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When you’re moving house on a budget, or just shifting a single large item, a truck for hire is indispensable. The right vehicle at the right price can save the day, and of course the wrong one can cost more than anticipated in dollars, effort, and time.

Here are our top tips for finding the right truck for hire in Auckland.

Wise to Upsize?

The cost of any truck for hire in Auckland is primarily based on the box size. Committing to a bigger truck than you need means that you could be paying more than necessary, while mistakenly hiring a smaller one will cost you in extra trips, mileage, fuel, and general stress! Always check the box measurements when choosing a truck for hire, and try to mentally pack your belongings into that space. Allow lots of extra space for all the small things you forgot to load in your virtual truck, and don’t forget the shed and garage. If you’re moving locally in Auckland then unforeseen extra trips may be fine, for greater distances it’s often wise to upsize – just in case.

Book Your Truck For Hire Early!

You want to move on a Saturday? Guess what – so do most people in Auckland. If moving during the week is feasible for you, then you may find that a broader range of trucks is available, and you’re more likely to get a truck for hire at short notice. Some companies occasionally offer mid-week discounts to make these days even more attractive. If a weekend if your only option, be sure to book your truck for hire well in advance.

Where Is The Truck For Hire?

It sounds silly, but in this age of online browsing and price comparisons some people book the first cheap truck for hire in Auckland that they see, only to realise that the pick up location is miles away. This usually results in extra fuel and mileage costs just to save a few dollars on the initial hire, not to mention the time wasted in Auckland traffic on a busy and stressful day. Double check whether the truck for hire will be available from a branch that is convenient to you, or if not, that the deal is still worth the extra travel.

Will Hidden Charges Offset A Cheap Quote?

One of the reasons it’s hard to compare quotes for a truck for hire in Auckland is that your final cost is usually made up of at least two factors: the hire cost, and the mileage rate. Some companies advertise VERY low hire prices in VERY large print, offset this with a high mileage fee, so it’s critical that you take a moment to calculate the cost of your estimated distance. Remember too, that trucks for hire are classed as commercial vehicles, and so many companies will also add GST on to all their quoted figures. It’s worth mentioning that a truck for hire from Auckland Vehicle Rentals comes with 100 free kms included in their already sharp prices, and GST is included too. Kilometre rates for longer distances are also cheaper than many other operators.

Spend It Where It Counts

Sometimes it’s worth spending a few extra dollars if it saves you extra work, risk, or cost down the track. In a pressure cooker situation such as a house move, this has never been more relevant.

Tail Lifts: The single greatest invention for the amateur furniture mover, this feature can transform loading appliances, workshop equipment, and hefty furniture into a single-handed operation. It can also be set halfway up and used as a large step, saving you and your crew the hassle of climbing in and out of the truck all day. Not surprisingly, a tail lift truck for hire is always in demand – book early if this feature is on your wish list.

Trollies, furniture blankets, and straps: These small and inexpensive accessories can really help your move go smoothly. And again, if they’re critical to you it’s worth confirming that they can be added to your booking. The quantity and style of blankets, straps and trollies can also vary greatly between Auckland rental companies, so this is worth clarifying too.

Insurance: Like rental cars, a truck for hire in Auckland usually includes only the most basic insurance cover, and the hirer may need to accept responsibility for a much higher excess than their private motor vehicle insurance policy. Check out the options for reducing this excess, the extra cost is usually very reasonable. That way you can move on quickly and affordably from any mishap.

If you need a truck for hire in Auckland, contact Auckland Vehicle Rentals for an all-inclusive quote.

Auckland is a sprawling metropolis known for its far flung suburbs… and marginal public transport services. Any local will tell you emphatically: you can’t survive in Auckland without a car. So if your car is being repaired,  you’re a visitor to Auckland, or you’re a one car family but occasionally need two, a hire car is often the perfect solution to  your transport dramas. Typically, a day’s hire cost can be less than a single trip in a taxi or Uber.

Of course a car hire can also bring its own dramas, so in this series we give you some tips for a smooth, uneventful, stress-free  car rental in Auckland, and the obvious place to start is:

Picking Up Your Hire Car

This is a critical time, but quite often there is a fair amount of “she’ll be right” on behalf of both the hirer and hiree. It’s understandable: you’ve probably used hire cars before and can’t wait to get on the road, and the rental operator has phones ringing and other customers waiting. You will forget to ask half the questions you planned to, and they will forget to tell you some quirks of operation in your car. Remember, for the company staff this hire car is just like dozens of others, so for them these details may seem too obvious to bore you with.

