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Tips for Choosing the Right Van for your Business

Buying a new van isn’t an easy process. There’s so many options out there that it is impossible to know what the right van for your business is without a bit of help from the experts. Having helped over [NUMBER] of happy customers acquire a new van on a cost-effective finance deal, we have gathered plenty of experience to help you with choosing the right van for your business.

What Will You Mostly Be Using the Van For?

This is the first thing you should be thinking about when getting a new van as they can be used for almost any business. We often supply vans for trades people who need a vehicle to store all of their equipment in, or for light courier companies who need a nimble van to handle their delivery requests – both quite similar uses.

However, it could be that you are a waste removal company that needs a tipper truck to haul garbage, or a food courier who needs a refrigerated van to transport perishables.

What Are the Different Van Body Types?

The different types of van body types are designed for different uses, professions and load types. These are just some of the most popular van body types that we offer finance packages on:

  • Short wheelbase vans. Often used by trades people, short wheelbase vans are one of the most popular vans in the UK as they are available in all shapes and sizes, but still move around towns and cities with relative ease. You can fit a surprising amount of goods in one of these vans, as well as up to 3 passengers.
  • Luton vans. These are commonly used as removal vans due to their large cubic capacity and high load weight. These vans often come with a tail lift, which makes loading and unloading goods much easier.
  • Tipper van. Tipper trucks are quite popular in the building trade as the exposed loading bed allows easy access to the load. The ability to tip the load or take the side panels off also assists in easy access.

What is Your Typical Load Size?

Different vans will be able to carry more materials depending on their overall capacity and the size of their payload. If you are carrying heavy machinery, a large payload is vital to ensure your van is road legal and the van can handle the weight. If you need to transport a large amount of light goods, a van with a large cubic capacity will enable you to have the space to fit your goods.

What Are the Running Costs?

This is a priority for every business as the running costs of certain vans can differ by thousands of pounds over the course of three years. With this in mind, we recommend focusing on the fuel consumption of a van, especially if you are driving long-distance, as better fuel consumption will equate to a big saving on costs. Other cost factors that you should focus on are road tax, insurance costs, reliability and cost of maintenance.

Do you still need a bit of extra help choosing your van? Get in touch with us and we can help. Not only can we help you find the perfect van for your business, we can help you acquire it with a cost-effective finance and lease package. If you want our help, email info@dgfinace.co.uk or call 01425 474070.