Long-Term Car Rental Explained


Long-Term Car Rental is a phrase used in the motor trade to describe a car rental of 1-month or more, they can be known as flexible car contracts, flexible car leases and of course, the latest buzzword; car subscriptions.

Long-term car rentals is a cost-effective solution for individuals and businesses needing reliable transport for extended periods but with flexibility. It offers a convenient alternative to using a traditional daily rental company that you would find at many UK airports. It provides you with carefully selected vehicles for an extended duration.

We’ll explore the benefits in this guide with a focus on the services offered by Cocoon Vehicles and how it can save time and money whilst ensuring you get the exact make and model you order from day one.

Long-term car rental, as offered by Cocoon Vehicles, allows you to rent a vehicle for an extended period, typically ranging from one month to several years. It bridges the gap between traditional daily rentals and full-fledged car ownership or leasing. Unlike daily rentals, which often come with variable pricing and vehicle availability, long-term rentals offer stability, cost savings, and the assurance of having a specific make and model for the entire rental period.

Cocoon Vehicles: Your Trusted Partner

Since 2007, Cocoon Vehicles has been providing long-term car rental services, providing a wide range of premium vehicles from superminis to luxury SUV‘s, commercial vehicles to campervans. We are different from traditional car rental companies in several ways:

Vehicle Selection

We pride ourselves on offering you the exact make and model of the vehicle from our website, with you being safe in the knowledge that the vehicle you order, will be the vehicle you will receive. We confirm the vehicle, trim level and even the colour to you at the point of order and this will be the vehicle that will be delivered. This eliminates the uncertainty and potencial disappointment associated with traditional daily rental firms, where you might receive any available car from a sepcific group, we call this car hire roulette.

Time and Money Savings

Long-term car rentals with Cocoon Vehicles are designed to save you time and money. We offer competative pricing on our monthly rentals, with additional discounts unlocked when you commit to the ‘minimum qualifying period’. Our rates are usually more economical than daily rental rates over an extended period.


You don’t need to customise the contract length with our long-term car rental service, take the vehicle and roll it on month-by-month. Just give us at least 5-working days notice to return the vehicle (blackout periods apply) and when the car is returned or collected, the vehicle is off-hired. You only ever pay for the time in the vehicle unlike other providers who charge the remainder of the month or period.

Maintenance and Servicing

With the majority of our long-term car rental fleet, maintenance and servicing is included, as well as manufacturers warranty. Giving you peace of mind. If the vehicle does not include maintenance, you can add this for a monthly nominal fee but depending on your requirements and mileage, you might not even need it.

For businesses, long-term car rental and corproate car hire is an efficient way to manage a fleet of vehicles without the commitments or headaches of a long-term car lease or purchase. This is particularly beneficial for businesses with fluctuating transportation needs.

Perfect Stop Gap Solution

Individuals can benefit from long-term rentals when they need a reliable vehicle on a temporary basis, this could be for a relocation, extended trip, new job or waiting for a new car to arrive.

If you’re moving to the UK to live or work, then a long-term car rental solution could be an ideal service to help you get mobile. We are extremely experienced with dealing with Expat customers whether as an individual or a company, we can work with you to get everything in place to get the car from day one in the UK or once you’ve settled in. We will also help you transition into a longer term solution, where available.

Long-Term Car Rentals vs. Car Subscriptions

Long-term car rentals and car subscriptions share some similarities and you may see on our website that the same cars are offered on both services.

The main differences is that on a car subscription, maintenance is generally included as standard. But the choice of cars may be limited due to the terms that the vehicles are sourced.

The choice of vehicles on our long-term car hire service is extensive and can included luxury vehicles such as the Lamborghini Urus and the Aston Martin DBX.

Things to consider with long-term car hire

Here are a few points to consider when thinking about utilising a long-term car rental service:

Whether you are a business or personal customer, fully comprehensive insurance must be provided by the hirer from day one. It is super important to ensure you have the right policy in place and that you inform your insurer that this is a lease vehicle.

On any vehicle, fully comprehensive insurance must be provided by the hirer. Fleet policies are acceptable so long as the vehicle is registered on the AskMid Insurance Database and showing as insured.

When purchasing an insurance policy for your flexible vehicle, we recommend taking a 12 month policy, as these can work out much cheaper than a Short Term Insurance provider such as TempCover.

We’ve recently partnered with QuoteZOne to provide you a great way of comparing car insurance quotes from over 110+ car insurance providers, just click on the following link to get a quote: GET CAR INSURANCE QUOTES.

Other companies that may help you in providing insurance cover include: Admiral, Bell Insurance, Swift and Tesco Insurance. Please visit their website for more information.

Quidco Cashback is a great place to look at comparing insurance quotations.

Wear, Tear and Damage

Long-term car leases do not have to adhere to the BVRLA’s Fair, Wear and Tear guides, in its place is a RETURN STANDARD policy that must be followed as it forms part of your terms and conditions.

We are proud to be members of the BVRLA and we follow the ‘Code of Conduct’ to the letter, we will also be on the other end of the phone to help you should you have had an incident or found damage on the vehicle before it needs to come back.

Mileage Allowance

All of the vehicles on our long-term car rental service includes a generous mileage allowance, but make sure that the mileage provided is sufficient for your needs.

Before taking out the vehicle try and work out your daily mileage requirements, these need to include the school runds, your daily commute, one-off trips and holidays. If you feel that you are going to go over your allocated mileage, speak to the team.

