A van is a kind of vehicle used for transporting goods or people. In British English usage, it can be either specially designed or based on a saloon or sedan car, the latter type often including derivatives with open backs. There are vans in all shapes and sizes, ranging from the classic van version of the tiny Mini to much larger vehicles such as the Mercedes Sprinter, Ford E-Series, and Nissan commercial vehicles.
Factors to Consider Before Buying a Van for Your Transport and Logistics Company
When making decisions, you probably often go with your head, and not your heart, but when choosing the right van for your company you will need to turn to both.
Sometimes, it’s not about “Business Sense”, but simple logic. Crossing the road without looking both ways can be fatal, the same with business decision making. A decision taken without proper evaluation can affect your company adversely. Do you need a van for your company? Here are five factors you must consider first:
Finance and Budget
This can be complicated, and it is probably better to get an independent perspective before you decide to purchase your van. Paying over the odds, or borrowing cash for the van, may result in a business standstill, as such, it is vital to properly evaluate the options available for your vehicle’s payment, be that direct payment, hire purchase, lease or contract hire.
The details of your business operations will determine what you need, and what you can afford. You need to maintain your budget range, and still ensure efficiency. Prudent financial strategy will ensure you buy the right van for your business, without risking any other aspect of your business.
Image is everything. Don’t belittle the impact of your van on the public image of your company. An old, rusty looking van doesn’t say “class”. A tidy looking van, manufactured by a reputable brand, will create a good impression in the minds of your clients, both existing and potential. The untold truth is that your van preaches the gospel of your company wherever it goes. A poor public image may plummet your patronage level.
Fuel economy, tyre and brake servicing, longevity, wear and tear, costs of maintenance and resale price; they all impact the finances of your company. Ensure you read the road reviews, and keep a log on your current vehicles. By doing these things, you will know your fleet’s true cost, and discover drivers who might need refresher training. When the time comes for you to replace any of your vehicles, you will have a model to follow.
Beware of the Bargain
Everyone loves a bargain, but when you want to buy a van, be sure you are really getting a bargain, and not a sham. You need to be certain that your purchase fits perfectly into your business needs.
A pre-registered van might seem attractive, but don’t be fooled by that. Ensure that it meets your load and capacity specifications.
Technology isn’t slowing down, improvements and updates are being made to ensure that vehicles become gradually accident-free. From the latest development in locks through robotics, our world is changing, and so must we. The safety of your van is paramount, as a van theft can hit your business significantly. It is, therefore, essential that you buy a van with the latest security system. If, somehow, your van still gets stolen, the security system embedded in it will give you a chance of locating and recovering it.
Looking for professional help? Why not let us do the job for you? At Glaciers, we are all professionals, and we can not only help with choosing the right van, we also sell the right vans. Why not hit that dial key? Call us now on 0208 668 7579.