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by Kevin Cain

Expat Car Rental is one of the oldest leading car and pickup rental companies in Pattaya, now in it's 20th year trading. As a Thai / British organisation the company has grown to service a wide range of customers from Expats, Thai Nationals and holiday makers. Their clientele include many regular customers as well as walk-in trade.

The company’s focus is fixed firmly on the customer and it prides itself on the amount of repeat business it continues to have. Service is second to none and all of the 25 staff speak excellent English to help and assist the customer in every way.

The first impression you get of the company is just how friendly everybody is and how extremely helpful they are. Their local knowledge is beyond compare and they do not simply hire cars. They listen and service the customer's needs; give advice on what vehicle is best suited for purpose, impart advice with regards to directions and even advise what and where to see.

The staff have regular training and top of their list is to be as flexible as possible with the customer. That includes on pricing as a key strategy is to keep rentals on the road. This reflects upon their sharp and competitive rental costs.

Expat Car Rentals has the largest fleet on the Eastern Seaboard with nearly 200 vehicles. All vehicles are purchased new and replaced every second or third year. Models include Ford Everest, Toyota Fortuna, Mitsubishi Pajero as well as a full complement of pickup trucks and saloons. They even rent out the larger type bikes ideal for touring and regularly sell units of their fleet.

Simply contact their office for information.

The company has three locations in and around Pattaya City for pick up or drop off for your convenience.

* The Head Office and original first site has a prime location being on the corner of Thepprasit Road and Thappraya Road next to Pan Pan Restaurant.

* The second location is conveniently located on Soi Wat Boom and Jomtien 2nd Road near Atlantis Condominium.

* The third site The Car and Spa is to be found on Soi Chaiyapruek 1, close to Seven Seas Condominium.


All three locations are trained to provide the same excellent service and the staff have the same company ethos regarding customer care. They will ensure before every rental the vehicle is washed, valeted, tyre pressure checked and oil levels topped up. All vehicles have either satellite navigation or Garmin and on request are fitted with child seats. The rentals come with complete insurance cover and are fully maintained as per the manufacturers recommendations.

To keep prices as low and competitive as possible, Expat Car and Pickup Rental have a minimum three day hire policy. This assists the company to help keep more rentals on the road, with more cars on the road then prices are among the cheapest on the entire Eastern Seaboard.

Visiting the large Thepprasit site it is obvious how professional the business is. From the modern office to the car wash and the garage areas. Everything is geared to give fast, efficient, safe and above all friendly service.

There is an addition soon coming to Expat Cars' empire. Chad the driving force and original man behind the company is a keen musician. He has decided to soon open a music venue on the Thepprasit Road site behind the offices. More news and update in future editions.

For more information go to :


Expat Car & Pickup Rental

144/16 Moo.10, Thappraya Road, Nongprue Banglamung Chonburi 20150 Thailand

TEL:038 252 275

TEL:038 364 461
TEL/FAX:038 252 275