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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.

Vaux­hall Mo­vano

Ford Tran­sit

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