Vehicle contract hire – a flexible option
Many people do not realise how flexible vehicle rental is when compared to lease hire.
With lease hire, there is usually a fixed term contract and a mileage limit on each vehicle, which can cause problems if circumstances change. Lease hire is not a service we offer.
Rental periods, however, can be as flexible as our customers want and can be changed at any time. Typically, our customers rent for periods of between a month and a year but some can go for longer.
Among our regular customers are local authorities around Essex and with two elections, local and national now expected in the next two months, we expect to be busy.
They will need vans to transport the many temporary polling stations that are needed, not to mention the ballot papers and other equipment. It may be that people who will supervise at the polling stations will also need transport to get to and from them, especially if they are in out-of-the way places.
But there are all sorts of other tasks local authorities carry out that people are less aware of. In areas that use refuse bags rather than bins for household rubbish, who delivers the supplies of bags?
Then, there are the meetings outside of their authority areas that officers may need to attend. It can often be more cost effective, efficient and convenient to hire a car for a one-off event than to use public transport.
Why vehicle hire works for businesses
Among the other advantages of using a hire system for vehicles, even for a fleet of vehicles, is that they are all fully maintained with MOTs and servicing organised by the hiring company.
If a vehicle out on hire needs repairs for any reason it is straightforward to return it to us for attention and to be supplied with a replacement even at short notice.
If it should happen that a vehicle is not needed for as long as the original hire period, that’s no problem. The vehicle can be returned earlier.
Altogether, renting vehicles for however short or long they are needed and knowing there will be no maintenance or repair costs is a more flexible option than fixed term leasing.