Does Van Hire Include the Petrol?

If you are new to hiring a van, there are valid questions you may be wondering, especially when it comes to fuel. Do you have to pay for it? Is it reimbursed?

In this blog, we will answer the question ‘Does van hire include the petrol?

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd is here to provide solutions for you. With over 30 years of experience under our belts, our services are valued and recognised in North London and beyond. Our expertise is to help you find the right van, for the right job.

Our fleet includes small, medium and large vans, in addition to mini buses, automatic vans, electric vans and more! We also provide the ability to purchase vans.

Is it better to hire a van or buy one?

This depends on your driving requirements. Hiring a van is extremely useful for short-term periods, whether that be the space of days or months. It can help with instances of moving homes, or moving any large scale/ numerous objects that you can’t transport without a van.

Understandably, the difficulty with hiring arises when there are little to no slots available for you to hire the van. On the other hand, buying a van can lead to further expenses down the line including MOT’s, repairs, general maintenance and more.

That being said, buying a van is ideal for those looking for long-term solutions, and/or whose vocation involves the use of a van. So if you are a tradesman, or provide any service which would require the regular use of a van, buying one is ideal.

Aside from providing van hire services, we can also help you buy a van.

What to look out for when buying a van

Like with cars, some private sellers may try to sell a van for less than it is actually worth by hiding issues. Here are some signs to spot a dodgy van dealer…

  • They demand payment before you view the van.
  • They refuse to let you take it for a test drive with them.
  • They do not provide any service history.
  • They do not allow you to inspect the van thoroughly.
  • They are aggressive and cannot directly answer questions you have.

Does van hire include the petrol?

Does van hire include the petrol?

No. When hiring from North London Van and Truck Hire Ltd, your vehicle will be adequately fuelled, any additional fuel that has been added during your journey is separate from your hire. Any leftover fuel will not be credited. This is the fairest possible method of operation, as some customers may drive extensively more than others.

As we also offer electric vans in our fleet, the same principle applies. Our vans will be adequately charged before your hire commences. Furthermore, there are some free EV charging stations, which can be extremely beneficial by removing the cost of fuelling your van.

In order to not overspend on petrol, planning your journeys in advance is the best course of action. Our vans are always at your service in the best possible condition, so in terms of efficiently using the petrol, there will never be an issue there.

Of course, you must use the correct fuel type when using our non-electric vehicles. By using the wrong type of fuel, you run the risk of damaging the van and will likely have to pay for the repair needed.

Is my fuel cheaper if it’s for a hired vehicle?

No. The price of fuel does not change based upon if you own a vehicle or hiring it. However, by taking advantage of points systems that certain petrol companies offer, you can save more on fuel in the long-term.

This is definitely worth considering if you are hiring our vans for a long period.

Additionally, some petrol stations offer premium fuelling options at a higher price. These premium fuelling options are known to have benefits that can contribute to a better performance on the road, however, unless specified otherwise, using the regular fuel options are fine.

When is the best time to fuel my van?

It is best to fuel your van in accordance with the journey you plan to take. This means making sure you have enough fuel for one journey. This may be achievable in some instances if your journey is below the daily mileage limit.

Should Van hire include the petrol?

Should Van hire include the petrol?

We can understand why people believe that petrol should be included within the hiring agreement. However, it is worth noting that with the fluctuating price of fuel, it can lead to skewed pricing for customers.

We believe that this is unfair as the price of the fuel is not determined by us, so it can make hire agreements much more complicated than they need to be.

This means that two customers paying for the same van to be hired for the same amount of time, over two different periods, may get two completely different prices. Because the price for fuel had raised or lowered between the time the second customer secured their hire.

What’s more is that some customers may not use all of their fuel, and can’t, otherwise they would not be able to drive back to deliver the van.

How can I use less fuel when I hire a van?

Once again, planning your journey in advance will be the best course of action to find the most fuel efficient paths to your destination. Also, avoid having the van idle when you aren’t on the road, turn the van’s engine off when not in use.

If the van you hire is manual, making sure not to over exert the engine by driving in the correct gear at all times will also save your fuel usage.

The process of hiring a van

With North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd, our hiring process is incredibly efficient and simple. Here is what you need to do.

  1. Head to our website
  2. Select your pick-up location, followed by return location, pick-up date, pick-up time, drop-off date, and drop-off time. Then press enter.
  3. Select the van you require. (Please note that availability will change as other people are making/have made bookings).
  4. After choosing the van, follow on to the next page, where you can select any add-ons you may require.
  5. After selecting add-ons, follow on to the next page, where you need to enter personal details.
  6. If your details comply with our requirements, we will present a quote, which you can choose to pay, or try another service.
  7. If you are happy with this quote, we arrange a time for you to come to the showroom, view the van, and complete the rental process by verifying the required documentation.

For peace of mind, all the vans we provide for hire are maintained to the best standard. They are checked regularly to ensure there are no issues that would impact you in any way. After each customer has used our vans, we conduct our checks. 

Contact us today to hire a van

Contact us today to hire a van

North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd has over 30 years of experience, which has allowed us to provide a varied fleet of vans suitable for a variety of needs. We encourage you to get in contact with us today to see how we can help you. Below, you can find our opening hours, address, and contact details.

In this blog, we hope to have provided all the answers you require when it comes to answering the question ‘Does van hire include the petrol?’ While providing supplementary information to help you make an informed choice when it comes to van hire.

Opening Hours:

Mon–Fri: 07:30 am to 05:00 pm

Saturday: 7:30 am to 12:00 pm

Sunday: Closed


North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd,

1320 Mollison Avenue,





020 3031 1097