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February 12, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 215

Renting a van when you need it can be much more economical than buying a vehicle that will only be used rarely, and you also won't have to worry about maintenance or keeping up with service schedules. This can even make van rental an attractive option for companies that are looking to expand their fleets without the need to purchase the latest models every few years.

However, most people rent vans for the short term, for occasions such as moving home, and it's important to make sure you choose the type of van suited to your needs in order to reduce the chance of things going wrong. Enlisting the help of friends or family and hiring a small to medium sized van will usually be suitable for moving between flats, but for larger properties you will likely need a larger removal truck and may wish to hire professional movers to carry heavier items up and down stairs without inflicting damage. Short term van rentals may be charged by the hour.

If you're hiring a van for longer journeys, such as cross country trips, you will need to provide your rental company with an accurate idea of how far you will be travelling in total, as they may be able to arrange a more suitable rental charge or discounts for you. If you will be carrying a large volume of goods, this will also influence the type of van you need, and you also need to consider your own driving abilities and experience with larger vehicles.

Standard transit vans should not present too much of a problem to motorists accustomed to larger cars, but the length of the van may take some getting used to, especially when reversing into driveways or parking spots. If you're hiring a larger van, you also need to be aware of the extra height, which could make some areas such as car parks inaccessible.

If you do return your van rental later than arranged, this could see you incur additional fines. You also need to make sure you are suitably covered by insurance in the event that you run into trouble and need repairs or other services that can be charged to your rental company's insurer, rather than coming out of your own pocket. You should also read up on aspects of the van such as its fuel consumption, to avoid surprises when you're out on the road.

Bruce Giles writes for a digital marketing agency. This article about van rental has been commissioned by a client of said agency. This article is not designed to promote, but should be considered professional content.

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