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Selecting the Right Size Van

February 3rd, 2023

So, you’re looking at buying a van – that’s great – you’ve come to the right place! But do you know what size van you need? If not, then don’t fret, as we’re here to help you out.

There’s nothing worse than buying a van only to discover when using it that it’s too small for your requirements, or find that it’s unnecessarily big for what you’re using it for. That’s why we’ve put together this brief guide with the considerations you should think about before buying your van, so that you get the right size for what you need.

Payload & Loading Space

Firstly, think about what you will be using your van for – what will the predominant contents of your van be and how much space will you need for these?

For example, if you are a tradesperson, then a small van, such as the Citroen Berlingo, will be ideal for getting around busy locations from customer to customer and parking in tight spaces, as well as being relatively affordable to run compared to a larger van. In this instance, it’s also unlikely that you’ll need a lot of loading space, with small vans offering sufficient space to store your essential tools and pieces of equipment, yet still having room for extra as and when it’s needed.

In comparison, if you plan on using your van for something like a home removal, then you will have to allow space for large pieces of furniture along with additional boxes/appliances and a mixture of smaller items – taking into consideration the weight of all this, also. In which case a large van will be essential, as this will not only offer more loading space but will also be capable of holding higher payloads. The Ford Transit is a firm favourite in the large van sector for these reasons.

Seat Requirements

Whilst most people will think about their loading requirements when choosing the size van they need, many will often overlook the consideration for seating.

Whilst this isn’t so much of an issue if you will exclusively use your van for work, if there is a possibility that you will also use it in the evenings and weekends with your family, then you may need to invest in a van a size up from what you thought you’d need in order to allow room for an extra bench of seats without compromising on loading space.

Similarly, if you’re planning to enter the world of taxi driving (in which case you’ll need a taxi-driver licence), then you’ll need to think about whether you’ll offer your services to smaller or larger groups. It may also be worth considering if a van comes with multiple length options, should you want extra room to be able to have space for wheelchair users.

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Whether you’re looking for the ideal van to suit your needs or already have a specific one in mind and are in search of the best van deals, look no further than Van Sales UK.

We stock a vast range of new vans to buy, offering these on zero deposit, low rate finance. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our stock and services.


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