Van Hire Dos & Don’tsMay 5, 2016
Getting a van to suit your needs is the first thing most people think about when going for van hire. This is always the starting point of the process, but there are many more things you need to keep in mind when hiring a van, as well as throughout the time you have the van for.
This month we’ll walk you through some of the vital “dos and don’ts” of van hire to help you with the process from start to finish.
Do plan ahead. Planning ahead is one of the most important things you can do. From planning what size van you’ll need, to how long you’ll need it for – the more organised you are the smoother the process will be for both parties.
Even go as far as planning your route beforehand to check you’ll be able to have plenty of access with your van. If you go for van hire without these plans in place, you’ll more than likely encounter problems along the way.
Do check your documents. Before hiring a van, you will need to check your documents. This refers to those you hold yourself, such as your license to drive particular vehicles, but also involves the rental agreement you sign with the hire company. Check you’re happy with the costs and the details of the agreement so there aren’t any issues further down the line.
Do check the vehicle. You’re going to be driving the van and returning it, with the hire company expecting it back in the same condition. For this reason you’ll want to check there isn’t any damage the company has missed from a previous hire. You can also ensure you’re happy that the vehicle is safe to drive at this stage, rather than finding out the hard way once you’ve set out on your journey.
Don’t forget to check drop off details. When returning a hired van there will usually be some rules. First and foremost, you will be expected to deliver the vehicle back in the same condition it was given to you, with the fuel topped back up.
By checking all the details about where, when and how to drop the van back off, you can avoid any additional costs and paperwork.
Don’t underestimate the size of vehicle you need. Many people take one look at a vehicle and decide it’s right for them. This approach often ends badly, mainly due to the fact that we often want to take a smaller vehicle to make life easier and cheaper. The truth is that you will make life easier for yourself if you think ahead and figure out exactly the amount of room you’ll need – it could save you going and back and forth multiple times to complete a task.
Don’t book without calling first. It might be tempting to go with a “book online” system, but it’s worth getting the advice of a professional on what you need – even if it’s just to clarify some of the details. A quick quote form can give you a rough price, then you can contact the company to book and ensure you have the right details for your hire arrangement.
At I-Drive Van Hire we provide an excellent range of vehicles to suit all purposes. We make hiring a van easy, whether it’s for professional use or to simply transport your belongings for a home move. Contact our professional team today if you’d like more details on our van hire options. i-Drive Van Hire are based in Nottingham but operate in West Bridgford and the surrounding areas.