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A minibus is a great choice for when you and friends or family travel together on vacation, or for when you need to take a number of coworkers offsite to a seminar or conference. But hiring a minibus is not like renting a typical sedan, so you want to ensure you ask the right questions when it comes to their operation, capacity, features and so on. Note a few of these questions to cover with the rental agency before you choose a minibus hire.
1. Ask about the luggage and storage capacity
You may get the smallest minibus you can find in order to save money when on vacation or traveling to a seminar, but if you're carrying luggage, video equipment, prototypes, and things like these, you need to find out about the luggage and storage capacity. Most minibuses will have storage on the roof, but if not, they may not offer much storage inside the body of the minibus itself. You don't want everyone to have luggage and other items underfoot or to feel cramped inside the vehicle, so always ask about luggage or storage capacity and get a larger bus if needed.
2. Note if there is a special license required for larger minibuses
A small minibus may be considered a standard vehicle or van, but larger minibuses may be classified as actual buses or commercial vehicles. In turn, the driver may need a special license, and very often a rental agency will also require them to be of a certain age. Don't assume that just anyone can rent a larger minibus and drive it, but always ask if there are special restrictions or requirements due to the size.
3. Ask if wireless service is provided
Very often, commercial buses will have Wi-Fi available; they may be equipped with a certain receiver that finds signals and makes them available on the bus. In some cases, this will also be true for minibuses you can rent, but not always. If you're taking coworkers to a seminar, you may want to have everyone access their emails or the company's system to go over materials. When on vacation, you may also like to have access to internet services while driving, if for no other reason to check your email or keep the kids entertained while driving. Don't assume the minibus will have Wi-Fi, but if you need it, be sure you ask if it will be available and choose a model that will provide it.