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Rental trucks are some of Auckland’s most in-demand rental vehicles thanks to their huge range of applications: furniture moving, deliveries, event support vehicles – almost everyone has a use for one at some point. However, perhaps our most commonly asked question is:

“I have a car licence – what’s the biggest truck I can rent?”

Many people are surprised to learn that the maximum limit in NZ was raised to 6000kg gross vehicle mass several years ago. This law change plus the ease of operating modern trucks (automatic transmissions, reverse cameras etc) means that many Auckland car licence holders can drive and hire larger trucks than they thought.

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Rental trucks display loading certificates on the windscreen which will tell you if it can be driven on a Class 1 licence.

Tare Weight is the vehicle weight, fuel only, no occupants. In Auckland, rental trucks are often described as a 2-tonne or 3-tonne based loosely on this figure, but in practice the description usually reflects the box size rather than the technical weight, as this is really what customers want to know.

Gross Vehicle Mass (GVM) is the weight of the vehicle including its maximum legal load it is rated to carry. A vehicle with a GVM under 6000kg can be driven on a car licence.

GVM minus the tare weight tells you the maximum load the truck is allowed to carry.

Need an Auckland Truck Rental?

At Auckland Vehicle Rentals we hire both the handy 2-tonne trucks,

2 tonne furniture truck for hire

and their more spacious 3-tonne sisters.

3 tonne furniture truck with tail lift for hire

Click here for a quote on the size of your choice, or contact us here to find out how we can help with your move!

Rental trucks in Auckland are in high demand, and the busiest ones are without a doubt the small car-licence furniture types. These are a swiss army knife among vehicles, a versatile tool that is the smart solution to a broad range of challenges. Here’s how a truck rental might be your solution!

Moving House In Auckland?

An obvious one, as these rental trucks are built for exactly this purpose. By renting a furniture truck you won’t have to depend on unreliable third parties to get the job done, you can stay on schedule and in control of every cost. Using a rental truck for a local move could save hundreds, but if you’re moving out of Auckland the savings from not using a furniture removal service could be much more.

The Helper

Even if you prefer (or need) to let the professionals shift your furniture, they are often not interested in packing the odds and ends you may have accumulated in sheds, gardens and garages. A smaller rental truck is ideal for cleaning out a workshop, transporting pot plants, taking rubbish to the recycle centre, or donating surplus items to family or charity.

The Storage Unit Shuttle

Renting storage space? If your house is on the market, or just overflowing, renting a storage unit is a popular solution in Auckland. Shuffle boxes and furniture back and forth as you need them with a quick, convenient truck rental.

Bought, Begged, or Borrowed?

Larger items sold through auction sites are usually “pick up only”, and retail stores that offer deliveries may have a waiting list that doesn’t appeal. Although trailers are handy for some jobs, it’s hard to beat a rental truck when you need a weather-proof, secure, easy to manoeuvre option, especially ones that come with handy options like hydraulic lifts, hand trollies, furniture blankets and straps to protect your precious cargo.

You Have A Truck, It Doesn’t Work

Maybe your company delivery vehicle is off the road for servicing, or worse – a more major repair. Don’t turn away business that you may never get back, simply grab a rental truck and it’s business as usual!

You Don’t Have A Truck, But Are Thinking About It

Maybe your business is thinking of offering deliveries as added value for your customers in Auckland’s cutthroat market. Test the waters without making a huge financial commitment by hiring a rental truck as needed. Special discounts usually apply to longer hires, too.

The Mobile Port-A-Com

At a trade fair, construction site, or anywhere within extension cord reach of a power supply, a truck rental can provide a dry, secure work space or pop-up store. And unlike the traditional work-site caravan, they can be shifted easily, and of course collect supplies when you’re low on stock.

Temporary Storage

Having guests for the weekend? Having an open home or property inspection? Book a truck rental for a couple of days and store the untidy realities of your life out of sight!

What do you need a truck rental for? Choose from our range!

When you need to take the team to an away game, VIP’s on a corporate tour, staff to a boozy function, or extended family out of Auckland, a minibus rental is often far more practical (and sociable) than taking multiple cars. But faced with the number of unfamiliar vehicles available many people get anxious. Do I choose the cheapest? Can I drive something that big? Will it fit our needs?

