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What to look for when leasing your van

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If you’re a commercial van user there’s a wealth of options when it comes to a leasing a vehicle. Which vehicle should I choose for my business? The answer, of course, depends on your personal circumstances and budget, but we’ve used our ninja skills to outline some of the top things to look for when leasing a van…


It goes without saying but size is a huge consideration when it comes to leasing a van. Large or small, you’ll need something with a payload big enough for your business or trade.

As you’d expect vehicles come in a range of sizes, so you’ll need to consider what it is you need to transport and what van will help you get your job done.

Whether you need a Luton, trusty Ford Transit or a small and nifty Vauxhall Combo Cargo, taking a closer look at load capacity should be top of your list.

Trim level

How long do you spend in your van each day? Chances are, probably longer than you think. It’s easy to clock up miles in a tired old van with limited spec, so why not consider what will help to make your day to day even more comfortable?

Remember most manufacturers do around three trim levels per vehicle ranging from base spec to the full higher spec. Consider whether you’re willing to invest that little bit more for a premium ride – with extras such as higher-quality interior design, integrated sat nav or alloys.

If you’re looking to lease a fleet, you may also want to consider a range of different specs – such as more basic trim levels for site vehicles and higher specs for managerial or supervisor vehicles. Whatever you choose, make sure you’re making the best decision for your budget and comfort.

Vehicle use

Ask yourself, will you use this van for work only or will it also be your primary vehicle? If it’s your main vehicle, you’ll likely also need one that is suitable for both your work and home life.

If you need a workhorse that also won’t look out of place doing the school run or the weekly shop, consider this when selecting the best van for your daily needs.


If you’re likely to have your colleagues or clients in your vehicle, you’ll need to consider the number of seats you need.

Many vans include three seats as standard (such as the trusty Ford Transit range) but you can also lease double cabins if you may need 5 or 6 seaters. Whatever you go for, make sure you know your average vehicle occupancy before signing a new lease contract.


Every manufacturer has its own selling points so ask yourself what’s most important to your business. If reliability is key – a Ford is a great option. Want extra spec for your money without breaking the bank? Try a Citroen or Peugeot.

Whatever your budget, there will be a great option for you from our range of hand-picked manufacturers. Do some research on your desired vehicle and check out some reviews online, it always pays to do your homework.

Fuel Economy

With any new vehicle, you’ll want to make sure it’s an enjoyable ride as well as efficient. When it comes to fuel economy, take a look at some of the nifty small turbo petrol engine vans available – you might be surprised at how well they perform.

Why not take a closer look at the award-winning 1.0 Ford EcoBoost petrol engine which boasts low CO2 emissions and superior fuel economy? Turbos options can offer superior fuel efficiency, often with similar power to larger traditional diesel vehicles.

Running and servicing costs

Alongside your lease monthly cost, consider any services or maintenance costs you may occur throughout the duration of your lease agreement.

By considering this at the beginning, you’ll avoid making a costly mistake. If you hammer the motorway miles, make sure you lease a vehicle from a reliable manufacturer that will withstand the test of time.

Whatever you need, if you’ve got a question the experience Van Ninja team will be able to help. If you’ve got a commercial lease vehicle question, give us a call today.