Renting a vehicle is a unique experience which requires you do your due diligence. With so many options available, finding a commercial vehicle that suits your individual needs is a difficult task. There are various considerations on route to selecting the right van, which is why we’re here to help!


This article will evaluate various factors to help you make a well-informed decision, providing reassurance for the renting process. We recommend you address the questions outlined throughout this article, since your choice of van will be one of the most important investments this summer. With that being said, you’d be wise to consider the following:


How Big Does My Van Need to Be?

This is dependent on the size of goods you need to transport. If you need to carry lots of equipment, you’ll need to choose a van with appropriate capacity. It’s essential you discover the maximum weight a van can handle in relation to the maximum load you’ll need to carry. This is a priority which can’t be overlooked, because a van which isn’t capable of carrying the weight you require is of no use. If you expect to carry heavy equipment, a box body truck or hydraulic tail lift is preferable, but If space is important to you, a long wheelbase vehicle might be better. If you won’t be carrying heavy loads, a small to medium van will likely suffice.


What Do I Need the Van For?

Though we’ve established the importance of size, you’d be wise to make a decision based on the type of items you’ll be carrying. For example, a refrigerated van is essential if you need a vehicle for catering purposes. When carrying produce, you’ll need a refrigerated van to keep food fresh. There are various ranges to consider, which offer different cooling options depending on whether you need to transport chilled or frozen goods. By addressing what you need the van for, on a grass roots level, you can justify your renting decision on functionality. You could even rent a van to go for a game of golf in the summer if you have commercial insurance.


When Do I Need the Van By?

To avoid disappointment, It’s always advisable to book your van in advance. If you need to transport goods on the day you rent your van, timing is important so you can move equipment accordingly. Working out when you need to be organized by will determine rental time, alongside how long you need to hire the vehicle for. If you’re fulfilling an event that needs equipment set up the night before, you’ll need to rent your van a day in advance to meet expectations.


What Type of Van Do I Need?

Commercial vehicle renters offer vehicles with various body types, so it’s important to choose a body style that suits you. Here are the four main types, and how they are best suited:


  • Panel Vans: Probably the most common, versatile body type, panel vans have an enclosed load bay, with blanked out window sections on the side.
  • Luton Bodies / Box Vans: These have a tall ‘cube’ cargo bay, which is generally wider than what’s found on a panel van. That makes this type perfect for carrying bulky items.


  • Flatbeds / Pickups: Similar to box vans, but with a flat, open-air, fitted load bed. These benefit from being light, flexible, and affordable.


  • Double Cabs: Capable of carrying two or three people, comprising extended cabins to provide an extra row of seats.


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I hope you have found this article informative, and are one step closer to renting a van which suits your requirements. If you would like to contribute to the conversation, or have any questions you’d like to ask, please comment below and kick-start the discussion.


Dennehy Commercials is a leading Commercial Vehicle Dealership specialising in Van Hire, Truck Hire and Commercial Trucks for Sale.