Renting a Van: Things You Should Take into Consideration
Published on Wednesday, 18 July 2012
Whether you need to move your home or you just have to carry some items away from the house you always need a van to do it. Most of us do not own vans or do not even have a friend who does so we need to hire one. Fortunately, there are plenty of companies that offer such a service. But as everything else in our life this is not as simple as you think at first - you just make a call and in 30 minutes the van is outside your door. There are certain things you should consider before you rent a van.
every rental company that offers such a service has its own standard set of guidelines. and from company to company they can significantly vary. It is really essential to get familiar with them so that you are well-informed of their practices and services. For example, there might be some extra costs that could increase your fee significantly if you are not aware of it.
Next thing to consider is the pricing. Most companies form their price on a per kilometer scale. This means you pay for each kilometer you have passed. But you need to be aware not only how much you have to pay per kilometer but what are the other fees that apply, as well - is there a fee if you return the van to a different location; does the fees varies for vans with different sizes and capacities; etc. You should also understand how the question with the fuel is arranged. Do you fill the tank yourself or there is a per-paid fuel package. If it is the second you should be very careful. Van rental companies usually offer a full tank or a half a tank per-fuel package. This means that you pay for either a full or a half tank no matter if you have emptied the tank completely upon returning the van or not. You have to clear all the financial issues before renting a van so that you do not face bad surprises at the end.
One of the problems that can happen when renting a van is to wrongly determine the size of the van you need. To avoid this you should figure out what exactly needs to be transported and what is the size of the loads in square meters. When you know this you can easily select a van that meets your needs in terms of size and loading capacity.
Pay a close attention to the condition of the van. Rent a newer van with lower mileage because such a van has a smoother ride, and is more efficient on fuel. Not to mention they are generally safer and more reliable on the road.
You should also choose the renting company very carefully. Make sure to do a detailed research and choose a proven company with good reputation. This can easily be done online. Read the costumer's reviews and pay a special attention to the costumer complains. When you choose a company make sure they have a current license and proper insurance documentation. This will definitely prevent you from stressful situations and bad experience.
Following the tips mentioned above can help you save money on your van rental. They will also help you have a better experience with renting a van. You simply have to consider everything carefully and do not rush into things. Gather as much information as possible to make the best possible decision. Give yourself enough time to choose in order to have no regrets later.