One of the bugbears of the internet, whether you're buying flowers for a loved one or trying to find someone to love, is that the reality doesn't always quite match up to the description and images.
The same, sadly, is true of the different but no less essential world of classic car hire. Since very few people have the time to spend visiting their choice of classic hirer, their first experience of their chosen car is usually when they arrive to collect the keys.
Since I started hiring cars in 2006 the quality and reliability of my fleet has been critical to me, because it's my name on the door and it matters. So we were the first hire company in the UK to set up our own fully resourced workshop - and we're still the only one - and this winter I've personally invested £60,000 to improve the quality and presentation of our fleet.
This doesn't imply that the cars were in a bad shape - they were all perfectly presentable. But hire cars work hard - they typically average 10,000-15,000 miles in an eight month season - and ours had picked up various dings and chips. Some were also showing signs of bodywork deterioration typical of these high mileages.
Our investment in the fleet involves over 3,000 man-hours of work on cars varying from our 1964 Ford Mustang to our AC Cobra replica. The work includes resprays, bodywork restoration and mechanical overhauls.
All of the work has been undertaken by our own workshop, which is staffed by four full time mechanics.
Our revamped fleet is ready for hire from March 2016. To find out more visit http://www.greatescapecars.co.uk or call 01527 893733.