A Guide to Buying Your Next Van



For tradesmen and women around the country, a van is more than simply a way of getting you from point A to point B. It acts as the backbone for many businesses and you should think long and hard about making sure you choose the right vehicle. If you’re in the market for a new van, here’s what you need to know.

What Type of Van Is Right for You

The first thing you need to do is decide what type of van is most suitable for your needs. If you want a general purpose vehicle, that’s suited to a range of different tasks, panel vans, like the Ford Transit Custom or the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, are the most common choices.

If you do a lot of work in the city, though, and need something smaller you may want to opt for something like the Volkswagen Caddy instead. Similarly, if you want to maximise space entirely, a luton box van, where the cargo bay extends over the cab, is your best choice.

Should You Buy New or Used

Once you’ve identified the kind of vehicle you need, you’ll have to decide whether to go new or used. Buying new directly from the supplier will give you the most options, as you’ll be able to customise the vehicle to suit your specific needs. Of course, this will come at a premium and you could make significant savings by shopping in the used market instead.

If you decide to go down this route, take a professional mechanic to inspect the vehicle before you commit to any purchase. This is especially important if the vehicle has been customised in anyway. If any modifications weren’t fitted properly, it could end up costing you a fortune down the line.

Finding the Right Insurance

Likewise, choosing the wrong van insurance policies could greatly affect you in the long-term. As service providers look to recover the costs of uninsured drivers, premiums for everyone, not just young and inexperienced drivers, have increased. Fortunately, there are still a number of ways you can counteract this.

Your insurance company will look favourably on you if you install security-enhancing features like alarms, immobilisers, or a tracker in your vehicle. Finally, if you have a proven track record of problem-free driving, make sure your lender is aware of this. Whether it’s for another company vehicle or even your own personal car, this will likely reduce your premiums.

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