At Auckland Vehicle Rentals we have three choices in our fleet, so matching a suitable rental minibus to suit each customer is usually no problem. Where customers often struggle is choosing between them, as they can look very similar at a glance.

Premium 12 Seater Rental Minibus

These are our newest minibuses, all 2017 or newer Toyota Hiaces. They have several points of difference over other types, the most significant is the 3 litre turbo diesel powerplant – less consumption, less emissions, and cheaper pump prices. They are the perfect complement to these Premium vans, and a far cry from the noisy, smelly diesels of old.

Premium rental vans also run dual air conditioning/heating, which can make a big difference to a packed van in the summer months. They also have separate, full-height seats for all passengers, plus three-point seat belts throughout and a luggage barrier for the utmost in safety.

On the tech front, these vans are equipped with up to date Bluetooth stereos, and reverse cameras which make parking far less stressful.

Premium minibuses are our most expensive van type, but thanks to their modern diesel engines the further you travel the more you’ll save over a petrol vehicle. You may even completely offset the cost difference. And it goes without saying that we recommend the Premium rental vehicles for any corporate or social occasion where you want to make the best impression possible.

Standard 12 Seater Rental Minibus

Our most popular minibuses without question are the 12-seat Standard type. The same jumbo Toyota body as the Premiums, they come with all the space and flexibility of their newer cousins. Although a few years older than Premium minibuses, they are still the same fifth-generation Hiaces that are globally revered for reliability and driving comfort.

Luggage barriers are fitted to most Standard 12 seaters, seating is typically a bench style with a mix of three-point and lap belts. These vans are all petrol 2.7 litre motors, hooked to automatic transmissions for the easiest operation possible.Air conditioning is fitted, but in most cases is vented from the front of the cabin only.

Due to their pricing and size, our standard 12-seater vans are the first choice for many schools, sports teams, and families looking to hire a minibus in Auckland.

Budget 10-11 Seater Rental Minibus

These budget minibuses are ideal for customers who don’t need a great amount of luggage space, and are looking for the most affordable rental minibus in our fleet. They seat 10 comfortably, but there’s an 11th in the centre front if you need to separate troublemakers.

Although these are fifth-gen Hiaces like the rest of our minibus range, they are not jumbo bodies – hence the minimal luggage space. However, the lower roof lets them fit into more undercover parking lots than the 12-seaters, and they are generally easier to park and drive.

Single air conditioning and automatic transmissions are standard on all Budget 10-seater minibuses.

Which one suits you? Get a quote for your dates, or email us to enquire.

It’s not so easy to get a minibus rental in West Auckland; you don’t just pick one out and sign the papers – you need to plan for it. Here are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind when getting a minibus rental for an upcoming trip.

1) How Long And Far You’ll Be Driving 

When you’re planning a trip, the rental company needs to know how long you’ll need the vehicle for. Rental agencies either charge you per hour or per day. But when you’re paying per day, they need to know how many days to quote you for.

The distance you intend on travelling also determines the price. Some rental agencies provide the first 100km free, while others charge a flat rate per kilometre. If you intend on travelling a long distance, but still want to keep costs low, try finding a minibus rental with a more affordable deal.

2) The Time Of Year 

Just like airline rates, there are peak and low seasons in minibus hire. That means that the time of year you decide to get a minibus rental in West Auckland will determine what you’re charged. You might pay less out of season if you booked it in the winter months, but graduation season, December and summertime will have the most expensive rates. So if your plans aren’t set in stone yet, delaying your trip by a few weeks until the prices are lower could save you money and allow more time for planning.

3) Where You Start Your Journey 

When you hire something bigger than a 15-seater minibus, where you start your journey can also determine how tricky the trip will be. For example, even a 15-seater minibus rental would be challenging to drive in a bustling city, especially if you’ve never driven such a large vehicle before. Minibuses are large and heavy – especially when every seat is filled! If you want to start your trip on an easy note, try to pick up the minibus rental at a branch outside the inner city. You’ll get used to driving an unfamiliar car after a while, but it can be challenging if you have to navigate it through traffic and crowds.

Minibus hire in West Auckland can be simple if you know your way around the process. Remembering simple things such as booking early, knowing what your itinerary will be, and when the next season of low rates is coming up, you’ll have planned a great trip in a minibus rental without a hitch in the road.

