Category Archives: Van Hire

Van Ownership – Leasing Or Buying

What are the differences between leasing or buying a van?
 
When you buy a van, you are purchasing the vehicle outright. The purchase gives you complete ownership of the vehicle.
With van ownership, you are responsible for all the maintenance and the management of your vehicle. The van can be purchased with cash or on credit.
When a van is purchased by a business, it becomes a business asset in the form of a capital asset. This means that you can use the van for tax deductions, swaps, loans […]

Record number of vans registered in 2015

Recent figures released by The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders show the popularity of vans among commercial vehicle drivers is at an all-time high.
The report shows that nearly 100,000 vans were registered in the first three months of 2015. A 22% year-on-year increase, the number is the highest since records began in 1987.
Along with the recovering economy and vast range of tempting finance deals from manufacturers, experts believe there is one other major factor contributing to the spectacular boom – online shopping.
The convenience of […]

Are you looking for a new commercial vehicle?


Are you looking to purchase a new van but are unsure which one to choose? If this sounds like a dilemma you are having right now then we have the solution! We have put together a list of some of the best-selling panel vans to help you make your choice.
There are, of course, your specific needs that you will have to consider which we are unlikely to touch upon, which is why you need to make […]

Choosing the Best Routing Software

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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 […]

Some of our Favourite Vans

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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 […]

UK’s Commercial Vehicle Sector Breaking Records

Image of £20 NotesIt’s only a few weeks into 2014 however the UK’s commercial vehicle sector has already broken a number of records. As we saw at the end of 2013, commercial vehicle sales were once again on the rise after a substantial period of being at an all-time low due to the recession. Many of those who work in the commercial vehicle sector are therefore optimistic about what this year will bring, and here we […]

Businesses Looking to Increase Commercial Vehicle Fleets in 2014

Image of white vanChristmas is one of the busiest times of the year for commercial vehicle fleet managers, especially as the popularity of internet shopping has increased year on year. These days nearly everyone orders at least one of their Christmas presents online which needs to be delivered using some form of commercial vehicle. So what does this mean for commercial vehicle fleets in the near future? VanQuoteDirect investigates:

Purchasing a Minibus

Minibus motorwayMinibuses can be very useful vehicles to own when you’re looking to transport large groups of people on a regular basis.
Obviously a necessity for many schools and popular with sports teams, clubs and associations, if you’re looking to purchase a minibus, there are certain things that need to be considered, as with the purchase of any vehicle – often referred to as a Transport Audit.

Iveco Keep Share of the 3.5 Tonne Market


Iveco are an Italian van and truck manufacturer and during 2012 the managed to keep their share of the 3.5 tonne UK van market at a constant 5.7 per cent. This is the same percentage as in 2011 even though the market as a whole was down 1 per cent year on year. The strange thing about Iveco is that it doesn’t compete in a market below 3.5 tonnes and because of this it wasn’t […]

Northgate van rental move to a premium only policy


Northgate are van rental specialists and they have just signed a deal with 4Fleet that will last three years. This is Goodyear Dunlop’s service that is based in the UK which is targeted at fleets. This is a huge step for Northgate as they currently have a fleet of about 100,000 vans as they now move to only having premium tyres for its vans, 52,000 of which are in the UK and Ireland. Keeping a fleet […]