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Car & Van Hire Blackburn

New Reduced Hire Rates On Our New 2024 Fleet
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Our Address

1 Highfield Rd
Blackburn Lancashire

☎ 01254 495999

Business Hours

Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM
Sat: 8AM-2PM

We’re Open Bank Holidays 9AM – 12PM

Payment Methods

Our Latest Reviews

Rosemary TownsendRosemary Townsend
11:37 10 Oct 23
I hired a Transit van 2 weeks ago. It was easy to drive, collecting and delivering it back was trouble free.I hired a large transit van this weekend and it was again very easy to drive. Again no trouble on the pickup or return.All the staff were very helpful, polite and good communicators.
Adarsh SajeevAdarsh Sajeev
08:21 02 Oct 23
the best rental service in Blackburn.The people are very helpfull specially Martin.They will help you to hire a vehicle.Keep growing 👍🏼👍🏼
Greg RobertsonGreg Robertson
08:43 25 Sep 23
Hired a pickup for the day to get a job done. All very efficient and flexible. The staff were very pleasant too. Would come again.
MY Martial ArtsMY Martial Arts
14:43 25 Aug 23
Jessica and the lads offered a first rate, no hassle service. The price was competitive, the van was clean and in good repair, the hire process was quick and easy. Highly recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I leave my car at the Blackburn branch?

Due to the size of the yard this may not always be possible. Please contact us the day before your hire so we can advise you on the current parking space. The site has 24-hour CCTV monitoring; however, all vehicles are left at your own risk. We do ask for any vehicles being left that you leave a key 🙂

What time can I collect my car or van?

You can collect your vehicle from the Blackburn branch anytime between:

  • 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday
  • 8am to 2pm Saturday
Is there a minimum rental period when hiring a car or van?

We offer a minimum rental period of 24hrs. You can take a vehicle for less than 24hrs, but we do not offer hourly rates.

Is there a minimum age requirement when renting a car or van?

Drivers must be over the age of 25 and driving for more than 2 years on a British / European driving licence. For anyone who doesn’t fit this criteria, please contact the branch directly and we will send your details through to our insurance provider (typically this can take 24hrs to get an answer). There is no maximum age requirement.

Are there rules on penalty points I need to know about before renting a car or van?

All drivers must not have any serious convictions or driving offences. If you have points on your licence for a speeding offence, we can allow up to 6 points. For clarification on points, please contact our Blackburn branch.

What documents/ID do I have to bring with me when hiring a car or van?

Drivers must bring a valid photo driving licence (not a photo), 2 separate proofs of address that match your license address (dated within 3 months) and a licence check code (dated within 21 days and not previously used). If you’re unsure of how to obtain your check code, bring your national insurance number to the branch and we will do it for you.

Can I hire a car/van if I live outside of the UK?

Yes. EU countries, USA ,Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand licence holders can hire and are not subject to a licence check. For countries not listed, please contact the Blackburn branch directly and we will send your details through to our insurance provider (typically this takes 24hrs to get an answer). You must have previous driving experience in the UK.

How long will the car hire or van hire check-in process take?

For drivers that have not used us before this can take between 10 to 20 minutes from entering the branch to leaving with your vehicle. For drivers that have used us before, the process can be as quick as 5 minutes.

What is your car/van hire fuel policy?

We operate on a like-to-like fuel policy. All vehicles are to be brought back on a similar fuel level to when you collected the vehicle. If the vehicle returns to our Blackburn branch low on fuel you will be charged full pump price as well as an admin charge of £30.

What is your excess policy?

Our excess options depends on the vehicle you are hiring.

For cars and small vans (up to Transit custom size). Your excess liability is set at £1250 and is to be held on a credit or debit card (for car hire we only accept credit cards). This can be reduced to £250 for an extra £25 per day. Between 4-7 days your excess reduction is charged at £70 per rental.

For larger vehicles Your excess liability is set at £1500 and is to be held on a credit or debit card. This can be reduced to £250 for an extra £25 per day. Between 4-7 days your excess reduction is charged at £70 per rental.

How long does it take to get my excess deposit back?

