What's included in the hire price?
A full tank of petrol
RAC breakdown cover
Picnic blanket and cushions hire
Plates, glasses, cutlery for 4 persons hire
Retro style cool box hire, for you to fill with ice and drinks
Picnic hamper hire for you to fill with goodies of your choice
Fully comprehensive UK insurance for one named driver
Stereo with CD and usb port so you can play your own tunes
What optional extra's are there?
A waterproof 3m x 3m Pop up Gazebo with side walls £20
Plates, glasses, cutlery for 4 more persons £5
An extra retro style cool box £5
An extra picnic blanket £5
An extra picnic hamper £5
Pets (cleaning fee) £30
How can I pay?
Payment can be made by BACS transfer or via credit and debit card over the phone. We do not accept American Express
The security deposit required when you hire the VW microbus of your choice is taken as a pre-authorised payment for the period that you have possesion of the VW microbus, this must be on a Credit or Debit card and will only be authorised should there be a problem during the hire period as per our terms and conditions.
For rentals over 7 days we will physically take the security deposit payment which will be returned at the end of the rental period.
What deposit is required?
A non refundable booking deposit of £150 is required when you make your booking
Upon collection of your campervan, we will also require a security deposit of £750 which will need to be on a Credit or Debit card.
Can we take the VW microbus abroad?
Due to our insurance conditions you cannot take your VW microbus abroad. However, you can go anywhere in the United Kingdom on a weekly hire , with the exception of Northern Ireland. We recommend not exceeding 100-150 miles a day travel with breaks every three hours on the road. For day hire you are restricted to 100 miles maximum. Why not discover the beauty of South East England. Easily accessible from London with lots of historic places of interest and lovely towns and villages. Pootle down to the coast and experience the vibrancy of Brighton, historic Hastings, the white cliffs of Dover, the South Downs National forest or Kent, the garden of England.
What identification is required?
We require the following forms of identification to be presented when collecting your VW microbus.
Your full photo card or original paper licence (the paper counter part of your licence is now obsolete)
In addition we will also need proof of your address that is less than 3 months old in the form of one of the following
A recent utility or phone bill showing your current address
A statement or letter from your bank or card provider showing your current address
An official letter from the Government, Government Agency or Local Authority
A letter from your Doctor, Dentist or other health care specialist
In addition for drivers with non UK licences or where you reside outside of the UK then we will also need to see your current and valid passport
For Non EU licence holders you will also ned to provide us with details of your international driving permit
Can additional drivers be added?
We can add an additional 2 drivers to the policy for a daily fee, this will be advised at the time of booking and we we will need to see the same proof of address for each additional driver when collecting the VW microbus in addition to having all named drivers present at collection.
I have points / convictions on my licence can I still be insured?
Our insurance company is normally quite understanding of points for speeding or similar, however they won't insure you if you have been convicted of dangerous driving, or if you have been convicted for driving under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs
The are also fairly understanding if you have made a claim in the last three years, however they may refuse you if you have made more than one claim in three years
In all cases please feel free to discuss it with us and we can make enquiries with the insurance company when you make your booking.
What are the VW microbuses like to drive?
All of our VW microbuses are as they were when designed back in the 1970's.
They don't have power assisted steering (something you only notice when parallel parking) nor do they have ABS on their brakes which means you just have to give a slightly longer gap between you and the vehicle in front, especially in the wet or when going down hill.
They have a 1600cc or 1700cc engine, which is more than sufficient unless you on a steep hill where you will need to change down gears to get you up the hill. Top speed is around 50/55mph (not that you will want to go faster than that). They are high sided vehicles so be careful of strong crosswinds on motorways. Minty has just 4 gears (and a reverse) and AutoAnni has an automatic gearbox. Long distance travel is not suitable for short term hire and we ask that you take a break every three hours. Please take this into consideration when planning your journey. We would recommend to limit yourself a maximum mileage of 100-150 miles a day.
Saying that they are fun to drive and they are no longer than an average saloon car so you won't have a problem driving them, they do turn heads, people like to smile and wave at you when you are driving them and we advise you wave back to get into the VW microbus/campervan vibe!
We do notice that other drivers are generally friendly towards you when you drive a VW microbus and quite often you get let out at junctions. Other vintage VW microbus, campervan and beetle drivers will wave and toot you when you pass and you will soon be doing the same.
Most of all lean back, get into a slower pace of life (they aren't built for speed) and enjoy the experience with your companions.
Can I tow?
