It’s ideal if you’re thinking about investing in a new car or van but you’re not quite sure what make and model would be right for your business. By hiring for a few months and getting an idea of what the vehicle would be like to drive on a regular basis, you can decide whether to go ahead and buy outright at a later date. It’s also a good option if you’ve just taken on a temporary member of staff and don’t have a car or van in your fleet that they can use immediately.
Before you decide what car or van you want to hire on a long term basis, you need to make sure that whoever is going to be driving the vehicle is legally allowed to do so. So if you have employees from overseas then it might be an idea to check that their licence is actually valid in the UK. As with any other car rental agreement, you are responsible for covering the cost of repairs if you have an accident or if the car gets damaged so do make sure you have good quality insurance in place as well.
One of the main advantages of long term car and van hire is that the vehicles available are usually only a couple of years old at most, so they should be in excellent condition. This means you won’t have to worry too much about maintenance and you certainly shouldn’t have to worry about a breakdown. You just need to make sure that you drive the vehicle well and carefully so that it’s in good shape when you hand it back at the end of your contract. Normal wear and tear is acceptable but any major issues will have to be covered by your deposit.
As far as the length of the contract goes, this is totally up to you, but in most cases long term car and van hire makes the most sense for periods of about six months. You can hire a car for longer but if you’re looking at anything over 12 months then you’d be better off with hire purchase instead. If in doubt, just ask a member of the sales team.