Renting a van can provide you freedom and flexibility, but can also be a hassle if not done properly. This article focuses on practical ways to make the experience as stress free as possible.
Renting a van or a lorry is like any other facet of organisation; looking for the best deals and shopping around are imperative when making money go a long way. It is highly important to look at all the options and offers available.
Things to consider
Choosing your van
In the modern market place there are several large rental companies who offer a variety of vans at a differing rates, it is essential to have an idea of the desired vehicle capable of fulfilling your requirements.
If travelling with an excessive amount of luggage or several children then an SUV or Mini Van may be a suitable choice.
If concerned about petrol prices then consider renting the van with the smallest engine size. Most good rental companies offer a comprehensive range of economy vans or lorries for the gas conscious or the eco warrior.
Automatic or Stick? In the majority of countries manual transmission is the standard so it is wise to specify if an automatic is required.
Booking your van
Shop around. When booking, research is essential; it is wise to check out comparison sites in order to ascertain which company can offer you the lowest prices.
When the desired company with the lowest rates (or nicest vans!) has been identified, check out their website. Many rental companies will offer exclusive membership schemes that may provide a substantial discount.
Search for internet deals by looking for the name of the desired rental company, followed by the words “coupon” or “discounts”. Many companies offer coupons & discounts that can result in savings of up to 20%.
Understanding the rental agreements
It is important to ask questions and to read the fine print.
If booking online, read the terms and conditions thoroughly; by doing this, one is informed and knows exactly what to expect.
If booking via phone then ask plenty of questions, ask about:
Additional drivers (Is the additional driver old enough? Are there extra charges?)
Grace periods (in terms of picking up the vehicle early or late)
Gas requirements (full on pick up, full on drop off?)
Drop off conditions (If travelling especially far away)
When researching, the big, bold price that one sees may not cover the whole rental. Often there are extra charges, such as,
Additional driver fees
Drop off charges
In some cases these unexpected fees can double the price of the rental. Be sure to factor these things in before booking as they may result in an unfortunate surprise.