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Driving a truck rental is probably the most affordable and flexible way to transport your items or belongings from one place to another. Before settling on what rental company to use when you want to get a truck hire in Auckland, the following will give you insight on why driving a truck rental yourself can be beneficial.

It is cheaper and stress-free

One of the best things about driving a truck is that it saves you money and the stress of having to load heavy items in your car or having to borrow someone else’s vehicle to move. Driving a truck hire yourself to is the best worry-free way to ensure a safe and secure move of all your valuable items. 

If you would like to hire a truck for your next move in Auckland, it’s noteworthy to know that with Auckland Vehicle Rentals you are guaranteed a free mileage for the first 100 kilometers when you hire a truck with us.

Rental terms for truck hire is flexible and convenient

Sometimes, you might need a truck for more than a day. In situations like that, it is great to know that you can enjoy the level of flexibility that comes with truck rental. The flexibility of truck rentals, however, depends on your agreement with the rental company. Your rental terms allow you to use a truck rental for as long as you need to. 

Driving a truck rental yourself also means all your special needs and requirements for the trip are made available by the rental company at your request. This is great for your convenience.

You don’t have to worry about a breakdown

Renting a truck from a reliable and reputable company means that the vehicles are properly and frequently serviced. This means that you don’t have to worry about your truck breaking down in the middle of nowhere because of a malfunction. Regularly serviced trucks mean fewer car-related issues for your trip and thankfully, most rental companies provide insurance for their trucks as well as provide emergency roadside assistance.

You have more vehicle options

With the truck hire, you have access to several vehicle options when you need to use them. This means that if you are familiar with a specific truck brand or have a preferred brand, you’re in luck. Most truck rental companies have a variety of truck models with different capacities that you can choose from.

Truck rental allows you to choose the best truck options that suit your preference and special requirements.27

If you ever consider getting a truck rental in Auckland, the following information above is some of the advantages to stand to benefit from. Driving a rental truck yourself is a more convenient, flexible, and affordable way to move your items from one place to another.

Today, we would be answering all the frequently asked questions about truck hire with Auckland Vehicle Rentals.

What are our operating hours?

If you are planning on booking a truck rental with us, we are open 7 days a week. Our office hours on weekdays are between 8 am to 5:30 pm and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends. We are closed on public holidays. 

Please note that you can make your truck rental booking by phone or email.

How do I pay for my truck hire?

We accept all major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, and Amex), EFTPOS, cash, and approved purchase orders from companies, clubs, and schools. Kindly note that there is a 2.5% credit card surcharge for all payments made with credit cards.

Credit card details are normally held as security. If the security is a debit or eftpos card a bond of $500 is charged in addition to the hire. 

Bonds are refunded once the vehicle is returned and all the terms of the rental agreement are met.

Are all prices included with every truck hire?

When you hire a truck, all prices are quoted in New Zealand dollars including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and standard insurance. 

For commercial vehicles like trucks and cargo vans the first 100km are free per day. For additional mileage needed, a per km charge will be quoted.

Do your rates include unlimited kilometers for truck hire?

We don’t offer unlimited kilometers for trucks.

Are there charges for an additional driver?

No, there are no charges for an additional driver. You can add as many drivers as needed, so long as each driver’s licence is added to the rental agreement before they take the wheel.

Are one-way hires available for truck hires?

One-way hires are not available on our trucks and cargo vans.

What driving license can I use for truck rental?

To rent a truck, you must have a valid NZ driver’s license or a valid overseas license to drive in NZ. Our trucks and vans can all be driven on a full car licence. While we can hire most vehicle types to restricted license holders (conditions apply) our trucks exceed the weight restrictions of this licence class. We cannot hire to learner’s licence holders.

We hope we have been able to answer your questions about truck hire at Auckland Vehicle Rentals. 

For further questions and inquiries, you can contact our customer service team today by calling 09-886 4851or email us at admin@vehiclerentals.co.nz.

 

New Zealand is a beautiful country with up and down terrain and rapidly changing weather. These two elements can affect driving conditions and even experienced drivers can get caught out.

If you are new in New Zealand, we understand that driving in unfamiliar terrain can be daunting especially when driving a large vehicle. 

This article will be educating you on safety tips to know when diving a truck hire in Auckland – but before we get to that, the following are requirements you have to meet:

  •  Age: age matters when renting a vehicle. Most companies have age limits for hiring a vehicle but most times, you must be at least 20 years old with a driving license. And If you are a visitor to New Zealand, ensure that you have your international licence or authorised translation.
  • Licenses: All of the trucks available at Auckland Vehicle Rentals require only a class 1 license. 
  • Fuel: after making use of the rental truck, always return the truck with the amount of fuel you picked it up with (we hire our vehicles with a full tank for your convenience). Failure to return the truck without filling the fuel tank can attract additional service charges.

Understanding these requirements will help you prepare for the process of truck hire.

Driving a large vehicle is not as easy as driving a normal car. To maneuver a rental truck with ease on unfamiliar roads, you must get familiar with the following safety tips:

Know your route and get familiar with the vehicle

Learning to prepare ahead of time is never a bad idea. Before the trip, take time to plan the routes you will use and ensure that you are prepared for what is ahead. You cannot rely only on navigation systems because anything can happen.

Get familiar with the truck before setting out for the trip. Understand the driving controls, make necessary adjustments (such as mirrors), and be sure that everything is working faultlessly. Once you are satisfied with all the adjustments made and there’s confirmation that you can see the road clearly on all sides, you are good to go.

(Important tip: do not forget your driver’s license, you need it at all times.)

Follow the rules and drive safely

When driving a truck, always use the right signals, put your seatbelt on, and be respectful to other drivers. The speed limit for a trucks is 90km/h on motorways because speeding can put you at risk of an accident. Ensure that you are always driving at a safe speed and also monitor the following distance of cars ahead of you.

When you want to change lanes make use of your mirrors carefully and always use indication lights to give other drivers a heads up. Look out for risks and avoid any sudden maneuvers because it could be harmful to other drivers behind you.

As you drive, pay attention to the road, keep an eye out for blind spots, and avoid distractions. Focus on the road at all times and when you feel tired, take short breaks to recharge and relax.

Pay attention to driving conditions

As earlier stated, the weather in Auckland changes rapidly so keep this in mind when you drive. Make sure you drive the truck according to the current weather situations.

Whether the road is wet, icy, bumpy, smooth, narrow, or straight, adjust your speed and driving style to suit the driving condition.

Reverse, brakes, and security

2 tonne furniture truck with tail lift for hireReversing a truck is different from reversing any other vehicle so you have to be careful and slow when you reverse. If you have issues reversing properly, you can always ask for help from people around to navigate your way out of a parked position.

When using the brakes, parking and making turns, be cautious. Ensure that you give time and space before fully braking because braking too fast can lead to loss of vehicle control.

Finally, always make sure all your load is locked and safely secured. The last thing you want is your load poking out on the sides of the truck or moving around the truck while in transit.

When you are driving a truck, especially for the first time, always be careful and take precautions.

We hope you found this helpful and if you’re looking to hire a truck in Auckland, we’ve got you covered!