If you leave your deposit on a credit card this will be returned within 24hrs (subject to your bank’s policy and weekends)

On a debit card this can be up 10 working days depending on your bank.

What’s the best van to rent to suit my needs?

Below you will find a list of our vehicles along with their dimensions and weight capacities. For details on cars and trucks please contact the Blackburn branch.

The list will be in order from small to large vehicles and all dimensions are stated in millimetres (mm) and weight in Kilograms (kg)

Peugeot Partner or Vauxhall Combo

Load height-1190mm
Load length-1740mm
Load width- 1460mm
Load width between wheel arches-1200mm
Max loading weight-625kg

Transit Custom or similar (dimensions may differ slightly on alternate vehicles, contact branch for more information)

Load height-1406mm
Load length-2555mm
Load width-1620mm
Load width between wheel arches-1320mm
Max loading weight- 950kg

Peugeot Boxer or Fiat Ducato

Load height-1932mm
Load length-3705mm
Load width-1800mm
Load width between wheel arches-1422mm
Max loading weight-1485kg

Luton with Tail Lift

Load height-2150mm
Load length-3990mm
Load width-1880mm
Max loading weight-1080kg

VW Crafter or Ford Transit extra-long wheelbase

Load height-1932mm
Load length-4070mm
Load width-1800mm
Load width between wheel arches-1422mm
Max loading weight-1575kg

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Our Van Fleet

Vauxhall Combo
Ford Transit / VW Transporter SWB
Peugeot Boxer
Fiat Ducato

Ford Transit Long Wheel Base
Citroen Relay
4M Luton with Tail Lift
Isuzu 7.5 Ton Euro Cargo with Tail Lift

Which van is right for me? Check out our useful van guides!

About Blackburn

A city renowned for its entrepreneurial spirit, Blackburn was a centre of textile manufacturing in the UK.  In 2015, Blackburn was named as the best city to live in. The decision came down to key factors such as job market opportunities, wages and the cost of living. Culturally, Blackburn has a lot to offer such as a great nightlife and superb entertainment venues such as King George’s Hall and Blackburn Empire Theatre. Blackburn is also home to two colleges: St Mary’s College and Blackburn College. There is no University in the town but students can benefit from degree-level courses via the East Lancashire Institute of Higher Education.

Blackburn’s employment opportunities within manufacturing is very strong. Around 25% of all works are in the manufacturing sector.  Blackburn’s major employers are Blackburn College, BAE Systems, and the NHS Trust. Blackburn’s unemployment figures are much lower than in many other cities.

Blackburn offers great open public spaces; you will find some beautiful parks in Blackburn. The parks can be traced back to the Victorian era for those interested in history. Witton Country Park sits on 480 acres of mixed woodland and grassland. This park is perfect for family walks. If you would like to partake in bike riding, there is a dedicated cycle centre where you can hire bikes for all ages.

Parking in Blackburn

In and around central Blackburn you will find several van parking options (including multi-storey parking). Duke Street and Feilden Street are amongst the most convenient. If you need to park your van near Blackburn cathedral, choose between Blackburn Station or Fleming Square. Blackburn has additional parking in the city centre free of a weekend.

Traffic in Blackburn

Like all major towns, Blackburn’s roads can be congested during the morning and evening rush hours. Our Easi van hire team recommend that you plan your journeys around these times to avoid the heavy traffic. One of Blackburn’s busiest roads, the A666 connects to the A59 if you wish to go through Blackburn town centre.

Blackburn’s Roads and Motorways

The A666 connects Blackburn to Darwen, a nearby market town. The A666 is also known as Blackburn Road. This road will take you past Blackburn Rovers’ Football Stadium.  If you are heading towards Manchester, the M61 is the most convenient road you can take.

The M65 runs alongside Blackburn with access from Junction 3,4 and 5 including the service station at Junction 4, Along the m65 are connections to the M6 and M61

The Blackburn Van Hire Guide

At some point in our lives we’ll need to hire a van, whether it’s to move house or to transport large items. This guide has been created to give you what you need to know before you arrive at the Blackburn branch and get behind the wheel. Many road users would describe van drivers as a ‘stereotype’ but there is a lot more to driving a van than what you may think!

Will I be seen as another ‘white van driver’ around Blackburn?

According to research there are 4 million vans on the UK roads and vans cover almost 50 billion miles per year. Demand for new vans is at record levels. You certainly will be among a lot of fellow van users on the roads and there will be plenty of other road users hiring a van for the first time.

There is a certain stigma attached to van drivers. In the UK, certain road users would describe ‘white van drivers’ as being careless, inconsiderate and rude drivers. However, a road safety report conducted around 5 years ago concluded that van drivers were less likely to be involved in an RTA compared to drivers of other vehicle types.

Did you know the commercial van market contributes to around £11 billion per year to the economy? Vans are a vital part of modern life in Blackburn. You will see many different trades using vans such as plumbers, couriers, builders as well as electricians. When hiring a van in Blackburn we are sure you will be a courteous and peaceful van driver alongside other road users.

Choosing a van which is right for the job

Before you look for a local van hire firm such as, we think it’s important for you to know what to look for in a van before you book it. Here is four factors you should consider:

The right van will be decided by:

  • How much will your goods weigh?
  • How will you fit the goods into the van?
  • How big is each object you wish to transport?
  • How many items will you need to move around?

Your answers to the above will dictate the size of the van you need. Generally speaking the bigger the van, the daily rate increases slightly. All our van rates are very competitive!

Selecting the right size of van

Our fleet of vans vary in size: small vans like the Berlingo, regular vans like a Transit SWB, to a larger van like a Luton. If you underestimate the size of the van you need, you may end up doing more trips to transport all your items. If your items are too heavy to lift, then a Luton van would be a wise choice as the tail lift on the rare will make life a lot easier. Our friendly hire team at Blackburn will show you how to operate all of the controls!

Another consideration is your passengers. Some of our vans only have two seats whereas the larger vans have 3 front seats.

Important documents for hiring a van from Blackburn

Hiring a van from Blackburn is a very straight forward process but there are some important items of documentation/ ID that you’ll need to bring with you on the day of your hire.

  • You will ALWAYS need to show us your valid driving licence
  • You should bring proof of ID with you such as 2 recent utility bills
  • You should bring a credit/ debit card with you as we DO NOT accept cash payments

You will sign a “rental agreement” at the Blackburn branch. The rental agreement also has terms and conditions that you should read, understand them, then sign. We’ll be clear of your responsibilities in the van and while it’s in your care. We’ll also be clear on what to do should in the unlikely event you have a breakdown in the van.

How does the van insurance work?

We provide CDW (collision damage waiver) insurance included in our rates. Our friendly rental team at Blackburn will discuss further insurance options to lower your excess. Contents inside the van is not covered by us. Ensuring the goods are well secured in the van is your responsibility.

Driving away on your hire van

Before you leave our Blackburn branch in the van you should confirm with our rental team:

  • Which type of fuel you should use
  • How to operate the fuel cap
  • How to operate the lights and windscreen wipers

You should also agree a day and time to return the van. On weekends our business hours at Blackburn are much shorter compared to through the week.

Loading the van

We strongly recommend you stack your goods properly in the back of the van. During transportation, things can move around so stacking your items safely is paramount. Straps can be useful to prevent heavy items falling over. We recommend the heaviest items should be at the bottom of the pile. We also recommend you spread the load evenly across the base of the van. Take care not to overload the van.

Driving the van

First time van hirers may be surprised to learn how good the power steering is and how the dashboard is very similar to a car. Your seating position however is much higher than a car, and you’ll notice a lot more wider space inside. You will have to take great care when parking, and going under entrances or bridges due to the greater vehicle height. Many underground or public car parks have a two metre (6’6”) height restriction.

In terms of driving around corners in the van, we recommend you brake gently. Brakes on a van can be sharp as they are designed for a full load. Please also be sure to adjust the wing mirrors and your seat for best comfort and visibility.

Speed limits can vary for vans. Vans over 7.5 tonnes are restricted to 60mph on the motorway. Vans below this weight may drive to the national speed limits. You simply cannot beat checking your routes in advance and allowing yourself plenty of time to get to your destination.