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Things You Need To Know About Van Hire

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There are many situations in life where hiring a van could be a very useful thing to do.

You might be moving home, for example, and be looking to save some money by taking care of the removals process yourself, rather than hiring in a company to do it for you. Or, perhaps you have bought a large item of furniture off eBay and the listing states that it is collection only.

While the use of a courier might be an option in this situation, it might work out to be far more economical for you to hire a van and pick the item up yourself.

The above are just two examples of the many situations you may face where the ability to hire a van could become essential. What you might be wondering now, then, is just how much does it cost to hire a van?

Well, the answer to this question will depend on many factors and here are just a few for you to consider. When hiring a vehicle, you need to consider the size and type of vehicle that you require, as well as the length of time that you need it for will all come into play, amongst other things.

Van Size

Things You Need To Know About Van Hire - Vauxhall Combo Van

The cost of hiring a van will depend very much on the size of van you require. If you need to transport a smallish item, for example, which won’t quite fit into the back of your car but would easily fit into a small van like a Ford Transit, then this sort of van would usually cost a lot less to hire than if you were in need of hiring a very large van such as a Mercedes Sprinter.

Van Features

You might also pay more if you need to hire a van with special features such as a side loading door, a tail lift, a refrigerated van or even a van with temperature control. These types of van will often cost the van hire company a lot more money to buy and maintain, so this extra expense will obviously need to be factored into the cost of hire.

Length of Hire

Another thing you need to consider when hiring a van is how long you actually need it for, and using a hire company that uses a good rental system brings you benefits of flexibility with the price. Depending on how long or often you need a vehicle can determine which type of hire is best suited for you.

There are a few types of hire you can consider:

Short Term or Daily Hire

Suitable for people who require a single day up to a week or two.  You will most commonly be charges a flat daily rate or a weekly rate if it’s on the cards or negotiable with smaller independent companies.

Long Term Hire

Typically for people who need a vehicle for at least a month just short of.  You will be paying for a different rate because it is saving the hire company the hassle of handling many customers, admin, accounts and also the cleaning and maintenance of the vehicle every time it goes out.  Most of this saving is reflected in the price and if you’re thinking of hiring a van for 2-3 weeks consider taking it for a month.

Contract Hire

This option is for businesses who require a regular use of a van but don’t have the budget or cash flow to fork out a substantial amount of money. With this option you will acquire a brand new and under warranty vehicle that’s reliable, hassle free and far more affordable than renting on a daily basis.

How much will it cost?

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As we can see from the above examples, it really is difficult to give a specific answer to the question of how much it costs for van hire, simply because there are so many factors involved.

So, the best thing that you can do is to jump online or pick up the telephone and start ringing around to find the right van hire company after receiving a few quotes.

Prices may vary considerably, as some of the companies you ring may operate nationwide whereas others might be a more local operation, or some companies may specialise in certain types of van, so until you pick up the phone and ask, you will never really know how much it is going to cost to secure the van that you so desperately need.

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