Selecting a commercial van for your business can be an arduous task with so many options to choose from ranging from size, versatility, mileage, price and insurance coverage. Just how does one pick the most appropriate vehicle to suit their particular business needs, and where to begin that search?
No matter where your business is located, sourcing a new business or commercial van has become a much more straightforward task today with the majority of car dealers now providing a significant amount of information online. Covering every aspect of the car buying process one is able to study vehicle overviews and technical specifications as well as utilise software that enables the prospective buyer to create a bespoke van or business vehicle with all the ‘bells and whistles’, all without having to leave the comfort of the armchair, or home office.
Now the hard work is complete and with your short list compiled, it’s off to the local van dealership for a test drive. Whether you’re based in Kent, Essex, South-West England, Wales or Scotland, you’ll find that many commercial van dealers such as JCB VW Vans in Kent, are now prepared to deliver a new business vehicle straight to your front door! One can benefit from huge savings by looking a little further afield and since the car sales competition is so high you’ll find many special offers and discounts outside your immediate area that may not be available locally.
- Car & Van Dealership websites allow for fast, efficient research saving the buyer time and enabling one to narrow down the model desired.
- Car Sales Competition is high – search further afield for special offers and discounts.
- Dealerships will deliver a new commercial van right to your door.
- Buy a commercial van for a VAT-registered business and you’ll be eligible to claim back the VAT.
- All vehicles with an unloaded weight of three tonnes or with a payload of one tonne or more are classed as commercial vehicles.
What to Look For in a Commercial Van
It’s advisable to make a note of everything you plan to use the van for, allowing you to come up with a list of attributes your new van will require. If you run a removal business, you may want a van with large back doors and easy acce6ss from the rear, whereas if your business deals with delivering goods to street-front shops, you may prefer a van with sliding side-doors that will enable the delivery person to unload contents from the vehicle more safely.
As a business owner, money wasted is profit down the drain, so one should look for a vehicle with good fuel economy, perhaps consider a diesel vehicle as opposed to petrol, or a smaller van model that requires less fuel. Do your calculations carefully before deciding what size vehicle is appropriate for your specific business needs.
What to Avoid When Shopping for a Commercial Van
Choosing a van for your business is a serious investment so think carefully and avoid impulse decisions. Don’t let the excitement of purchasing a new van get the better of you and end up with the wrong model for your company. Take your time and think ahead to how you wish your business to grow in the future – there are a huge range of options on the market, so allow yourself some time to make an informed decision.
Also consider the extras available for your chosen vehicle. Don’t leave the car showroom or sign on the dotted line without confirming your new van has all the add-ons you assume it does, and additions that could come in handy for your all your business purposes. Would a Bluetooth hands-free kit be useful for taking bookings on the road? If you’ll be driving in rural areas, should you have front fog lights fitted? If your business involves handling messy or dirty goods, would a rubber floor be preferable to a carpeted floor? There are many alternatives to think about so don’t forget something important that may save time and money down the road!
A commercial van could be an excellent investment for your business but you must ensure you choose the right vehicle in order to get the very best performance and usability from it. Decide what your company requires from the van they are about to invest in; carry out detailed research and visit a new van sales showroom in your area to take a test drive before you commit to buying!
The JCB Group are specialist in commercial vehicles for a variety of occupation types and businesses of all sizes. They have a variety of new and used vans for sale in Kent with free delivery options throughout mainland UK. You can find out more about commercial vehicles on their website: www.thejcbgroup.co.uk/vw-vans/