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Van hire excess, security deposits and insurance

We understand how frightening choosing a rental van insurance product can be. The additional charges that are included in the price of hiring a van are often very confusing, these can include:

  • The cost of hiring the van
  • Any extras (e.g. extra drivers & sat nav)
  • Insurance costs

A lot of van rental websites mask the insurance excess and security deposit costs in the fine print. Customers are then surprised when the amount is taken from the debit card account or the amount is held on their credit card. We think this is unfair and can really hinder your plans which is why we work differently at Stress Free Car Rental.

Find answers to common questions about van hire in United Kingdom

What should I take with me when I collect the van in United Kingdom?

To collect your van the lead driver should present a Valid driver's license, Passport or National Identity Card, Credit or debit card in the lead driver's name, Home and local (hotel, villa etc) address and a Booking confirmation email. Any other requirements at collection will be clearly explained in your booking confirmation email.

Is the van rental fully insured?

Van rentals in United Kingdom are usually fully insured with an excess amount. You can either purchase Essential cover for the excess or choose Premium cover to reduce the excess amount to zero. We clearly explain all of the insurance details every step of the way.

For my van hire in United Kingdom, how can I reduce the insurance excess?

Security deposit amounts vary for each car rental supplier in United Kingdom. You can easily find the lowest insurance excess options using our search filters

What's the best fuel policy for van hire in United Kingdom?

All of our rentals in United Kingdom include a full to full fuel policy. You'll collect the van with a full tank and be asked to leave a small deposit for fuel when you collect the van. The deposit is refunded when you return the van with a full tank.

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Van hire availability can change greatly at different times of the year. Christmas is an important factor to recognise that influences van rental prices. Factor this in when planning your rental in advance.

You can use the filters on the search results to find your perfect rental, including options with an automatic gearbox, diesel fuel and reduced security deposit options.

Vehicle Models at each van hire location are variable. You will always be provided with a van that’s the same size in terms of body style, passengers and capacity but the exact make may vary from the van displayed. If you require a particular model, at most van hire locations we provide pre bookable guaranteed models from selected van rental companies . Use the filters on our website to find guaranteed model options. only offer van rental that includes a full to full fuel policy. Full to full is always cheaper compared with other van rental fuel policies.

Collecting your United Kingdom Van hire with a debit card and other payment card options.

Pay with American Express, Visa or a Mastercard debit card or credit card provided by a bank or credit card company when booking your rental on our website.

We’ve made it incredibly simple on our website to filter which van rental companies do accept debit card. Just use the filters on the search results page to compare the van hire companies do accept your card type at the counter.

It can be good to know the alternative payment and currency options for your van rental in , as often payments for add ons (such as extra drivers and sat nav) might have to be paid in the local currency (by credit card or debit card) at the collection counter.

It's important to consider when deciding if you want to use a debit card when collecting your van, van rental companies often hold an excess on the lead drivers credit card, the excess is often a significant amount of money and if you opt to pay using a debit card this will be debited from your bank and not refunded until a couple of weeks after completion of your rental contract.

When you opt to include Essential or Basic Cover with your rental, this usually means that you’ll need a credit card in the name of the lead driver on collection of the van. You will more often than not be given the option to purchase a top up policy by the hire partner when you collect the van, this then allows you to use a debit card in the name of the lead driver.

Would you like us to take payment with a method other than credit card or debit card? Do get in touch and let us know. We’re always open to ideas about how we can enhance the service we offer and make paying for your van hire as Stress Free as it can be.

Stress Free Car Rental accepts a large number of currencies including US Dollars (USD), British Pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR), South African Rand (ZAR) and Canadian Dollars (CAD).

It's worth remembering that frequently van hire brands that will accept debit card on collection are not as cost effective as van hire companies that accept credit card only.

Making a van rental booking

We strive to be the best van hire website around so that you know when you rent a van with us you're getting the best price, value and service.

All of the van rentals on our website include all extra fees including everything that you're required to pay when you pick up the van, including (but not limited to) one way fees, child seats and young driver fees.

When searching for your rental, information you'll need:

  1. Pickup location & van hire
  2. Pick-up & drop-off date
  3. Pick-up time and drop-off time
  4. The age of the driver

To start your stress free booking process, head over to our homepage and type in the required details then in just a few seconds we'll bring up some great value deals based on your details.

Once your bookings been made, managing it couldn't be simpler, you'll receive a booking reference which can be used, along with your email address, to check your booking including prices and payments.

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