There are lots of reasons you might need to rent a van. You might be moving house, putting some things in storage, purchasing furniture, or need a van for work. What ever the reason, you can’t skip the van hire process itself. Unfortunately, renting a van is not always easy.
However, GoGet van rental makes hiring a van easier than ever before, thanks to the convenience of car sharing technology. Traditional van hire means going to a van rental office, filling out forms in triplicate, and navigating complex and expensive insurance agreements. With GoGet you apply only once, then have immediate access to thousands of cars all over Australia, including hundreds of Toyota Hiace vans.
Keen to know more? This article lays out exactly how GoGet van rental works, and how it can work for you.
What is GoGet?
GoGet is a car sharing service. We give members access to a huge range of vehicles, without having to own multiple cars themselves. Lots of members use us to hire a specialty car every so often, like utes, vans, people movers, or convertibles. Other members use us instead of owning a car at all, and make regular use of our hatchbacks, SUVs, and station wagons.
GoGetters pay a low yearly or monthly membership fee, which lets us offer very low hourly and daily booking rates – much lower than traditional car and van rental companies. Members can hire vehicles for as little as an hour, or as long as several days. It’s a super flexible service.
With over 2,700 vehicles in five Australian cities, GoGet give you access to a car or van where and when you need one, even if you’re away from home.
How does GoGet van hire work?
Once you’ve joined GoGet you’ll be sent a smart card, or you’ll pick one up at one of our partner locations. Now you can book a GoGet van and jump in – simple as that! Take the van for as long as you’ve got it booked, then return it when you’re done.
Whether you hire a van for an hour, a few hours, or a few days, we can get you behind the wheel within an hour, as long as you’re able to pickup a card and verify your identity. And you’ll only need to sign up once. As soon as you’re a GoGet member, you can rent a van when and where ever you like! You’ll also have access to a huge range of other vehicles, including people movers, hatchbacks, convertibles, and SUVs.
How else could I rent a van?
Depending on why you need to hire a van, there are different van rental options. Here they are, listed with pros and cons.
Van rental from car hire companies
Some traditional car hire companies offer light commercial van rental (i.e. moving van rental) as well as truck rental. Some companies offer camper van hire through their main site, and light commercial vans through a separate site – make sure you don’t accidentally book a Kombi!
- You have the choice of truck hire
- Some interstate hire options are available
- Limited locations for rental van pickup
- Inflexible rental agreements, with no option for hourly van rental
- Complex insurance that can leave you exposed to a huge excess, or add a lot to your rental fee
- Interstate moves will cost you a lot more
Van rental from private individuals
Some websites allow individuals to offer private van rental, and van hire is available on some classifieds sites.
- Potentially cheaper van rental
- Potential to access van hire close to home
- Zero quality control on the van’s mechanical performance
- Much older vans than those from professional van hire
- No van hire contract in case something goes wrong
- No guarantee on availability
Van Rental from GoGet
Of course, GoGet’s van hire solves many of these issues.
- Vans located near you, to book when you need them
- High availability, and bookings are guaranteed
- Flexible and affordable booking, with a minimum or just one hour
- East to understand and reasonably priced damage waiver, which can be lowered
- Interstate moves are not offered (although prices are lower as a result)
How much is it to rent a van with GoGet?
There are three costs associated with renting a van from GoGet. There’s your membership fee, the hourly or daily booking rate, and the distance charge. Unlike van rental companies, fuel is included with GoGet car and van rental. You won’t pay a cent for fuel, and you’ll only need to fill up if the tank drops under 1/4.
Membership starts at $49 per year on GoStarter. If you’ll only use GoGet every few months, this could be a good plan. If you expect to use us once a month or more, GoOccasional and GoFrequent might be better plans. They cost $12 and $30 per month respectively, but they offer much lower hourly rates. If you use us more than a few hours each month, these plans are cheaper.
Booking rates are charged by the day or the hour, and are different for each plan.
- GoStarter: van hire is $14.45 per hour, or $91 per day
- GoOccasional: van hire is $11.30 per hour, or $88 per day
- GoFrequent: van hire is $8.35 per hour, or $88 per day
Distance charges are different for hourly and daily booking. For hourly bookings, you only pay for the distance you drive, at 40 cents per kilometre. Daily bookings have 150km included free, after which we charge 25 cents per kilometre.
Fuel is included in the hourly rate.
There is also a one-off, $250 pre-authorisation we place on your credit card. This isn’t a charge as such, it’s a hold we put on those funds for security. Your bank will release the funds back into your account within 10 business days (slightly longer for some banks, including CBA). We only do this once, unlike some can rental companies that do it for every booking.
Traditional car rental companies will ask you to wade through complicated and expensive insurance policies, often with a default excess of over $5,000! With GoGet, we have a simple damage waiver, which is a maximum of $2,000 for drivers over 25 years old. This can be lowered to $300 for an extra $1.75 per hour, up to a maximum of $18 a day. We keep our damage waiver simple, so you don’t have to worry.
So what will renting a van today actually cost me?
On GoStarter, here’s how much a few typical bookings might cost. This is after you’ve joined, so doesn’t include the annual fee.
3 hour booking:
- $43.35 booking fee
- $12 distance charge (30km)
- $0 fuel cost
GoGet Total: $55.35 – fuel is included
Traditional Van Rental Example: $120.85 – plus additional fuel costs
1 day booking:
- $88 booking fee
- $0 distance charge (150km included)
- $0 fuel cost
GoGet Total: $88 – fuel is included
Traditional Van Rental: $120.85 – plus additional fuel costs
Where can I rent a van from GoGet?
Hiring a van from GoGet is super convenient, as you won’t have to travel to the airport or inner city to find a van rental office. You just book your nearest van on the app, then use your smart card to start the booking.
So where are GoGet vans? With over 600 vans across the country, you can find them in car parks, at shopping centres, and on a street corner near you! You’ll also find GoGet vans at:
- Every IKEA in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, and Sydney
- Most Kennards Self Storage locations in those cities
- At major shopping centres, such as Homemaker centres
GoGet van rental Sydney
GoGet makes Sydney van rental super easy – with more vehicles in Sydney than any other car share service, you more likely to be able to find a van to hire near you.
GoGet van rental Melbourne
Melbourne was the second city GoGet expanded to, and our rental vans have great coverage across the city.
GoGet van rental Brisbane
GoGet’s Brisbane van rental locations include several car parks in the CBD, as well as IKEA and Kennards locations across the city.
GoGet van rental Adelaide
In Adelaide, rental vans from GoGet can be found at IKEA and Mile End.
GoGet van rental Canberra
In Canberra, there are GoGet hire vans across the city, including at the IKEA store near the airport.
Hire a van from GoGet today!
What are you waiting for? Join GoGet with a simple online form, pickup a smart card, and you could be on your way to moving, making a pickup, or heading to that job within the hour! As well as renting a van from us, once you’re a member you’ll also have access to our entire fleet of cars!
Renting a van doesn’t need to be hard work. We make it easier for you, so that you can stop worrying, and focus on getting things done.