I mentioned a van we may be able to borrow from a friend's friend's dad to move house with. This was this the risky option (what happens if he changes his mind with a day to go!?) and now it looks like it's a no go anyway as he assumed we meant at the weekend. To move during the week he wants his costs covered for a day's lost work. Instead we are going to have to hire one instead. Easier said than done.
They say moving house is the most stressful thing you will ever do. In my opinion, this is not because it needs to be, but because of the incompetence of others. Already this morning I have tried three of the large rental chains and had no luck.
Budget have a useless website, so I called them. They do have some 7.5 tonne trucks, but only 6 of them in the country. Not bad at £95 a day but there's a stipulation that the driver has to have had their licence since 1986, which rules out anybody under 35. Looks like my dad would have to drive, who ironically, at 62, is probably the most likely to crash. The nearest depo with a truck is Leeds (can they not drive it to Nottingham for us?) so out of the question really.
Sixt only go up to 3.5 tonne but have one in Chesterfield, which is handy. Again their website tells me nothing I want to know, so I called them. The girl who answered was nice enough but when she tried to put me through to the Chesterfield branch to get availabilities I was left hanging and ending up putting the phone down.
Practical have a Mansfield depo, which is perfect. Their website is a little better than the others in its relative simplicity. Without messing about with pickup and return dates you can see a list of vehicles and prices. What it doesn't do is show you the vans. How do I know what an LWB High Roof is? I can only guess it's smaller than a Luton if it's cheaper, and hence no good for us really.
Since starting this entry a friend rang and happened to suggest Maun Motors in Mansfield. Don't know why I was surprised to find they have a website. It doesn't look much but it's the most useful I've found so far with a list of all their vehicles, full details and photos. One short call later and we're in business. They will rent the 7.5 tonne to me as I'm over 25 and had a licence since before 1997. They do ask that I declare working knowledge of a tacograph but my dad will be with me and he knows about that kind of stuff. Brilliant. Job done. Just goes to show it's always better to deal with the little fish. Cost of hiring this massive truck for 24 hours = £98. Cost of labour (dad and a friend) = nothing. Cost of diesel = £60. Total saving = £860.