Things to do when hiring a van

If you’ve got some heavy lifting to do when collecting an item you’ve bought or need to transport many things in one go, then you probably need to hire a van. It’s not as simple as picking the first company you see online, there are some factors you’ll want to consider first and then you’ll know the right questions to ask. Here are some tips to help you:

  1. Have a plan

Before you get quotes from different companies, have a think about the amount you want to transport and how much it’s likely to weigh. If you get this wrong, you might end up paying over the odds for a huge van you don’t need or having to make multiple trips as the van you’ve hired is far too small for your needs. Vans come in a variety of sizes, from a small vehicle, right up to tipper size. For heavy goods moving, you might do well to consider having a van with a tailgate lift to make loading and unloading much easier.

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  1. Fair comparison

Comparing like for like is important, as insurance costs can vary considerably. Make sure you understand what’s covered and what’s not and remember that the cheapest quote probably won’t include all the additional elements you’d like it to. Unlimited mileage deals are a good choice, but always read the terms and conditions before booking. When booking over £100, be sure to pay by credit card to protect your money.

  1. When you get there

On collecting your hire van, be sure to check all the documentation carefully, check for any additional charges and only sign up for what you need. You’ll need to take your driving licence, both parts, a credit card to pay the deposit and many firms ask for a utility bill to confirm home address.

  1. Check the vehicle

An important thing to remember is to give the van a check before you drive it off the premises. Check both the inside and out for any damage as any damage should be detailed on the agreement before you leave. Check both the mileage and fuel levels. For Van hire Gloucester, visit

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  1. Van driving is different

If you’ve not driven a van before, make sure you understand that the dimensions differ, and you will be higher or wider than you’re used to. Take care when performing manoeuvres, especially parking. You’ll also need to remember to leave enough space between you and other vehicles to unload and load the van.

  1. Returning the van

It’s vital that you return the van in the condition it was when you took it, especially in relation to fuel levels. Be aware that a late return will incur additional charges.

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