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The Hidden Cost of Buying Second-Hand Vans

As every business knows, vans can be essential to a business but they can also be extremely expensive. It’s understandable that some companies choose to purchase used or second-hand vans as this seems to be cheaper than buying a brand new van – but is there another option?

In this article we discuss why it may work out cheaper to look at van leasing instead of purchasing a second hand van for your business.

There are always more maintenance issues with old vehicles; the more miles on the clock usually means the more maintenance and repair costs you will need to pay out. With a leased van you will have less maintenance issues as it’s a newer van and no MOTs will be required as it’s a brand new vehicle.

You will tend to find that the older vehicles are out of warranty and therefore you will pick up the tab for maintenance on the vehicle, not the manufacturer.

It’s important to remember that your vans represent your company. If you turn up for a job with a beat-up and run down van the customer will presume you are a run-down company, turn up in a brand new van and you will show customers that you care about the appearance of your company.

If you have a fleet of vans it looks nice if all vans are the same, but when purchasing second hand vans you are unable to be choosy about the vans your drivers have and it can result in having a hotchpotch of vans which lacks professionalism.

We all know that older vehicles emit more particulates than newer models and then can also be less fuel efficient. There are two concerns here – firstly you are paying more on fuel than you would if it was a newer model and secondly you may find your vehicles banned from the London Low Emission Zone.

Another concern with a second hand van is that you are locking away the capital. You are putting money into a van and when it comes round to selling the van you will lose money on it – this money could be put into improving other areas of the business.

In conclusion, purchasing a second hand van can hit your pocket in more ways than just the purchase of the vehicle due to maintenance costs. Purchasing a brand new van will cost more money but there will be less maintenance costs, however the money will be needed up front for the vehicle.

Another option is van leasing, as we know when you purchase a new vehicle you need a lot of money up front and the value of the van depreciates immediately but through van leasing you do not need a large amount upfront and the value depreciation is not your concern as after a few years you can take it back to the van leasing company and start again with a brand new van if you choose?

Tips For Driving A Van Safely

Knowing how to drive a car and being legally able to do so is a highly significant thing but if you try to drive a van for the first time you will notice that there are certain differences. It is a matter of safety that you familiarise yourself with driving a van before you set out on any significant journey behind the wheel of one.
Check the state of it
Although it may be a slightly more significant challenge to drive a van in comparison to a car (due to the extra size and weight of the vehicle) the same rules certainly apply to keeping a check over the health of it. Regular maintenance checks are just as important when you are driving a van on a regular basis so do all the necessary inspections under the bonnet on your fluid levels, as well as also ensuring that your tyres and suchlike are in a good enough condition.
Good planning
It is never helpful if you are rushing in your car trying to get somewhere frantically because you are running late and this can very easily lead to accidents as you begin bending or even breaking the rules. To ensure that you can make your journey without needing to speed or ignore other safety guidelines it is vital that you leave yourself enough time to get to where you have to be. If you are relatively new to driving a van then this is of extra importance.
Being aware of the size difference
It will be highly noticeable that you are no longer driving something as compact as a regular car once you get behind the wheel of a van but your behaviour on the road simply must reflect this. If you are at all unsure about whether you can fit through a tight space while you are driving a van then make sure you do not risk it. The same applies to a car of course but the likelihood of crashing will be increased if you are at all unfamiliar with van driving.
Manage the load
A huge advantage of driving a van is the extra amount of items that you can store in the vehicle. This opens up a lot more opportunities with regard to transferring things too but always try to take the time to store things carefully rather than placing them in the van in a haphazard manner. You will notice the benefits if you set things out in the van with more care.

Article written by Michael Thorpe on behalf of the contract hire deals provider –