A GOOD VAN WILL LIFT YOUR BUSI­NESS TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL

Belfast Telegraph - NI Carfinder - - Front Page -

COM­MER­CIAL vans are the cen­tral artery of the econ­omy – with­out them small and medium-sized busi­nesses would be locked in rigid and in­flex­i­ble sys­tems that would drive up their costs.

In­stead, with the right type of van, and the cor­rect con­fig­u­ra­tion of pay­load, busi­nesses can de­liver prod­ucts, crews and kit fast and ef­fi­ciently.

And the good news the com­mer­cial van sec­tor is in rude good health: bet­ter value for money, in­creased cabin re­fine­ment and in­no­va­tions like all-elec­tric pow­er­plants have all made the at­trac­tions of van own­er­ship even more com­pelling.

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.

Let’s go from large to small. At the larger end of the sec­tor are com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles, of­ten called panel vans.

There are two cat­e­gories here: the larger is the tra­di­tional panel van typ­i­fied by the likes of tbe VW Trans­porter or the larger Crafter, the Mercedes-benz Sprinter and the Ford Tran­sit.

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.

Spec­ify the com­bi­na­tion that best suits you. Many man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer large vans, also in­clud­ing Re­nault, Volk­swa­gen, Citroen, Peu­geot and many more.

Next down is the pick-up truck class; 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.

Next in line in terms of size is 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 ‘ hicube’ ver­sions, with wider, higher load bays.

Ex­am­ples in­clude the Volk­swa­gen Caddy, Fiat Doblo Cargo, Ford Tran­sit Con­nect, Citroen Berlingo, and Vaux­hall Combo.

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

So, choice isn’t a prob­lem in this mar­ket place. Don’t, how­ever, be over­awed by the lev­els of choice.

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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