How to Choose the Best Van for Your Needs

Hiring a van can be an extremely simple and straightforward process if you are fully aware of your needs and options available to you. Hiring a van only becomes difficult when you are unprepared and have not done the research required for a smooth hiring process.

In this blog, we will show you how to choose the best van for your needs.

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.

Why would someone hire a van?

A vast majority of vans are not designed like your regular car. Cars usually have space for pedestrians in the rear of the vehicle, whilst most vans optimise this space to allow for the transport of items.

Vans are a helpful benefit for tradespeople, delivery drivers, people moving homes and much more. These are the general reasons as to why someone would hire a van.

When it comes to performance, vans are not known for being better than cars, although they aren’t difficult to handle, it can take some getting used to if you have never driven one before.

This is mainly due to the shape that vans can come in, you have to adjust your driving in accordance to the space that the van occupies, which is often larger than a normal car.

Is it worth buying a van rather than hiring?

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 to choose the best van for your needs

How to choose the best van for your needs

When choosing a van for hire, you should always have a complete understanding for your needs. But what needs do you need to account for when hiring a van? The main needs to consider are…

The items you are transporting

This factor is critical as it can directly determine the size of the van that you decide. Depending on the size of the items you are transporting, you may require a larger van. If there aren’t any large objects, an average sized van will suffice.

Daily Mileage

Many hiring companies have a daily mileage limit for most of their vehicles, North London Van and Truck Hire Ltd is no exception. With a few exceptions, most of our vans have a 150-mile daily limit, which is more than enough if you are navigating the North London and Enfield area, and further afield in some cases.

Vehicle type

Some drivers may only be used to a manual, or automatic vehicle, whilst some may be used to electric vehicles, or would rather hire whilst helping the environment. All the vans that we provide are ULEZ compliant. Which is extremely helpful if your journey takes you into central London.

Your budget

Of course, your budget is the key factor that will determine which van you can afford, and how long for. Be sure to research and get in touch with van hiring companies to see their policies and if they have any deals that can help you.

How long do you need the van?

Hiring services operate by agreeing on a pre-planned length of time in which the hiring will take place. If you do not know how long you may need the van for, you must work it out.

Even if this means meticulously planning each day that you will be using the van on, you should take the time to work it out. In the long term, you will end up saving more money, rather than using the van for additional days when you didn’t actually need to.

What if I am hiring the van for someone else?

If you are hiring the van for somebody else to drive , then you must collaborate with them in order to have a clear definition as to what their needs will be. Additionally, they must be aware of the stipulations of hiring a van with any company, to ensure there are no issues down the line.

How do I know if a van hire company is good?

How do I know if a van hire company is good?

The most reliable form of confirmation regarding a van hire company’s legitimacy is if they are part of the BVRLA. The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, responsible for regulating van hire companies in the UK.

By having the representation of this regulatory body, you as the customer are guaranteed that the service you receive is fair, above board, compliant with regulatory guidance, and vouched for by the leading body when it comes to van hire.

Where to hire a van in North London

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.

Hire a van today

Hire a van 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.

In this blog, we hope to have provided all the answers you require when it comes to showing you how to choose the best van for your needs. 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