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Renting vs. Purchasing Vans: Which is Right for Your Camp?

January 7, 2021

Renting vs. Purchasing Vans: Which is Right for Your Camp?
Guidance from our friends at Merchants Fleet

While your campers are busy right now building snowmen and sledding, it’s time to kick your planning for summer into high gear. That includes the logistics of safely getting your campers from point A to point B. Camps must weigh their options and decide if purchasing or renting is the better option for them. Make sure you are informed before making the decision, because there are advantages and disadvantages to each approach.

In a nutshell, here are some of the main benefits to each method:

  • Renting provides monthly terms that range anywhere from a few months

up to a year, making them ideal for seasonal businesses. They also offer a way to get new or near-new vehicles without the steep price tag, unlike when you purchase. Other benefits that are included in the cost of the rental are maintenance and registration, and vehicles are covered under full factory warranty. Essentially, you’re paying only for the amount of the vehicle you use monthly – not the whole vehicle.

  • Purchasing requires more cash, but your camp will build equity over time. If you tend to keep your vehicles for long periods or require more customization, purchasing may be the way to go. It also allows for ultimate freedom: since you’re not returning the vehicle, you don’t need to track mileage or worry about the vehicle’s condition.

Below is a side-by-side comparison featuring some of the major areas to consider as you decide which is best for your bottom line. Have questions? Merchants Fleet is here to help! Contact us at 833.888.0393 or email to get in touch with one of our camp experts.

Rent vs Own - Merchants Fleet

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