ES­SEN­TIAL TIPS TO BE RIGHT VAN MAN

How to iden­tify best ve­hi­cle for your per­sonal busi­ness re­quire­ments in a sec­tor full of choice

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page -

REG­IS­TRA­TIONS for all com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles are firmly on the up, with light com­mer­cials in par­tic­u­lar fly­ing off the fore­courts.

It’s a cut-throat world out there with ev­ery mar­que scram­bling to get the up­per hand, but be­fore you de­cide who’s prod­uct is best for your busi­ness, there’s the lit­tle mat­ter of iden­ti­fy­ing the type of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle that most closely fits your re­quire­ments.

In the best crocodile wrestling tra­di­tions, we’ll start with the small­est — the car-de­rived van sec­tor. As the ti­tle sug­gests, th­ese are vans that share their un­der­pin­nings with cars.

There are those that closely re­sem­ble their peo­ple car­ry­ing cousins, with the back seat bench com­bined with the boot to form the load area, and then there’s the more van-like ‘ hi-cube’ ver­sions, with wider, higher load bays.

All of­fer car-style driv­ing po­si­tions and han­dling, with compact di­men­sions mak­ing them ideal for lim­ited-load ur­ban us­age.

Next-up the pick-ups, th­ese four- wheel-drive load-lug­gers have ex­pe­ri­enced a dra­matic surge in pop­u­lar­ity re­cently with busi­ness users tak­ing a shine to their ver­sa­til­ity.

A pick-up can be a rugged work­horse dur­ing the week and thor­ough­bred fam­ily trans­porta­tion on week­ends.

Fi­nally, the mod­els that first spring to mind when we think of com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles — the panel vans. Here there are two rough cat­e­gories again.

The smaller of the two is com­prised of Mpv-sized ve­hi­cles and the larger,

your tra­di­tional panel van, is typ­i­fied by the all-con­quer­ing Ford Tran­sit and im­pos­ing ve­hi­cles like (above) the Mercedes-benz Sprinter (al­though Mercedes also make small and medium-sized vans as well).

As a rule, you get a high driv­ing po­si­tion and a prodi­gious load area on the back, while the larger mod­els are usu­ally of­fered in a be­wil­der­ing ar­ray of de­riv­a­tives with short and long-wheel­base, vary­ing pay­loads and nu­mer­ous cab or load bed op­tions. Spec­ify the com­bi­na­tion that best suits you.

Don’t be over­awed by the lev­els of choice which ex­ist in the mod­ern com­mer­cial ve­hi­cle mar­ket.

Your lo­cal dealer will make short work of ex­plain­ing the ins and outs of the prod­uct ranges, while of­fer­ing com­pre­hen­sive af­ter-sales back-up. All of which leaves you free to keep on truck­ing.

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