A van is one of the most essential investments any business can make, so choosing the right one is a big decision. You may be thinking where do I start?! Our guide will help you determine what you should be thinking about when looking for your next business van.
What loads will you be transporting?
Vans are needed by all kinds of businesses from couriers to caterers; from construction workers to florists, there are many commercial uses for a van. One of the biggest decision making factors to think about when purchasing a van is the load capacity.
Overloading a vehicle can be dangerous on the roads as the stopping distance can be affected dramatically. When researching what type of van you want to invest in you will need to consider its maximum capacity and the weight of the vehicle itself.
What size van will you need?
Different businesses will have different needs, so it is important you get the right size van to suit your business.
Small vans such as the Mercedes-Benz Citan
Small vans offer a safe space to store deliveries and equipment when on the move. They are also cost-effective and agile to be driven on short journeys. This would be the ideal size van for someone who does a lot of driving around in small bursts but may just have a bit too much equipment to fit safely in a car such as photographers, caterers and other similar professions.
Medium Vans such as the Mercedes-Benz Vito
Medium sized vans are useful for a number of professionals as they offer enough space to transport long items but also have straight, tall side walls should racking need to be installed or cargo needs to be safely stacked. This size vehicle would often be used by tradesmen and delivery drivers. Capable of doing both longer journeys and city driving, a medium vans versatility makes it a great investment for many businesses.
Large Vans such as the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
Typically used by businesses such as removals and logistics for transporting heavy loads, large vans offer extra space for transporting larger and longer loads. They often have a higher roof too meaning you can carry taller items but also stand up inside to make loading the van easier. However, due to the added length and weight, driving a large van requires extra care when taking corners, going around bends and driving at a higher speed so may not be the best option if this is your first move from car to van.
The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is available in a range of larger payloads and vaster load space options.