We get it. You like your old van. It’s familiar, comfortable. You’ve had it for years, and even though it’s a little slow and a little loud, it gets the job done. How old is it? 6 years? 8 years old? A good van can last a long time and run up a lot of miles before it reaches the end of its life.
But there are a lot of reasons to consider exchanging your old vehicle for a new, modern van. From giving your customers a stronger impression of your business to improving your driving experience, a new van could transform your company in a lot of ways.
Here are 5 reasons why we recommend upgrading your van to a modern model.
Older vans are generally less efficient than modern vehicles, using more fuel and releasing more exhaust emissions. A new van with a modern Euro 6 compliant engine will provide more MPG, saving you both money and time at the pump. It will also reduce your emissions, costing you less in road tax.
- Sell your old van
The sale of your old van can release equity, which can be put straight back into your business. Whether you want to use that to cover outstanding costs or to improve some aspect of your business, it could be a timely benefit. New tools, additional staff, more stock – you could see immediate benefits.
The money could also be used as an initial payment on a brand new van lease, streamlining your move to driving a new van.
Your new lease van will be straight off the production line, with factory mileage and no previous owners. This means no wear and tear to any part of your new van. New vans are covered by the manufacturer’s warranty and will not require an MOT for the first 3 years of their life.
Contrast that to your old van, which needs a yearly MOT and service, and will likely need regular repairs to keep it on the road.
- Less chance of breakdown
Your old van will have seen a lot of miles and many systems will be worn down, increasing the chance of a breakdown. It is a simple fact that vehicles become less reliable over the years, and eventually they will become too much of a time and money sink to keep on the road.
A new van lease will be much more reliable, as it is fresh off the production line. Technology and engineering improvements also mean your new van will be far more efficient and less likely to break down. Many manufacturers include breakdown cover in their warranty, so in the unlikely event of trouble, you won’t be left with a large bill for the recovery.
- Company image
Your company’s reputation will benefit from a new van. A modern van with no signs of wear looks considerably better than an old rusty van. If you are adding your business logo to your van, you want it to display on a van that people will be impressed with. It’s a great advert for your company.
Surveys have shown that customers are more likely to trust a company with a van that looks modern, clean and bright over one with an old rusty vehicle.
The simple act of switching to a new van lease could bring in additional customers.
Buying a new van is prohibitive for many small companies and sole traders due to the large costs involved. The solution is van leasing.
Leasing is a great way to drive a brand new van without the costs of buying one outright. Depending on the lease terms you choose, you can keep the new van for 3 to 5 years, and then return it, or sell it yourself for some additional equity. You would then have the ability to take out a new lease deal and replace your van with another brand new model.
Have a look through our website at some of the great offers available at the moment. With the deals we have online right now, there’s no reason not to exchange your old van and trade up to a new modern van.