About Western Truck Rental Ltd
In June 1979 Western Truck Rental Ltd opened for business in Barnstaple with 3 vehicles. The offices were small, parking space was limited and a mechanic helped part-time to keep the vehicles running. The business grew so rapidly that, within three years it was necessary to look for larger premises. In 1982 the company moved to the Station Yard Depot, converting a piece of waste ground by Barnstaple railway station. Within a few months it was transformed into a small but efficient depot with workshop and office facilities – a vast improvement!
During the next five years Western Truck Rental Ltd continued to expand. With a staff of 6 and a fleet of 50
vehicles, plus a growing fleet of contract hire vehicles, it was necessary to move once again. In 1987 we were one of the first companies to design and build our new premises at Roundswell Business Park, Barnstaple which is where we still operate from today.
The company has continued to grow. Approximately 65% of our business is now geared to contract hire – providing anything from cars to articulated trucks. Many of our contract hire customers are based in North Devon but the area covered has constantly expanded and we now have customers in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Avon. Many of our contract hire vehicles operate nationally and in Europe.
Western Truck Rental Ltd now have an extensive self drive hire fleet for customers who require a one off use of a vehicle. The self drive hire side of the business is wide reaching with an area embracing Bude, Launceston, Lynton, Minehead, Cullompton and Tiverton, as well as more locally, Bideford, Ilfracombe and naturally Barnstaple. Our vehicles are used to transport domestic and business goods throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2012, we opened a depot at the Hartnoll Business Centre, Tiverton to accommodate customers from the Mid Devon area.
Another important aspect of the business is the prestigious Mercedes Benz Commercial Vehicle Service
Agency, awarded to Western Truck Rental Ltd in July 1992 making it one of just a handful in the West Country. In addition to our vehicle repair and maintenance facilities, we also have a sales section dedicated to the disposal of all our fleet vehicles and we sell Mercedes Benz commercial vehicle parts.
In 2011 we created Tiverton Body Builders, to fulfil the requirement for well built bodies for use on our own fleet. Whether refurbishment of existing bodies or full bespoke new builds they are always completed to our high standards using top quality materials built by engineers with over 30 years’ experience in the business.
The words ‘reliability and service’ are not used lightly. They have become synonymous with Western Truck Rental Ltd in the past, and will continue to be so in the future