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5 Steps to Get the Most from Van Hire

Leasing a van for commercial purposes offers many benefits to business; it’s a flexible and cost-effective option that provides businesses with better access to the latest vehicles and improves company image and efficiency. In order to make the most of a leased van and the benefits it provides, and to ensure safety, here are our top tips for a smooth running hiring process:

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Thoroughly plan what you’ll need your van for

Thoroughly plan what you’ll need your van for

Before you even begin to search for your leased van, you’ll need to plan what you’ll be using your van for, why you might need extra space, what items you’ll be moving around in it and estimate how much they may weigh. Will you be constantly loading and unloading heavy items in and out of the van? Getting this right will ensure that you can carry out day to day functions safely and most conveniently. Planning ahead means that you won’t overpay for a vehicle that is too big for your needs, or even too small, which could result in you or your employees having to make more trips. Consider the anticipated mileage and where the van will be used - these factors will affect the type of van that best suits your needs.

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Compare prices

Compare prices

Comparing van hire prices is essential and it’s worth finding out what is included and excluded as part of individual providers’ contracts. Compare like for like and check what you are covered for with each supplier, as insurance will vary and you may not be offered all that you need. When you collect your hired van, check all of the documentation and read the terms and conditions carefully. There could be extras that you are being sold which may be unnecessary.

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Check your van

Check your van

When collecting your van it’s vital to examine it inside and out and look for any damage that isn’t specified in the agreement. It’s also a good idea to review with your supplier maintenance options and what to do in the event of a breakdown or accident. Before you drive away check that the van’s mileage is correct and fuel level is sufficient for your first journey.

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Take extra precaution

Take extra precaution

Driving a van can be very different if you are not used to getting around in one, and it may be quite a lot wider or higher than what you are familiar with. Check the dimensions of your hired van and take extra care when driving under low bridges or parking in tight spaces. Remember to allow space to load and unload equipment if you’ll be using the van for this purpose, by keeping at a safe distance from other vehicles.

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At the end of your van lease period:

At the end of your van lease period:

A vehicle lease provider will have vans of varied sizes and makes to suit numerous purposes. When your lease period is coming to a close, ask them what new models are available and would be appropriate for your business, and what offers they have available for loyal customers. Ensure you check your bank statement when you drop off your van, to ensure there are no unaccounted costs.