If you’re running a self-employed business, a performer who tours, or you just like the convenience, you’ll want a van. However, with such a big purchase, you obviously don’t want to rush out and buy the first van you see. There are just as many great ones as terrible ones, and you need to consider the decision carefully before you settle. Here are the most important points to consider.
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First of all, consider what the van will be used for. With any kind of vehicle, it’s easy to be taken in by some high-tech feature or bit of design that has no real effect on the vehicle’s performance. When you look around the lots, make sure you’re always considering how the model would actually perform at what you need it for. If you run a business in a built-up urban area, then you’ll have to get into a lot of tight spots, so go for something more compact. If you’re hauling cargo over long distances, the storage should be your main concern. Prioritise the features of the van according to your use, and bear them in mind when looking at individual vans.
Although your priorities all depend on who you are and what you want to use the van for. However, if there’s one thing you should check and double-check it’s the space in the rear. This is one thing far too many people neglect when buying a van. Consider the maximum amount of cargo you’d ever take at one time, and get some measurements. Check the written dimensions and measure them yourself when you come to test-drive the van. You don’t want to drive out to your first removals job, only to find out you don’t have enough space! Some people get to the lot, then decide to choose a smaller van with more high-tech features or more comfortable van seats. I urge you to think about practicality long before leisure. This isn’t a guide on sports cars!
Finally, the running costs. These are important to consider when you’re buying any kind of vehicle. However, they’re especially significant if you’re planning to make money with your van. Both fuel consumption and insurance premiums will vary massively from van to van. Even if two models from the same line look and feel very similar, there may be a huge difference in how much it costs to insure and fuel. If you purchase a van that costs a lot in fuel and insurance, you may not be able to price your business competitively. This will just result in you pouring more and more money down the drain until you find a more economical van. There are countless online resources you can use to check the insurance and efficiency of any van. Just make sure you do it before you go to the lot, and not after!
There you have the three most important things to consider when you’re buying a van. Whatever you’re using your commercial vehicle for, take your time, and make sure you don’t overlook a single detail.