Van Rental Companies

People rely on the use of vans every day for a whole range of purposes and the van rental market in the UK is one of the largest in Europe. Vans are hired for a whole range of purposes and come in sizes and shapes to suit almost any need with options to choose self-drive rental or the services of a qualified driver. Van rental companies are also able to provide vans from over a range of terms fromĀ  half-day rental to half-year rental and with most cities and towns in the UK being blessed with a selection of rental firms, access to the van of your choice is never far away.

Nationwide van rental companies

There are many van rental companies in the UK that are able to offer services nationwide, this will mean that they have multiple branches spread throughout the country. There are a number of benefits to be had when renting with a nationwide company, the first being the selection of vehicles available.

Large companies provide vans to hundreds of people each week, because of this they generally have large fleets of vehicles with vans of all sizes. Many also have branches in over 100 areas of the UK, this allows the option of one-way van rental which will give the customer the chance to hire a van from one location and return to another branch of the company anywhere in the country. The option of one-way rental is commonly used by people on long distance house moves, students leaving home for university and airport transfers.

Many national and European franchise van rental companies are able to provide facilities to allow customers to take a van overseas; this will require the inclusion of European breakdown cover, insurance and a green card all of which are not financially viable for smaller local companies.

Local van rental companies

The benefits of local van rental generally come through cheap prices and excellent customer service. Many local companies are family run and rely on word of mouth for custom; happy customers will recommend a company to a friend. Local van rental firms generally have a regular client base and can often beat the large companies on the price of hire. Small local companies are able to operate on lower overheads than nationwide companies; this enables them to pass on prices to customers. They may also be able to provide more flexibility on the length of time a van can be hired.

Things to look for when renting

With so much choice on offer choosing the best from hundreds of van rental companies can be tough. There are certain inclusions that will be necessary with van hire, the main ones being insurance, breakdown cover and mileage allowance. Companies that include these items in with the price of hire should definitely be favoured over a company that tries to charge them as extras.

A company that provides free collection and delivery can also be beneficial if you have no way of getting to the depot.



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