When you think about 12 seater minibus rentals, you’ll most likely think of only a few reasons why you could need one. You’ll think of a road trip, driving to a function together, or hiring it as a party bus to get to and from a celebration. But there are many more groups who use 12-seater minibus rentals often.

Group 1: Businesses 

Businesses who attend and host conferences and corporate events will make use of a 12-seater minibus rental often. Speakers, employees who are organising the event, or attending guests could make use of a minibus if they needed to get to and from the conference venue.

Group 2: Film And TV Companies 

You’ve surely watched a making-of the documentary of your favourite movie or TV series. Film and TV companies hire hundreds of people, and the film sets can span over miles of land, or cities apart. A 12-seater minibus rental could transport those in the film and TV industry from one set to another, and carry their gear as well.

Group 3: Sports Teams 

Now you might not be a professional athlete, but you can at least arrive at a match in style! Sports teams often travel between clubs and fields for games and practice, and getting the whole team there can be challenging. But a 12-seater minibus rental can get the team where they need to be, and if they’re kids, you’ll want to keep everyone together.

Group 4: Religious Organisations 

There will always be a group of people who can’t travel to their place of worship. They’ll be the elderly, very young, or sick, but they’ll want to attend religious gatherings just as much as the next person. A religious organisation will often hire a 12-seater minibus rental to carry people to their place of worship so that they can attend functions, services, outreach programs, and charity events.

Group 5: Senior Living Communities 

Last but not least, people in senior living communities still want to go out, have fun, and run errands. Unfortunately, many can be too elderly to drive, have poor eyesight, or even suffer from dementia. The elderly in senior living communities can’t drive themselves safely, and they still want to go shopping and on outings. A 12-seater minibus rental will allow them to go out once a week!

Although they’re handy for when you’re going on holiday, people use 12-seater minibus rentals for more than road trips. The elderly in assisted living attending appointments, and businesses attending events will need rental vehicles to get them to their destinations.

Bad drivers abound, you just need to leave your house to see them. But are you a bad driver? Maybe not, but you most likely do have poor driving habits that could be damaging your minibus hire. Here are a few bad habits to try to avoid when you hire a minibus.

Not Avoiding Potholes 

You won’t find a city that doesn’t have its share of potholes, so it’s best to avoid them. However, some people – especially those who drive larger cars like SUVs, minibuses and pick-up trucks – think that driving over potholes won’t damage their vehicle. But all you need is to drive over one which is worse than you thought, and you could pop a tyre, or dent a rim.

Driving Over Speed Bumps Too Fast 

Speed bumps exist to regulate driving speed – especially in residential areas or outside schools, nursing homes or hospitals. They’re designed to damage the undercarriage of your car if you drive over them too fast. However, if you hired a minibus and thought that it was big enough to clear most speed bumps, you might end up damaging it and incurring costly repair fees with your rental company.

Not Using Your Hand Brake 

Also known as a parking brake, the hand brake has been specifically designed to keep your vehicle immobile when you park it. However, some people have the unfortunate habit of not engaging this mechanism, especially when they put the car into the parking gear. This can be risky, especially if you’re parked on a slope. To avoid your minibus from rolling forwards or backwards after you’ve parked it, spend the extra two seconds it takes to engage the hand brake.

Driving Until The Tank Is Almost Empty 

Sometimes when you hire a minibus, you’re required to return the vehicle with a full tank. But other rental companies add the cost of a full tank to your invoice instead. If your rental company does the latter, driving until your tank is almost empty is not a good idea. Not only can you risk running out of petrol, but the engine can overheat because petrol also acts as a coolant.

You can drive your own car the way you want to – you own it. But when you hire a minibus, you need to drive it safely so that it doesn’t get damaged while in your care. That means avoiding more than accidents – it includes avoiding potholes and going over speed bumps too fast. Minibus hire can be affordable, as long as you don’t damage it with bad driving habits.

When you’re travelling with a group of people – whether it’s a business trip or vacation with your extended family, hiring a larger vehicle is always the better option if you want a comfortable ride. However, you might be wondering whether a minivan hire would be better than an SUV? Here’s a breakdown of minivan hire Auckland and SUV rentals to help you choose correctly.

