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The versatility of a Dropside Van

The versatility of a Dropside VanPick-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 and practical [...]

Vans For Sale ads – How to avoid getting stung!

If you’re in the market for a new van, there’s no shortage of vans for sale ads – but how do avoid getting stung and get the right van for you? Here’s our top tips.
Vans for sale

Vans for sale

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 suits your [...]

Crash

CrashLorry and van drivers are, statistically speaking, some of the safest drivers on the road, being involved in the least amount of traffic accidents. According to the Department for Transport, motorcyclists and cyclists are the most vulnerable road users, but that doesn’t mean commercial vehicle drivers get off lightly.

Whether you’re a commercial van driver or a cyclist, there’s a lot we can all learn, about why traffic accidents happen. Knowing what are the main causes, can help us minimise the risk of being in a road accident ourselves, as well as helping to protect those around us – in terms of our passengers and other road users.

Driver error or reaction – the biggest cause of traffic accident

Driver error is by far the biggest cause of road traffic accidents on UK roads. This umbrella term covers [...]

Yellow Vans

Yellow Vans
Building up your No Claims Bonus is a sure-fire way to lower your insurance premiums – but it isn’t the only way. Many insurance companies are prepared to lower your insurance premiums, if you can prove you’re a safe van driver. Of course, you should always drive safely, but it doesn’t hurt to use one of the following methods to prove that this is the case.

Telematics devices (also known as a black box)

A black box is a small device that’s fitted to your van, that sends data back to your insurance company. It records information about your driving style, including how hard you break, how you handle cornering and whether you have a heavy right foot. This information is then used to calculate your premiums every three months, based on how well you [...]

Van Leasing

Van LeasingMany business owners will, at some stage, want to change their company vehicles. This inevitably leads them to wonder what’s the best option for their business – leasing or buying? Traditionally, buying a vehicle was seen as a sounder business decision, since you own it outright and have no ongoing costs (other than your tax and insurance etc).
However, with an influx of small to medium-sized business joining the commercial market, things are changing and opinion has swung into the opposite direction. For many, the idea of leasing their next commercial vehicle is now considered to be the smarter choice.

Leasing – you don’t own it, you rent it

What was once considered to be the biggest downsides to leasing, is now seen as a major benefit. Yes, you don’t own the vehicle [...]

Transit Custom 2018

A NEW-look Ford Transit Custom has been revealed, with more safety kit and a frugal new ECOnetic version as the highlights of the face-lifted version of the UK’s top-selling van arriving early next year.

Outside, the Transit Custom’s new look is designed to follow Ford’s latest passenger cars and consists of a high-mounted trapezoidal grille and dynamic, slim headlamps.

The lights in particular, are available with the latest technology such as the signature LED daytime running lights and powerful HID Xenon headlamps.

New-look Ford Transit CustomModern cockpit
It’s not just the outside of the Transit Custom that gets a new look, the inside is completely new too, with an instrument panel based on Ford’s new interior design that can be seen in the all-new Fiesta with a floating, tablet-inspired eight-inch colour touchscreen with [...]

Totally Vans x-class-

Mercedes-Benz has taken the covers off its all-new 4×4 double cab pick-up, the X-Class, and it goes on sale in the UK this November with customer deliveries starting in early 2018. Continuing Merc’s already established relationship with the Renault-Nissan Alliance (Citan), X-Class is based on the underpinnings of the latest generation Nissan Navara and the upcoming Renault Alaskan. UK variants will be built in Nissan’s state-of-the-art facility in Barcelona.

Drivetrains
From launch there will be one engine option in the UK, a re-worked version of the 190hp/450Nm Renault/Nissan 2.3-litre bi-turbo four-cylinder diesel. Four-wheel drive (high and low range) is selectable electronically and there’s a six-speed manual transmission fitted as standard with a seven-speed auto ’box available as an option. UK buyers, however, will have to wait until the summer of 2018 for the [...]

van on road

van on road

Automatic vans are on the rise, as more people are seeing the benefits of them. With Ford launching new automatic options for their ever-popular Transit and Transit Custom models in 2016, most commercial van manufacturers are now producing automatic versions of their manual vans. But which is best for your needs?

When it comes to making the choice between manual and automatic, it really does come down to driver preference. However, there are options to consider, as detailed below.

Type of driving and overall driver comfort

If you’re looking to do a lot of city driving, an automatic may be a better option for you. The problem with all those stop-starts is your legs can really start to feel it, due to the constant clutch depressions! Having an automatic model gives your calf muscle a well-deserved rest and can [...]

Navarra Blog HeaderNissan have spent the last 80 years building pickup trucks, and it shows with the latest Navara model range. The steering is responsive, making it easy to corner and control at speed and the material and quality of the Navara are first class.

Here’s our ten reasons why we think you’d love the Nissan Navara.

Safety

The Nissan Navara achieved a 5-star rating in the Euro NCAP safety test, impressive safety features such as Forward Emergency Breaking system and two ISOFIX child seat mounts. All models also come with 7 airbags as standard and LED daytime running lights.

Comfort

The driver’s seat is both leather and powered. The ride itself is comfortable, as the Nissan Navara is fitted with multi-link rear suspension, to minimise bounce and offer a more comfortable ride. The Double [...]

Pickup Blog

Pickup Blog
The pickup truck market is going through a bit of a boom at the minute – and is it any wonder! More savvy business owners are embracing the versatility of the pickup and, with motor companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Renault, Fiat, Nissan, Isuzu and Ford all creating some great vehicles, there’s plenty of choice in the 1 tonne mid-sized pickup market.

But what are the benefits of having a pickup as your next new business vehicle?

The ultimate dual purpose vehicle

There’s no doubt about it, the 5 seater, double cab varieties are winning in the popularity stakes. They give the ultimate in flexibility – a sturdy work vehicle for during the working week and a useful and comfortable family car for the weekend – ruling out the expense of investing in [...]

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