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Term Meaning Description
CDW (also DLR) Collision Damage Waiver An insurance included as standard on most van rentals. Reduces your financial liability for damage to the vehicle in an accident where you are deemed at fault.
LWB Long Wheelbase Wheelbase is the distance between the centres of the front and rear wheels. Long wheelbase usually means a bigger van with more carrying capacity. LWB vehicles may carry driving license or age restrictions.
SWB Short Wheelbase Wheelbase is the distance between the centres of the front and rear wheels. Short wheelbase vans are usually smaller and can be driven with a standard driving license. Additional age restrictions may depend on the provider.
Luton van A type of large van A Luton van is a 3.5t van with a box body that extends over the cab. These have a bigger, more flexible load space than a panel van (see below) and are ideal for large scale household moves.
Panel van A type of medium van A common medium-sized Transit-type van, usually with a sliding side panel for easy loading.
MPG Miles Per Gallon An indicator for the fuel efficiency of any vehicle. As a rough guide – the smaller the van the larger the MPG.
Unlimited Mileage The term used when you have no restriction on the amount of miles you can cover during your rental period.
One way A common type of rental agreement One way van hire means you can pick up your van from a location, and drop it off in another location.
Excess The financial liability of any insurance The excess is the amount of money you will need to pay in the event of damage to or theft of the van.
(Maximum) Laden weight The weight limit of the vehicle including its load. This is the total weight allowed for the vehicle.
7.5t / 7.5 tonne This is the weight category of some large trucks / small lorries The maximum laden (loaded) weight.
Barn doors Twin rear doors on most vans Each door opens to the side like traditional barn doors.
Box van A van with a box body Vans with box bodies are usually referred to as Luton vans.
Crew Cab The place where additional passengers can sit within a van A van or pickup with a crew cab has two rows of seats.
Dropside The sides of an open load area that can be released The side panels are known as “dropsides” because they can be unfastened and opened outwards.
Load Space The internal capacity for a vans cargo area This is the space in a van that can be used to carry a load.
Panel van A Transit-style van A van with a panelled body, similar to a car body.
Payload The weight a van can legally carry The maximum weight of a load a van is legally permitted to carry.
Pickup A type of van with an open carry space. Any vehicle with an open rear load area, with fixed vertical sides and an opening tailgate.
Roller door A type of rear van door An alternative to barn doors. A sliding door that covers the whole of the rear of the van.
Shipping Dimensions Length, height and width measurements of a vehicle These measurements are required most commonly when transporting the van e.g. on a ferry or train.
Single Cab The place where passengers can sit within a van The single row of seats for passengers inside a van.
SLD Side Loading Door The sliding side door on the side of many panel vans.
Tail lift A hydraulic platform at the rear of a van More common on Box or Luton vans, this platform allows the easy loading/unloading of heavy goods.
Tailgate The rear of an open load area that can be released The rear vertical panel of a pickup that can be opened.
Unladen weight The weight of a vehicle without passengers or load
Wheelbase The distance between the front and rear wheels of a van. Used to indicate the size of the van.
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