If your business finds itself in a position where you need to hire a van, there are a number of things you need to consider. Of course, one of the most important considerations is price; after all, you don’t want to be overpaying for a vehicle that you use only intermittently or whose many functions and size far exceed your requirements.
We at Vanwise Group aim to help companies of all sizes find the perfect commercial vehicle deal, which is why we’re delighted to provide our top three tips to consider before beginning your search.
1. Understand your requirements
We’ve already touched on this above, but it pays to really understand exactly what you do - and don’t - need in your business rental van. Take the time to determine your load capacity requirements; do you, for example, require a long wheelbase model or could you get away with a compact cargo van? Similarly, is it important for you to have a model that features such technology as air conditioning, satellite navigation, or Bluetooth connectivity? If not, you may well be able to find yourself a commercial vehicle rental at a price that is far more affordable.
Further to this, have you taken the time to consider the benefits and drawbacks of both petrol and diesel options? While the former may prove more enjoyable to drive, the latter tends to provide greater power and fuel efficiency. Try to calculate your likely expenditure on fuel and ensure this plays a part in your decision-making process.
2. Choose a reputable hire company
Sometimes the cheapest price isn’t always the best. And, when it comes to business van hire, you’ll want to know that you’re paying for a model that is great value for money in terms of price and performance. By choosing a reputable hire company, you can look forward to a standard of service that is second-to-none, fully inspected vehicles that are clean and capable, and all the necessary peace of mind you need to enter a contractual agreement.
3. Understand precisely what your hire includes
Hiring a commercial vehicle is just as much of a risk for the company as it is for you. After all, they require their vehicle to be returned in the best-possible condition so they can rent to the next customer. As such, you will often find that your rental agreement has a number of caveats in place, such as the amount of mileage you’re able to do, the liability for any damages, and the need to return with a full tank of fuel. Make sure you understand exactly what your obligations are, otherwise the rental company may seek compensation should you fail to uphold your side of the agreement.
Commercial vehicles are available for sale from Vanwise Group in Maidstone and Harlow today. Take a look at the full range of used commercial vans we have available and find the perfect - and most cost-effective - model for your business.