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Picking up your London United Kingdom Van hire using a debit card.

You can use a Visa, American Express or a Mastercard credit card or a debit card provided by a bank or credit card company when hiring through us.

One thing to think about when deciding if you want to use a debit card at the collection desk, van hire companies frequently hold an insurance excess on the lead drivers credit card, the excess can be a significant amount of money , if you decide to pay using a debit card this might be debited from your account and not refunded until a couple of weeks after you've returned the van.

It is useful to know the payment options for your van hire in London, as payments for extras (such as extra drivers and sat nav) might need to be paid in local currency (by credit card) when you pick up the van.

Most of the London van rental brands we include accept a debit card when you arrive at the collection desk to pick up the rental; but some of these do have different conditions associated to them. Be careful to review the T&Cs if you plan to pick up the van using a debit card.

Would you like us to allow you to pay using something other than credit card or debit card? Feel free to get in touch to let us know. We are always open to ideas re how we can enhance our service and make booking your van hire a Stress Free experience.

Making a van hire booking

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

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 the status of your booking including prices and payments.

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 drivers age

To start your stress free booking process, head over to our homepage and input your desired rental location and dates then in just a few seconds we'll bring up some of the best deals based on your information.

All of the van rentals on our website include all extra fees including anything that you're required to pay on collection, including (but not limited to) one way fees, additional drivers and young driver fees.

How to hire a van without a credit card

You can pay for your van hire on our website using any credit or debit card, including Visa, Mastercard or American Express. We also compare van hire deals at 1000s of locations that accept a debit card on collection. You can quickly and easily find these by using the filters on the search results page or taking a look at our Premium Cover options on the extras page.

How to Rent a Van in London with One Way Fees included

Most of the vehicle hire brands we include in London permit you to collect your vehicle in London and drop off the van at a different location. If you have selected a different drop off location for the rental, the prices you'll see displayed on our website will include all additional charges for this. You will also find a full breakdown of all additional fees on the payment page.

Van Hire in London with a Reduced Deposit

When you collect the van, you will usually be asked to leave a deposit on your debit card or credit card. Deposits can vary significantly dependent on the size of the vehicle and the insurance excess amount. Car rental Security deposits in London can range between £50 and £2,000.

We compare all of the van hire options with a low security deposit and in some instances no deposit at all except for fuel. When you decide to reserve a rental in London with Premium Cover included, you're often able to reduce the deposit to cover only fuel (often less than £100), which is refunded to your card when the van is dropped off with a full tank.

Renting a Van in London with Unlimited Mileage

We offer both unlimited and limited mileage rentals.

Limited mileage rentals in London can often be a cheaper option than unlimited. When considering limited mileage rentals, the mileage limit is always clearly displayed. If you choose a rental including limited mileage, you will be liable to pay an additional fee if you exceed the daily allowance. The total mileage allowance for the rental is calculated as (the number of hire days multiplied by the daily allowance). You do not have to stay within the daily allowance on every day, provided that the total miles used during the rental does not go over the number of days X the daily limit.

When you choose a limited mileage rental, it's receommended to check the costs for excess mileage. You'll find these in our T&Cs.

How to Rent a Van in London including Cross Border Fees

If you plan to pick up your van hire in London and drive it across the border into a different country, we strongly recommend to check the terms and conditions. Most van rental brands require that you inform them on collection; and usually charge additional fees to top up the insurance. If you fail to do so, it's possible that the rental van will not be insured if you take the rental into a different country.

You'll find the information relating to cross border charges and fees by checking the Rental terms and viewing the Cross Border Rules section.

If you cant find the cross border terms and conditions please get in touch with one of our car rental advisors and they'll be happy to help.

Van Hire in London with no Excess Held on Your Card

The hire van will already be insured for accidents and theft included in the hire fee you'll see our website. This insurance is often referred to as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW).

Although all of our hire vans in London include collision damage waiver in the price displayed, there is usually an insurance excess, this excess is held on your credit card on collection. The excess is the amount you would be liable to pay if the van is severely damaged, written off or stolen. However, the excess on hire vans can be very expensive. It's often between £1,000 to £2,100. If you return the van damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you will be required to pay some or all of the excess.

On collection of the hire van, the excess is held on your card as something called a 'pre authorised' transaction. Pre Auth means that the amount isn't charged to your card as a regular transaction, it's held as a pending transaction until you drop off the vehicle. You don't normally pay foreign currency charges on credit cards for pre authorised payments. As long as the vehicle is dropped off in the same condition as when you collected it, this amount is fully refunded to your credit card with nothing further to pay.

