Buying a new van like any other new vehicle can at times be a bit daunting for many people. There are buying options, different models and a whole other host of things to think about.
One of the best things to do before you commit to buying a new van is to sit down and carefully think about what you actually need it for. Once you have your main requirements clear, you can then research new vans to see which models have the best specs to suit your needs.
The next step is, of course, checking the prices and thinking about the terms of your payment. There are some great instalment plans available but if you buy for cash, you can get some great discounts.
So, once you have figured out your requirements and have a good idea on how much you have to spend, you can start to look through some model specifications. For a good idea of what a van can do for you, there are just a few things to look out for.
1. Cubic Load Capacity
The cubic load capacity is measured in meters squared. This does not reflect the weight capacity, merely the actual size of the load carrying area. So, if your business moves large products that are very light in weight, you should carefully check the load capacity space. A lighter vehicle will be more fuel-efficient than a heavier stronger vehicle.
2. Load weight
The load weight of the van determines the actual weight of the cargo it can carry. The heavier the cargo the heavier the van needs to be which will in turn increases fuel consumption. If you don’t intend on carrying heavy loads, a lighter vehicle would be much more fuel efficient and cheaper the run. It is always worth thinking about the weight capacities to get the right van for your haulage needs.
3. Van engine Size
Engine size is another important factor that needs to be carefully considered before you make your final decision. Large capacity Citroen vans and other similar makes are great for long distances and for heavy loads but not so good for small short deliveries in towns. So, if you are delivering sandwiches in a local city, you don’t really need a powerful large engine capacity vehicle. This can make a lot of difference with fuel as well as with your insurance costs.
4. The Luxuries
We all, of course, love to drive vehicles that have some luxuries like air conditioning, blue tooth connectivity and electric windows. However, if you are just using your van for some light occasional duties, you can probably live without them. If on the other hand you intend to use the vehicle for long distances on a regular basis, it would probably be worth investing in a vehicle with some mod cons. The extras will add quite a bit to the price tag, so think carefully about your needs.
5. Van Quality
Like any vehicle, vans have quite a considerable choice when it comes to overall quality. This will be reflected in the price, but like anything in life, you get what you pay for. So, you need to think about your pocket and your requirements. Do you need the very latest braking technology and race tech engines or would just a more regular van be a better choice?
These specifications are some of the most basic things that you should think about before investing in a new van. However, at the end of the day, the final choice is up to you and your personal tastes do count.