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"Making the wrong choice when selecting a van can leave you with a huge financial headache that's difficult to overcome if you're just starting out."
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Stuart
Director, Avango Couriers

What are your best options when finding a vehicle for your business?

There’s no getting around it, if you’re going to be a courier then you’re going to need some kind of vehicle – and the best choice is often a van (unless you want to be a cycle or motorcycle courier). The trouble is, vans are not the cheapest things in the world to buy.

If you plan on sub-contracting to a larger courier company while you find your feet, then they will, in most cases, expect your vehicle to be in good condition and a maximum of 5 years old. So you need to look at either new or almost new vehicles.

The next problem is that, unless you have plenty of money to invest in your new venture from day one, then a new van is going to leave you with huge overheads.

With all that in mind, we put together a bit of information that might help with your choices, and we also direct you to companies that have the deals you might be interested in.

The Couriers TV Top 3 Van Buying Options

1 - buy outright

If you want a brand new van, then this is the most expensive option as a new van could set you back over £20,000 (or more).

But on the plus-side, it gives you the most flexibility. It’s your van, you can do with it as you please – sign write it, paint it, stick alloy wheels on it – whatever!

On the downside, if you have any problems, you have to pay for all repairs and maintenance.

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2 - lease

There are a few different types of lease options available and most trust-worthy providers will be able to talk you through which type will best suit you and your business needs.

This is fast becoming a recommended way to get a new van as it eases the financial burden caused by buying outright, but in some cases you still get to own the van, or can hand back and upgrade later.

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3 - hire

We really see this as a short-term solution. Hiring commercial vehicles can be more costly in some circumstances than actually buying or leasing, but if you need a vehicle urgently then it might be a great solution.

This might be the best choice if you need to take another driver on to cover a fixed-length contract, but be wary of hidden costs over damage when returning vehicles.

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Unique Transport Solutions have a vast choice of commercial vehicles available to business for lease and daily hire and take customer service seriously by providing each of our customers with a dedicated account manager.

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