May 6th, 2013
Renting a cargo van is similar to renting any other vehicle, but a few reminders and tips can help ensure your experience is a good one.
The first thing to do is determine how big a load you are going to be hauling. Make sure you leave a little extra room in your estimate. Sometimes making a second trip is not an option, especially on long hauls. If you have a heavy load, make sure the cargo van is rated to handle that load. You don’t want to overload a cargo van, as that can lead to breakdowns. You can imagine that a breakdown might happen in the worst place or at a really bad time where getting help could be difficult. So be sure your cargo van has both enough room for your need and is rated to handle the load you want to haul. A side note here, check the seating capacity. If you are going to carry passengers make sure you have enough seats for everyone to sit comfortably.
You also want to price shop once you know the size of the cargo van you need. Using the internet it is fairly simple to get a bunch of quotes. Do that. Pricing is often different between truck rental places. If you call and talk to the rental person, you can sometimes get even a better deal. Just be friendly and tell them what you want from your cargo van rental. If you can make contact with a helpful person and establish a rapport, you can often get a better deal. While you are doing this, make sure you ask about all the costs involved, such as a one way fee, over-mileage charge, return fee or any and all other fees associated with renting the van. You have to ask to get the answer. It’s the full and final cost that you are interested in when you are searching for a rental van. Be sure to make sure you get that full rental price as you make comparisons.
Pick a respectable company. If the pricing is close, go with the rental from a company you know. A licensed rental van company is a safer bet.
When it comes time to pick-up your vehicle, do a walk around inspection and then ask to drive it around the block once. Make sure the tires have good tread, and the brakes work comfortably. Be sure the suspension is good as you drive. It can be scary to drive a loaded cargo van that is wobbly on the road. Check this first in a short test drive.
Finally, read all the terms and conditions of rental agreement carefully before signing it. If you see something that doesn’t make sense ask about it, or line it out and initial the line out. Contracts are written for the benefit of the renter, not you. But you don’t have to sign just anything. It may make you a little nervous, but don’t sign something that you don’t like. Line out the parts that are unreasonable. This protects you if something goes wrong during the rental.
Follow these tips and you can enjoy a successful cargo van rental.