If you intend to pay for your rental by debit card, the insurance excess amount will be taken from your account and refunded when the vehicle is dropped off. If you intend to use a debit card on collection, as the excess amount can be high, we recommend to either buy Premium Cover on our website or to buy top up cover at the collection desk.

To view van hire options in London with a £0 or reduced insurance excess check out our Premium Cover options.

Van rental terminology

Van Rental excess

Your hire van at London is fully insured for theft and damage as part of the rental cost. For rentals outside of the US and Canada there's usually an excess to pay* - this is similar to the excess on domestic van insurance in the UK. However, the excess on hire cars can be very high. It's normally in the region of £1,200 to £2,500. If you decide not to insure the excess you will be liable to pay for any damage to the car up to the value of the excess . Take a look at our Premium Cover rental van options if you'd like to avoid having a large amount held on your credit card .

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

The hire vans at London on our site always include a full to fuel fuel policy.

You'll be required to hold a small deposit for fuel on your credit card when you collect the car. Fill the rental up and drop it off full and there will be no additional fees for fuel.

You will see full to empty policies on some other websites that seem to be cheaper deals. Be sure to check the terms and conditions for full to empty rentals as the admin and refuelling fees included with full to empty fuel policies always make it much more expensive than full to full fuel policies.

Additional driver charges

Car rental contracts at London is between the hire van company and the person that signs the agreement and will be the main driver. This means you will have to ask for other drivers to be added, and this usually comes with a cost ( can be up to £10a day at London ). We often list promotions where extra drivers are free. Always be cautious of being asked if you'd like to include a driver without being informed of the price.

Van hire in London United Kingdom made simple

Stress Free Car Rental are based in Manchester UK and we're on a mission to make hiring a van a Stress Free experience

Vehicle types at each van hire location can vary. You will always be provided with a van in the same vehicle class but the exact make may vary from the van booked. If you have a preference for a particular model, at most van rental locations we offer pre bookable guaranteed models from selected van rental companies . Use the filters on the site to find guaranteed model deals.

Van hire availability can change significantly at different times of the year. School holidays are an important factor to recognise that affects van rental prices. Take this into account when planning your rental in advance.

We only offer van rental that includes a full to full fuel policy. Full to full is always a better deal compared to other van rental fuel policies.

You can use the filters on our website to find your perfect van rental, including options with an automatic transmission, diesel fuel and reduced insurance excess options.

Our advice of things to check when collecting your van rental

You will have received van rental location collection details with your confirmation email. Take time to understand how to find the vehicle hire collection location before you set off

All of the rentals listed on our website include a full to full fuel policy. We recommend that you ensure that the fuel tank is full before you set off. if you find that it isn't you should inform the van hire company immediately

Ensure you check the fuel type for the van and check which side of the van the petrol cap is on

Before driving away ,check the vanrental terms. There could be extra charges for border crossing etc so make sure you understand these.

Beside the exterior, you should also spend time documenting any damage to the inside of the van and reporting it to the van rental provider before starting your trip

You should check the wheels and door locks for damage as well. These are easy to miss if you're in a rush to start your trip

Whether you have purchased Essential excess cover on our website or you've a different policy, always make some time to check the vehicle for pre existing damage. We advise taking photos with your phone of each panel of the van. If there is damage on the van that isn't mentioned in your rental agreement you must inform the van hire provider

Taking some time to photograph and report any damage, whether internal or external, will help to avoid any disagreements with the vehicle rental provider when you return the van

Compare trusted van hire brands in London United Kingdom

LONDON CITY AIRPORT

Address
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
KING GEORGE V DOCK, SILVERTOWN
LONDON
E16 2PX

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE

Address
LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE - ONE WESTERN
GATEWAY ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
LONDON
E16 1XL

Opening hours

STRATFORD INTERNATIONAL STATION

Address
International Way
Olympic park
LONDON
E20 1YY

Opening hours

LONDON CITY AIRPORT

Address
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
KING GEORGE V DOCK, SILVERTOWN
LONDON
E16 2PX

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE

Address
LONDON EXCEL PRESTIGE - ONE WESTERN
GATEWAY ROYAL VICTORIA DOCK
LONDON
E16 1XL

Opening hours

STRATFORD INTERNATIONAL STATION

Address
International Way
Olympic park
LONDON
E20 1YY

Opening hours

Green Motion London City Airport

Address
London Regatta Centre
1012 Dockside Road
London
E16 2QT

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

BECKTON

Address
1 Claps Gate Lane
Beckton
London
E6 6JF

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 16:00:00
Sunday: 09:00:00 to 16:00:00

