Picking the Right Van in 2024

For anyone in need of a van for a few hours, a few days, or even a few months, knowing how to find the right van to fit your needs is key. By getting this right, you can not only save money, but do the work you need to with no complications.

In this blog, we will tell you everything you need to know about picking the right van in 2024.

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.

How to avoid the wrong van

How to avoid the wrong van

Whether you choose to hire a van through a less than reputable hiring service, or choose to hire a van privately (legally, of course). The state of the van not indicates the quality of your drive, but whether the van can complete the task at hand!

If you see the following signs on a van, you should avoid hiring it.

  • The van has external damages. A few scuffs or scratches are not necessarily an issue, but if the damages have warped the body significantly, or hasn’t been repaired properly, it is best to avoid using such a van.
  • The provider of the van can not provide a service history of the vehicle and is unclear about any issues the van has experienced in the past.
  • The van does not run smoothly.
  • You can hear components rattling and struggling when the van is operational.
  • Checking if the van is taxed comes up in failure.

By choosing the wrong van, especially one with obvious issues, you are compromising the speed in which the task you need can be completed in. But more importantly, you are risking the safety of yourself and other road users, by using a potentially dangerous vehicle.

If the van experiences any technical faults in the wrong place, such as a motorway or busy main road, there is a high chance of an accident occurring.

Picking the right van in 2024

Picking the right van in 2024

Picking the right van in 2024 is more important than ever, as the years progress, new regulations can come into play, such as ULEZ. As a result of ULEZ and other regulations, and changes within the motor industry as a whole, hiring companies have had to adapt.

One of the adaptations we at North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd have made is by ensuring all of our fleet are compliant to ULEZ regulations, regardless of the fuel type you choose. This is one of many ways we help you when it comes to picking the right van in 2024.

But what other factors can help you pick the right van? We’ll share some key ones below.

  • Size matters: Put simply, a bigger van can carry more. Understanding your reason for needing to hire a van goes a long way in quickly ascertaining the right van size for you.

Are you moving house? Are you delivering goods? Are you moving construction equipment? Once you have an understanding of the kind of cargo that will be contained by your van, you can pick the right size easily.

  • Driving preferences: Are you more comfortable driving in manual? Or automatic? This can go a long way into easing you into driving a hired van, especially if you haven’t done that before.
  • Environmental responsibilities: Ensuring a reduced environmental impact is a common responsibility we all share. So ensuring that a fleet you choose from has options that have a lesser impact on the environment is key.
  • Plans and backup plans: This particular tip is more applicable for those undertaking long journeys when hiring a van. There is more than likely a daily mileage limit at play. For example, North London Van & Truck Hire Ltd has a daily limit of 150 miles (ca. 241 km).

Planning your journey ahead means that you can ensure you aren’t paying additional fees for driving over the daily limit, regardless of the amount that a hiring company can provide per day.

  • General quality: If you are going to use a vehicle that isn’t yours, you don’t want any unexpected technical issues. That is why using a reputable van hire service can be the best way to drive a vehicle. Purely because they service and check their vehicles after each use, and conduct maintenance, so the next user isn’t at risk of experiencing any issues.

How do I know a hire service is good?

For van hire services specifically, ensuring they are with a regulator is one of the best ways to ensure that they are reputable and fair.

The British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, also known as the BVRLA is responsible for regulating van hire companies in the UK. It represents over 1000 companies that are within vehicle rental, leasing and fleet management.

They are responsible for one in ten of all vehicles on UK roads, which totals to around 4 million cars, vans, and trucks.

The BVRLA works in association with regulators, policymakers, and public sector agencies to ensure that road transport works to provide benefits economically, socially and environmentally.

North London Van and Truck Hire is represented by the BVRLA, meaning we have the best guidance and representation to ensure our services are fair and accountable to more than just ourselves. In the end, this means that you as a customer are protected and will receive the best service possible.

The easiest way to hire the right 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 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.

Pick the right van for you today

Pick the right van for you 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 picking the right van in 2024. 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