What is important to you when buying a new van?

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Mr G Courier Service

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Original Poster

I was reading the post about the bipper that although it takes a pallet surely doesn't have much cabin space for the driver. so it made me think

When looking for a van what order would you put these?

driver comfort-fuel economy -capacity- great sound system- good looks-reliability

DMS NATIONWIDE COURIERS

5507

Hi james, i always look for capicity first then reliability, fuel and comfort in that order. I drive a x reg berlingo and it gets me everywhere. No major problems but i think the key is getting it serviced regular.

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

Mr G -Award winning courier service said:


I was reading the post about the bipper that although it takes a pallet surely doesn't have much cabin space for the driver. so it made me think

When looking for a van what order would you put these?

driver comfort-fuel economy -capacity- great sound system- good looks-reliability

I sat in a nemo about 4 years ago and there is more room in a crisp packet and people who say they will do 60 + mpg day in and day out are talking Tommy rot

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

Are you sure you 2 are talking about vans? Good looks, reliability, capacity, getting serviced regularly... lol

MyVanCan

1018

Miles per gallon, reliability, load carrying, comfort, and that's just how I prefer my women never mind the vans.

Springer Express Couriers

2148

This is a question at the foremost at the moment for us, My berlingo has done 200K and just had it's first clutch etc and I'm sure it will run for another 100K with no problems as it still drives like a van with a 3rd of the mileage, Now I'm sure we are not alone in thinking that it is very quiet so far this year and we have a couple of good contract that have kept up us afloat, however here's the question, SWB or not? 1 contract insists on a larger van and the others we can use a m/cycle/ car/svan If I went for a traffic I would be increasing my outgoings but I maybe able to fill in dead miles with eBay work (has it really come to this?) I would lose around 10MPG but if a transit job came up there would be increased income, tricky one as I think we have come to a cross roads, straight on with berlingo, right with new van or left pack in and do something else, your thoughts gentlemen

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

I'd stick with the little un, you can always sub out the bigger stuff

PB Express

1049

If your thinking of a swb transit size van i'd go for the vivaro they are a lot more economical

ZENITH Courier Services

1383

Sorry to go banging on about the Transit Custom, but if you're in the market for a new van, they're a tad smaller than regular Transit.

As for order of preferences, mine would be the same as myvancan, although i'd put mpg and reliability joint equal (if i'm saving on fuel then proper maintenance becomes easier).

PW Courier Services

1302

I run a Mercedes Vito 109 long on an 05 plate, keep at about 65/70 very good MPG can get two standard pallets in but the only down fall is the height, very comfy, do regular services on it, not let me down as yet

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

Acceleration is my 1st priority, I hate these 70bhp vans that take ages to get up to 60, you need a bit of power especially when driving in big cities, no2 would be comfort & quietness nothing worse when cruising at 70mph and all you can hear is a high revving engine, no3 fuel economy,, reliability should come has standard, air con is a requirement of mine the difference it makes when the weather is boiling is fantastic, you wouldn't buy a car without air con, why settle for anything less I mean you sat in it every day, and whatever you do don't buy a Ford.

Phax

2250

Small is always better. Statistics seem to point at more small work available. I prefer the comfort staying cool is much safer lol

Springer Express Couriers

2148

I would have no problem with subbing the work out if it were just normal pallets But this work is delicate and valuable, Shame the van hire industry does not work out a solution to pick a van up on a sunday, having to hire a van for the weekend as you need it early Monday takes a big chunk of profit out of the job!

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

The expense of getting a new bigger van v a trusted subbie

I know what i'd do

HSP Couriers LTD

1861

New van it is then! (joke)

Asap-Direct

4759

64 million dollar question. Sods law says which ever you choose will be right some of the time and wrong other times. We had a FiatScudo changed for vw transporter carries 2 pallets same economy normally get better rate. Job done.

Gas Motorcycle Couriers

3617

TLC Couriers said:


64 million dollar question. Sods law says which ever you choose will be right some of the time and wrong other times. We had a FiatScudo changed for vw transporter carries 2 pallets same economy normally get better rate. Job done.

Thank you for doing that small job in a biggish van this morning.

ZENITH Courier Services

1383

AJM sameday Couriers said:


Acceleration is my 1st priority, I hate these 70bhp vans that take ages to get up to 60, you need a bit of power especially when driving in big cities, no2 would be comfort & quietness nothing worse when cruising at 70mph and all you can hear is a high revving engine, no3 fuel economy,, reliability should come has standard, air con is a requirement of mine the difference it makes when the weather is boiling is fantastic, you wouldn't buy a car without air con, why settle for anything less I mean you sat in it every day, and whatever you do don't buy a Ford.

You are a loon :)

AJM sameday Couriers

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ZENITH Courier Services said:


AJM sameday Couriers said:


Acceleration is my 1st priority, I hate these 70bhp vans that take ages to get up to 60, you need a bit of power especially when driving in big cities, no2 would be comfort & quietness nothing worse when cruising at 70mph and all you can hear is a high revving engine, no3 fuel economy,, reliability should come has standard, air con is a requirement of mine the difference it makes when the weather is boiling is fantastic, you wouldn't buy a car without air con, why settle for anything less I mean you sat in it every day, and whatever you do don't buy a Ford.

You are a loon :)

Why am I a loon, people are different I don't like Fords and I don't like slow vans, most people see a van has white with no indicators, dirty driven by a bloke smoking a fag with a a mobile phone welded to his ear with a ford badge on the back, the choice of vans these days is fantastic, why shouldn't I expect something that is more than capable.

