The number of people who hire vans seemingly on the increase; this could well be because of tighter home budgets and an inclination to carry out manual tasks, such as moving house themselves. This is not the only reason people use van hire services however, workers often use rental vehicles when their own are in garages or in need of repair.
Thankfully the UK is blessed with large numbers of van hire services making it possible for nearly anyone to find the perfect vehicle no matter what the task. It is hoped that the following article will provide consumers with some important information related to the rental process and the use of commercial vehicles.
The first thing to remember when utilising van hire services is that when picking up the vehicle it is essential that all of the relevant documents are brought along. Normally a company will require you to bring a driving licence, a proof of address and a confirmation number for the booking.
On arrival these documents will normally be photocopied and kept for security reasons. In addition when at the van hire depot it is typical that you will be asked to fill in a rental agreement; this agreement is a legally binding contract that will contain the clauses of the rental and which, if any penalties can be applied should any breach of contract occur.
The rental contract may also contain information on the fuel and mileage policy. Companies differ greatly on what they deem to be a fair mileage so it is always advisable to take a detailed look at your journey; by doing this you can estimate the mileage and can pass this information onto the rental company; often if the mileage restrictions are exceeded charges will be applicable.
Fuel is another important consideration, find out exactly what type of vehicle the van uses and then ask the representative if it needs to be filled before it is returned, this is true in most cases although some companies do differ in how they conduct business.
The majority of van hire companies will ask renters to fill in a vehicle report form before they embark upon their journey. Fundamentally this is a document that gives a description of the vehicle's condition before the hire period has commenced. At this stage it is advisable for renters to take the report and look around the vehicle to see if there is any unreported damage. By doing this it is possible for consumers to ensure they are not stung with damage penalties when they return the vehicle.
Driving a van is remarkably different from driving a car or smaller vehicle and hence it is always a good idea to take time in order to get a grasp of the controls and accustom yourself to the sitting position and the visibility from the cab.
If a short drive around the car park is needed then this should be carried out, ultimately a renter needs to feel comfortable with the van before the hire period is started. These considerations should be continued when on the road. Vans do not corner as well as cars, nor are their turning circles in any way similar; by remembering to take time and remain in control throughout the journey it should be possible to have a safe experience.
It is hoped this short article has made it clear exactly how the van hire process works and how customers can prevent any additional charges when the vehicle is returned. It has also hoped to highlight the importance of feeling comfortable in the vehicle and driving safely.
Consumer advisor Thomas Pretty supplies essential information for those utilising van hire services and how to find the best deal.