The business of assets and equipment renting has grown in leaps and bounds in East Africa and more so in Kenya. Short rentals of vehicles is one the booming businesses in Kenya today. It has provided a solution to businesses which require equipment for short period of time, when a business is on peak and turning it into liability during off peak hours. Nowadays, with the cash in hand, you can rent a car in Nairobi for as long as you want. This saves you the hustle and bustle experienced by public service car users in the country. Various companies have invested in renting of agricultural, construction, electronic and heavy yellow machinery. It is not easy to find the right company that will offer you the equipment you need to rent. Here, we have compiled a list of the leading assets and equipment renters in the country. However, we were not able to rank them in any order; since we could find enough information to enable us do so.
1. Quipbank Trust Limited
Quipbank Trust Limited is an equipment bank which offers vehicles and equipment rental and sales options. It specializes in mining and construction equipment, agricultural equipment, automotive, trucks and trailers. It provides unique and creative solutions that meet clients’ expectations not only by realizing the business objectives but particularly by strict adherence to the ethical principles of equipment exchange.
Quipbank, the East Africa’s largest equipment sharing platform, has partnered with leasing companies across the region to dispose and rent surplus good quality used equipment. It has also partnered with local and regional banks to rent equipment of distressed firms to enable debt mitigation. It stocks assets from leading brands to offer efficient output and reduce the cost of construction and development of Africa. It has entered into agreements with international firms such as Faspol from Poland, Achelis, SREI from India, Atlas Copco from Sweden and South Africa’s Hydraform to display and sell equipment on their behalf.
Quipbank has a fully-fledged ex-lease car disposal scheme, it’s highly sought after by SMEs as well as individuals because ex-lease car offers more flexibility, lower costs and ultimately allows the SME or the individual consumer to almost trade up a car. This, combined with having the full maintenance history of the car and affordable prices, enables clients to get more value with less capital. It has hubs across Kenya and other African countries. They sale and rent all types of cars and equipment; from Range rovers to land cruisers, tractors to bulldozers.
2. Hire N’ Drive Kenya Limited
The company offers fleet of cars for short rentals including Toyota Premio, Lexus Harrier Hybrid, Nissan Patrol, Land Cruiser Prado TX, Choose from a wide range of rental vehicles including: Saloon cars, Compact SUVs, Large SUVs. According to their website, offers are subject to fleet availability. They have an array of vehicles with availability in Nairobi, Mombasa, Eldoret, Kisumu.
They are rent out saloon cars, 4X4 cars, Offroad Cars, and an amazing fleet of luxury SUVs.
3. JCB Kenya – Ganatra Plant and Equipment Ltd
Established in 1982 with headquarters in Nairobi, the firm is Kenya’s sole authorized distributors for the JCB brand. Their product line consists of a large inventory of new and second-hand machinery as well as spare parts. According to their website, they also provide product support for JCB parts and machinery. Recently, they have opened an outlet in Uganda with a new showroom located on Jinja road in Kampala.
4. Elite Car Rentals
Elite Car Rental has established themselves as one of the premiere firms in Kenya providing their clients with the best car rental services. Their car rental services include: saloon car rental, 4X4 car Rental, Off-road Car Rental, Bus and Van Rental, Station Wagon Rental, Double cabin Rental, Truck rental and more. Clients can pick and drop off thier cars in Nairobi at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Wilson Airport or at any Hotel in Nairobi. In Kisumu they can pick and drop our cars in Kisumu Airport, in Kisumu Railway station and in any Hotel in Kisumu. In Mombasa, they can pick our cars at the Moi International Airport, in Malindi, Lamu, Watamu and any hotel in both north and south Coast areas.
5. Avenue Car Hire
Avenue Car Hire & Leasing focuses on operation of a petrol filling station under the Kenya Shell brand and provision of related services. The Car Hire was started in 1984 with a fleet of only four (4) vehicles. Today, that number has grown to over one hundred and eighty (180) vehicles and over one hundred (100) drivers.
Today, the company bosts itself to be one of the market leaders in the car hire industry. Avenue’s clients primarily consist of Multinational Companies, NGO’s and corporate entities while still catering for all sorts of private clients.
6. Kenya car hire company
Kenya Car hire Services offers a range of car hire as well as rental services. According to their website, their main drive is to make their clients lives as easy as possible. They aim to be passionate, transparent and helpful in everything we do.
Among their services include; economical car, 4WD, family sedan, luxury car, a bus, van or truck, we have all of them in our fleet. The company is 100% Kenyan owned. Not much is information is available about them.
7. Market Car hire
Over 40 Years ago, with a single Ford Escort, Market Car Hire was formed on the corner of Market Street in Nairobi. One of the first few car rental businesses in Kenya, the owners walked home when their only car was rented out. Today the company has grown to one of the largest car rental companies in Kenya. Market Car Hire boasts a fleet of over 130 vehicles, with a selection of large and small 4X4s, Saloon vehicles and passenger buses, all owned and maintained in house.
Market Car hire has been renting cars to customers in Kenya as an independent car hire company for over 40 years and their reputation precedes itself.
8. Rentworks Kenya Limited.
RentWorks East Africa Ltd. has an expansive global footprint, providing rental finance solutions directly to a global customer base comprising large and medium size organisations. The rentor has developed innovative specialised rental solutions encompassing a wide range of equipment types. RentWorks operates in 7 countries on 4 continents. We are a global leader in the operating leasing markets. We currently serve more than 7,000 corporate clients and have an asset portfolio valued at over KSH400b ($4b) around the world.
9. Mheshimiwa Ltd Car rental
Mheshimiwa Ltd has a varied and rich exposure in rental. It was to offer car hiring services for honourable people hence the name Mheshimiwa. Its corporate office, workstation and administration office is located in Nairobi, Kenya. They are located around Nyayo Stadium Kenya and they have another office in South C Nairobi.
10. Delight cabs
Delight Cabs offers transport solutions designed to serve clients diverse needs every step of the way – From airport transfers, pick and drop transfers, conference transfers, staff transport and group transfers to chauffer-drive and self-drive car hire and leasing services. With their hybrid fleet, easy online booking facility, a dedicated team of professional staff along with automated dispatch services and 24-hr customer service, the company is among the top rental firms in Kenya.