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What you need to know about van hire

People may hire a van for many reasons. From those that are moving house and require a van for a couple of days, to businesses that have suffered a loss of a van that made up an important part of their fleet. If you’re planning to hire a van any time soon, this guide will provide you with some top tips.

It’s all in the planning

If you’re planning on hiring a van for a short term lease, such as a couple of days, then it is vital that you plan meticulously. If you’re moving house, or moving a large amount of items, then you should make a calculated guess as to how many van loads you have. You should also factor in the travelling time, remembering that you will be going slower than if you were using your normal vehicle.

Additionally you must ensure that you’re organised, the last thing you want is to be running out of time on the hire and as a result, have to resort to dumping your items in random piles.

What you need to hire a van

- A full UK or EU driving licence with the right categories

- A valid photo ID (passport, ID card, driving licence)

- Proof of address e.g. utility bill or bank statement.

Apples for apples

When you’re looking into van hire prices, you should be aware that the packages will differ from company to company. A prime example is insurance cover; where one company may provide fully comprehensive cover, another may not provide any insurance at all. Therefore you should always ensure that you are comparing like for like, or apples for apples as it were.

Read the small print

When you receive your van hire documents you must read through them carefully. Paying particular attention to whether there are any additional charges on the paper work.

Rates may change significantly depending on things like your location, when and how long it is needed for; is the van being collected or delivered; automatic or not, etc.

What not to forget

When you collect the van, you will need to take a few vital documents. You will certainly need your driving licence, however the rental company may advise on further documents that are required.

Before your drive off

Before you drive off and start what will no doubt be a busy day of packing, driving and unloading, you must take a moment to check over the van. You should check for any obvious signs of damage, as you may be charged for damage that was already there. Additionally you should check what the fuel level is like; the last thing you want is to drive half way home only to break down.

After the hire

Following the return of the van, you should check your bank statement for when the charge appears. It is always wise to check that you haven’t been billed for extras.

Hopefully this guide has given you a few helpful tips for your van hire, however most important of all is your safety. It can not be emphasised enough that you should drive slowly and get used to the way the van feels before you speed up to the speed limits.

You may also want to read about: Van Leasing

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