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Car rental throughout the COVID pandemic

During the COVID pandemic the safety of customers continues to be our highest priority. Prior to the crisis and throughout we include free cancellation with a full refund on all rentals. Throughout the current crisis, we have significantly reduced the cancellation and refund time, our team deal with all refunds inside of 24 hours of receiving the cancellation request - the funds clearing back to the customer's account in less than one week.

Enhanced rental car cleaning processes at Southampton United Kingdom

All of our car hire providers have implemented additional cleaning precautions, following the applicable local regulations, during the current COVID pandemic. The following is an outline of the extra steps carried out.

Europcar have implemented extra vehicle deep cleaning and disinfecting measures. Vehicle keys are also disinfected between each rental and placed in a sealed envelope once disinfection is complete. Infection risk has been further reduced by ensuring that a zero contact policy is in place at the collection area, with each desk area cleaned between each customer collection.

New protocols are being implemented by our car hire partner Greenmotion, including the installation of safety protection screens and sanitiser units at collection locations. Staff are also now wearing PPE including masks and gloves. Greenmotion are also fully sanitising each vehicle between every rental.

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

Prior to collection of all rentals, Hertz and Thrifty are carrying out a multi stage cleaning process, involving rigorous cleaning of the steering wheel, door handles, seats etc.

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

Picking up your Southampton United Kingdom Van rental using a debit card.

You can pay with Visa, Mastercard or an American Express debit card or credit card provided by your bank or credit card company when hiring a car on our website.

When you opt to include Basic or Essential Cover with your rental, it usually means that you'll be required to present a credit card in the name of the lead driver when you collect the van. You'll usually be given the opportunity to pay for a top up policy by the rental partner when you collect the van, this then allows you to use a debit card in the name of the lead driver.

You can book using a range of currencies including US Dollars (USD), British Pounds (GBP), Euros (EUR), South African Rand (ZAR) and Canadian Dollars (CAD).

One important thing to consider when deciding if you should use a debit card when collecting your van, van hire companies often hold an insurance excess on the lead drivers credit card, the credit card hold can be a considerable amount of money and if you opt to pay with a debit card this can be debited from your bank account and not returned until weeks after completion of your rental contract.

Quite often, rentals that come with our Premium Cover option allow you to use a debit card when you pick up the van with no additional charges. You can view if a debit card is accepted, along with all of the van hire excess and insurance options on the second step of the booking process.

Would you prefer us to accept payments with a method other than credit card or debit card? Do get in touch to let us know. We're always open to ideas re how to improve our service to make arranging your van rental as Stress Free as it can be.

It's really simple on our website to filter which van rental partners do accept a debit card. Just use the filters on the second page to compare which van rental partners will accept your card type when you pick up the van.

Most of the Southampton van rental brands we work with accept a debit card when you collect the rental; but sometimes these do have special terms and conditions related with them. Be careful to review the contract terms if you intend to use a debit card at the desk when collecting the van.

It is practical to know the alternative currency and payment options for your van rental in Southampton, as often payments for extras (such as GPS and extra drivers) might need to be settled in the local currency (by credit card or debit card) on collection.

Van rental terms

Fuel policy (full to full vs full to empty)

The hire vans at Southampton on our site always come with a full to fuel fuel policy.

When you collect you rental you'll be required to hold a deposit for fuel on your credit card when you collect the car. Ensure that you fill the car up and drop it off full and there will be nothing further to pay for fuel.

You might find full to empty fuel policies on other websites that seem to be cheaper deals. Always check the small print for full to empty rentals as usually the refuelling and admin fees included with full to empty fuel policies always make it more expensive than full to full fuel policies.

Van hire excess, security deposits and insurance

We get how frightening picking a hire van excess cover product can be. The extra charges that are included in the price of hiring a vehicle 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 options for 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 the site when making a booking.

A lot of van rental websites hide the expensive insurance excess and security deposit prices in the small print. Customers are then shocked when the cash is taken from their 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 work differently at Stress Free Car Rental.

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

Many of the vehicle hire brands we work with in Southampton permit you to pick up your vehicle in Southampton and drop off the vehicle at a different location. If you have selected a different drop off location for the rental, the prices you'll see on the website already include any extra fees for this. You will also find a full breakdown of the additional charges on the payment page.

How to Rent a Van in Southampton with A Fair Mileage Policy

We offer both unlimited and limited mileage rental.

Limited mileage rentals in Southampton are often a cheaper option than unlimited. For limited mileage rentals, the daily mileage allowance is always clearly displayed. If you decide to book a rental including limited mileage, you will be liable to pay a per mile additional fee if you exceed the daily mileage allowance. The total mileage allowance for the rental is calculated as (the number of rental days X the daily allowance). You don't have to stay within the daily allowance on every day, provided that the total miles used during the rental doesn't go over the number of days multiplied by the daily limit.

If you choose a limited mileage van hire, we recommend checking the charges for excess mileage. You'll find these in our T&Cs section.

Hiring a Van in Southampton with a Low Deposit

At the collection desk, you'll be required to leave a deposit on a credit card or debit card. Deposits can vary significantly subject to the make and model of the van and the insurance excess amount. Car hire Security deposits in Southampton can vary between £100 and £2,300.

