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Cargo Van and Pickup Truck Buying Guide

When purchasing a vehicle for rental purposes, there are many considerations that are different than if you were purchasing a vehicle for personal use. Some of these considerations include:

  • Low purchase price
  • Resale value
  • Reliability
  • Simplicity of operations
  • Return on investment and cash flow

In this guide, we’ll provide an overview of our recommendations for vehicles when getting started with Fetch.

Best First Vehicle For New Fetch Partners: Nissan NV200 (6’ Cargo Van)

Revenue potential: $700 – $1,400 /month

If you’re a first-time partner with Fetch, we recommend purchasing a Nissan NV200 as your first vehicle with Fetch.

Benefits of the Nissan NV200 include:

  • Low cost of maintenance (Nissan NV200 is powered by a four-cylinder engine)
  • Easy to park and drive for drivers
  • Low initial purchase price
  • High revenue potential 

Highest Earning Vehicle Class: 9’ High Roof Cargo Van

Revenue potential: $900 – $2,500 /month

High Roof Cargo Vans are the best-selling vehicles on Fetch, as they provide the most cargo capacity of any cargo vans and allow renters to use the vehicle for moving, furniture transportation or business uses.

We recommend the Nissan NV 2500 for Fetch partners considering purchasing a high-roof cargo van. While slightly more expensive, we also recommend the Ford Transit.

Vehicle Class Overview

6’ Cargo Van

6’ cargo vans consistently perform well on Fetch and are the simplest vehicles for owners to maintain. We strongly recommend this vehicle class for new owners.

6’ cargo van models include:

  • Nissan NV 200
  • Ford Transit Express
  • Ram ProMaster City Cargo Van

9’ Cargo Van

9’ cargo vans are the standard cargo vans most commonly used across the industry. This vehicle class historically performs well on Fetch and provides a balance between revenue opportunity and maintenance costs.

9’ cargo van models include:

  • Nissan NV 1500
  • Ford Transit 150
  • Ram ProMaster 

9’ High Roof Cargo Van

9’ high-roof cargo vans are the best-earning vehicles on Fetch. While their revenue potential is large, please be aware that maintenance costs are higher on these vehicles, due to the additional size and weight of these vehicles.

9’ high-roof cargo van models include:

  • Nissan NV 2500
  • Ford Transit 250/350
  • Ram ProMaster 

8’ Pickup Trucks

8’ pickup trucks are standard work trucks with 2 doors and an 8 foot bed. These pickup trucks allow for a variety of use cases including moving equipment, landscaping supplies or furniture.

The biggest drawback to pickup trucks is their variance in utilization due to the pickup bed being exposed to weather. This means that when it is raining, a pickup truck will not typically be rented, as there is no option for a renter to protect their cargo (unlike a van, which is always covered).

8’ pickup truck models include:

  • GMC Sierra
  • Ford F150
  • Nissan Titan

Vehicle Category Summary

Conclusion

Vehicle Price, NewVehicle Price, 3 years oldRevenue PotentialMaintenance CostsSeasonality
6’ Cargo Van$24,000$15,500MediumLowLow
9’ Cargo Van$30,000$24,500MediumMediumLow
9’ High Roof Cargo Van$35,000$26,000HighHighLow
8’ Pickup Truck$29,000$24,000MediumMediumMedium

While all classes of vehicles have been successful on Fetch, we do recommend new owners consider starting with a smaller cargo van. As you establish your fleet, you can then add larger cargo vans and pickup trucks to diversify your vehicle portfolio.

Purchasing a new or used vehicle is also a personal decision. New vehicles have the benefit of fewer maintenance repairs being required and also being under warranty. Used vehicles typically provide a strong return on investment.

We look forward to welcoming you as a Fetch partner. If you have any questions or would like feedback on vehicles you are considering, please contact Fetch’s partner team.

New Protection Packages

We’re pleased to share that Fetch now offers several new protection products that can be added to Fetch rentals.

These new protection products afford Fetch renters the opportunity to add extra protection to their rental, helping to avoid unexpected repair expenses or claims.

Protection products that are now available include:

Insurance Waiver – Don’t have insurance? Purchase this to waive Fetch’s insurance verification requirement for renters. This coverage includes Collision Damage Waiver and Renter’s Contingent Liability Insurance (coverage which acts in the place of a primary automobile policy for the renter of a vehicle who does not maintain a personal automobile policy).

Collision Damage Warranty – Protect your rental vehicle against damage caused to your vehicle during your rental.

Supplemental Liability Insurance – Excess liability insurance that protects you and any authorized driver, as defined in the Rental or Sharing Agreement, against third party automobile claims for bodily injury and property damage caused during permitted use of the Rental or Shared vehicle.

These products are now available at select Fetch locations, and we expect they will soon be available across all rental locations.

Purchasing these protection products is completely optional for each renter. For renters that do seek additional protection during their rental, we hope that they will provide additional confidence in renting with Fetch.

Summer Moving Tips

With summer here, it’s officially moving season! Whether you’re preparing to move into a new home, clean out your garage or just help a friend move, we have some helpful tips to make your moving experience easier.

