It’s always a little bit stressful whenever you have to rent any kind of vehicle, and a van rental is no different. In some aspects, renting a van is more stressful because you’re dealing with things you’ve never had to deal with before. It doesn’t matter whether you’re renting a passenger, cargo, or moving van; you’ll have to approach it a little differently from a car rental. This article’s intention is to give you a few tips for a smooth transaction.
One tactic people often use when renting a van is to call a few services and pick the one who quotes them the price that’s lowest. There are, however, many factors you should consider when renting a van, and the price is only one. It’s always a good idea to rent a van from a trustworthy company, and this should really be your first concern. This way you can be sure that the van you get will be reliable and comfortable. A less reliable agency may also not have the van ready at the promised time. Companies that have good reputations to uphold are not as likely to make such mistakes.
Sometimes people do rent them for the whole summer, and quite frequently you can receive a volume type of discount. It is possible but not highly likely to come across a brand new rental van for passengers. What typically happens is the small rental services buy used vans from the larger services. However, don’t let that get you down, a lot of times doing good research can turn up a good deal. You can even look outside your immediate area, as well. That is why it’s important to take some time to plan and research your van rental.
Read the basic policies for the differences and similarities in van and car rentals.
As with all rentals there are age, credit card and mileage differences such as how you are charged for mileage in a van vs. a car. When renting a van for moving, you will find that you have to pay according to a per mile basis. So do keep that in mind so you’re not shocked when you return the van.
If it’s easier for you to return the van at a different location than you picked it up, make sure the company allows this without a large surcharge. Different rental companies have their own ways of handling this, so it’s necessary to ask ahead of time. You’ll tend to have a better experience and save money if you think about the details in advance.