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

I didn't realsie i'd been spotted

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

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Springer Express Couriers said:


I would have no problem with subbing the work out if it were just normal pallets But this work is delicate and valuable, Shame the van hire industry does not work out a solution to pick a van up on a sunday, having to hire a van for the weekend as you need it early Monday takes a big chunk of profit out of the job!

Charge more then!

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

2818

AJM sameday Couriers said:


ZENITH Courier Services said:


AJM sameday Couriers said:


Acceleration is my 1st priority, I hate these 70bhp vans that take ages to get up to 60, you need a bit of power especially when driving in big cities, no2 would be comfort & quietness nothing worse when cruising at 70mph and all you can hear is a high revving engine, no3 fuel economy,, reliability should come has standard, air con is a requirement of mine the difference it makes when the weather is boiling is fantastic, you wouldn't buy a car without air con, why settle for anything less I mean you sat in it every day, and whatever you do don't buy a Ford.

You are a loon :)

Why am I a loon, people are different I don't like Fords and I don't like slow vans, most people see a van has white with no indicators, dirty driven by a bloke smoking a fag with a a mobile phone welded to his ear with a ford badge on the back, the choice of vans these days is fantastic, why shouldn't I expect something that is more than capable.

I agree Gary, I hate Ford vans too.

Air con essential, Fuel economy is certainly not a major issue [Price jobs accordingly] but for what I drive, comfort and something with a bit of poke is paramount!

Speed Couriers Nationwide Ltd

10314

Surely you just open the visor a bit more Alan

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD.

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Speed Couriers (Stansted) said:


Surely you just open the visor a bit more Alan

LOL

That of course is the benefit of 2 wheels :)

Most of the work I do is van, but 2 wheels is a service I offer and I do cover a fair amount of Bike stuff.

ZENITH Courier Services

1383

RAPID LIGHT TRANSPORT LTD. said:


AJM sameday Couriers said:


ZENITH Courier Services said:


AJM sameday Couriers said:


Acceleration is my 1st priority, I hate these 70bhp vans that take ages to get up to 60, you need a bit of power especially when driving in big cities, no2 would be comfort & quietness nothing worse when cruising at 70mph and all you can hear is a high revving engine, no3 fuel economy,, reliability should come has standard, air con is a requirement of mine the difference it makes when the weather is boiling is fantastic, you wouldn't buy a car without air con, why settle for anything less I mean you sat in it every day, and whatever you do don't buy a Ford.

You are a loon :)

Why am I a loon, people are different I don't like Fords and I don't like slow vans, most people see a van has white with no indicators, dirty driven by a bloke smoking a fag with a a mobile phone welded to his ear with a ford badge on the back, the choice of vans these days is fantastic, why shouldn't I expect something that is more than capable.

I agree Gary, I hate Ford vans too.

Air con essential, Fuel economy is certainly not a major issue [Price jobs accordingly] but for what I drive, comfort and something with a bit of poke is paramount!

Loons.

I'm a Ford fan. There may be better vehicles but i think Fords are excellent value.

Manchester SameDay Ltd

1404

We've just taken on another New Berlingo Enterprise 1.6HDI over 2 years contract hire at £119pm, this beats even buying a van from Auction, 60MPG treated and driven carefully, in our opinion probably the best looking SV at the moment.

SMH

1863

All mine are limited or trends 125 to 140 ps and part from my navara which is 240, im a bit like AJM :-)

The limited transit better seats and heated / cruise/dab radio/a/c / bluetooth / alloys job lot

SMH

1863

but for what I drive, comfort and something with a bit of poke is paramount!

Well that does away with anything french just ford and mercs left but there is only 1 pokey merc and thats the V6

We Are Parcel Delivery

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Mr G -Award winning courier service said:


I was reading the post about the bipper that although it takes a pallet surely doesn't have much cabin space for the driver. so it made me think

When looking for a van what order would you put these?

driver comfort-fuel economy -capacity- great sound system- good looks-reliability

Basically, anyone need to consider some points before buying a van for business purpose like type of van, make your check list to observe the van , is it perfect for your business or not. Check this links for detail research : http://www.towergateinsurance.co.uk/info-zone/motor/buying-a-van-that-works-for-your-business/ and http://www.vesource.co.uk/leasing-information/go/page/car-buying-advantages-disadvantages

021 SAMEDAY

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City Connect Couriers Ltd said:


We've just taken on another New Berlingo Enterprise 1.6HDI over 2 years contract hire at £119pm, this beats even buying a van from Auction, 60MPG treated and driven carefully, in our opinion probably the best looking SV at the moment.

How many miles does that allow and what is the per mile excess rate?

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

021 SAMEDAY said:


City Connect Couriers Ltd said:


We've just taken on another New Berlingo Enterprise 1.6HDI over 2 years contract hire at £119pm, this beats even buying a van from Auction, 60MPG treated and driven carefully, in our opinion probably the best looking SV at the moment.

How many miles does that allow and what is the per mile excess rate?

Did you ever get an answer?

Michael Lucani

567

Price?

021 SAMEDAY

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Michael Lucani said:


Price?

Not the main consideration - the last van we got rid of cost £11500 new but had over £60,000 of fuel through it.

Swiftukcouriers

1086

That its got an engine and runs

AJM sameday Couriers

3440

pc couriers said:


That its got an engine and runs

But not a ford engine

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