Van hire for beginners

Hiring a self-drive van for the first time can be a daunting prospect.

What size do I need? Is it easy to drive? Do I need a special licence? Will I need insurance?

We're asked lots of questions by customers every week, you can find these and other questions in our FAQ.

If you still need help please email us or call us on 01225 481207

Van hire checklist

There are lots of places to hire a van... us included! If you're shopping around for the best deal - it's worth having a checklist to compare the various offers and services available. Some have hidden charges, so it's important to know your costs upfront.

Click below to download and print our van hire checklist. Use it, to compare the services and prices available locally.

What are you moving?

One of the most common questions we're asked at VansGB is, "I'm moving a sofa, bed, fridge, etc... what size or type of van do you think I need?"
Our staff know the capacity of all our vans and are experts in matching you to a van best suited for your specific needs. We've put together this easy guide covering the most common uses, to help you choose the right van. Click below to choose the most common options...

small van hire in Bath
medium van hire in Bath
diy van hire in Bath
large van hire in Bath
moving house van hire in Bath
tipper and pick up van hire in Bath

If you're still not sure what size you need, then please give us a call on 01225 481207 we're happy to help.

Collecting & returning your van

Collecting your vehicle.

1: When to arrive:

Arrive at the office about 15-20 minutes before your van hire is booked.
This allows time for any paperwork and payments to be completed. It also allows some time if the office is busy.

2: What to bring:

  • Driving licence
  • National Insurance number or Driving licence share code
  • Additional form of ID Utility bill, bank statement or passport
  • Method of payment

3: The van:

We'll take you out to the vehicle and show you the basics. If you have any questions please ask.
We'll ask you to inspect the vehicle for damage. Please bring anything you notice to our attention, no matter how minor.

4: Before you drive off:

Take a few moments to familiarise yourself with the vehicle before you head off.
Once you're happy, you're good to go!

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Returning the vehicle

1: Fill the tank

We operate a 'full to full' policy. We supply the van with a full tank and ask that it is returned with a full tank.
There is a petrol station conveniently located next to VansGB, so you can easily fill up when you return your vehicle.

2: Return the keys

Park the van in the allocated parking area (We'll show you this before you leave)
Hand the keys to us in the office. We'll inspect the vehicle and refund your deposit.
..and that's it!

3: Returning the van - Out of hours

Occasionally you may need to return the van to us before we open or after we have closed.
We're happy for you to do this, but you must tell us in advance.
If you do need this service - we'll tell you where to leave the van and where the secure box for the keys is located.