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 choose to book a rental in Southampton with Premium Cover included, you can reduce the deposit to cover only fuel (usually less than £100), this is fully refunded when the rental is returned with a full tank.

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 Hire a Van in Southampton with Child Seats

You can take along your own child seats for your van rental, provided that they meet the legal safety requirements for use in Southampton.

You'll have the option to add them to your rental when making a booking on the website. Child seats are paid in local currency when picking up the van. Although it's highly unusual for them to be unavailable, their availability is not guaranteed by most van rental companies in Southampton

Hiring a Van in Southampton without an Insurance Excess Held on Your Credit Card

Your van will be covered for accidents and theft included in the rental fee you'll see displayed on our website. This type of insurance is also known as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW).

All of our hire vans in Southampton include CDW in the price displayed, there is usually an insurance excess, which is held on your credit card when you collect the van. The excess is the amount you would be required to pay if the van is written off, severely damaged or stolen. The the excess amount on rental vans can be very expensive. It's often between £1,000 to £2,200, depending on the van, the country and the deal. If the van is returned damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you will have to pay some or all of the excess.

When you pick up the vehicle, the insurance excess is held on your card as a 'pre authorised' transaction. This means that the amount is not taken from your credit card as a regular payment, it's held as a pending transaction until you return the vehicle. You don't normally pay currency fees on credit cards for pre authorised payments, so provided the vehicle is returned in the same condition as when you collected it, the amount is fully refunded to your card with nothing additional to pay.

If you intend to pay for your rental by debit card, the 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 very high, we recommend to either buy Premium Cover when you book or to pay for top up insurance at the collection desk.

To view van hire options in Southampton with a £0 or reduced insurance excess take a look at our Premium Cover options.

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Van hire Brands you can trust in Southampton United Kingdom

SOUTHAMPTON APT

Address
TERMINAL BUILDING
SOUTHAMPTON
SO182NL

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON CENTRAL STN

Address
WEST QUAY IND ESTATE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1GZ

Opening hours

STHAMPTN CRUISE TERMINAL

Address
WEST QUAY ROAD
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1GZ

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON

Address
WEST QUAY IND ESTATE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1GZ

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON

Address
Floating Bridge Road
Southampton
SO14 3FL

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

SOUTHAMPTON

Address
UNIT J
WEST QUAY ROAD
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1GZ

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT

Address
CAR RENTAL BUILDING
SOUTHAMPTON INT.AIRPORT, WIDE LANE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO18 2NL

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON

Address
UNIT J
WEST QUAY ROAD
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1GZ

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON AIRPORT

Address
CAR RENTAL BUILDING
SOUTHAMPTON INT.AIRPORT, WIDE LANE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO18 2NL

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON CENTRAL

Address
WESTERN ESPLANADE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1QJ

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON EAST

Address
108 BITTERNE ROAD WEST
BITTERNE MANOR
SOUTHAMPTON
SO18 1AQ

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON WEST

Address
HIGH STREET
TOTTON
SOUTHAMPTON
SO40 9HL

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON A/P IN TERM

Address
SOUTHAMPTON INTL AIRPORT
SOUTHAMPTON
SO18 2NL

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON CITY DOCKS

Address
WESTERN ESPLANADE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1QJ

Opening hours

SOTON WEST

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
SURETY HOUSE OLD REDBRIDGE RD
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 0NE

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
WIDE LANE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO18 2NL

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON CITY DOCKS

Address
WESTERN ESPLANADE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 1QJ

Opening hours

SOTON WEST

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
SURETY HOUSE OLD REDBRIDGE RD
SOUTHAMPTON
SO15 0NE

Opening hours

SOUTHAMPTON

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
WIDE LANE
SOUTHAMPTON
SO18 2NL

Location
On Airport

Opening hours

T SOUTHAMPTON ENGLAND UK

Address
FLOATING BRIDGE RD
SOUTHAMPTON

Opening hours

Top tips when collecting your vehicle hire

You will have been provided with van rental pick up location details with your confirmation email. Spend some time to understand how to find the van hire collection location before you set off

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

Taking some time to take photos and report any damage, whether internal or external, will help to avoid any issues with the van rental company when you return the vehicle

If you have not already ,check the vanrental T&Cs. There may be extra fees for border crossing etc so make sure you understand these.

Beside the exterior, you should also spend time documenting all damage to the inside of the van and reporting it to the van hire company before driving away

Whether you have bought Essential excess cover on our website or have your own policy, you should still make some time to inspect the vehicle for damage. We also recommend taking photos on your phone of each section of the van. If there is damage on the vehicle that is not mentioned in your hire contract you should report this to the vehicle rental provider

Southampton United Kingdom FAQs

Is the van rental fully insured?

Van rentals in Southampton 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.

Can I cancel my booking in Southampton United Kingdom if I change my mind?

Yes, you can cancel your booking with a full refund anytime up until 48 hours before you collect the van.

Which van rental suppliers are available in Southampton United Kingdom?

The following van hire brands are available in Southampton United Kingdom: Hertz, Dollar UK, Europcar, Keddy by Europcar, Enterprise, Alamo, National, Thrifty.

What's the most economical fuel policy for van rental in Southampton United Kingdom?

All of our rentals in Southampton 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.

StressFreeCarRental van hire;

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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