1. Reserve your moving truck in advance.

The summer moving season is the busiest time of the year for truck-rental companies. Reserve your vehicle in advance to ensure a truck is available the day of your move.

2. Start early to avoid potential issues.

Unfortunately, things happen. Vehicle break downs, lost credit cards, forgetful friends and other unexpected issues can happen when least expected. Reduce your stress by picking up your truck early in the morning (or the night before) and starting your move as early as possible.

3. Pack in boxes to limit number of trips.

If your goal is to finish your move in a single day, you’ll need to limit the number of trips you take driving between locations. Packing in boxes is the most efficient ways to pack your truck, ensuring you will transport the most items with every trip.

4. Pack rope and bungee cords.

Not every item can be packed in a box. For those items, you’ll want to ensure you have rope or bungee cords available for tie downs.

5. Load heavy items first.

Finally, when loading your moving truck, be sure to load the heaviest items first and place them towards the front of the truck to ensure they won’t fall and crush any other items.

Fetch Truck Rental Launches in Los Angeles

We’re thrilled to share that Fetch is now available in Los Angeles! Residents of Los Angeles, Burbank and surrounding areas can now rent a Fetch truck for as little as one hour, on-demand, 24 hours a day.

Fetch provides self-service truck and van rentals at the press of a button. Through the Fetch app, drivers can find the Fetch truck parked nearest to them and book instantly. Drivers then use the Fetch app to check in and unlock their truck 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“We are excited to partner with Fetch to offer our local neighbors a new and convenient way to rent a truck in Burbank and our surrounding cities,” Marcus Garsdean, CEO of Los Angeles Rental Trucks, said. “The old days of rental counters and mainstream rental agencies are slowly fading away. Our partnership with Fetch will allow us to provide more simple and affordable truck rental services for our local customers.”

“Our mission at Fetch is to make renting a truck effortless,” Adam Steinberg, CEO of Fetch, said. ”Whether you need a truck for an hour to pick up furniture after work, or need to quickly pick up a van for a job, Fetch is the fastest way to rent a truck. We are delighted to bring Fetch’s self-service truck-rental experience to Los Angeles area.”

Los Angeles residents can learn more about Fetch by visiting https://fetchtruck.com/cities/los-angeles-truck-rental/. Fetch trucks are now available to rent in the cities of Burbank and Tujunga.

New Partner Tools Available – Weekly/Monthly Discounts, Additional Products and more!

We’ve been hard at works over the past month building new features to enhance the partner experience with Fetch. These new features provide partners with more flexibility to provide an even better rental experience and grow their earnings with Fetch.

 

Weekly and Monthly Discount Rates 

 

Have customers looking to rent your Fetch trucks on an extended basis?

 

Partners can now set weekly and monthly discount rates within pricing model for each vehicle class. These discounts allow partners to set percentage-based discounts for customers that rent for 7 days (weekly) or 28 days (monthly).

 

Implementing these discounts are an opportunity for you to increase revenue and utilization for your fleet. For example, offering a 15% weekly rental discount or 30% monthly discount can make your trucks more economical to long-term renters.

 

Please be sure to set your weekly and monthly discounts within your pricing models.

 

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Additional Products

 

Enhance your customers’ rental experience by offering additional products during their booking process. This is ideal for optional products such as:

 

– Damage Waivers
– Cleaning Packages
– Pet Waiver
– Moving Supplies

 

Additional Products are now available under the “Pricing Models” menu in your partner dashboard.

 

Unlimited Miles

Moving a child to college? Picking up equipment out of state? For customers that need to drive extended miles, Fetch partners can now offer “Unlimited Miles” packages with their rentals.

 

When customers purchase an “unlimited miles” additional product, the customer will not be charged for any additional mileage driven in excess of the miles included in the pricing model for that truck.

 

The “unlimited miles” product is charged on a daily rate per rental.

 

How to add unlimited miles

 

1) Click on “Pricing” and then the “Additional Products” section in your Fetch partner dashboard.

 

2) Set the “Product Type” as “Unlimited Miles”

 

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Welcoming Carl’s Van Rental to Fetch

We’re delighted to welcome Carl’s Van Rental as the newest Fetch partner!

Carl’s Van Rentals is family-owned and operated and has been providing the state of Florida with large capacity vans since 1994. Starting out as a used car lot just south of downtown Orlando, Florida, Carl’s Van Rentals had only a few vans, but slowly built a local reputation for having the best prices and service in Orlando.

Carl (yes there is really a Carl!) came up with the idea of opening a van specific rental company when his son’s Little League baseball team qualified to play in a State Championship game. The game wasn’t in Orlando and the entire team needed to go on the trip. After looking all over the Orlando metro area, Carl was unable to find any vehicles that could accommodate over seven people.

Since Carl was operating a used car dealership, he began to stock vans on his lot and in June 1993 started offering the vans for rent.  Since then, we have expanded throughout the state of Florida serving most major metropolitan areas and a majority of Florida’s largest international airports.

