When companies search for new commercial vehicles they are looking for a vehicle that is not only suitable for the task at hand but is a good representation of their business. With so much choice in the commercial vehicle market it can be a daunting task knowing where to begin. Before purchasing a vehicle there are some questions that all companies should ask themselves.
Who is driving the vehicle?
Though holders of a full UK driving license can drive vans up to 3.5 tonnes companies should avoid purchasing larger vehicles - unless your drivers have previous experience in driving vans.Some employees may find the idea of driving larger vehicles intimidating and as such may be uncomfortable manoeuvring the vehicle around certain areas.
Where is the vehicle being driven?
The size of the van has a great deal to do with fuel consumption as well as manoeuvrability; both of which are significant depending on where the vehicle is being driven. If the vehicle is typically to be used on motorways, you need to get the most fuel efficient vehicle possible which is still capable of carrying the loads required. Inner city vans will benefit from being smaller enabling easier parking and access.
What loads will the vehicle be carrying?
All vans have a maximum payload placed on them by the vehicle standards agency in the UK and as such if you are caught carrying too much you can be fined. If your company is used to carrying fairly typical loads in size and weight this should be an easy question for companies to answer. However if your company's vehicles have varied loads; purchasing the right vehicle to adjust to your workload is of the utmost importance.
These questions are vital to the assessment of the type of vehicle to purchase. Once the company has considered these questions they can begin perusing the typical styles of vans now available, typical styles include:
Car Derived Vans
Also known commonly as city vans, CDVs typically have a cubic space of 1.5 - 2m for storage but are limited on payloads to an average of 500-600 KGs limiting them to smaller jobs. The size and design of CDVs mean they deliver excellent value for money and fuel economy.
Hi - Cubes
Although similar in size and shape to the CDV a Hi-cube offers similar performance in terms of manoeuvrability and fuel consumption but with the functionality of larger vans. Due to design specifications your average Hi-cube is capable of carrying payloads around 750 KGs and offers up to 4m cubic space. Many Hi-cubes offer an additional side door which makes them ideal for couriers and inner city deliveries.
The small panel van is the compact vehicle that many trades use for everyday use; they offer an excellent balance between performance and functionality. Average maximum payloads vary between 1000-1200 KGs and offer an average of 7m cubic storage space.
The large panel van is the largest vehicle than can be driven on a standard UK driving license and is suitable for a company that has to deliver larger payloads. Typically available in three variant lengths of: short wheel base, medium wheel base or long wheel base as well as heights of: high roof, medium roof and low roof. Due to the varying sizes companies are able to get the van right to their requirements.