A mileage limit is exactly what it sounds like – a limit on the number of miles you can drive the vehicle during the course of your rental. Any car or van you rent will come with either a mileage cap or unlimited mileage. The size of the mileage cap is an important area to discuss when you come to rent the vehicle, as this can influence the overall price of renting the vehicle. This post contains all the information you need to know about mileage limits for UK rental vehicles.

Why are there mileage limits on rental vehicles?

There can be a number of reasons why a rental company might want to limit the distance their rental vehicles can be driven. This can include:

  • Category of car or van being rented.
  • Location (either locally or where the vehicle is intended to be driven).
  • Length of the rental period.

At the end of the day, the company simply wants to protect its fleet of vehicles. Limiting the mileage in areas with rough terrain, or on vehicles that aren’t suited to long journeys is one way of doing this. Rental offers with limited mileage can also be a cheaper option.

Do all rental vehicles have mileage limits?

No, in fact most rentals in the UK come with unlimited mileage. However, most rental policies make it so the driver has to pay for any refuelling during the use of the vehicle. You should be able to see the mileage advertised on any rental offers.

Is it better to rent a vehicle with limited or unlimited mileage?

Whether a vehicle with limited or unlimited mileage is best for you will depend on your situation. Although unlimited mileage offers a lot of flexibility, it can lead you to pay more for miles that you don’t need. Let’s say you’re planning on renting a car for a holiday but the only trips you’ll be doing is from the airport to your hotel. In this case, you probably don’t need an unlimited mileage rental. Instead, it can be more cost effective to choose to rent a car with a mileage cap that reflects this use.

Equally, the mileage limit might be set based on the duration that you will be using the vehicle. For instance, there’s no point having unlimited mileage on a car or van that you have hired for a day. However, if you need a van to run errands for a business project over the course of a week, a large or unlimited mileage cap might be a better option. Again, it comes down to the intended purpose for which the vehicle is being hired along with the duration you need it.

Car and van rental Durham

Croxdale Group has a large range of cars and vans available to rent. We understand that needing a rental vehicle is not something that can always be planned, which is why we’ve made our offers as flexible as possible. Our car and van hire services can be used for a single day, or over the course of many months. Get in touch to speak to a member of our team about the mileage we offer on our rentals.