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Choosing Your Next Van Lease

Ford Transit Custom Lease

With such a wide range of vans coming from many different manufacturers, choosing your next van lease can turn out a little more complicated that you might expect.

Every van on the market has its pros and cons, and each one has a role it is best suited for. IF you are not careful, you could lease a van that, on paper, looks great, but after a few weeks it turns out that you needed a little more load space, or that you really needed that air con.

So how do you choose your next van lease? We have come up with a few pointers that might help you narrow down your search.


Of course, the most important question. Think about your business, and what you need the van to do. Is it for transporting parts, equipment, deliveries? Do you need racking in the back? The van’s role in the business will give you a good starting point to narrow your search further.


This is a question that might need some thought put into it. For some businesses, load length and height could be a key factor, while for others, it’s the volume or max payload weight that matters.

A small van lease might be suitable for working in built up areas, or you could need a large van lease to carry as many delivery parcels as possible.

All the vans on our website have these key stats clearly stated, so you can make an informed choice.


Most vans, outside of the very smallest, have three seats as standard, and for most companies this is enough. However, sometimes it’s more important to be able to transport your crew than extra cargo.

This is where a DCIV lease van would be suitable. DCIV stands for Double Cab In Van, also called a Crew Cab van. This vehicle adds an extra row of seats behind the front, reducing the load space but increasing the occupancy to an additional 3 passengers.

Fuel Economy

Whether travelling long or short distances, fuel economy affects your bottom line. All our van leases vary in their fuel economy, as different manufacturers make different trade-offs against this attribute. A more powerful engine may handle better while the van is fully loaded, but you might not get as far on a full tank.

Trim Level

Additional features will raise the vehicle’s cost, but sometimes they are necessary. Or perhaps you just want a little luxury in your van. After all, you’ll be spending a lot of time in it. Why not make it a comfortable workspace?

Bear in mind, however, that adding more features to your van can also affect your maximum load capacity. If you’re looking for a van that can carry as much as possible, then you should keep the additional features to a minimum.


In the current climate, this is a big consideration. Parts shortages, and issues around the pandemic, have closed many van factories around the world, leading to delays and backlogs in production.

As such, there are very few vans available right now.

If you are not in a hurry and can wait 5 to 6 months for a factory order, then you can customise your van lease to the exact specifications you require. However, if you need a van urgently, you might have to choose the best fit from the vehicles available.

Expert Advice

Remember, the Van Ninja team are available to help you choose. Our experts know all there is to know about vans, and we will always work to help you find the right van for your business.

Speak to us today for more information.