How To Rent A Van
It's simple to figure out how to rent a van. Not only is it easy, but renting a van is ideal for longer trips. Often you find van rentals to have all of the luxuries your regular car doesn't have. Rental vans often have DVD players in the back of the van, making it easier to occupy children when traveling, and they have plenty of storage so you can take what you need.
In order to rent a van you will need:
- Credit card
- Driver's license
- Car insurance
- Internet access or telephone
- Call your car insurance company. When you call them, speak to a representative. Ask them if your current car insurance coverage will extend to a rental van. If the coverage will extend make sure that you are fully covered, and don't only carry liability insurance. This way you won't have to pay the high insurance premiums from the rental company.
- Compare rates from your local car rental companies. This can be done either online or via the phone. Don't simply look for the cheapest rates though, make sure you are getting unlimited mileage. If not, you should consider another company. You don't want to rent a van and then find a lot of extra charges when you return it.
- Reserve the van. This can also be done online or over the phone. You'll get better rates if you reserve the van in advance. You need a valid credit or debit card to put down the deposit. Make sure you ask them how much money they are holding on your account. Some companies put a hold on money up to double the amount of the rental. Often the hold amount will be higher if you are using a debit card rather than a credit card. Also, some companies check your credit and may require you to use a credit card, not a debit card.
- Pick up the van. Take your drivers license, insurance card and credit or debit card with you when you pick up the van. In order to rent a van, there is paperwork you'll need to fill out, and the company will make copies of your drivers license. Make sure you look over the van completely before you leave. Make the company retain a note of any minor damage, and any areas of the car that aren't clean. This way they can't charge you for them when the van is returned.