Things That Should Not Be Avoided While Hiring A Van
Are you thinking of renting a van? You may be touring the UAE with your friends or family. Or maybe you want to transport cargo across the Emirates and are wondering whether hiring a van is a convenient option for you or not.
Rental vans can be a comfortable choice available for you, especially when you are with a large group of people. It is a hassle-free way of traveling and saves you time.
While renting a van, there are a few things you should consider. Firstly, among various renting agencies offering different deals, you should choose a plan that meets your needs and budget.
Here are the other things that you should not avoid while renting a van.
#1 Know Your Needs
It is essential that you know all your needs before reaching out to a rental company.
- You may consider a minivan or SUV if you travel with your family.
- The smaller engine will do fine if you are on a tight budget.
- Additionally, you need to be more explicit about whether a manual or automatic vehicle will serve your needs.
- You may want onboard features like a CD player and lots of passenger and storage space if you are looking for comfort.
- Make a comprehensive travel plan with locations to visit, and discuss it with the rental company.
Knowing all these requirements is the first step towards hiring a suitable vehicle that can get the job done.
#2 Selecting the Right Rental Company
After knowing that a van is appropriate for your needs, you can rent it through a rental car agency.
You can look for these rental companies online, read customers’ reviews on their websites, or ask your friends for a referral.
You can contact different rental agencies and ask for their deals, estimated price, and insurance plan.
#3 Check Your Vehicle
Your vehicle condition and comfort level that it provides can largely affect the outcome of your tour. So, thoroughly check the condition and function of the van like air conditioning, lights, windshield wipers, and breaks.
Ensure that the van doesn’t have any dents or scratches before hitting the road. If there was such an anomaly and you missed it, you’d be held responsible for another person’s misuse of the vehicle.
Take some time to get familiarized with the rental van: adjust the seat and mirrors to your liking.
#4 Read and Understand the Rental Agreement
To avoid any future misunderstandings, you must carefully read the rental agreement and understand it. Know all the essential information before you get on with the final deal.
Ask the rental agency about the following questions:
- Security Deposits
- Mile Average
- Fuel Average
- Additional charges for not returning the vehicle in the time
- Driver’s experience
#5 Knowing the Hidden Charges
We encourage you to inspect the overall costs of hiring a van meticulously. Sometimes, several hidden charges are included in the final price. Knowing and discussing these with your rental agent upfront can save you a penny or two on services you don’t need.
The end price also has all the extra costs incurred during the touring. These additional charges may include the following:
- Extra Driver Charges
- Tax Charges
- Toll Charges
- Drop off Charges
#6 Have Your Paperwork with You
Before going to the rental agency, make sure you have your driver’s license and a valid credit card with you. For renting a van in the Emirates, you’ll also need a passport, international driving license, and visa.
The rental agent will thoroughly check your paperwork and ensure you are eligible.
#7 Stay on the Road
Though you can go anywhere across the UAE with the rented van, avoid going on a desert safari. Taking the rental vehicle off-road is a violation of the rental agreement.
And if the rented van encountered any damage during your Safari expedition, it won’t be covered in your insurance, and you have to pay extra bucks for that.
#8 Look for Discounts
Specific membership programs offer rental car discounts, for instance, travel organizations like AAA, airline frequent flyer programs, and organizations related to older people like AARP. These discounts are usually listed on their websites.
#9 Don’t Book a Van in the Airport
It’s a bad idea to wait until you have landed in the Emirates to look for a rental van company. The rental agencies inside the airport have significantly higher rental charges.
It is better that you book your vehicle online or by phone. These are the simple things you should keep in your mind while renting a vehicle. We want to make your trip stress-free and enjoyable. Our team at Drive Cool Transport will make your van rental experience smooth and easy. We will answer all your queries before you head to the road.