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In today’s business landscape, many UK companies find themselves grappling with a significant dilemma: whether to hire, lease, or purchase vans. Aside from balancing financial considerations, the decision is also dictated by a company’s needs, risk management, resource allocation, and long-term planning. With each option carrying distinct financial implications, operational requirements, and associated risks, businesses must carefully analyse their specific circumstances and objectives to make the most appropriate choice.

Making the correct decision regarding van procurement is crucial for businesses due to several reasons:

  • Saves money: Opting for the most suitable procurement method, whether its leasing, hiring, or purchasing, can save a lot of money. Choosing the wrong option might mean spending more on monthly payments, interest, or unexpected depreciation.
  • Flexibility: How you get your vans affects how flexible your business can be. Hiring or leasing gives you more freedom to change your fleet size based on how busy you are, while buying means you’re stuck with what you’ve got.
  • Spending wisely: Van procurement ties up your money, whether it’s through paying upfront, regular lease payments, or hire fees. It’s important to use your money wisely so you can invest in other important areas of your business such as expansion or marketing.
  • Staying safe: Different means of acquiring vehicles come with different risks. It’s important to understand and manage these risks to protect the business’s financial stability and reputation. For example, buying vans means you’re responsible for all the maintenance costs and any decrease in value.
  • Planning ahead: Getting vans isn’t just about today—it’s about the future too. Thinking ahead about what your business will need, how the market might change, and new technology can help you make the best choice now and in the long run.

Understanding The Options: Hire, Lease, Or Purchase

Van hire refers to the rental of vans for a specific period to fulfil transportation needs. This option allows businesses or individuals to access vans without the commitment of ownership or the long-term contracts associated with leasing. Van hire agreements often include terms such as rental duration, mileage limits, and insurance coverage, providing flexibility and convenience for temporary transportation requirements. It offers a cost-effective solution for businesses that require vans on a temporary basis or prefer to avoid the hassle and cost of vehicle ownership. 

In comparison to purchasing and leasing:

  • Purchasing: Purchasing a van involves buying the vehicle outright either with cash or through financing. While ownership provides full control over the van and eliminates monthly payments once the loan is paid off, it also comes with issues such as maintenance, repairs, and depreciation. Purchasing may be suitable for businesses with consistent transportation needs and the financial capacity to invest in a van as a long-term asset.
  • Leasing: Leasing a van involves entering a contract to use the vehicle for a predetermined period, typically 2-5 years, in exchange for monthly lease payments. Leasing offers lower upfront costs compared to purchasing and may include benefits such as warranty coverage and the option to upgrade to newer models. However, businesses do not own the van at the end of the lease term and may face mileage restrictions and penalties for excess wear and tear. Leasing is often preferred by businesses that prioritise cash flow, flexibility, and access to newer vehicles without the commitment of ownership.

Long Term Van Hire

In our experience, many of our commercial clients opt for long-term van hire over purchasing or leasing. It provides unmatched flexibility and cost savings without the hassle of ownership complexities. Our rental solutions eliminate the need for hefty upfront payments and the burdens of maintaining a vehicle fleet. You can effortlessly adjust your fleet size according to evolving requirements without being tied down by long-term financial commitments. What’s more, our services grant you access to the latest van models, sparing you the headaches of maintenance and depreciation. 

With PACE Van Hire, enjoy the benefits of long-term van hire, including:

Flexibility And Scalability

  • Avoid downtime with same day vehicle replacement and same day hire. Our team will arrange drop off and collection to keep disruption to a minimum.
  • Vehicle and package flexibility. You can change your van or adjust your hire package to align with changing business needs. 
  • Long term van hire packages include 3 months+, 12 months+, 24 months+ and 36 months+ options.


  • No up-front deposits or balloon payments at the end of your rental period. 
  • Enjoy the predictability of fixed monthly payments that include all maintenance costs. 
  • Maximise your company’s tax benefits by offsetting all hire costs. Keeping hire costs off your balance sheet means you won’t have to worry about the impact of market fluctuations and depreciation.
  • No additional expenses incurred for vehicle upkeep and servicing, we even cover fair wear and tear. 

Maintenance And Servicing Benefits

  • We take care of all maintenance and servicing requirements including the cost.

Access To Newer Models And Technologies

  • Change your van at any time during your contact to benefit from a new model.
  • Benefit from state-of-the-art telematics and the real-time visibility into your hired vehicle’s locations that it brings. Our advanced telematics and dashcam technology will ensure efficient fleet management.

