German manufacturer Volkswagen plan to give fleet operators the opportunity to road test their new Crafter Van for up to six months thanks to a ‘try before you buy’ scheme. They will be making about eighty vans available to fleet operators who they are confident will be buying the vehicle at the end of the six month scheme.
Every firm who takes part in the scheme will be required to stay in regular contact and give feedback throughout the six month period on aspects such as the increase in payload and torque, reduction in fuel consumption and the much lower emissions which the Crafter van offers. Fleet operators will be responsible for the van insurance quote, all fuel costs and the installation of any specialist equipment or conversions that are needed. The depreciation on the van will be covered by Volkswagen.
Alastair Hemmings, fleet manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said “We have found that simply supplying a vehicle to a customer for a week does not allow them to fully experience all of the benefits. Customers need vehicles that are to their specific requirements, that they can operate in their own individual environments and over a prolonged period of time in order to fully test them. We would prefer that the vehicles are sold to the customer at the end of the period although we do understand that some customers may wish to return them.”
Volkswagen are determined to make sure that the Crafter can experience the huge success they had with both the Caddy and Transporter models. They are happy for some conversion work to be done and if any vans are returned, they will be sold through their Van Centre Network. The scheme will also help Volkswagen produce vehicles that offer online van insurance quotes and build stronger relationships with their customers.