You may have just started a new business, perhaps your business is expanding so you need a van or you just want to replace an old one. Whatever your situation choosing the best vehicle is important.
You need the right van for your job with the correct equipment which is right for now and the future. So how do you make your mind up?
How will you be using your van?
First you need to decide on the ideal payload for your van. To do this check the size, weight and volume of your typical load. Here are some typical weights and sizes to help give you an idea:
- A bag of dry sand -1330kg per cubic metre
- A Euro pallet -1200mm x 800mm
- Baled hay – Up to 225kg per cubic metre
- A bag of cement – 25kg or 50kg
- A sheet of MDF – 2440mm x 1220mm x 15mm weighs 30-37kg
- A bag of potatoes – 50kg
- A tin of 5L paint – 7kg
Think about how the load will be accessed. If you have a heavy load you may need access to the load area with a fork-lift truck. Access to the side of the van may be important if you work in towns.
Finally consider any special requirements the load may have. For example a catering business may require temperature control in the load space.