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Meet the VW Transporter

Book and drive the VW Transporter by the hour or day.
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The workhorse of the fleet

VW Transporter

The workhorse of the fleet

  • The sturdy VW Transporter will get the job done, whether you’re moving house, making a delivery, or simply zipping down to Ikea. 
  • Vans can be petrol or diesel but all have manual transmission.
  • Drive from £10/hour & £89/day 
  • Fuel, insurance and 60 miles per day included as usual.
  • Perfect for moving house, a trip to ikea or delivering your stock

Helpful Tips for the Transporter

As most people probably haven't driven a van before so we wanted to provide a few helpful tips to help you on your next journey. 

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How do I release the boot? Use the key - there is no internal release, see below for more detail.

How to Release the Fuel Door? Open the passenger door (the door must remain open in order to access the fuel cap) - push the metal panel open to revel the fuel cap.

How to start the vehicle?  Keep the clutch fully depressed and turn the key in the ignition.

How to disengage the steerring wheel lock? Keep the clutch depressed and wiggle the steering wheel from left to right while turning the key in the ignition.

How to put the car into drive, reverse and park? For drive, move the gearstick left then up. For reverse, lift the collar on the gear stick (just below the knob) then move the gearstick left and up. For park, move the gearstick to the centre so it is out of gear then press the button on the end of the handbrake and raise the lever to engage the parking brake.

How to adjust the wing mirrors? The mirrors are adjusted using a joystick positioned above the window switches in the driver's door. The joystick can be twisted to adjust the left and right mirrors, then simply pushed to move the mirror in the corresponding direction. 

How to use the headlights and turn signals? Use the round switch to the left of the steering wheel. 0 is for off. AUTO is for automatic headlight control. (picture of side lights) is for when the side lights are switched on with the ignition on or off. (picture headlight) headlights are switched on. All the settings will switch off when ignition is off appart from the sidelights. Turn signal is to the left of the steering wheel. Down for left and up for right.

Where is the fuel card? Open driverside door and look to the side of the dashboard, where you will find the fuel card in a white sleeve. Look towards the door hinges / door jam.

How to use the windscreen wipers? To operate the windscreen wipers, use the lever to the right of the steering wheel. Push the lever up to engage the wipers and further up for faster speeds..

Opening up the back

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Opening up the back

Once you’ve opened the van with the app or Zipcard, use the keys during your reservation. We don’t really need to tell you, but press the open padlock button on the fob to unlock all the doors including the rear and sliding doors, and (surprise, surprise) press the locked padlock button to lock them all again.

It might sound silly, but if you do lock yourself inside the back of the van (don’t worry, we’ve done it too) you can open the rear doors using the handle on the inside of the van. To release the ignition key push the button in the top left hand corner. To open the bonnet use the lever found in the driver’s side footwell.

Work out how much stuff you can get in a van - The approximate loading dimensions are: 235cm (L) x 148cm (W) x 130cm (H)

Filling up the Zipcar Transporter

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Filling up the Zipcar Transporter

The fuel cap is accessed by opening the passenger door and opening the metal pane, found level with the seats. All of our vans are petrol but always be sure to double check before filling up (you’ll find this on your booking confirmation and/or a sticker inside the fuel flap).