Company Overview

About Tempest Car Hire


Welcome to Tempest Car Hire. At Tempest Car Hire we are totally committed to bring you low car rental rates. Whether you're travelling for business or pleasure, with us, you are guaranteed some of the best deals on rental wheels.

Our fleet of over 3000 vehicles spans from economy vehicles to people carriers and everything in-between. Whether your requirement is daily or weekend rentals, one way hires or long term car rental - let us match you up with a great deal, we have a variety of rental offerings, including fantastic deals on GPS units and airport transfer options.


Tempest's Tantalizing History

Time flies when you're having fun and we've been having fun since 1986. Back in the days of bad hairstyles, pastel clothing and the birth of rave music, Tempest Car Hire opened our doors for business to take on the car rental big guns. We saw a gap and went for it: The market needed a car rental provider who was super economical and offered personalised service with a smile. And our clients have been smiling ever since, after all, who can resist great rates, new cars and world class service?


What makes us tick

Your way to a great day. That means servicing cost conscious, smart corporate and leisure markets who want to save on their travel budgets. A narrowing of the economy, both locally and internationally and the substantial increase in car rental competitors have led us to rethink our positioning strategy. Today, we focus specifically on being a price sensitive car rental company and are totally committed to cutting costs to offer great value for your money each time you rent with us.


Our Connections

The success of this small little fox terrier of a company was noticed by the heavies and we got snapped up as a really valuable proposition by the Imperial Holdings Group in 1991. This was a pretty cool move as it enabled us to expand our infrastructure and gain accessibility to a much larger fleet pool to service our expanding client base. Did we mention that we are one of South Africa's leading car rental companies? Yip, we've become a heavy but still offer that same personalised service while keeping our rates economical.


Howdy Partner

Things are always better in pairs, like Batman and Robin or fish and chips! At Tempest Car Hire we have created strategic alliances with various partners to make your travel experience more pleasurable. Our partners represent all spheres of the South African leisure industry and are committed to helping you find the best travel and accommodation deals around. When you book your travel arrangement through their website, you may very often also book car hire directly at the same time.


Doing it Right

We ain't no wild cowboys, Tempest Car Hire is a member of SAVRALA (South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) and maintains the strict code of conduct necessary for members of the Association.


Corporate Social Investment Activities

Tempest Car Hire is a proud supporter of the Imperial & Ukhamba Community Development Trust and their development initiatives at schools in the Orange Farm area. Beyond Tempest’s annual contribution to the Ukhamba fund, we undertake our own initiatives, in association with Ukhama Community Trust, to further supplement and support the foundation phase schools within the programme. One of which was the sponsoring of a library at the Retkhutlile Primary School which was built from scratch and stocked with thousands of books, reading aids, a TV and new furniture to enable a comfortable learning environment for the children. The library was officially opened on the 1st of June 2011 and will receive Tempest’s ongoing support to spark the children’s passion for reading. More recently, in association with Gauteng Cricket and KFC Mini Cricket, Tempest has launched the KFC Mini Cricket programme at Rekgutlile and Tshepona Primary Schools, with further schools to be identified in future. Weekly cricket coaching clinics are held at these schools every Tuesday and Thursday and the children learn basic skills from batting to bowling and fielding in a safe, entertaining and stimulating environment. KFC Mini Cricket is more than just about the game - it’s an opportunity to teach children valuable life lessons and social skills. Other corporate social investment activities include:-

  • Contribution to Aids Week Bannerthon every year
  • An ongoing association with Dreamfields SA
  • Limited offering of complimentary rental days to identified charities

Leslie Matthews Managing Director - Tempest Car Hire