Why Hiring a Car Could Be a Better Option Than Buying

When you own a car, you are committed to a number of associated running costs. So, if you don’t need to drive every day, then why not consider hiring a car, as and when you need to? Instead of buying a vehicle, not only will you be helping to save the planet, but you may also save more money in the long run.

Working away

If you’re centrally based in an urban location, you may find that you only use your car occasionally. If you sometimes have to travel a long distance for work, it can prove cheaper to hire a vehicle when you go away, rather than permanently owning one. If you’re part of a team that works away, then it’s usually less costly and more environmentally friendly to rent a car and travel together as a group.

Moving items for work
If you run a business that requires items being moved on an ad hoc basis, then it might work out cheaper to hire a vehicle for this very purpose. When you choose a vehicle for your exact needs, you can also select a suitable size for your intended load.

Moving office or house

Why make several trips to your new office or home, when you can simply hire a larger vehicle to move as much as possible all in one go? Not only will you be reducing the level of polluting vehicle transmissions, but you will be saving precious working time too.

Before you rent a car or van, here are seven important checks you ought to make:

  1. Check the reviews – always book your car hire through a recommended and trusted company.
  2. Check any excesses – this includes theft protection and the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW). It might be worth taking out Excess Reimbursement Insurance, if the excess is very high.
  3. Check the details – make sure you have all the info you need to hand before booking. For example, do you need to hire a child seat, or will anyone else be sharing the driving with you?
  4. Check your credit limit – do you have enough credit to make the deposit and to cover the excess? You will need to use a credit card in the person named on the car rental booking form.
  5. Check the latest Brexit news – if you plan to drive in Europe, an international driving permit may soon be required. Keep an eye on any updates by visiting this website: gov.uk/guidance/driving-in-the-eu-after-brexit.
  6. Check the vehicle – before you drive away, always inspect the car in case of any dents or scratches. It’s a good idea to take photographs of the bodywork, bumpers wheels, windscreen and wing mirrors.
    Checks for when you return the vehicle – you will need to fill up with fuel, so make sure you keep the receipt. If you are returning to an airport and your flight has been delayed, then let the rental office know, as this may affect your reservation.
  7. Lastly, always question anything you don’t understand on a rental contract, so you are 100% happy that you have hired the right vehicle for your needs.

If you are thinking of hiring a car or van, then why not check availability on our rental website? Call 0116 282 6667 for advice.

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