Drivers can save 50% on their van hire excess insurance buying from

The long bank holiday weekends are traditionally when many people carry out DIY jobs around the house. Research on the cost of van hire over the May bank holidays reveal that DIY enthusiasts and home movers could be out of pocket by up to £1000 if the vehicle gets damaged, even if it's not the driver's fault.

With almost two-thirds )65%) of van hirers driving a van for the first time excess insurance is absolutely essential, but the good news is that drivers can save up to 50% buying excess waiver insurance in advance (see Table 1) and not from the van rentla company., a leading supplier of van and car hire excess insurance protection, researched the costs of hiring an average sized van (Transit 280) in Manchester for the May bank holiday weekends (4-7 May and 25-28 May 2013) from three leading van hire companies, Europcar, National and Sixt.

The rental cost was found to be similar form all providers at just over £100 for the four days, but the excess liability, i.e. the first part of any claim that the driver pays, ranged from £800 to £1000.

Buying cover direct from the van rental companies to protect themselves from this expense could cost up to £66, or £16.50 a day, compared with a policy from at only £7.99 a day (and £31.96 for the four day bank holiday weekend).

Driving a van is very different to driving a car, therefore we urge DIY enthusiasts and anyone using a van to transport items over the bank holiday weekends to check their excess liability if they don't want to end up with a large bill they were not expecting. said Ernesto Suarez, founder and CEO of

Those drivers that believe that they do not need excess cover because they are good drivers may be interested to know that analysis of 2013 claims has found that over a third (34%) of people that have claimed on their insurance for damage to a hire car or van said that the damage was "not their fault".

Ernesto Suarez, from continued: With 65% of van hirers driving a van for the first time, and 34% of claimants stating that incidents were not their fault, excess insurance to protect them against the first part of any claim, which can be up to £1000, is absolutely essential. A scrape to the side of a van when loading decking can cost hundreds, if not thousands to fix.

Table 1

UK resident renting a Transit 280 form Manchester from the 4-7th May 2013 dropping off at the same location. Prices the same for the weekend 25-28th May 2013.

Van Rental Rate Starting Excess Excess Insurance Value After Excess
Europcar £108.90 £900.00 £65.99 £0.00
National £109.50 £800.00 £48.00 £0.00
Sixt £104.98 £1,000 £45.00 £75.00
iCarhireinsurance N/A N/A £31.96 £0.00
Disclaimer: All prices contained in this article were correct on the original date of publication. Prices may change over time, so for current prices, please get a quote.