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When looking to buy a van, whether it’s for business or personal use, there are a few things you need to consider first. As the saying goes, a wise man buys with his head, and not with his heart, so consider the following before you splash your cash on your next van.
1. Size does matter
When looking at the size of the van, you do need to consider what it will be used for, how much space you need, and how heavy the cargo is that you will be carrying. This is for practical purposes, but there are more pressing matters to consider when considering how your van will be used. If you overload your van, you will not only cause undue strain on the vehicles components, but you will also incur the wrath of the police if you aren’t following legal requirements. Therefore, choose something that will accommodate your precious cargo safely and legally, and with enough space to match your needs.
2. First impressions count
What will the van say about you or your business? If you turn up somewhere in a rickety old vehicle (probably with the words ‘please clean me’ inscribed in the dirt), potential customers are likely to turn their nose up at you. If expense is an issue, you can still buy something attractive second-hand. However, there are finance options available for new vehicles. Check out the information on the Ford Transit Connect, for example, a good looking van that comes with a range of payment possibilities. First impressions count, so boost your business and self-worth with something decent.
3. Are you going the extra mile?
If you are travelling longer distances, you need to consider the running costs. It needs to be reliable to avoid breakdown costs, so buy something that is properly maintained. Fuel consumption is another issue, so consider how many miles it does to the gallon. Then there are the general wear and tear issues that come with long drives, including brake and tyre wear, so there will be added maintenance fees eventually. Then consider the resale value. Long distance driving can bring the resale price down, so think carefully before you make that initial purchase. Every vehicle has it’s running costs, but if you are constantly going to be out on the roads, these expenses will add up quickly. Therefore, buy something that is economical to drive and built for longevity.
4. Safety comes first
This is where the expense comes in again, but if you are buying second-hand, you don’t want to end up with a junker. Not only is your safety paramount, but if you are transporting cargo as part of a business, you need to consider the impact an unsafe vehicle will have on your customers and their/your goods. So, make sure the van is reliable and test drive it as you would when buying a car. Then look for something with added safety features to help keep your vehicle accident-free.
5. Your opinion matters
Finally, there are other factors that come into play, and these are down to personal preference. Despite the practical requirements, remember it is probably going to be you driving the van. So ask yourself these questions. Does it feel good to drive? Does it tick your boxes for everything you need (wifi capability, Bluetooth, cup holders, etc.)? Will you be comfortable? If you aren’t going to enjoy driving the van, then look elsewhere until you find something that suits you.
Thanks for reading!