What types of van are available?
Here are the main van types you can lease for business:
You can use a 4x4 like the Mitsubishi Outlander Commercial in icy or snowy conditions and it is an ideal in-between option for those who don’t want a big pickup truck.
These are ideal for removal companies and parcel deliveries due to the large space available in the back. The Ford Transit is a popular box van.
These work in a similar way to box vans, with an open-air bed in place of the cargo area. You can see this with the Volkswagen Amarok.
By far one of the most popular vans in the UK, you can choose between a low, medium and high roof and a short, medium and long wheelbase. A good example of a panel van is the Citroen Dispatch.
As the name suggests, these vans are ideal for use in urban areas due to their compact size. They’re normally used by auto factors or florists to do multi-drops. Try the Citroen Berlingo if you need a city van.
Like the Renault Master, the Luton has similarities with the box van, with a cab and chassis with a square box for cargo on the back.
What will you use your lease van for?
The reason for using the van is the most important thing to decide before anything else. From this point you can decide on the payload you’ll need for the van. If you are not sure about what sort of payload you’ll need, you can use the following guidelines for an approximate idea:
- Dry sand (full bag): 1,330kg per m3
- Potatoes (full bag): 50kg
- MDF sheet: 30kg to 40kg
- Cement (full bag): 25kg to 50kg
- Paint tin (5 litres): 7kg
Take into consideration how often you will be using the van and how much of its payload is likely to be needed on an ongoing basis.
Not only is the payload important, but also how it will be loaded on to the van. If you are regularly moving heavy loads you may require fork-lift access. For ongoing deliveries, during the day the driver may need to use the side of the van.
The type of step featured on the van will also depend on the design. You will find that panel vans have a lower floor with either sliding side doors or rear doors. Some vans are also available with extra steps as an added feature.
If your delivery or collection drivers only work in individual teams, then you probably will not need more than two seats. However, if the van is going to be used for transporting groups of people at any one time, or if you use it outside of work with family and friends, then you will need to take this into consideration. Driver comfort is important, especially for people who spend long hours inside the cab on a daily basis. Whether it’s yourself or someone else using it, ensuring the seating is well positioned and comfortable can make all the difference to the driving experience.
If the van is being used for carrying industrial equipment, it should be fine to use the original metal shell interior. However, for more sensitive material, you may want to line the van to protect not only the interior but the goods being carried. These are usually available as added extras, with either plastic or rubber lining used in the van.
The type of journeys and their lengths can help you determine whether to go diesel or petrol. If you frequently go on longer trips, you will need to lease a van that can stand up to the added stresses and strains this will place on the vehicle. Also, think about the areas you are driving into in terms of width and height – will the van be able to access the roads without any issue?
The last thing you need to consider is price. Read on to see how you can drive a van or fleet that suits your budget.