and tight parking spaces and will take the stress out of city driving. What’s more, thanks to their affordability, they can help to keep the cost of the trip to a minimum.

For the same reasons outlined above, an economy car rental is also a suitable option for exploring the local area. You can visit points of interest across St. Helens, Warrington and the surrounding areas – travelling comfortably from A to B, without the hassle (or expense!) of public transport.

Economy Vehicle Capacity

Our capacity illustration can be seen on the right.


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is economy car hire?

Economy car hire is a cost-effective car hire option – in which you receive a small car, for a low cost. This car will typically demonstrate excellent fuel efficiency. It’s designed to save you money, whilst also providing a comfortable and stylish way to travel short distances and navigate city roads.

What are the advantages of an economy car hire?

Economy cars usually boast three main benefits: comfort, safety and cost-effectiveness. It’s fair to say, the Fiat 500 Lounge certainly ticks these boxes. Fitted with ultra-comfy seats and sophisticated suspension, it ensures an enjoyable journey for all passengers. It’s a high-flyer in terms of safety – being the only car of its size to have seven airbags. It’s also fantastic value for money, coming at a reasonable rental cost and offering excellent fuel efficiency for short journeys. It’s cheap Our economy rental cars cost just £40 a day. But just because they’re cheap, doesn’t mean they’re low quality. All of our vehicles are up-to-date models – well-maintained, in perfect condition and thoroughly valeted and sanitised between use. They also get top marks for fuel efficiency. Combined with our ‘full to full’ fuel policy – which means you only pay for the fuel you use – you certainly won’t need to spend a lot on petrol or diesel. There are no extras Car insurance. MOTs. Servicing. Tyre repairs and replacements. Garage bills. Valeting. Breakdown cover. General Maintenance. All the things that you have to pay for when you own a vehicle. You don’t need to worry about any of them. We cover the cost of all those extra expenses. You can choose to pay extra at checkout to reduce the damage waiver and hire a Sat Nav – but it’s certainly not essential. With our economy car hire service, you simply book the car and drive it away. It’s a greener option If the UK is to fulfil its climate change promise, the current levels of personal vehicle ownership simply aren’t compatible. In fact, the sale of new petrol and diesel cars is set to be banned by 2040. And there’s growing pressure to bring that date forward, coming into effect in 2030 instead. Hiring a car is a much greener alternative. It will encourage you to drive less, significantly reducing your carbon emissions and promoting ‘healthier’ ways to get around – such as walking or cycling. It’s convenient All of our vehicles are available to provisionally book online – and the process is really quick and easy. Just select the car, generate your quote using the calculator, and choose a collection date and time that suits you. You can even drive away on the same day if you wish. And unlike public transport, our service is 100% reliable. There’s no need to worry about missing your bus, getting held up by a delayed train, or having your plans ruined by the strikes. It’s like having your own car, just without the hassle. It’s flexible The beauty of our economy car hire service is that you’re in control. Perhaps money is particularly tight this month and you’re trying not to spend too much? Maybe you just need a car to go shopping at the weekend? Or have a full week of client meetings planned in the city centre? Whatever your day-to-day requirements, you can use our hire service as much or as little as your like, essentially ‘paying as you go’ – and only renting a car when you actually need it.

Do I need insurance for an economy car hire?

No, there’s no need to worry about insurance. Our economy car hire includes a waiver within the cost of the rental. This has an excess of £750. However, if you’d like to be extra cautious, you can choose to reduce the excess to £350 for a small charge (£18 a day, £75 a week or £35 a weekend).

How much does economy car hire cost

This depends on how long you wish to hire the vehicle for. But rest assured, whether you need an economy car rental for one day, a week, or longer, our rates – here at PSD – are highly competitive. We also like to offer a ‘price match guarantee’. If you manage to find the same economy car hire at another rental company, for a cheaper price, we promise to match (if not beat!) them. Getting a quote is easy. Either enter your details into the ‘quick hire calculator’ or give us a call.

Is Economy Car Hire the Future?

The fact is – you don’t need to own a car to get the benefits. Not when it’s possible to borrow one instead… Alternative forms of car ownership are now often referred to as Mobility as a Service (MaaS). They offer a way to gain short-term access to a vehicle – as and when required – without actually having to own the vehicle yourself. And our economy car hire in Warrington and St Helens is the perfect example. Bookings can be made quickly and easily via our website. You only pay for a car when you need it, and without any day-to-day running expenses to pay for, you’ll have more money in your back pocket for those inevitable rainy days.

Is Economy Car Hire better than owning your own Vehicle?

Running a car is an expensive business. From cleaning and maintenance to MOTs and insurance, it soon adds up and can make a huge dent in your bank balance. On average, it costs £3400 a year – and that’s before you factor in the cost of buying the vehicle in the first place. Having spent so much, you’d expect people to use their cars as much as possible. But they don’t! According to a recent study, the average UK car owner spends just 9 hours a week behind the wheel. The research concluded that whilst many people are proud to own a vehicle, the amount of time they spend actually driving it – and getting their money’s worth – is very minimal. Most of the time – approximately 159 hours (!) a week – it simply sits on the driveway or in the garage. Doing nothing and depreciating rapidly. So why do we do it? Why do we feel the need to spend a small fortune on something that we barely use?

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