5 Vans Hire Options in Crawley

Are you looking for a van hire Crawley provider? Choice Vehicle rentals offers several transit vans for hire. Here are 5 examples:



This transit van is diesel-powered and has power steering. With three seats in front that are all fitted with a 3-point seat belt, the loading dimension of this transit van is 1,745mm x 2582mm x 1762mm (height x length x width). The fuel capacity of the Ford Transit 280 SWB LR is 80 litres.



Also diesel fuelled, the Ford Transit is complete with power steering. It has a side loading door, remote central locking, a radio and a CD player. With two seats that are fitted with a 3-point seat belt, the loading dimension of this transit van is 1,193mm x 1760mm x 1226mm. The fuel capacity of the Ford TRANSIT CONNECT T200 L SWB 75 TDCI is 60 litres.



The Transit 350 LWB SHR has manual transmission. Diesel-fuelled van and with an immobiliser – an electronic device which stops the vehicle from starting when a wrong key is used – it has two passenger seats that are fitted with seat belts. The size of this transit van is 1,885mm x 3399mm x 1762mm.



The Transit 350 LWB EF is a diesel-fuelled, manual vehicle. With 3 seats including seat belts, it has a remote central locking system and a CD player.

  1. TRANSIT 350 H/R


This 3-seater transit van is a diesel-fuelled, manual vehicle. Promoting a remote central locking system and an alarm for safety purposes, this model is ideal for transferring bulky items from one place to another and for long distance projects.

The prices of these transit vans cover unlimited mileage, insurance, VAT and road tax. If you want to learn more about van hire Crawley, call us on 01293 522322 or email your enquiries to crawley@choicevehiclerentals.com.


Vehicle Breakdown and Recovery at Choice Vehicle Rentals

Vehicle Breakdown and Recovery at CVH

Vehicle breakdown is inevitable. For those who invest in Crawley van hire services from Choice Vehicle Rentals, here are the company’s terms and conditions regarding vehicle breakdown and recovery.

General Terms:

  • If the vehicle breakdown occurs during office hours, call Choice Vehicle Rentals direct for assistance.
  • If the vehicle breakdown occurs out of office hours, contact the AA for assistance. You can find the number included at the front of the vehicle hire contract.
  • If the vehicle breakdown occurs outside the UK, please contact your vehicle breakdown assistance provider, in accordance with your mainland breakdown cover.


  1. Please inform the lessor directly if you detect any vehicular fault or if the vehicle becomes “unroadworthy” (not fit for road use) for any reason.
  1. Should the vehicle become “unroadworthy” and you are without a vehicle for 4 hours or more and the lessor is incapable of replacing the vehicle with an identical match, a portion of the hire charge will be credited to your account. This represents the unexpired portion of the hire period and is subject to notification, as per the above mentioned condition. If the damage is brought about by the hirer or driver, any refund will depend solely on the decision of the lessor.
  1. If you think that the refund will not be enough to offset any probable loss that may arise because the vehicle is “unroadworthy”, you must accomplish the “Form EX1” before entering into any vehicle hire contract with the lessor. This condition is bound by the condition mentioned above (#2). The “Form EX1” can be obtained without charge from Choice Vehicle Rentals Head Office. However, the lessor may use their discretion to refuse entering into a vehicle hire contract where the company’s possible accountability may go beyond the vehicle hire charges.

If you want to know more about the terms and conditions regarding the vehicle hire services of Choice Vehicle Rentals, visit our website or contact us on 01273 819303.

Van Driving Tips for Safer Travel

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Are you planning to use van hire Crawley services from Choice Vehicle Rentals? Here are some driving tips that will help to keep the rental vehicle and yourself safe while on the road:

Before You Travel

  • As soon as you collect the van from the rental company location, vigilantly pay attention to the instructions and explanations concerning the standard operation of the van that you are hiring. You should know all the controls of the rental van.
  • Wear appropriate footwear to properly utilise the pedal controls.
  • Adjust the rear view and exterior wing mirrors to see the road properly.

