Vehicle Hire In Cornwall

Telephone 01209 310767

Coronavirus opening hours

Due to the current lockdown advice and reduced number of staff, the Dash Drive office will temporarily close on Saturday mornings for vehicle collections.

The Dash Drive office will remain open from Monday to Friday 08:30 to 17:00 for all vehicle enquiries, bookings and collections.

Our customers can still book weekend hires online and collect vehicles on the Friday from 13:00 onwards. We offer our weekend hire customers an out of hours return service, by using our key drop off service.

Due to the current COVID-19 guidelines, we have put robust cleaning and sanitising procedures in place to ensure all rental vehicles are presented to our customers to the highest standard.

We will always endeavour to keep customer inconvenience to a minimum, but you may experience some delays or amendments to online booking and collection times.

We are also operating with a maximum capacity of 3 customers in the Dash Drive office at any time so we please ask that you try and arrive as close to your appointment time as possible. We do ask that facial coverings are worn throughout the premises to comply with Government guidelines.

If you have any questions please call 01209 310767 or email

Thank you for your support and we look forward to welcoming you.

Vehicle Rental FAQs

Can I add an additional driver to my vehicle hire?

Yes – an additional driver costs just £15.00 per day.

Can I return my vehicle when the depot is closed

Yes – if we are closed when you return your vehicle we have an out of hours key drop off box.

Please remember that vehicles remain on hire until checked in by a member of Dash Drive staff.

Can I buy my fuel when I rent the van and return it empty?

Yes. With our easy fuel option you can buy a full tank of fuel charged a rate which is usually lower than the best local pump price, and then return the vehicle empty. The easy fuel option can only be taken at the start of a rental.

Can I leave my car when I hire a vehicle?

Free parking is available but all vehicles are left at the owner’s risk.

How many miles are included in the price?

Cars up to 7 seats

Mileage is limited to 2500 miles per 28 day period, unless otherwise agreed in writing. Excess mileage will be charged at £0.15 per mile.

Other vehicles

Rentals are subject to a standard mileage allowance of 150 per day, unless otherwise agreed in writing. Excess mileage will be charged at £0.15 per mile.

How much does excess mileage cost?

Excess mileage is charged at 15p + vat per mile.

Can I take the vehicle abroad?

Yes. This is possible but written permission must be provided in advance by Dash Drive. Additional documentation and equipment will be required to meet EU regulations. A surcharge and administration charge will apply. Please contact us for further information.

What is included in the rental price?

Included in the rental price is VAT, Insurance, and breakdown cover in the UK.

Do you require a deposit when I hire a van?

Yes. We require a deposit of £250.00 to be pre-authorised on the main driver’s credit or debit card before the vehicle can be rented. This deposit will be taken at the time of rental, not when the booking is made.

What do I do if I need to cancel my rental booking?

If you need to cancel a booking then you must do so in writing or by sending an email to

For more information please see our terms and condtions.

What is CDW?

Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) is not insurance. It is an optional service which, if accepted, limits your financial responsibility for damage to the Dash Drive vehicle.

What is the excess when I hire a van?

The standard excess on most Dash Drive vehicles is £1,000. This can be reduced on some vehicles to £250 by taking out the Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) for a small fee per rental day. Some vehicles may have a higher excess. Please call our team for further information.

How long must I have been driving before I can hire a van?

Drivers must be aged over 21 (25 for some vehicles) and hold a valid driving licence, with correct category entitlement, and have at least 1 years driving experience.

Are there any age restrictions when renting a van?

Drivers must be aged between 21 and 69 to hire from Dash Drive. We can sometimes cover drivers up to the age of 73 so please call and ask.

I have points on my licence can I still rent a van?

Drivers aged 21-22: must be free from endorsement.

Drivers aged 23-24: are acceptable only if they do not disclose more than one MINOR conviction within the last 5 years.

Drivers aged 25-69: are acceptable only if they have MINOR convictions within the last 5 years which total 6 points or less.

Drivers with the following convictions on their licences are unable to rent from Dash Drive: UT50, CD40, CD50, CD60, CD70, CD71, DD40, DD60, DD80, DR10, DR20, DR30, DR31, DR40, DR50, DR60, DR61, DR70, DR80,  DR90 or IN10.

Weekend Returns

As you have selected a Weekend return there are a few things we would like to make you aware of: