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44 Queen St

☎ 01942 821080

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Mon-Fri: 8AM-6PM
Sat: 8AM-2PM
Sun: 9AM-12PM

* Open on Bank Holidays

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Our Van Fleet

Mercedes eVito
Vauxhall Combo
Ford Transit / VW Transporter
Peugeot Boxer
Fiat Ducato

Mercedes eSprinter
VW Crafter 4M Panel Van
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 Wigan

The town of Wigan has a total population of over 80,000 people. Wigan’s wider borough as an overall population in excess of 310,000 people. Wigan stands on the River Douglas and is a major town in Greater Manchester; you’ll find Wigan south-west of Bolton and north-east of St Helens. Wigan became a part of Greater Manchester in 1974.

Wigan experienced a dramatic economic expansion during the Industrial Revolution as well as a paid rise in population. Wigan was notably strong in the areas of porcelain manufacture and clock making but today industrial experts would describe it as a major mill town and coal mining district.

Today Wigan’s collection of warehouses and wharfs is a local heritage centre and cultural quarter. Wigan Pier is a wharf on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal. Wigan Pier was made famous by a writer by the name of George Orwell. Orwell highlighted in his book the poor working conditions of the local inhabitants during the 1930s.  Many sports fans will know of Wigan’s DW Stadium; home to both the Wigan Warriors Rugby Club and Wigan Athletic FC. The Wigan Stadium can seat 25,000 people.

The Wigan 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 Wigan 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 Wigan?

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 Wigan. You will see many different trades using vans such as plumbers, couriers, builders as well as electricians. When hiring a van in Wigan 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 Wigan 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 Wigan

Hiring a van from Wigan 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 a recent utility bill
  • You should bring a credit/ debit card with you as we DO NOT accept cash payments

You will sign a “rental agreement” at the Wigan 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 Wigan 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 Wigan 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 Wigan 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.