Motorhome hire fans in the south of England have even more reason to wish for an Indian summer this year. Dorset-based motorhome specialist Abacus has announced that it will provide winter discounts to any hire customer who books a motorhome when the Met Office has predicted fine weather.
Dave Wolfenden, Abacus’s founder and managing director, said: “If you know the weather is going to be reasonable over a weekend or the coming week, then we will be able to react with great winter discounts and can have vehicles prepared and ready to go at very short notice.”
Abacus has depots in Ferndown and Andover, offering rentals on cars, trucks, minibuses and vans in addition to its 36-strong fleet of two- to six-berth motorhomes. Its location makes it a popular choice for motorhome holidaymakers visiting the New Forest, the West Country or planning to cross by ferry to mainland Europe.
With over 80% of British motorhome owners having at one time rented a vehicle before opting to purchase one, Abacus is also cleverly tapping into this consumer trend. “Many people in the winter months use our try-before-you-buy scheme, which is supported by manufacturers,” explains Wolfenden. “If a customer hires any of our 2011 range of motorhomes for a period of a week or more and then goes on to purchase a new or used motorhome, we will refund up to a week’s full rental fee.”