When it comes to purchasing new, used or multiple commercial vehicles, the after-sale products you receive can make the difference between a value for money purchase and a vehicle that will end up costing you in the long run. This is why these days it is unusual for commercial vehicle dealers not to offer some sort of after-sale products as a ‘bonus’ for buying a vehicle with them instead of a competitor. However, how can you tell the difference between an after-sale product that is actually beneficial or one that is just thrown in to help make a sale? VanQuoteDirect explains: Continue reading
Whether you use your van for work on a daily basis or just use it every now and again, at VanQuoteDirect we know that they tend to build up dirt quickly. Furthermore, due to the size of vans they are not always easy to clean, which is why we are giving away a pressure washer in our Facebook competition! Continue reading
There is always something new coming to the commercial vehicle market which can often make it difficult when it comes to choosing a new van. Even after you have chosen what you think is going to be the most suitable van for your business you then have to decide whether you are going to purchase it first or second hand. If you are going to purchase a van brand new you have to decide which extras, if any, you want and whether you want the vehicle on finance or to pay for it out right. If you are purchasing a van second hand you have to decide whether you are going to buy from a private seller or a garage. With so many decisions to be made, VanQuoteDirect has decided to help with one of the most important ones: which van should you buy? Continue reading
This is not just any competition, this is a VanQuoteDirect competition to win a Marks and Spencer Cool Bag! That’s right, we are giving away a cool bag to one lucky winner in our Twitter competition and all you have to do to be in with a chance of winning is follow us @VanZoneBlog and Retweet using the hashtag #VQDCool. Continue reading
When it comes to choosing routing software the first thing you need to ensure is that you have all the appropriate data including customer codes, delivery addresses and time windows as well as the orders. You should have this information in your order processing systems which simply means transferring the data from here to the routing software. You also need to consider that if you are also using a warehouse management system, once the routes have been selected, they will then have to be sent to this system too. Next comes extracting this information: you should speak to your software provider to find out how easy transferring your data will be. If you are lucky enough to have an IT department, they will be able to create an interface that allows the data to be extracted easily and clean up the data so you are only getting the information that you actually need. Continue reading
In the UK there are two types of picnics: those that consist of soggy sandwiches and paper plates, and those that look like something Delia Smith has put together. Even though it may seem like a lot of effort to create a picnic like Delia’s, the truth is that most of it is down to clever planning and storage, which is why VanQuoteDirect is giving away a Tiffin Box to one lucky winner on Facebook! Continue reading
This month we are having a look at a couple of our favourite vans, old and new. In the line-up this month is the Mercedes Citan Compact and the Ford Fiesta Sport Van.
Mercedes Citan Compact
Last year Mercedes entered the small van market with their Citan Compact which is based on Renault’s Kangoo. The entry of this van into the market means that businesses that run and manage fleets are now able to purchase commercial vehicles that range from 1,700kgs to 44 tonnes in just one deal.
There has been speculation as to why you would purchase the Citan Compact over the Kangoo as it is more expensive, however Renault’s version stopped being sold in the UK a couple of years ago.
The Citan Compact has a bigger cab space than potential rivals such as the Citroen Nemo, Fiat Fiorino and Peugeot Bipper, but it does have a strange look because there is a lot of room at the front and not as much, in comparison, at the back. The load space totals to 2.4 cubic meters which is similar to others on the market, however the payload is half that of the Nemo, Bipper and Fiorino. Continue reading
This month the new Renault Trafic was launched with a bold new look and revised engines. So here we will are looking at the best leasing deals around at the moment, however don’t forget to factor in costs such as breakdown cover, van insurance and road tax to your figures!
New Renault Trafic
The most obvious change to the Trafic is it’s striking new look as well as a new engine range to choose from. This version of the Trafic will be the third generation and it is set to go on sale during the summer. It has been given a new lease of life in the hope that it will be able to compete with Volkswagen’s Transporter and the Transit Custom that belongs to Ford in this small panel market.
The shape that you would typically associate with the Trafic has been scrapped and instead it now sports a new front end which is much bolder. It also has wider headlights as well as a sloping windscreen and a strip has been added between the two front grilles. While Renault has changed the design, they aren’t changing the essence of the van which is its strength, which is why Renault has given the all new Trafic a wrap around front bumper which will help protect it from any bumps. Continue reading
Easter is the perfect time for any van driver to give themselves a few days to kick back, relax and spoil themselves, and what better way to do this than with a box of Hotel Chocolat Easter Eggs? Continue reading