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:
Purchasing a New Commercial Vehicle
Due to the fact that they encounter a large amount of wear and tear on a daily basis, most individuals are put off from buying commercial vehicles brand new as their values depreciate incredibly quickly. Furthermore, they can cost more to insure which means you will need to look at a range of van insurance quotes before you buy. However, car dealers know that consumers are more likely to purchase used commercial vehicles instead of new, which is why they offer a range of after-sales products that can help you save a considerable amount of money in the long-run. For example, most new commercial vehicles come with a warranty as well as some sort of service and MOT package deal. You may also be able to convince them to add a few extra features for less than the advertised price if you haggle a bit, meaning you will get the exact commercial vehicle you want for a price that you can afford!
The Issue of Used Commercial Vehicles
Don’t get us wrong – there are plenty of good-quality used commercial vehicles out there, however you will have to sift through the bad ones in order to find one that is suitable for you and in your price range. At the moment there is a lack of used commercial vehicles on the market which means that some dealers and private sellers are overpricing their vehicles and are unlikely to haggle. Some dealers do still offer after-sales products for used commercial vehicles though such as warranties, however these tend to last a lot less than if you buy brand new. When it comes to buying a used commercial vehicle the key is to figure out whether the vehicle in question is actually worth the price the seller is asking for and not to get carried away by after-sales products that are generally thrown in as a good will gesture and won’t have much value in the long run.
Commercial Vehicle Fleets
Running and maintaining a commercial vehicle fleet takes a large amount of time, dedication and money, which is why if you are thinking about purchasing commercial vehicles for your fleet you need to do your research first. Luckily, there are a number of websites that specialise in providing reviews on new vans and vans that are popular in the market at any given point in time. One of the benefits of buying commercial vehicles in bulk is that it is likely the seller will offer you some kind of discount as well as a number of after-sales products that aren’t available to private buyers. If you are buying more than two commercial vehicles then you should always remember that you are in the driving seat, so if one company doesn’t offer you what you want you can always go to another who will be more than happy to have your business!
The value of after-sales products is just one thing that you need to consider when buying a new, used or multiple commercial vehicles. One of the most popular after-sales products is finance packages that enable you to spread the cost of your vehicle(s), however if you are thinking of taking out finance you must make sure that your dealer is regulated by the FCA and that the interest rates they are offering are better than if you took out a private loan.