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Dec 12

Top Tips For Hiring a Van

Hiring a van can be a lifesaver in those tricky work or home life situations. However, as with everything, there’s a right and a wrong way to do it.

So don’t be left in the lurch – read our tips for a safe and useful van hire.

1. Identify Your Needs

It pays to know exactly what you need before you even start to look at van hire companies. What will you be using the van for – a personal project or work? How much load will it need to be able to carry? Do you plan on transporting everything in one trip? How many hours do you think you will need it for?

Having at least a vague idea of your requirements will help to avoid you spending money unnecessarily, and allow the van hire company to offer you the vehicle that best fits the job.

2. Be Clear About the Costs

When getting quotes from companies, first ask what sizes and models of van they have, before asking for their daily or hourly rates for each one. Brands and models can vary from firm to firm, so it’s helpful to compare the costs of similar sized vans with others.

If a firm charges by the hour as opposed to by the day, then take the time to work out which is cheaper in terms of overall cost. Ask the company to be clear about extras, such as whether or not insurance is included, and if not, how much it will cost.

Don’t forget to ask about mileage limits too, as this could be another factor influencing your cost. Try to go for unlimited mileage deals if you can.

When you eventually receive documentation with your van, check you are only being charged for what was agreed at the beginning and query anything you are not sure about.

3. Check Your Vehicle Closely

Before driving away with any van, check the van for any damage both inside and out. Any wear or tear should be detailed on your van’s documentation, so point out anything you are not sure about.

Check the van’s mileage and fuel levels – it should be all topped up before you leave. Ask your van hire Liverpool provider what to do in the case of an emergency or breakdown – there may be a specific number you need to call.

4. Take Time to Get Used to Driving a Van

If you’ve never driven a van before, the experience can feel very different at first to driving a car. It will be much higher and perhaps even a little wider than what you are used to. Even small vans will also take longer to turn around than a normal car.

Take your time with it; perhaps even drive around the block a couple of times first. Don’t be afraid to familiarise yourself with the experience.

5. Don’t Forget to Ask About Drop-Off

Different van hire services will have different rules about dropping off the van. Check the hours in which you are allowed to return your van and, if out-of-hours drop-off is available, what you should do with the keys. Ask what to do in the case of any damage (how much are your covered for?) and whether there will be any charges for dropping it off later than expected.

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