Factors That Influence Van Hire Costs

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A van hire can prove invaluable for many purposes, including the clearing out of rubbish, the removal of items from one house to another, or the shifting of a single, large item. By ensuring that you choose the right type and size of van, that you have planned who will be driving in advance, and that you consider other factors such as additional cover and additional options, you can enjoy a cost effective hire too.
There may not be much that you can do about the cost of fuel, or the distance between two locations, but you can ensure that you only need to make a single trip, and you can even arrange different collection and drop-off points for the van itself to help further reduce the amount of fuel that you need to use.
Factors That Influence Van Hire Costs
Van Type
There are many types of van, and while the transit van is the one that most people think of, and most people hire, there are models that are smaller as well as those that are much larger. Choosing one that is too small, or too large, will inevitably increase your costs. A van that is too small will require multiple trips and additional time, while a van that is too large will mean increased fuel costs while paying for room that you don’t need. Choose the size that is most appropriate for the items that you are moving.
Hire Period
Obviously, the more days that you rent a van, the more you will have to pay overall. However, the cost of second and subsequent days are typically reduced when compared to the cost of the first day, unless you have to arrange to extend the rental period at the last minute.  Plan ahead, and book your vehicle for the amount of time that you actually require it.
Excess Levels
Always check the excess level that you will be expected to pay in the event of an accident. Many rental companies offer a standard £1,000 excess, although some may offer lower figures than this. It is possible to reduce this excess fee, but doing so will come at a cost. The choice is yours, and the extra few pounds a day that you save by sticking with a high excess will not be enough to cover the several hundred pounds extra you will have to cover in excess fees.
Drivers And Driver Details
Your van hire cost will also be determined by who will be driving. Some companies will not rent vans to those aged under 25, while others may add an additional charge for drivers aged under 28. Always check the terms and conditions before you book, and remember that adding second and additional drivers will mean that you have to pay additional costs when renting. However, if you need to share the burden of driving, then this may well be a cost that you are willing to shoulder.
Other Factors
There are other factors that will influence the price you pay. Some rental companies include additional extras, such as driving abroad or the offer of a GPS, as default. By removing these, you can save money, but if you do need these additional features then you should consider paying the extra fees. Also consider collecting and dropping off the van from different locations, if you are travelling some distance, because this means less driving, less fuel consumption, and it may mean that you can return the vehicle a day earlier while paying less.
NationwideHireUK.co.uk offers transparent and competitive pricing on a wide range of vans, so that you can enjoy a trouble free and affordable rental on a van that meets your needs.

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