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A van rental service is a great option for anyone who needs to move their household or business. You won't have to move boxes or furniture around in your car, and you can do your entire move in one go sometimes.

Self-moves are popular because they're more cost-effective and practical. However, you need to be careful about the costs of van hire. You don't want to save money, but you also need to make sure you get a van rental service that is affordable and has a van that meets your needs.

We are proud to provide a van rental service at a reasonable price that can be used for any job. We offer top tips on Van Hire in Wolverhampton that are affordable, so you get the best out of your van rental experience.

Plan Ahead

You may rent a van for a variety of reasons. It doesn't matter what reason you have, but it is important to plan ahead and understand your needs. You can rent a van for one day or a longer period of time, but planning ahead will help you to find the right van and the right price.

Consider The Size Of The Van You Require

First, you should consider the size of your van. What amount of stuff will you be carrying? How much of your belongings can you estimate? It's not a good idea to pay too much for a van or to rent a smaller vehicle, which could lead to multiple trips to finish the job. Let's look at what vans are available to rent from most dealerships.

  • Standard Transit van: These vans can transport up to 800 kg. You can move large furniture, such as wardrobes, kitchen appliances, and sofas, provided they are in good condition.
  • The long-wheelbase high-top van transit van: This van is longer and taller than a standard van transit and can carry up to 1400 kg. This van is perfect if you have furniture that is very large and cannot be transported in a standard transit.
  • Luton Box van: The Luton Box Van is basically a long-wheelbase transit with a large box at the back. It's ideal for larger house moves. These vans are very easy to pack because they are perfectly rectangular. However, you will need to lift your items at least two to three feet above the ground to load them. If you aren't confident lifting your belongings from the ground, you can add a hydraulic tail lift to your van rental price.

Check You Have A Suitable Driving Licence

After you have decided on a van you will need to verify that your driving licence is valid. A standard driving licence (Category B) will suffice in most cases. It will cover vans up to 3500 kg, provided you do not use a trailer. If you have a Category B licence after 1997, you will need a Category A1 licence for a van weighing between 3500 kg to 7500 kg. You can use your Category B to transport vans that weigh up to 7500 kg.

Work Out How Long You'll Need A Van For

You need to decide how long your van will be used depending on the task at hand. Maybe you need a van to clear your garden for a renovation project in 24 hours, or perhaps you have just started your own business and require a van for several weeks while you set up your premises.

You'll want to make sure that the van is available for hire at an affordable price. We offer weekly, monthly, or daily hire windows.  

Aim To Estimate Your Mileage Expected

The distance you intend to travel will also impact the cost of your van rental at TCH you have 150 miles free for each day. Van hires with a fixed mileage will not be an issue if you only plan to travel a limited distance. You simply pay a fixed price for the distance you cover. If you exceed the mileage allowance, you might have to pay an additional charge per mile.

Find A Reputable Vehicle rental company

Every dealership has different terms and conditions when it comes to vehicle rentals. It takes time to find a reliable company that provides the best service. But once you do your research, you will be able to ensure that you are getting a service that meets your needs.

First, look at the websites of local dealerships to find out more about their services and prices, as well as how customers have rated their services. Next, narrow down your choices to three companies. Then get three quotes from each company to compare. You can then choose the company that provides the services you need at a reasonable price.

Insurance should be included in the van hire price. Although insurance policies can differ from one company to another, it is important that your van hire insurance covers theft, damages, and loss. Ask about any excesses that you might be required to pay. Although a low price might seem appealing, you should always carefully read all terms and conditions before you sign anything. You don't want any hidden fees or to end up paying hundreds of pounds for coverage if your van is damaged or crashes.

We will then discuss the best practices for picking up, driving, and returning your van.

Collect Your Van

Once you have chosen the right van for you from a reputable company, it is time to pick up your vehicle. You will need to bring a few items with you.

  • Relevant driving licence(s) in photo or paper form.
  • If you have points on your licence, your driving record.
  • You will need a credit card to make a deposit. We recommend that you pay the rental fee with your credit card. This is for financial security.
  • Documentation proving your home address, e.g. Bank statement or utility bill.

After the keys are handed over, it is important to inspect the vehicle for any internal or external damage. Also, make sure you cross-reference the information you see with the agreement. Also, make sure to check the fuel level and mileage against the agreement.

Before you leave, make sure you are familiar with what to do in case your van stops working, or you get into an accident. It is a smart idea to keep the emergency number of the dealership and the local breakdown recovery company where you will be driving, handy.

Drive Your Van

Driving a van is very different from driving a car. You won't feel comfortable driving a van if you have never done so. Start slowly, especially if the van is loaded with heavy items.

Your blind spots in a van will be larger, especially when you turn corners or park. It is easy to forget the van's dimensions. Be careful when driving under low bridges and in narrow lanes. Before you leave, check the weather conditions as tall vans can lean into high winds.

Return Your Van

After you have used your van, it is important that you return it in exactly the same condition you received it. You should budget for the cost of filling up your tank after you've used the van. You should report any scuffs or damages to the dealer. They should also let you know if additional charges may be required. However, good insurance should cover these costs.

Terminus contract hire: Reliable, Affordable Van Hiring To Suit Your Project

Do you need to hire a large van right away since you're moving? Perhaps your organisation is short on vans and requires a few smaller trucks to complete a job? TCHire has been the local specialist in vehicle hire for over 50 years, so you can rest assured that you'll get the most personalised experience every time.

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