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A guide to van hire in the UK

If you're looking to move a lot of heavy items, then you might want to consider hiring a van. Car and van hire in the UK can be an affordable way to transport furniture and large quantities of items without having to make numerous journeys, or overload your car, making it a safe and environmentally friendly choice. This article takes a look at how to hire a van in the UK to help you get the best deal.

The basics

First things to consider In order to hire a van in the UK, you need to ensure that you conform to the licence regulations. These can vary from company to company but all British van hire companies require a full EU driving licence at the very least, with the minimum age for hire varying from 21 to 25 depending on the size and nature of the vehicle to be hired. Almost all vans can be driven with a UK category B licence. Thrifty (Thrifty.co.uk) Thrifty van hire is one of the best known cheap car and van hire outfits in the UK. At Thrifty, you can choose from small economy vans such as the Volkswagen Caddy, Short Wheel Base Vans or larger Long / Extra Long Wheel Base Vans (only available to drivers over 25 who have held their licence for more than two years). Alternatively, for heavier duty transportation, you can rent a Luton Mini-Lorry with Tail Lift.

Top choices

Enterprise (Enterprise.co.uk) Enterprise promises low rates on UK car and van hire, with even better savings to be made on weekday rental. From small three door vans such as the Vauxhall Astravan, to large commercial vans like the Renault Master, there is a wide variety of different sized vans on offer at Enterprise. With day rates starting at just £38.80, van hire from Enterprise can be an affordable way to transport large and heavy items. SixT (Sixt.co.uk) If you're looking to rent a van or large car for a cheap rate in the UK, log on to the SixT where you can hire small vans such as the VW caddy from just £29.00 with the company's special offers on car and van hire. SixT also does some great deals for students, such as small van rental from just £25.00 per day with presentation of a valid NUS card. For the latest van and car hire rates, check online at Sixt.co.uk *Prices correct as of 07.08.11

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