Early Termination

As this type of contract has no end date, there are no early termination charges. Plus, you only ever pay for the time in the vehicle so should you send the car back mid-payment period, we will provide a credit when we calculate your end-of-contract.

Who can apply for long-term car rental?

We accept applications from personal and business customers but the criteria may be different depending on your circumstances and status.

All applicants will be required to go through a credit check to get a credit line in place.

For business customers, the authorised signatory must provide photo ID and a utility bill, the business must also provide 2 forms of trading ID. Additional information may be requested by the underwriters.

For personal customers, photo ID and a Utility Bill will be requested as a minimum. Futher information may be requested by the underwriters at the time of appliation.

We can also assist if you are an Expat Customer or you are a new start-up business.

We can help!

We’ve helped hundreds of businesses and individuals with their long-term car rental requirements since 2007, we’ve got excellent reviews on both Google and Trustpilot with a very loyal customer base.

If you want a company that offers you honest and upfront advice from day one, then Cocoon Vehicles should be at the top of your list.

The team are on hand to help you answer any questions you may have and when you call us, you speak to a human. We don’t use chat bots to answer our emails either.

If you need any help with your long-term car rental requirements, call the team on 01332 290173 or use the ENQUIRY FORM at the bottom of this guide.

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From: £995.00 + VAT p/m
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Kodiaq Estate
1.5 TSI SE Drive DSG [7 Seat]
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Specification Includes: 7 Seats, Satellite Navigation, Bluetooth, E-Call, Reversing Camera, USB-C Port, Smartlink Wireless, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Rear Spoiler, Invisible Tailpipe, Privacy Glass, Climate Control, ISOFIX, Hill Hold Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Keyless Entry, Roof Rails, Cruise Control, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Alloy Wheels
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From: £849.00 + VAT p/m
From: £1,018.80 inc. VAT p/m

Land Rover

Range Rover Sport Estate
3.0 D300 Dynamic SE
Land Rover Range Rover Sport Estate available with 1000 miles per month on a Land Rover Subscription
Specification Includes: Touchscreen, Reversing Camera, 360 Degree Parking Aid, 3D Surround Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, Blind Spot Assist, Lane Assist, Rear Collision Monitor, Rear Traffic Monitor, Traffic Sign Recognition, Wireless Smartphone Charger, Adaptive Dynamics, All Wheel Drive, Automatic Access Height, Terrain Response 2, DAB Digital Radio, Pivi Pro Connected, USB Port, Heated Windscreen, LED Tail Lights, Winter Wiper Park Position, Heated Steering Wheel, ISOFIX, Hill Hold Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Keyless Entry, Alloy Wheels, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Meridian Sound System, Climate Control, Heated Front Seats, Alloy Wheels
Availability: Limited Availability
From: £2495.00 + VAT p/m
From: £2,994.00 inc. VAT p/m


Polo Hatchback
1.0 TSI R-Line
VW Polo Hatchback available with 833 miles per month on a VW Flexible Car Lease
Specification Includes: Adaptive Cruise Control, Speed Limiter, Bluetooth, Digital Cockpit, Dynamic Road Sing Display, Emergency Call Service, Travel Assist, Lane Keeping System, Lane Assist, Traffic Jam Assist, Wireless App Connect, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB Digital Radio, Privacy Glass, USB-C Port, Climate Control, Front Sports Comfort Seats, ISOFIX, i-Size, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Light and Sight Pack, Hill Hold Assist, Satellite Navigation, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Multifunction Camera, High Beam Assist, LED Headlights, Alloy Wheels
Availability: In Stock
From: £589.00 + VAT p/m
From: £706.80 inc. VAT p/m


Octavia Hatchback
1.5 TSI SE L
Skoda Octavia Hatchback available with 1000 miles per month on a Skoda Car Subscription
Specification Includes: USB-C Port, Bluetooth, Boot Lid Release, Satellite Navigation, eCall, Driver Fatigue Sensor, Front and Rear Parking Sensors, Front Assist System, Turn Assist, Digital Cockpit, Voice Control, Wireless Smartlink, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, DAB Digital Radio, Privacy Glass, Heated Front Seats, Hill Hold Assist, ISOFIX, Tyre Pressure Monitor, Keyless Entry, Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Assist, LED Headlights, Alloy Wheels
Availability: In Stock
From: £649.00 + VAT p/m
From: £778.80 inc. VAT p/m


Q7 Estate
55 TFSI Quattro Black Edition
Audi Q7 Estate available with 1000 miles per month on a Audi Car Subscription
Specification Includes: 7 Seats, Satellite Navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Amazon Alexa Integration, Audi Drive Select, Bluetooth, DAB Digital Radio, Traffic Sign Recognition, Reversing Camera, Power Operated Tailgate. 360 Degree Display, Parking System Plus, 48v Mild Hybrid Technology, Adaptive Air Sports Suspension, All Wheel Drive, Black Roof Rails, Privacy Glass, Climate Control, 4-Zone Climate Grey, ISOFIX Heated Front Seats, Titanium Black Styling Pack, Alloy Wheels
Availability: In Stock
From: £1595.00 + VAT p/m
From: £1,914.00 inc. VAT p/m

Rebecca joined the Cocoon Vehicles team in 2018 after running and selling a successful financial services business offering pension, investments and mortgages. Today, Rebeccas goal is to provide the best possible customer service along with news that you will want to read.

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