Published on Wednesday 08 April 2015 in The Shoestring Marketing Blog
Eight top tips for choosing the right van
We know a van is not just for getting from A to B, it's your office, your tool shed and mobile advertising hoarding. So, choosing your new van is not a decision to be taken lightly. It pays to arm yourself with a little knowledge about what you want it to do for you before deciding on which van is right for you and your business. Whether you're choosing a van for the first time or looking upgrade your second hand van for new these tips will help you make the right choice.
1. Evaluate the tools and equipment you'll carry
Make a list of all the tools and equipment you carry now including for those bigger jobs where you have to transport more kit. This will help you determine the dimensions and load bearing capacity of your new van. If you use the sides of your van and/or the roof for carrying equipment you must take this into consideration too.
2. What's your typical load?
If you're transporting supplies from your local merchant to site, you need to consider the size, weight and volume of your typical load to decide on the ideal payload for your van. For example, a bag of cement can weigh 25kg or 50kg. An overloaded van could land you a fine and more! Alternatively you might be transporting goods that require careful handling or a certain temperature.
3. Will you need to transport your crew?
How many passengers do you currently transport? Do you cover a fair distance? For long distance drivers and passengers comfort is as important as available seat space. You might want to consider a few luxuries such as Bluetooth, electric windows and air conditioning.
4. Will you need accessories too?
A roof rack for ladders, brackets fixed to the side of your vehicle and so on. Your current van might not have these but they may be important for future projects.
5. Future-proof your needs.
Gaze into the future. If your business is growing and/or your needs are changing you might not want to simply replace your current van with a brand new replica.
6. Short or long trips?
Short trips around urban areas put different demands on a van than long motorway trips. We will talk to you about expected mileage so it's a good idea to think about the sorts of journeys you'll be doing in your van.
7. Any colour as long as it's white!
Although still a popular colour, nowadays not every business owner wants a white van. Do you want your van to be in one of the colours associated with your business? Our website allows you to view your chosen van in the full range of colours available.
8. Cost of running.
This is a big one. Fuel consumption and insurance costs can vary dramatically from van to van even though on the face of it they can look pretty similar. Make sure you use the Running Cost Calculator on our website before choosing your van.
We hope these tips will help you in choosing the perfect van to lease for your business.
Remember, our advisers are not tied to any manufacturer so can offer truly impartial advice on a huge range of vans.