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14.02.2017 - 16:31

Finding The Right Van For You

The van market can be a daunting place, but this guide will help you to find a vehicle that suits your business's needs.

The van market is on that has grown dramatically over the last decade. This could be argued with a number of different points relating to the cost of manufacturing or cars coming down, the rise of the start-up business, and the amount of vans on the market increasing overall. Whatever it may be, the facts are there; more new vans were registered at the end of last year than ever before. If you’re reading this, then you might be likely to be in the market for a new van for your business. Here are some things to consider;

Size

Thanks to the growing market for commercial vans, there are now more shapes and sizes for different industries. There’s so much more to the van market now than the basic transit. You can tailor a vehicle to meet your business needs, whether you need a refrigeration unit to transport food, side doors for compact parking, or a bigger cab to fit more passengers.

Second hand

Thanks to the many online communities and resources, like AutoTrader for example, there are great places to get started in finding a van that meets your business needs. This is especially important when it comes to getting a van that isn’t brand new. You don’t want to be in a position where you’re making a massive investment on buying a van brand new, when you’re inexperienced in owning vans. The second hand market gives you a bit more scope to do research, and it’s not the end of the world in terms of losing resale value if your van doesn’t meet your needs.

Maintenance

While there is a great deal of crossover between the things you need to do to maintain a car and what you need to do to keep a van in running order, there are a couple small differences to keep an eye out for. Firstly, there are a number of things to look out for before you book a van MOT test. Knowing where you might have problems, and identifying them early on will prevent you from getting hit with a massive bill further down the line. Older vans can be more prone to rusting, so be sure to know how to spot the warning signs early on.

Driving

Thanks to the likes of small escort vans, and other little panel vans, those who are most to driving cars can make the jump quite easily. By the time you get to something the size of a transit, however, there are other things to consider. On older vans especially, you are likely to find that there won’t be power steering as standard, which can make handling more difficult than a modern car. Parking can be difficult when you don’t have a rear view mirror, so getting practice in is vital. A lot of people also don’t appreciate vans have a higher centre of gravity which might make driving in high winds more difficult.

Keeping an eye on the market and finding a vehicle that’s right for you can help you find a commercial vehicle that’s perfectly suited to your business. 

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