Collecting your rental car doesn’t need to be slow and arduous, but here are a few tips that are definitely worth remembering:

1. Online Saves Time!

It’s the 21st century, and these days many Auckland car hire companies let you pre-enter most of your information online before you set foot in their office. Do this if at all possible. It not only means that you’ll be behind the wheel of your hire car within moments, but it will often answer many of the questions you had, or raise others, before you meet the rental staff.

2. Who’s Driving?

Make sure you have your licence. Not a photo or xerox of your licence, but your actual licence. You will not be able to hire a car without it.

Ideally bring the licences of any likely drivers with you, too. Hirers often casually mention that their spouse “might” drive the hire car, but don’t have that person or their licence with them. No licence on the hire agreement means NO INSURANCE COVER, so don’t even think about it. Some rental companies let you add licences by sending scans or photos through during the hire, but don’t take this for granted, others can be quite strict.

Licences should be in English, or accompanied by an International Driving Permit or authorised translation. Overseas licence holders will also need to present their passport.

3. Snap Away!

Take photos of your hire car. The rental company will probably have done this, but these days it is so easy to walk around the car with your phone and take a few snaps or a video while it’s still on their premises. Take close ups of any existing damage. Disputes still can arise, even between perfectly honest rental companies and perfectly honest customers, so this is free peace of mind.

4. Any Questions?

Check the important things while you’re there. If the stereo or GPS in your hire car will be critical to your travelling pleasure, try and get some joy out of it. If you plan to fold seats away for luggage or sleeping space, do it now. Trying to communicate these things over the phone later can be challenging for both parties.

Do you need a car hire in Auckland? We can help! See our range and contact us here.

Minibuses are useful. Everyone should have one! Trips with extended family, kids birthday parties, stag do’s, hen’s nights. Work functions, VIP tours, inter-site shuttles. Sports team away games, school trips… most folk will have a use for one occasionally and some folk, schools, or businesses depend on them heavily.

Like any expensive piece of equipment though, if you don’t need a minibus frequently then it’s smarter to hire. And while a rental saves you a ton of responsibilities and costs, it can come with its own pitfalls. At Auckland Vehicle Rentals we know from bitter experience the things our customers have struggled with over the years and are happy share this insider advice for your benefit!

Distractions

Safety campaigns have drummed in the perils of drivers using phones, and small squabbling children are known to be a lethal distraction to parents at the wheel. Imagine, then, the potential of ten or eleven passengers to affect your concentration while you operate an unfamiliar and large rental van. Your responsibility is magnified in this situation, so take it easy and let the passengers entertain each other.

Length

Perhaps the most commonly damaged area of a rental minibus is the passenger side, on or just ahead of the rear wheel arch. This is simply because drivers negotiate obstacles as though they were driving a car, and forget that a rental van is significantly longer. Before you even leave the rental operators premises, set your mirrors to suit, and then watch them like a hawk when navigating around posts, gates, bollards, and other vehicles.

Height

Jumbo vans and undercover parking don’t seem to mix well. Our 12-seat minibuses are 2.3 metres high, so pay attention to any signage at parking building entrances. Roof repairs are expensive, as well as embarrassing.

Reversing

Reversing a minibus is a knack. Visibility can easily be blocked by people, luggage, and the rows of seats. Things get a little easier in rental vans equipped with backing cameras (all our 12-seat Premium vans have them), but if in doubt dispatch a spotter to guide you.

Stopping

Aside from the obvious truism that a minibus is larger and heavier than a car, a rental van full of passengers and their luggage can easily add another tonne. Factor this critical mass into your stopping distances, and take speed recommendations on highway corners fairly literally.

Braking constantly while descending long hills can cause the brakes to overheat quicker than they would in a lighter vehicle. Smoke coming from the front wheels is an alarming indicator that your minibus brakes need a breather, and in extreme cases continued abuse will damage the components. New Zealand is known for its volcanic landscape and consequently you’re likely to find yourself traversing mountain ranges during many inter-city drives, so take it easy on the anchors. Watching your speed and releasing the brakes momentarily every few seconds gives them a chance to cool off.

Have more questions about driving a rental minibus? Call 09827760 to speak to one of our staff.

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.

Label bashing

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.