GREENWICH

Address
Plot 5
Morden Wharf
Tunnel Avenue
Greenwich
SE10 0PA

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 18:00:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 16:00:00
Sunday: 09:00:00 to 16:00:00

LONDON CITY APT

Address
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
LONDON CITY AIRPORT
E16 2PX

Opening hours

STRATFORD INT RR STN

Address
INTERNATIONAL WAY, OLYMPIC PK
LONDON
E20 1YY

Opening hours

WOOLWICH

Address
5 PETTMAN CRESCENT
WOOLWICH
LONDON
SE28 0AJ

Opening hours

BARKING

Address
UNIT 21, RIPPLESIDE IND ESTATE
BARKING
IG11 0RJ

Opening hours

ILFORD

Address
970 ROMFORD ROAD
ILFORD
LONDON
E12 5LP

Opening hours

LONDON BOW

Address
145B BOW ROAD
CITY OF BOW
LONDON
E3 2SA

Opening hours

LONDON HEATHROW GB

Address
SHERATON HEATHROW HOTEL
MIDDLESEX

Opening hours

GREENWICH

Address
PLOT 5, MORDEN WHARD
GREENWICH
SE10 0PA

Opening hours

LONDON STRATFORD

Address
WYKE ROAD
STRATFORD
E3 2PL

Opening hours

BARKING

Address
UNIT 21 RIPPLESIDE IND ESTATE
BARKING
IG11 0RJ

Opening hours

CLOSED LONDON BOW

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
145B BOW ROAD
LONDON
E3 2SA

Opening hours

Car rental during the COVID pandemic

During the COVID pandemic the safety of customers remains our number one priority. As before the crisis and throughout we include free cancellation with a full refund on all rental cars. Throughout April and May, we have significantly reduced our cancellation and refund lead time, all refunds are processed within 1 business day of receiving the cancellation request - with the refund clearing to the customer's credit card in less than one week.

Improved car rental cleaning processes at London United Kingdom

Our car hire partners are carrying out extra cleaning precautions during the ongoing COVID pandemic. Here's an outline of the extra steps carried out.

New protocols are now in place with our car hire partner Greenmotion, including the installation of safety protection screens and hand sanitiser units at all locations. Employees are also now wearing protective equipment including masks and gloves. Each car is being thoroughly cleaned and sanitised between every rental.

Europcar have implemented additional vehicle deep cleaning and disinfecting measures. Car keys are also disinfected between all rentals and placed in a sealed envelope once disinfected. Infection risk has been further reduced by ensuring that a zero contact policy is in place at the collection area, with all work areas cleaned between every customer collection.

Enterprise, Alamo and National locations in are providing a complete clean pledge. Involving the deep cleaning every car between each hire ,including disinfecting the car keys.

Prior to collection of all rentals, Hertz and Thrifty are implementing a multi stage cleaning process, including thorough cleaning of the keys, door handles and steering wheel.

We will continue to update this information as new information becomes available.

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Van hire excess, security deposits and insurance

We get how frightening and daunting picking a hire van insurance product can be. The fees 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

Stress Free Car Rental offers three levels of van hire excess cover, basic, essential and premium and we help you find the rental van that suits you, . You can view the details of these on the extras page of our website when booking your rental.

A lot of van rental websites mask the expensive insurance excess and security deposit costs in the terms and conditions. Customers are then surprised when the cash is taken from the debit card account or the amount is held on their credit card. We think this is unfair and can really obstruct your plans which is why we won't do that at Stress Free Car Rental.

FAQs about London United Kingdom van rental

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

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

Is the van rental fully insured?

Van rentals in London 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.

Which van rental suppliers are available in London United Kingdom?

The following van rental brands are available in London United Kingdom: Europcar, Keddy by Europcar, Green Motion, Dollar UK, Hertz, Enterprise, Dollar, Thrifty, Alamo.

What's the most economical fuel policy for van hire in London United Kingdom?

All of our rentals in London United Kingdom include a full to full fuel policy. You'll pick the car up 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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Why choose StressFreeCarRental.com during the Covid pandemic?

If your plans change we'll process your refund in under 24 hours. All rentals booked with us can be cancelled up until 48 hours before collecting the vehicle

All car hire brands on our website are following local government guidelines re vehicle sterilisation and social distancing at the collection desk.

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