A less restrictive option than a contract van lease is provided by long term van hire. Most of the leading national vehicle rental suppliers offer vans for one, three or twelve month hire periods. Long term van rentals apply to all sizes and types of vans.

Van sizes in the UK, which can be driven on a standard driving licence, go from a Combo with a load capacity of 2.9m³ to a 20m³ box van. Drivers with a licence issued pre-1997 can drive a 7.5 tonne rated van. The 20m³ vans are plenty big enough to fit the largest machinery, tools and storage boxes in their load space.

Long term van rental provides a great option for extended commercial or private use. Long term hire offers the use of the van without the hassle of vehicle maintenance and upkeep. Most firms keep their hire fleets current, so customers are usually provided with a late model van.

Commercial businesses with a need for a specific vehicle, a refrigerated truck or a passenger van for example, can order a custom fitted long term van hire. Again, with a refrigerated van it has the latest cooling machines, which are usually covered on a full maintenance and breakdown contract.

For a nominal surcharge, vans can be furnished with a Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation aid. Long term van rentals offer preferential rates that are quite a bit cheaper than a short hire. Other savings can be made on vehicles with one named driver, which garner cheaper insurance, and higher collision excess waivers.

Current deals on long term van rental can be found with a quick Google search on the internet. Both national hire firms and online car hire brokers provide service. These suppliers often have call centres, which operate seven days per week. The Yellow Pages is another useful medium for locating long term van hire.

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