We’ve partnered with Cameron Bethmann at Carl’s Van Rental to make their 9′ cargo vans available through Fetch Truck Rental. These trucks are now available to rent in the Fort Lauderdale and Jacksonville, with additional cities coming soon. With Fetch, renters can reserve these vehicles 24/7, with vehicle check-in and unlock completely automated through the Fetch app.

We have partnered with Fetch to be able to service the market better as more and more people want on-demand rental options. People these days do not like to talk to people or be bothered with making reservations, providing all the needed paperwork and meeting at certain times. With Fetch, people can rent when they need it, for as long as they need it with no need to ever talk to someone to do it. We look forward to growing our company with Fetch in this new market full of mobility options.

We’re excited to welcome Carl’s Van Rental as the newest Fetch partner. If you’re in the Fort Lauderdale or Jacksonville areas, and need a cargo van, we hope you’ll considering renting with Fetch and Carl’s.

 

Welcoming our newest team member, Ayanna, to Fetch!

We’re thrilled to announce a new addition to the Fetch team!

Ayanna Shaheed has joined Fetch as a customer support and operations associate. In her role, Ayanna will be assisting Fetch customers and fleet partners with support requests and general assistance. She will also assisting with projects around website design and software development.

Ayanna recently graduated from Georgia State University with a degree in Computer Science. We couldn’t be happier to have Ayanna join our team at Fetch, and she’s already made several significant contributions in helping create an even better experience for our customers and partners.

“Our customers are really the reason I look forward to coming to work every morning. When I pick up the phone, my mission is to make sure whomever is on the other end has an amazing experience renting with Fetch.
I’m always looking for ways to go the extra mile for our customers and partners.”

If you do speak with Ayanna or exchange an email with her, please give her a warm welcome. We hope you enjoy working with her as much as we already have.

 

Rent Your Truck With Fetch

Fetch is the first-ever truck-rental marketplace where truck owners can rent their own trucks without the hassle of a traditional rental-car business.

Have a pickup truck or van that you want to rent? Fetch makes it easy, and you could make up to $1,800 per month (per vehicle) by listing your truck with Fetch. And with the Fetch smart device, renters are able to check-in, unlock and return their vehicle  completely on their own, without vehicle owners having to be involved in the rental process.

Want to start renting your truck with Fetch? It’s simple to get started:

  1. Join the Fetch marketplace as a partner
  2. Install the Fetch smart device in your vehicle
  3. Start renting your truck and making money

What types of vehicles work best with Fetch?

  • Pickup trucks
  • Vans and cargo vans
  • Box trucks

 

What makes Fetch so great?

Why do customers love renting with Fetch? Fetch is the only self-service truck-rental company that enables anyone to rent a truck 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Renters are able to use their truck for as little as an hour or up to 30 days, and they can instantly reserve a truck through the Fetch website.

Fetch renters are able to monitor their time and usage directly through their Fetch account and can even extend their rental time with just a few clicks.

Truck owners love renting their vehicles through Fetch because of Fetch’s smart device and self-service technology. This means vehicle owners no longer have to be present to hand off keys to renters, and Fetch’s smart devices tracks all rental activity.

What are you waiting for? Start renting your truck or van with Fetch today.

 

Fetch Truck Rental launches in Miami

Look out, Florida! Fetch is rolling south.

We couldn’t be happier to share the news that Fetch truck rental is now available in Miami! We’ve partnered with Green Motion of Miami and general manager Andrew Girges to make Fetch trucks now available for rent in Miami.

At Fetch, our mission is to make renting a truck effortless. Miami residents can now rent Fetch trucks and vans by the hour or day instantly through their smart phones. Fetch trucks are available instantly, there are no lines, and rentals start at just $15 an hour.

Fetch truck rentals are available in Miami at 4111 NW 27th Street. We hope to see you there whenever you need a truck!

 

 

Welcoming Universal Body Shop to Fetch

We’re excited to welcome a new Fetch partner, Universal Body Shop.

Universal Body Shop is one of the best-reviewed auto collision ships in the Atlanta area and has been in business since 2010. Founded by Sergio Monzalvo, Universal offers a range of collision services, including paint and body repair.

Universal Body Shop often assists customers with arranging car rentals during the time that a customer’s vehicle will be out of service for repair.

Universal customers were often frustrated with having to drop their car off at Universal and travel to a different rental car location to pick up their car and then again arrange transportation between locations at drop off. Moreso, Universal also knew they were missing an opportunity to generate additional revenue by providing a rental-car service.

By partnering with Fetch, Universal Body Shop is able to offer its customers rental cars and trucks.

“By using Fetch’s software and platform, we’ve been able to operate our rental operation with only a few hours of time each week. The self-service technology lets our customers reserve the vehicles on their own schedules and lets our staff stay focused on our main collision business.”

“We’ve already been able to generate significant profit with Fetch, and we now want to grow our rental fleet to offer different size vehicles and price points to customers. Fetch makes operating our rental fleet so simple, and we’re very excited to continue growing this side of our business.” – Sergio Monzalvo, CEO of Universal Body Shop.

We’re thrilled to help Universal Body Shop’s team use Fetch’s self-service rental platform to add a rental component to their business, which is ultimately helping them provide a seamless experience for their customers.

 

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