Are you looking to purchase a new van but you are unsure of which one you should choose? If this sounds like a dilemma you are having right now we have a solution! We have put together a list of some of the bestselling panel vans at the moment to help you make your choice. There are of course your specific needs that you have to consider and we are unlikely to touch upon them all so ensure you make your choice carefully because a van isn’t just for Christmas! The vans we are looking at in particular are panel vans because there is no better van for diversity in the commercial vehicle market. So whether you do long or short haul journeys, whether you do multiple drops of you are simply transporting you and your team to your next job there will be a van for you.
Ford Transit Custom
The Ford Transit has been a popular choice for many years now and the latest model, the Custom has a really good load space for a mid-sized van. Not only this, it has great driving and performance which over the years we have come to expect from Ford. There is of course a steal bulk-head, there is the option of either a long or short wheel base and the cabin is very car-like which should make your journeys more comfortable. The engine is a 2.2 litre TDCi which has up to 155bhp. There is also an eco-friendly version of the van to – the Econetic models have around 46.3mpg although if you are looking for an automatic transmission this vehicle is not for you. Continue reading
Here at VanQuoteDirect we often provide tips and advice on how to keep your vans (or any other types of commercial vehicles for that matter) in tip top condition. However, we know that in order to keep your vehicles well-maintained you sometimes need to fork out some cash, which is why we are here to help! Continue reading
When it comes to your next van insurance policy it can be tempting to just stick with your current provider, however this isn’t always going to be your cheapest option. It is important to shop around and compare quotes with your existing policy as well as talking to your current broker. There are a number of ways in which you can lower your premiums, so keep reading to find out more!
In our previous competitions VanQuoteDirect has given away products and gadgets that help you clean the outside of your commercial vehicles – and now it’s time to look after the inside! That’s right, this month we are giving away a hand held dust buster that can be used on both wet and dry dirt! Continue reading
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