Everything You Need to Know About Automatic Van Hire

For those looking to find automatic vans for hiring purposes, is it different to hiring a manual or electric van? Does it cost any more? This blog will reveal all this and more. 

In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know about automatic van hire.

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 automatic van hiring at a set price?

Yes, to a degree. Automatic van hire prices will vary between providers, but the daily/hourly cost is usually at a set price. However, additional charges can be incurred if you fail to meet the terms agreed upon on your hire agreement.

Examples of actions that can lead to additional charges include…

  • Going over the daily mileage limit.

  • Repairs as a result of recklessness or a lack of care.

  • Returning the van later than agreed.
  • Cleaning costs if the van is returned in an unusable state.
  • If you have modified the vehicle without permission.

And more, stipulations will vary between providers.

Do I have to pay for fuel when I hire a van?

Yes. Whether you are charging your van, or using fuel, you must pay for it during your hire period. The best way to save as much money as possible is to plan the journey well in advance, so you can make the most of your fuel.

Is it better to drive an automatic van in North London?

In areas where ULEZ regulations are in place, using an automatic van that is ULEZ compliant is the best way to save more money whilst helping the environment that little more. North London Van & Truck Hire’s whole fleet are ULEZ compliant.

Everything you need to know about automatic van hire

Automatic vans can be hired in the exact same way a manual or electric van can. That being said, here are the key factors you should know about automatic van hire.

  • You don’t need a special licence. When it comes to driving an automatic vehicle, whether that is a car or a van, a regular driving licence will be enough. Although if you did your lessons and passed your test in automatic, you won’t be able to drive a manual vehicle.
  • Automatic vehicles are more fuel efficient, this is due to the driver not having to manually change gears. This means that the van will operate at the optimum gear and switch accordingly, which will save you fuel.
  • Hiring a van, whether it is automatic or manual means that it must be returned in the state it was found in, that means no modifications, no junk, and nothing broken or damaged. If anything does happen during your hiring period, consulting with the hiring company asap is advised.
  • Automatic vans will have a daily mileage limit that will vary between hiring companies. North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd have a daily mileage limit of 150 miles (ca. 241 km).

Are automatic vans cheaper to hire?

In our fleet, our automatic electric van are our cheapest option available. This may vary between sizes and lengths of time of the hiring period.

Do all hiring companies have the same prices?

No, every hiring company will have rates according to their own needs, relative to their area and fleet etc. For the most competitively priced vans in North London and Enfield, be sure to visit our website today.

Hire a van in Enfield

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 decide 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.

Is it better to buy a van?

Is it better to buy a van?

We would recommend the purchase of a van for anyone who not only needs the use of a van for the foreseeable future, but for someone who can afford the maintenance costs of the vehicle.

When you hire a vehicle, there are certain issues that you do not have to worry about, such as MOT’s for example. However, if you own a vehicle, the responsibility of taxing it, taking it for an MOT, and all the other responsibilities fall on to you.

This can eventually add up over time, so only buy a van if you know you can afford the costs that come with it.

That being said, hiring a van does not make you exempt from certain responsibilities, which include…

  • Maintaining the cleanliness of the van. This means taking care of the upholstery and interior whilst you use the van.
  • Driving the van safely to avoid damage to the van.
  • Driving the fan correctly to avoid performance issues.

How long can vans be hired for?

Van hiring periods can last from a few hours to months, it is dependent on the provider. That being said, North London Van and Truck Hire Ltd does offer discounts for extended hiring periods.

Is it better to hire a car or a van?

This is dependent on the reason you need the rental. Although you can drive long distances in a van (within the mileage limits), it is more appropriate for drivers who are transporting loads. Whether you are moving appliances, furniture, making deliveries, and more, vans are perfect for this.

Due to the vast number of car makes and models, cars have the potential to be more expensive.

What makes van hire expensive?

The rates of van hire can increase due to multiple reasons which include…

  • If the van is a brand-new, recently released van.
  • The length of the hiring period
  • The size of the van being hired

Hire an automatic van in North London today

Hire an automatic van in North London today

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.

We hope to have provided information regarding everything you need to know about automatic van hire, whilst 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