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How things have changed in the Midlands. The glory days of car manufacture in Coventry saw its average wage soar to 25% above those elsewhere in the UK. There’s not a lot that cars contribute to the pay packets today, and you’ll struggle today to buy a car made here now, but Expedia can certainly find you cheap car hire in Coventry.

The first ever British car was built in Coventry by Daimler nearly 120 years ago. And since then the city has enjoyed a long association with the UK’s car industry. It may seem hard to believe today but, during the 1960s, the UK was the second biggest car manufacturer in the world, with Coventry geographically, economically and spiritually at its heart.

The car industry has been both a blessing and a curse to Coventry. Twice it has been the cause of its destruction or decline.

The first time was during World War II, when German planes targeted the strategically important car plants, making Coventry one of the most severely bombed cities in the UK. The second time was not as dramatic, but no less effective, as the slow decline of the motor industry tore holes in Coventry’s economy from the 1980s onwards.

Coventry has sprung back both times. Basil Spence’s magnificent modern cathedral replaced the medieval ruins left by the Luftwaffe, and a resurgent economy, spurred on by two fine universities, helped rebuild the economic hole left by the rise of the Asian car.

And, while all this was going on, Coventry managed to gift the world the wonder that is British ska, with 2 Tone Records launching bands like the Specials and the Beat onto the music scene.

Cheap car hire in Coventry

You can arrange car hire in Coventry through Expedia by booking online. We have a network of providers based all over the city, so you can select where you wish to pick up your car from.

With budget options available you can always find cheap car hire in Coventry. Whether you are looking for a mini-class car or an SUV, we can help you find what you need with the minimum of fuss. As we work with big-name car hire providers with branches all over the UK it is also no problem to arrange car hire in Coventry but drop your vehicle off elsewhere. So, you’re free to get out there and explore.

Which begs the question: where will your car hire in Coventry take you?

Places to visit when you rent a car in Coventry

You can carry on the car nostalgia in Royal Leamington Spa. It’s just a 20-minute drive south to reach the Heritage Motor Centre, where you can explore Coventry’s connection to the motor industry and motor sport.

Nearby Warwick takes you a step back further in time with its medieval streets overhung by timber-framed houses and its lively market squares. Away from the town there are miles of canals and stairway locks to discover, and an ideal spot for a picnic or pub lunch is never too far away.

Stratford-upon-Avon is just a 30-minute drive down the A46. Here England’s most famous playwright and poet was born. Shakespeare lives on in guided tours and the staged productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company, and in impromptu recitals of “Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou?” from fellow visitors.

If you head the same distance northwest on the M6 you’ll soon be in Birmingham. Another former industrial powerhouse of a city, Birmingham offers a network of canals that radiate out from Sherborne Wharf. You’ll find plenty of trendy cafes and vibrant bars here that are perfect for soaking up the atmosphere. Lovers of art should make a beeline for the fantastic pre-Raphaelite collection at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

Heading northeast there’s Leicester and Loughborough that you can visit, and beyond these is the East Midlands Airport, if you are planning on heading even further afield. It’s about an hour’s drive on the M1 and M69 to cover the 40 miles to the airport.

Take your hire car south from Coventry and you’ll soon be in historic Oxford or the picturesque Cotswolds. It’s an easy drive down the M40 that should take little more than an hour.

So, you can travel from the city of bombed-out spires to the city of dreaming spires, but where else do you think your car hire in Coventry might take you?

Remember that Expedia car hire comes with no hidden fees. The price you see is the price you pay!

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