Mid-Size SUV Hire 

Mid-size SUVs are one of the smaller sized SUVs that you could rent. They hold five people at a push, and about four pieces of luggage, if you’re going on a trip. They’re best suited for small families or group of friends going on vacation together, but would otherwise be too cramped if you were travelling with more people. If you’re going to an event, conference, or awards ceremony with your team from work, a mid-size SUV would be too small if you want everyone to be comfortable during the ride, without feeling cramped. Besides, there’s nothing worse than arriving at a work function in creased clothing – it’s not professional at all!

Full-Size SUV

Although the full-size SUV is a luxurious way to travel, they can be quite a bit more expensive to hire. If you’re looking for comfort and space for up to seven people, this SUV is fine, but a minivan is your best bet – especially if you’re transporting more than seven people. If there are more than seven people, you’re better off getting a minivan hire from a well-known Auckland rental company.

Why Hire A Minivan 

Minivan hire in Auckland is exactly what you need when you’re going on a trip or an outing with a group. If you’re carrying five or more people to a party in the city, to a business retreat, or a family wedding, an SUV won’t be big enough – unless you hire a full-size SUV. Minivans can be equally comfortable and even more spacious. Depending on your needs, you can hire an 8-seater, or go as large as a 15-seater minivan. If you’re going on a company retreat, you would most likely need a minivan, as most companies employ more than ten people.

SUV rentals have their place and are hired out very often. But they’re not the only option available when you need to hire a car to seat more than ten people. That’s why minivan hire in Auckland is what you need. They are roomy and comfortable and get you and your group where you need to go.

When you hire any vehicle, your most pressing concern will be driving cautiously. Unfortunately, other drivers are not always so careful, which is why you need to learn how to drive defensively. When you take your 12 seater minibus rental onto the road, keep these tips in mind to avoid reckless drivers around you.

Stay Focused 

This advice might be obvious for any driver, but it’s almost effortless to lose focus when you’re driving. You could be listening to the radio and hear a troubling news broadcast, or you might hear one of your favourite songs. You might even be thinking about getting to your destination on time, or which route would be better to get there. However, most car accidents happen when people are not concentrating.

When you’re driving a 12-seater minibus rental, make sure to remain focused at all times. Don’t fiddle with the radio or windows too much, keep your participation in discussions to the minimum, and be aware of other drivers. Analyse the road ahead, and be mindful of what’s going on in your mirrors and blind spots.

Stay One Step Ahead 

Although this is something that you learn only after you’ve been driving for a while, it is possible to stay one step ahead on the road. Try to anticipate what other vehicles around you will do before they do it, to avoid a collision. By keeping below the speed limit, you will also have a better chance of controlling the 12-seater minibus hire if you have to react than if you were speeding.

Always Treat Other Drivers As If They’re The Worst 

This tip might seem a bit out there, but it will go far in keeping you alert and safe while driving a minibus rental. You might be a generous driver, who lets people in front of you when they’re overtaking, or when two lanes merge but don’t assume other drivers will do the same for you. If you’re at a green light, other drivers might try to get through even though they’re meant to stop. If you prepare for the worst, you’ll have better chances of avoiding a car accident.

When you’re driving a 12-seater minibus rental on busy roads, you don’t only have the rental to worry about. You are also responsible for up to twelve people arriving at their destination in one piece. And even though you might be a good driver, others around you might not be. Keep this in mind the next time you’re on the road so that you can act accordingly.

Being the designated driver for a group of young people on a night out on the town is a pretty big responsibility. You have to keep everyone safe as you pick them up and drive to your destination. If you’re getting a minibus hire Auckland for a night out, make sure that, as the designated driver, you keep these safety tips in mind.

Be A Responsible Driver 

Even though the designated driver doesn’t drink when you and your friends go out, you can still have fun. You can enjoy the music, dance, and have a good time. However, when you’re behind the wheel of a minibus hire, you need to be responsible. While your friends are having fun in the back of the minibus, you need to concentrate and stay focused. Make sure that everyone has their seatbelt on and encourage your friends to be considerate and behave appropriately while you’re driving.

Make Sure That You’re Familiar With The Minibus 

Driving a minibus is not easy, especially if you haven’t driven one before. However, it’s easy to become familiar with the vehicle, as long as you take the time to do it before you head out to your destination. Familiarise yourself with the minibus’s features, and drive it around the block a few times before everyone arrives to go to the party. You don’t want the first time that you drive the car to be when it’s full of excited people who are ready to cut loose.

