Finding the right hire vehicle for a gardening project can be daunting at times. Although most truck rental companies may have plenty of options, some of these companies do not maintain/service their vehicles well. Hiring from them only increases the risk of the truck breaking down, or even worse, damaging whatever valuables you are transporting. Whether you need to carry seedlings, topsoil, or gardening tools to your garden, it’s advisable to pick just the right truck for the job, and one capable of the same. Outlined below are some of the important things to consider when looking for a small truck for hire.
1. Size of the Truck
Small rental trucks come in various forms, sizes, and sizes. As mentioned earlier, you should only hire a sizeable truck with enough room for whatever you will be transporting. You may want to choose from an enclosed cabin or an open one depending on the type of cargo in question. If transporting seedlings, fertilizer, etc. you may then have to go for a well-ventilated truck to help protect the seedlings from draught. The size of the cargo area should help you determine the right truck for the job.
2. Engine Capacity
Some gardening appliances and equipment can be extremely heavy even in the smallest portions. Fertilizer, seedlings, and topsoil are some of the gardening items that could be too heavy for a small capacity Ute. Although small, you need a truck capable of handling such weights comfortably without straining. Consider going for a four-wheel drive if some off-roading will be required when fetching or off-loading the materials. A reasonably powered pick-up truck should be able to handle most tasks as needed in the garden.
You don’t want to hire a truck with inadequate insurance on it. Be sure to check the insurance status of the vehicle, and how much cover is available for each individual truck. Only go for a trucking company providing comprehensive cover for their vehicles. This should include the items being transported, the driver, and his/her passenger.
4. Sides and Tail Gate Access
Most gardening equipment and items can be heavy, with some needing to be handled with care. Some of the best trucks have a tailgate that extends flat and low enough to slide your items comfortably without any risk. A truck with sides that do open can also come in handy particularly if transporting equipment and other heavy stuff.
5. Rental Rates and Driving Options
How much the rental company will need in compensation for lending their truck is another factor to consider as well. Be sure to collect quotes from several different providers to have an idea of how much you should spend on the same. Although you may be enticed into going for a cheap rental, you need to be wise enough to go for a truck capable of handling the task at hand, and in the best condition possible. If the truck meets all the shortlisted requirements, you can then negotiate prices with the rental company.
Other factors to consider before signing the contract document include the company’s reputation, licensure, and portfolio. Be sure to read the fine print before putting a signature on it.