When Driving

  • Be mindful of the height of the van, especially when you are not used to driving large vans. Some vans are above two metres in height, which may restrict access in some places with low altitude. Get accustomed and be at ease with the dimensions and sensitivity of the van by beginning to drive in a region with less traffic.
  • Unlike cars, large vans usually require additional space when manoeuvring in areas with narrow driving spaces. You should also consider the length and width of the van, as well as the position of the rear of the van.
  • Tall vans can easily topple over because of their height and higher centre of gravity. Hence, drive slowly, especially where there are narrow curves.
  • You should be mindful of the speed limits in the UK. Never get too close to other vehicles. Vans need a considerably longer braking distance, particularly in bad weather. This is also applicable when the van contains a heavy cargo or load.
  • If you are not yet accustomed to driving a van, ask someone to guide you when parking or moving backwards. When your van has blind spots, be mindful, particularly of motor cyclists.

Visit our website or contact us on 01273 819303 for our car and van hire services.

Understanding Excess Insurance in Vehicle Renting

excess insuranceThere are different types of insurances included in a van hire Crawley agreement, one of them being excess insurance.


The excess, often termed as ‘deductible’, is the amount of money that the customers have to pay when they return the vehicle. It is usually categorised into two: the compulsory excess and the voluntary excess. The compulsory excess is non-negotiable. The amount will depend on your age, the type of car and type of claim. On the other hand, you are the one who will set your voluntary excess once you apply for your cover.


Excess insurance is a secondary insurance which covers the cost of excess in the event of a claim. These costs of excess include Super Collision Damage Waiver, Non Waiver and Deductible. It is an optional insurance policy that secures you against high charges that may incur when the hired vehicle is damaged or stolen. Excess insurance is also known as excess reduction or damage liability.


There are two options for you.

  • Purchase from the Rental Company

The excess insurance available from rental companies, like Choice Vehicle Rentals, is guaranteed to be more convenient for the customer, despite the cost. It is more expensive compared to stand-alone alternatives, thus, it is more trustworthy.

  • Choose not to purchase

Excess insurance is one of the optional insurances. You have the option to not include this in your agreement if you’re willing to take the risk. Take note that these charges may cost as much as £2,500, depending on the location and the offer of the rental company.

Excess vehicle insurance saves on costly fees due to vehicle damage or accidents. Choice Vehicle Rentals has branches in the UK, including van hire Crawley, Sussex, Brighton, etc. To enquire about our vehicles for hire, please call 01273-819-303. You can also send your enquiries to crawley@choicevehiclerentals.com.

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When is The Right Time to Hire a Vehicle?

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Vehicle rental is one of the fastest growing industries, not only in the United Kingdom but also across the globe. People prefer to rent rather than to buy a new vehicle to save money. Renting a vehicle is also beneficial to those who are not capable of buying one outright. So, when is the right time to hire a vehicle? Here are the Top 5 instances:

  • When going on a trip

As a tourist, you can travel around in the comfort of a private vehicle without it needing to be too costly. Renting a vehicle allows you to choose the type of vehicle that you want to drive and the type of vehicle that can accommodate the number of people you are travelling with.

  • When attending special events

Events such as weddings, anniversaries, reunions, proms or even a first date are considered to be special. Special events are possible reasons to rent your car of choice. You can choose the style of the vehicle that is most appropriate to the event. For example: If it is a reunion, you can hire a van for all your friends or relatives.

  • When travelling for business purposes

Company owners choose to rent a vehicle when going on an out-of-town business trip. Some also rent a vehicle for the delivery of their products and services. This is a more practical choice, especially for new businesses. You can allocate the money that you will save to other business expenses. Vehicle rental providers like Van Hire Crawley value you as much as you value your clients.

  • When going on a long trip

Long trips persuade many to rent a vehicle rather than using their own cars. This can help save on fuel and other expenses. Most of the cars that are available for rent at Choice Vehicle Rentals are new models and are assured to be fuel efficient. They can also afford the comfort you need when travelling for long hours.

