Many small business owners often struggle when it comes to finding the right commercial vehicles for their business. After all, there’s a lot to consider so you can’t really blame them for sometimes getting it wrong. It doesn’t need to be a headache, however. Just a little bit of planning ahead can make for a much smoother ride.
First of all, you need to consider what you need your van for. Are you a hairdresser, caterer or IT worker? If so, you’re unlikely to need a huge long-wheel-base Transit, for example. If you only need to ferry around small amounts of equipment and are unlikely ever to be delivering or dropping off large objects, and aren’t likely to need the scale to expand, a smaller van is likely to be best for you. The Fiat Scudo, for example, is a small- to mid-size combi van which is suitable for a number of different uses, giving you the space you require to store tools and small pieces of equipment but without needing the masses of space that a larger van might provide.
If, however, you’re operating a removal business or will be doing building and heavy labouring work, you’re going to need a bigger workhorse. Vans such as the Ford Transit or Fiat Ducato have both the size and the scale to fit large pieces of equipment inside them as well as being ideal for large deliveries and heavy haulage. Couriers, for example, often rely on the Ducato as their cargo van of choice, and for good reason. The storage space inside is much larger than many other vans, and the ride quality and comfort is superb, giving you the best of both worlds.
Many people also find that larger vans are easier to drive and manoeuvre, often due to the higher ride height, making larger vans such as the Ducato an automatic choice for many people running small businesses. These are all considerations which need to be made, but you needn’t panic and worry about choosing a new commercial vehicle. After all, when you’re setting up a new business it’s a stressful time as it is, having to worry about getting everything off the ground and organising all sorts of things, so choosing a van needn’t be a massive headache.
In short, the main consideration needs to be matching the size to your needs. Following that, you should look at reliability of vans. Will you need a van which can handle being stopped and started every half a mile or are you looking for something which can manage long-haul motorway journeys? Once you’ve narrowed it down, go out on a few test drives and see what takes your fancy. After all, choosing a new commercial vehicle should be an enjoyable exercise — it’s one of the first steps on your journey into the world of small business and you should embrace it as a fantastic new experience.