Be Extra Cautious In Wet Weather 

Driving in wet weather is tricky in any vehicle, which is why you need to be extra careful when you’re driving a minibus hire. The rain might not put a dampener on your night out, but it can have everything come to a crashing halt if you have an accident. Drive at a slower speed so that you can control the vehicle if the tyres slide on the wet road. Avoid braking heavily, and leave a larger gap in between your minibus and the car in front of you so that you have more time to brake safely when coming to a stop.

Leave Extra Space In Front Of You On An Incline 

Not everyone can control their vehicle from rolling when they stop on an incline, which is why you should again leave a bigger space between the car in front of you and your minibus hire. The car in front might roll back when they start to drive again, and you want to avoid the most minor of accidents in a minibus rental – even a small “bumper bashing.”

When you stop on a road with a steep incline, it’s important to remember that a minibus full of people is much heavier than the average vehicle, and can also roll back from the added weight. For this reason, to protect the minibus and the car behind you, always engage the handbrake when you stop.

Give Trucks More Space To Turn 

When you get a minibus hire, almost all of your focus will be on driving it safely, avoiding a speeding fine or getting into a collision. However, you also need to remember the other vehicles around you. For example, trucks need an extra-wide berth when turning corners, which means that if you get too close, they could damage your minibus. To be cautious, give other vehicles around you enough space, especially trucks. Be a courteous driver, and make sure to indicate when you’re changing lanes or turning.

Be Aware Of Cyclists And Bikers 

Although people seem to hate cyclists and people on motorbikes when they’re on the road, it’s much more nerve-wracking for them. The way they ride might frustrate you, but it’s typically for their safety, and your awareness. For example, when you’re driving, and you see a cyclist come right up behind you or to the side of your vehicle, they’re not trying to annoy or disturb you – they’re making sure that they’re not in your blind spot so that you can see them! Driving in a minibus means that your blind spot is even more challenging to see, so make sure to be aware of your surroundings while you’re on the road.

Being a designated driver on a night out with friends is an important responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. If you’re also driving a minibus hire to accommodate your group of friends, you need to be extra cautious when driving on Auckland roads. Keep these tips in mind so that you and your friends can arrive at your destination safely.

Naturally, a business owner would want to protect his investment. For a vehicle rental company, the way they protect their investments is with signed contracts, insurance, and sometimes, tracking devices.

Why Would They Track Your Rental Van?

Fortunately for you, your rental company doesn’t really care where you drive their vehicle, as long as you pay for their service and return the van in one piece and on time. However, if the van were to be stolen, they could use their tracking devices to find it. If they do use tracking devices to protect their investments, they need to tell you before you sign their agreement that they’re able to track the vehicle. Otherwise, it should make no difference to you.

Why Wouldn’t A Rental Van Have A Tracking Device?

Rental vans companies might like the idea of using tracking devices to find their vehicles if anything were to go wrong. However, it can get expensive. Think about it – if a rental company owned a fleet of 300 cars, they would need to pay for, install and maintain 300 units. That can get very expensive, and they’d need to push their prices up.

For fear of charging rates that are higher than their main competitors, they might opt not to track their vehicles because they don’t want to lose customers, or drive their clients to their biggest competitor.

The Benefits Of Tracking Your Rental Van 

Other than the cost of a tracking device or GPS unit, there are many benefits for both you and the rental company if they install tracking on their vehicles.

As much as your rental company doesn’t care if you’re moving or transporting stock, they don’t want their vans to be used for illicit or illegal activities. A tracking device could help them avoid being implicated in a crime, or if their vehicle was being used for something unlawful. Tracking devices also help them recover stolen and missing vehicles relatively quickly.

Lastly, as the driver of a rental van, you would appreciate the additional security that a tracking device could provide. If the van breaks down in the middle of nowhere, you don’t need to worry about giving accurate directions for roadside assistance to find you. Some GPS tracking devices also include SOS buttons or automated alerts in the event of an accident.

When you hire a rental van, you can ask whether they include GPS tracking devices to their vehicles. They’re fitted to rental cars for your protection, as well as to protect the rental company’s investments.