Do you need a bus to shuttle attendees to an event? Or perhaps you need to transport your employees between work sites? For business owners, we understand that cost is always a consideration and there are certain instances when it will make more sense to rent rather than purchase a transport vehicle.
If you are looking to rent a bus and are unsure how to get started, here are few tips to help you make a wise decision:
Determine the Capacity Required
You can begin your search by first figuring out the number of passengers that need to be transported. In general, a minibus seats up to 21, a school bus up to 27, a mini coach 32, and a coach bus up to 55.
It is also vital to assess if the passengers riding the bus have special needs so you will be better prepared on how to best accommodate them. Consider whether any children will be on the trip or if any elderly will join so special arrangements for accessibility could be addressed.
Know Your Budget
As with any business, budget is always a major consideration when determining the appropriate vehicle for your needs. If your finances are tight, we recommend a school bus as a budget-friendly option for groups who love adventure and won’t shy away from a no-frills type of transportation.
Be sure to have a good estimate of the distance to your destination so you can allocate money for fuel. Talk to your bus rental provider to determine if fuel costs will be part of the lease package. Prices may not exclude parking fees and toll fees. Some companies may also require a refundable damage deposit. The damage deposit refund amount will be charged if there is any damage on the vehicle upon its return.
If you don’t have a designated driver, they may also offer a professional driver who has the appropriate licence to drive these types of vehicles. If the trip requires the driver to stay overnight at the destination, be sure you have arranged for accommodations.
Examine the Bus
Before renting any vehicle, always make it a point to assess the condition of the vehicle before renting. Check the interiors, the condition of the seats and the legroom. Depending on the season, long trips require air conditioning in the summer and heating during winter to ensure passenger comfort. If your passengers are elderly or have limited mobility, you may need a mechanism for wheelchair access.
It is also important to determine if there is enough storage space to accommodate the belongings of your passengers. Some vehicles have large storage spaces underneath where luggage and other bulky items can be placed. For shorter trips within the city, you may not need storage areas and thus will require a smaller bus.
As with any rental vehicle, a detailed safety inspection is necessary to make sure that the bus is road worthy and safe to operate. Make sure the tires don’t have worn treads; this is a telltale sign that the leasing company cuts corners and doesn’t keep their vehicles well maintained.
Are you looking for to rent a bus? Thomas Solutions may be able to offer you a great solution. We are currently leasing a reliable school bus for rent or no-term lease. Contact us at 1-877-479-1388 or email Steve Gruber at firstname.lastname@example.org. We have locations in Hamilton, Selkirk & Niagara and service all of Ontario through our partner network. With a fleet of over 800 vehicles and growing, Thomas Solutions has a wide array of work vehicles for lease or rent, and an expert team that provides fleet management services for large industrial firms.