Factors To Consider When Choosing Van Hire

  • Budget: Budget is a crucial factor to think about when selecting van hire because it directly affects your business’ finances. It helps you choose a van hire option that you can afford and prevents overspending. By setting a budget, you can control costs, allocate resources wisely, and manage cash flow effectively. Understanding your budget also ensures that you can make a sustainable decision that aligns with your long-term financial goals. Luckily, our long-term van hire packages all require zero deposit and there are no additional expenses incurred outside of your fixed monthly payment allowing you to budget accurately. 
  • Operational needs and usage patterns: Understanding your operational needs and usage patterns, as well as the type of tasks the van will be used for, ensures that the van hire option you choose aligns with the with the specific requirements of your business.
    For example, if your business navigates seasonal fluctuations or you are experiencing short term business expansion, our Flexi-plan may suit you best. Alternatively, our yearly plan is a popular choice amongst contract workers. They can benefit from reduced rates with the assurance of a 12-month or longer work contract. Select a van hire option that provides the right level of capacity, features, and flexibility. Analysing usage patterns helps in optimising costs and resources by selecting the most suitable rental duration, mileage allowances, and additional services (such as our advanced telematics and dashcam technology that provides you with real-time visibility into your vehicle locations and driver behaviours).
  • Length of term and flexibility requirements: How long you hire a van for directly impacts your ability to adapt to changing needs. Longer rental terms may offer cost savings, but they can limit flexibility if your requirements change unexpectedly. On the other hand, shorter terms provide greater flexibility but may come with higher costs. At PACE Van Hire, we offer 3, 12, 24 and 36months+ business contracts to suit all needs and budgets, plus, we can adjust yoru hire package at any stage to better align with your business needs if needed. By carefully assessing your business’s needs and considering factors such as seasonal fluctuations or project durations, you can choose a van hire option that strikes the right balance between cost-effectiveness and flexibility.  So you can adjust your fleet size and usage as needed without incurring unnecessary expenses.

Addressing Common Concerns And Misconceptions

You Will Always Be Charged For Damage, Of Any Type

One of the foremost concerns raised by prospective clients revolves around the prospect of being blindsided by exorbitant damage expenses upon the end of their hire agreement. It’s no secret that substantial damage charges constitute a significant revenue stream for many large-scale rental firms. For those who have experienced this sting in the past, it’s often the primary worry they express when considering our services. Rest assured, we address this concern head-on by assuring all our clients that our damage assessments are conducted fairly by independent, community-based engineers.


Traffic Offences Will Not Apply To You

With vehicle upkeep and servicing (including fair wear and tear cover) included in your monthly fee, it is sometimes assumed by clients that traffic offences and tickets won’t apply to them either. This is not the case; just because you do not own the car, doesn’t mean you won’t be held accountable. As the driver, if you incur a penalty, you are responsible for it, not the vehicle owner. The ticket or enforcement notice may be sent to the vehicle company, but this will then be passed on to you.


You’ll Miss Out On Perks Such As Telematics And Dashcam Technology

Never! When you hire a van with us on a long-term basis, you will also benefit from advanced telematics and dashcam technology.


You’ll Never Be Able To Get Through To Customer Services If You Need Help

Unlike large-scale rental corporations where you’re often left waiting on hold for hours after dialling a national hotline, our approach is refreshingly different. We recognise the demands of running a busy business and the importance of prompt and accessible communication. When you initiate a hire contract with us, you’ll be promptly assigned a dedicated account handler along with their direct mobile number. Your responsive account handler will be available for contact during regular office hours.

Depending on location, should any vehicle issues arise and be reported before 1pm, you’ll qualify for same-day vehicle replacement.

Tips For Making The Most Of Van Hire

  • Choose the right van hire company: Look for a company that offers personalised attention alongside the resources of a large-scale operation, like PACE Van Hire. This ensures you get dedicated service tailored to your needs while benefiting from the reliability of an established company.
  • Utilise the benefits of personalised service: Take advantage of having a dedicated account handler who is committed to building a personalised relationship with you. They will understand your unique needs and preferences, making the entire hiring process smoother. Having a point of contact who understands your business needs can streamline communication and ensure your requirements are met efficiently.
    Enjoy the convenience of direct communication by having your account handler’s mobile number. This eliminates the frustration of waiting on hold and allows for swift assistance whenever you need it.
  • Maintain and care for hired vans: Treat the hired van as if it were your own to ensure its longevity and performance. Follow all guidelines provided by the van hire company regarding care and maintenance.
    Regularly inspect the van for any signs of damage or issues. Promptly report any concerns to your account handler to address them before they escalate.Adhere to the van hire company’s policies regarding fuelling, cleaning, and returning the vehicle. This helps maintain a good relationship with the company and ensures smooth future transactions.

In conclusion, when it comes to deciding whether to hire, lease, or buy vans for your business, long-term van hire stands out as a smart choice. With PACE Van Hire, businesses can enjoy flexibility, cost-effectiveness, and personalised service. It’s crucial to make informed decisions based on your budget, operational needs, and flexibility requirements. By partnering with a reliable provider like PACE Van Hire, businesses can streamline their operations and drive success. Enquire with us today.

Contact Pace Van Hire

Contact Pace Van Hire

Give us a call on 020 7277 9853 with any questions and we’ll help you hire a van that’s right for you.
Or if you’d prefer to just get started, you can book online and we’ll give you a call back to confirm.