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For most people, a car is sufficient for their daily vehicle needs. But what happens when your hatchback just isn’t up to the job? Whether you’re moving house, shopping for furniture or transporting a large load, sometimes hiring a van is the best solution. Unfortunately, it’s not quite that simple. With vans available to hire in a wide range of shapes and sizes, it can be difficult to know which one is right for you. To help you decide, we’ve compiled this quick guide to the options available.

Small vans

Ideal for smaller jobs, such as shifting individual items of furniture, small vans have many advantages. They are easier to maneuver and park, and are not dissimilar to large cars - making them perfect for anyone who might be nervous about driving a van. Typically, these vehicles can transport anything between 600 and 900kg, although they can usually only carry two passengers up front.

Medium vans

Need something that offers more space without the commitment of a large vehicle? Medium sized vans provide an ideal compromise. Capable of carrying between 900 and 1,200kg, these vehicles are still relatively easy for car drivers to maneuver. And with that extra space, you can easily shift bulkier items such as wardrobes and double beds. As a bonus, you can usually fit in an extra passenger too.

Large vans

If you’re facing a big task like moving house, only a larger vehicle like a long wheel base van will suffice. Happily, this choice also offers excellent fuel economy, making it a cost efficient way to get the job done. Designed to handle payloads of anything up to 1,600kg, these vehicles will make light work of most tasks. However, drivers should bear in mind that they come with certain restrictions, and should always be aware of things like height and weight limits on the roads.

Luton vans

Need even more space than a large van? Lutons are the ultimate choice for anyone needing to shift a large load. With additional height plus storage space above the cab, they optimize the space available, creating the perfect vehicle for moving house or transporting bulky items. However, it’s important to remember that you’ll probably need a tail lift for loading - so make sure that your hire package includes one.

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