Why Northgate?

Proud heritage, bright future

Taking care of business since 1981

We’ve been on quite a journey since we opened our first branch in 1981. For over 35 years, our flexible rental has given Light Commercial Vehicle operators more choice, value and convenience. With 60 branches nationwide and a huge fleet including Ford, Mercedes Benz, VW, Vauxhall, and Peugeot, we're here to keep your business on the road.

As the UK's largest LCV hire company, we can offer full service and maintenance through in-branch workshops, while our AA partnership provides breakdown support and recovery. Whatever you need - we’ve got it.

5 reasons to choose Northgate


35 years' of experience


Nationwide coverage with 60 UK branches


50 maintenance and repair workshops to keep you on the road


Flexible hire packages that put you in the driving seat


Fixed cost for easy budgeting


  • 1981
    First branch opens in Darlington
  • 1996
    Fleet size reached 10,000 vehicles
  • 1999
    Changed name to Northgate PLC
  • 2001
    First European branch opens in Eire
  • 2002
    Fualsa, Spain, acquired
  • 2006
    Record, Spain, acquired
  • 2008
    Northgate Vehicle Hire named Van Rental Company of the Year in the Fleet Van Award
  • 2009
    UK branches united under the Northgate brand
  • 2013
    Opened several new branches in Central London
  • 2017
    Sponsorship of British Touring Car Championship driver Rob Austin


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