POWER YOUR BUSINESS WITH A COMMERCIAL VAN
VANS might not be the most exciting part of the auto industry – but they are one of the most important.
That’s because they are are the lifeblood of the economy – they transport millions of tons a day, and they allow small and medium-sized businesses a degree of flexibility that would be impossible without them.
The van sector is currently in rude good health: in terms of price, technology, comfort and load-lugging ability things have never been better.
There is huge competition between manufacturers for your van business – small, medium or large – and this means excellent vehicles and good prices.
But the key thing is to identify which type of van you need for your business, whether you be a sole trader or limited company.
Going from large to small, the van sector can be carved up into the following segments: commercial or ‘panel’ vans, pick-ups, and car-derived vans.
As a rule, you get a high driving position and a large load area on the back while the bigger models are usually offered in a bewildering array of derivatives with short and long-wheelbase, varying payloads and numerous cab or load bed options.
One of our favourites in this sector is the Ford Transit, which has been keeping business moving since 1965. Over 8,000,000 Transit vans have been sold since then. Likewise the Vauxhall Movano, a trusted friend of businesses and sole traders down the years.
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.
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 backseat 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.
Our favourites in this segment include Ford Transit Connect, Vauxhall Combo and Volkswagen Caddy.
Don’t forget that you don’t have to purchase a van to take advantage of the benefits of using a van to assist your business.
Whether you be a sole trader or a limited company, van rental can be a cost-effective way to obtain a van for key times.
Your van rental company will have a ton of knowledge of about which van is right for you, and also data about load space, axle weights and much, much more.