Absolutely not., Due to conditions of our insurers even if we the microbus has a towing bar already fitted you cannot tow. If we find you have been towing whilst in possession of the VW microbus you will forfeit all of your security deposit and also be liable for any damage caused to the microbus, it's engine, transmission or suspension as a result.
Can I take a pet with me?
Well behaved pets are welcome. We do charge an additional £30 fee to cover the extra cleaning afterwards to ensure that the next renter doesn't suffer any pet hair related allergic reaction. Also if the interior or exterior of the VW microbus is damaged as a result of the actions of your pet you will be liable to cover the cost of repair or replacement.
How do I get to Vintage VW Tours SW16 London HQ?
The nearest train stations are Streatham Common and Norbury.
We are served by a number of nearby buses on Streatham High Road (109,250,50)
We are based in a Works behind a residential area with on street parking available (no Control Parking Zone) and cars may be left at your own risk in the surrounding streets.
Would I need to take out holiday insurance?
We strongly recommended that you take out the highest level of private holiday/travel/personal possessions insurance in case of any medical or unforeseen event that might impact on your holiday. . Please make sure that you arrange adequate travel insurance to cover you if you have to cancel or cut short your holiday or are forced to change your plans due to an incident.
Unfortunately booking deposits are non-refundable and we cannot reimburse you if your holiday is curtailed. If you have paid in full and cancel prior to departure please contact us immediately, part refunds may be available subject to the length of notice given.
What happens if I breakdown?
All our VW microbuses have full RAC breakdown cover. Full instructions of what to do in the event of a breakdown will be provided for you when you collect your VW microbus. There is also a good 'breakdown' kit on board to enable the RAC to get you on the move again as quickly as possible. Should the VW microbus be unrepairable then we would ask that it is transported back to the office where we will endeavour to provide you with an alternative VW microbus to complete your holiday or refund you for any unused full days of the trip if we haven't got a spare VW microbus available.
We advise you to take out the highest level of holiday insurance in the event of any unforeseen circumstances that could affect your holiday.
Fees may apply for call outs for human error, for example filling with the wrong fuel, being Locked out, lights left on, use outside of contracted area of use, or damage caused by negligence. Fees for excess towing and recovery may also apply at our discretion.
Can I use a child seat in the VW microbus?
Yes, although the VW microbuses aren't set up to use ISOFIX car seats. We recommend contacting us first to check the layout of the seatbelts in the campervan and to also arrange to try the child seat in the VW microbus in advance of your holiday.
What about Security?
We do advise taking reasonable precautions to ensure you have a safe and trouble free trip.
Please lock the vehicle at all times and keep valuables out of sight - particularly portable satellite navigation systems. All vehicles are fitted with a Thatcham Category 1 security system which must be enabled when you leave the vehicle.
We strongly advise you to keep personal items of value with you at all times.
How old do I have to be to hire a VW microbus?
Between 25-70 years old.
Can I meet the microbuses before I hire one?
Yes, you are always welcome to pop round and visit the VW microbuses and have a chat. You will need to contact us to arrange a suitable time and date.
Can I leave my car with you when I collect my VW microbus?
We are based in a Works behind a residential area, you are welcome to leave your car on the surrounding street parking available (no Control Parking Zone) and cars are left entirely at your own risk. We cannot accept liability for any damage or loss.
Do your VW microbuses have seat belts?
All our VW microbuses are fitted with six new safety approved 3-point inertia reel seatbelts and two lap belts for the middle bench seat.
What type of fuel do the VW microbuses run on?
All our VW microbuses run on regular unleaded petrol.
Do the VW microbuses have an electric hook-up?
No, as our VW microbuses are mainly used for picnic day trips and weekend breaks they aren't really used on campsites and so dont have an electric hook-up. We may change this isn the future if more clients would like one.
Is the mileage limited?
There is no mileage limit* – however, the top speed of 50/55 mph will make long distance travel impractible for short term hire. We would recommend not exceeding 100-150 miles a daytravel. Please contact us to discuss your travel plans before making your booking. (*Please note that day hire clients are limited to a100 mile / day travel limit).
Will I be effected by the London Emission Zone (LEZ) with the VW microbus?
No, you will not be effected by the London Emission Zone. Our VW microbuses are exempt, non-diesel, historic vehicles.
Where is the nearest petrol station?
There is a petrol station conveniently located literally around the corner from us on Streatham High road by the common. Please use it to fill the tank before you return it to our HQ.