A self drive van hire is the most cost effective and convenient means of moving large articles from one place to another. Self drive van rentals are a better choice than using a dispatch company or a haulage firm. Both local and national vehicle suppliers offer vans for hire in all corners of the UK.

Self drive van hire is available in periods that range from one hour to 12 months. Suppliers recognise that customers do not always need a vehicle for a full 24 hour period when they only have a few large items to move a short distance, and so have introduced hourly rates.

Self drive van rentals come in varying sizes. The smallest is one the size of a hatchback car, while the biggest is a 7.5 tonne box van. The most popular vans are the Luton style box vans which can carry up to 20 m³ of articles. The 7.5 tone option is only available for drivers who passed their UK driving test before the end of 1996.

Self drive van hire can be booked through internet brokers, directly with company websites, by phone or in person. As well as different rental period lengths, another good option is the one-way hire. Advance or mid-week reservations often gain significant savings. Vehicles are good for business, private or work use.

Vehicles can be collected from hire firms’ service depots. For a nominal extra fee some firms provide pick up and collection from an offsite location designated by the self drive van rental driver.

Items, large or small, are best moved with your own self drive van rental. The bigger models come with attached hydraulic lifting gear. Different vehicle suppliers offer various levels of breakdown and insurance cover. National companies often have a loyalty scheme for frequent renters. Full details are available online or from call centre operators.

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