Pick-up and van registrations have increased 14.1% in October 2018, according to SMMT.
In October of 2017, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) recorded 24,968 light commercial vehicles (LCV) registered in the UK. Advance to October 2018 and there was a 14.1% spike, producing a figure of 28,494 total vehicles. Commercial 4x4s have done particularly well, boasting a staggering 585% increase in registrations in October 2018 vs October 2017, whereas registrations of vans of less than 2 tons dropped by 25%
Pick-up vehicles, such as the Ford Ranger, had a 3.2% increase in registrations in the same period, and vans of 2.5 – 3.5 tons also saw an improvement of 27.6%. October best sellers were the Ford Transit Custom, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit in the top three spots, followed by the [...]
In 2019 Ford will be paving their way onto the Plug-in market with a Transit Custom PHEV variant.
Ford redesigned the Transit in 2018, with a warm reception. Now, they are looking to expand the engine range with a PHEV model. We have seen PHEV Transit Custom prototypes in the past, but production plans haven’t been confirmed until now.
Sitting afront is a 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine with an electric motor. Electric power alone gives the van a 30 mile range, which it does whilst emitting zero emissions. Range anxiety is not an issue for the Transit, for the petrol engine helps bring the total range to 310 miles.
Recharging the battery can happen on the move, thanks to the regenerative braking facility. Driver’s can choose from three different [...]
Pick-up trucks are popular with many different tradesmen however, it’s the Dropside that offers maximum versatility. Whereas the Pick-up only has a rear opening panel, a Dropside will have side and rear opening panels – giving you easier access. Many Dropside cans are also based on a Platform cab, giving them a lower load height, designed to make for easier loading. And, with Single and Crew cab options available, they provide comprehensive solutions, no matter what type of business you have.
Here’s our shortlist of the most popular Dropside vans, available to purchase or lease.
Citroen Relay Dropside van
The Citroen Relay Dropside van is a ready-to-run specialist conversion, built on a light chassis. It has the same cabin as the panel van, making this both a comfortable [...]
As reported in the media recently, there are several driving law changes that you need to be aware of in 2018. Here’s a lowdown on what these changes are and how they affect you.
New driving test changes
Although these changes won’t directly affect you, it does mean you need to know about them, as some will have an impact on the roads you’re using. How? Well the biggest change is learner drivers will be allowed to drive on the motorway, provided they’re accompanied by an approved instructor – and driving a car fitted with dual controls.
Other changes to the driving test will see an end to reversing around a corner and turning-in-the-road, as these will be replaced with reversing into a parking space. Candidates will also have to follow [...]
Driver stress is something that affects everyone, regardless of whether they drive a car or a van. However, commercial vans account for a fifth of all traffic on the roads and, the longer you’re on the road, the more likely you are to witness road rage and driver stress. As stress, strain and fatigue are the three top problems commercial drivers face, it’s important that the take the reduction or minimisation of these things seriously.
Driving for a living isn’t always a smooth ride
Whether you’re a multi-drop delivery driver or a tradesman who spends a lot of time on the road, driving isn’t always a smooth ride. Sitting in one place for too long can lead to problems such as repetitive strain, lower back pain and a stiff neck, not [...]
A dropside van is the perfect vehicle for builders and landscape gardeners. Not only do they allow for the transportation of heavy or awkward materials, they also make it easy to load and unload them. However, as with any van selection, choosing a dropside van isn’t always easy, especially when it’s for commercial use. You can’t just narrow down your selection to what one you prefer the look off, as you need to factor in the functionality and practicality too.
Factors to consider when choosing a dropside van: Know your limits
Many commercial van providers cater for the standard van driver, who has a standard car driving licence. However, your licence plays an important part in your overall choice, as if you passed your test before 1st January 1997, the chances [...]
If you’re in the market for new vans for sale, there’s a mind-boggling array of choice out there. With an abundance of ads online and offline, along with dedicated dealer websites and trade magazines, finding vans for sale isn’t a problem.
However, ending up with a new van that isn’t up to the task at hand or that doesn’t match the description is a worry for many. So, how can you avoid getting stung financially or ending up with a complete donkey for a vehicle?
Here’s our top tips to implement, whilst you’re perusing those new vans for sale ads!
#1: Buy a little bigger than you need
When you’re shopping for a new van, you’re looking for something that will serve your business for several years. Buying something that [...]
For many labour, trade and delivery-based businesses, the use of a commercial van is essential. Without their own vehicle, many tradespeople would have no business. However, for many, the expense of getting that vehicle can prevent them from starting a business at all. If you’re looking for a cheap van leasing is a viable option. It saves you having to find a large chunk of cash and it allows you to get mobile, faster.
But is it a viable option for you and how cheap is van leasing exactly?
In simple terms, van leasing is where you pay an initial deposit, followed by a fixed number of set payments, over a period of months. At the end of the period, you can pay [...]
If you spend a lot of time on the road, you’re more likely to be involved in a traffic accident or insurance claim – it’s the law of averages. This isn’t about you being a bad driver, it’s simply because you’re on the road for longer periods of time than other drivers. Add in the fact that fraudulent insurance claims and ‘cash for crash’ fraudsters are on the increase, you’ll want to protect yourself and your no claims bonus! That’s why it’s a good idea for van drivers to invest in a dash cam.
How dash cams can be a worthwhile investment
Dash cam sales have surged in the last 4 years – and is it any wonder? Settling an insurance dispute or claim can cost you a lot, [...]