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Media Information: 21st November 2011
72% of drivers questioned in a recent survey said they saved money last time they moved house by renting a van and moving themselves, rather than using a removals company.
A new survey by VanRental.co.uk has found that 72% of those questioned chose to hire a van and move house for themselves last time they moved house, shunning the services of removals companies and enlisting the help of friends and family instead.
Most people were not deterred by the thought of driving a van – 66.2% said that they found driving a van "comfortable" or "not too bad" - although 21.3% did admit that they would not drive a van – instead enlisting the help of friends or relatives to do the driving.
In fact, driving rental vans proved to be much more popular than paying for them or loading and unloading them. Asked about their least favourite element of van rental, 37.6% said they did not like the cost and 35.8% said that loading and unloading were their least favourite element of van rental.
Just 18.4% of those questioned by VanRental.co.uk identified driving a van as the least likeable element of van hire, while only 8.3% said that the process of selecting a suitable van and booking it was the worst part of van hire.
Commenting on the survey, VanRental.co.uk founder Roland Head said:
"Both vans and van rental companies have become more user-friendly in recent years. Modern vans are increasingly car-like to drive, while internet van rental websites like VanRental.co.uk make it easy for potential hirers to compare van sizes and select the most appropriate one for their needs before making a booking."
The VanRental.co.uk survey also highlighted just how rarely most people rent a van – of those questioned, 47.7% had not hired a van once in the last five years and 48.7% had hired a van no more than 5 times in the same period. Just 3.5% of those questioned had hired a van more than once a year on average (more than 5 times) in the last five years.
*2612 drivers were questioned in a website survey on VanRental.co.uk from 03/10/2011 – 25/10/2011.
VanRental.co.uk is the UK's leading impartial and transparent van hire website. Featuring more than 800 van rental branches in over 400 UK locations, visitors can search for van hire companies in their area and see the branch locations on an interactive map.
VanRental.co.uk also provides a minibus hire search service and a wide range of essential information guides on all aspects of hiring, driving and loading vans.
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