  • When moving from one place to another

By renting a big truck to give you more room for your stuff, journeys to and from can be drastically reduced. Saving you money and effort, big trucks are available from Choice Vehicle Rental’s car hire Sussex branch. Check out their listings for more details.

People choose to rent a vehicle for comfort and to save money. If you also want to experience travelling with ease, contact Choice Vehicle Rentals on 01323 520353 for more details. You may also send your enquiries to eastbourne@choicevehiclerentals.com

Typical Mistakes that are Committed when Hiring a Van

SWB Transit
Here are some of the most common mistakes that people commit when renting a van:

  • Not exploring your options

Customers should consider numerous things when choosing a vehicle rental company that they can trust. They should not settle for the first van rental company they come across. Try to explore more options by searching for the rates of various vehicle companies online. Read reviews about the companies that you are considering. Reviews will let you know whether the previous clients of certain companies are satisfied with their services or not.

  • Not checking the van before renting it

Checking the van that you want to rent personally will help you to avoid charges that are as a result of its pre-existing conditions. You should check if the van is clean, if its engine is in good condition, if the tint is still okay, etc. Make sure that the van is safe to use and is still functioning at its best before renting it from the company. This will help you to avoid future complications.

  • Not checking for hidden fees

There are some van rental companies that offer vehicles with hidden charges. Hidden charges include service charges, payments for extra features and so on. Choose a van rental company that is transparent with its extra mileage fees, taxes and other charges so that you can budget and prepare your money beforehand.

  • Not cleaning the van before returning it

Some companies charge additional fees for vehicles that are returned un-cleaned. However, you must be considerate to the company at the same time. Clean the vehicle before returning it to the vehicle rental company.

Choice Vehicle Rentals offers great deals for van hire Eastbourne and other similar services in Brighton and Crawley. We also have cars and vehicles with multi-seat options for hire. Please call 01273 819303 to learn more.

FAQs about Choice Vehicle Rentals

Choice Vehicle Rentals is a company that offers vehicle rental services including van hire Crawley, van hire in Eastbourne, in Brighton and in other branches. We will answer some of the most frequently asked questions about Choice Vehicle Rentals in this article to help you further understand the company, their terms and their services.

Question 1. What is the minimum and maximum age required to hire a vehicle?

We offer vehicle rental services to those who are between 21 years old (minimum) and 70 years old (maximum). In some situations, we will allow people up to 75 years old to rent a vehicle, as long as they are still in good physical condition.

Question 2. What documents do I need to bring with me when collecting a vehicle?

When collecting a vehicle, you are required to bring two valid pieces of ID such as a passport, a bank card or a utility bill that has been issued no less than three months ago. The photo card and the paper counterpart of the driving license is needed as well.

Question 3. What if I can’t find a part of my driving license?

We can perform a license check with the DVLA if the counterpart of your driving license cannot be found. We charge £5 for this service. If both parts are lost, you may contact us on 01323 520353 to consider the alternatives.

Question 4. Do you require cancellation fees?

We offer free booking cancellations. In case you have already deposited your payment after booking, you may refund the full amount that you have paid. Please notify us as soon as possible if you want to cancel your booking.

Question 5. What are the deposit and payment methods that you accept?

The amount of the holding deposit is £100. This may be paid through cash or card. Some services may necessitate a higher deposit amount and may require you to pay via a debit or credit card only, depending on the deal.

Question 6. Is there a charge for additional drivers?

If other drivers will be using the hired vehicle, you will need to pay an additional charge of £5/day for every driver. They are required to bring two proofs of identification and their license (both card and paper counterpart).

Question 7. What are the mileage limits?

For one to three days, the mileage limit is 250 miles/day. Thereafter, the mileage is limitless for those renting a vehicle for four days or more. If you exceed the mileage limit, you will be charged £10/mile.

Question 8. My vehicle is broken down. What should I do?

If you have problems with the vehicle (accident, damage, malfunction, etc.), contact the nearest branch to your location or call us on 01323 520353. We will send a member of our team to help. If you are not located near to one of our branches or if the office is closed, the AA will be able to help. Contact them on 0800 420 420 and give them the registration number.