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