The History of Skipton Self Drive

Skipton Self Drive is a vehicle hire company based in Skipton, North Yorkshire. It is a sister company to Peter Watson (Skipton) Limited.

It was incorporated in 1994 but started life almost 40 years ago as Peter Watson Self Drive, part of what is now Peter Watson (Skipton) Limited.

Founder, Peter Watson started working for himself as a mechanic in 1964, when he took ownership of Albion Garage, Skipton.

In 1978 an opportunity to offer vehicles for hire arose and Peter took on a fleet of three vehicles; two Toyota Corolla's and a Ford Transit Box Van! This arm of the business was soon to be named Peter Watson Self Drive. 

The complete business moved to bigger premises on Otley Road, Skipton in 1987 and continued to grow.

In 1994 Skipton Self Drive Limited was formed. The vehicle hire arm of the business was incorporated. 

20 years later, Skipton Self Drive moved from the Peter Watson (Skipton) site on Otley Road to new premises in Skipton on Carleton Business Park. The new site offered more, much needed space.

In, 2017 we launched a new brand for our longer term contract hire and leasing. SSD Contract Hire & Leasing specialise in all types of car finance such as PCP, HP, Finance Lease & Outright Purchase, but in particular car leasing, van leasing, vehicle leasing and contract hire in the UK.

Today we have a fleet of 60+ vehicles ranging from small compact cars through to 7.5T trucks, 4x4's and minibuses. 

The business is a member of the United Rentals group and has been for almost 25 years. We are also a member of the BVRLA (British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association).