If you find yourself in need of a van, it’s important to make sure you look at the right rental options to suit your specific needs. There are several different options when it comes to vans and if you aren’t experienced in driving them, it can be very different to driving a car. That’s why we’ve created this guide, to offer you top tips for choosing the most suitable van for you and making sure you get the best deal possible when looking at vans for rental.

Factor in weight and payload

One of the most important factors to consider when finding the right rental van for your needs, is the weight. If you’re moving house for example, you’lllikely have a lot of heavy furniture that needs to be transported. So, it’s important to work out a rough estimate of how much weight you’ll need the van to carry and ensure it won’t exceed the payload.

The payload is the maximum weight a van can safely carry, which is specified by the vehicle manufacturer. If you overload the van, not only could it be dangerous to drive and potentially result in an accident. But also, you could end up with a fine from the rental company if there is any damage or problems with the van due to exceeding the payload limit.

How much space do you need?

Similar to the weight, you should also have an idea of how much internal space in the van you’re likely to need before you decide on a specific size and model. This is because if you underestimate the amount of space you need, you could find yourself stuck and not being able to close the doors of the van. However, if you overestimate how much space you need, you could end up paying more money than necessary on a larger van and have too much room inside leftover. As a result, if we go back to the moving house example, your belongings could end up sliding around and risk getting damaged.

Think about passengers

When renting a van, it might not necessarily be just the driver who needs to get from A to B. Therefore, you’ll need to have a plan for how many people are going to be in the van at any given time to ensure you choose one with enough seats. The seats in the driver’s cabin might be enough if there is only one or two of you. Or you may require a van that has seats in the back to accommodate extra passengers.

What type of journeys will you be taking?

Another key tip for choosing the ideal van for your needs is to know in advance what routes you’ll be taking with the van. This is because shorter journeys around more urban areas will put different demands on the vehicle compared to long motorway trips. With this in mind, you should think about where the load will be carried, how often during those trips it will be at its full capacity, and the frequency of its use. It's important to consider how you’re going to use the van as accurately as possible. To make sure you choose one that will suit all your requirements and ensure you’re getting value for money for the vehicle you use.

Compare like with like

Once you have a good idea of the style of van that is the best fit for your requirements, it’s time to start comparing hire prices. Different companies will offer different prices with different terms, so you need to know exactly what is included and excluded in all the van hire options you look at. You shouldn’tassume that the cheapest quote you see is automatically the best one as it might not include all the elements you need.

Also, insurance can vary significantly, which is important to keep in mind. Compare similar deals to make sure you get the best price and always read the full terms and conditions before committing to the rental. If you’re looking for van hire in Consett, Croxdale Group can provide flexible options to completely meet your rental needs.


Hopefully the above tips will help you find the perfect van to fulfil your requirements. Whether you need daily van rental to move house or a longer term to complete some work journeys, Croxdale Group offer van hire options to suit any and all circumstances. Book online today to get started with your van rental. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or queries about our rental service.