Van Sales UK is quick off the mark with Transits for Alined Construction
When Alined Construction needed five new tippers at short notice to service an important business win, boss Daniel Lyle looked no further than trusted supplier Van Sales UK.
The Manchester-based operator was previously running a fleet of 11 vehicles – a mix of tippers, crew-cabbed panel vans and smaller car-derived models. But when it landed a new contract to undertake road surface repairs for a leading infrastructure contractor, more were required to cope with the work.
“We couldn’t afford to wait a long time for vehicles to arrive,” recalled Mr Lyle. “We’d taken a couple from Van Sales UK last year, so I knew they could be relied on to deliver the goods quickly – and so it proved.”
The new arrivals are five Ford Transit 350 L3 models with double cabs, each capable of carrying a driver and up to six passengers. Their 2.0-litre TDCi engines generate 130ps and drive the rear wheels through six-speed manual transmissions. All are fitted with tippers by CPD Bodies, of Stockton-on-Tees.
“The ordering process with Van Sales UK is so quick and easy, and Sales Executive Joe Bailey understood exactly what we needed. He was able to supply these vehicles without delay – from the day I confirmed the order he was able to deliver them direct to our office inside a couple of months. By contrast, some suppliers I approached were quoting lead times stretching into next year.”
“That level of customer service, and the highly competitive pricing from Van Sales UK, are key to helping our business stay successful.”
The Transits are based at Alined Construction’s depot in Leeds and operating across Yorkshire and the North West. As well as surfacing repairs, the company undertakes a wide range of civil engineering and groundworks contracts. Although most of its work is in the North, teams have been despatched as far afield as Monaco and quotes for jobs in London are now being requested with increasing frequency.
Van Sales UK, a division of parent company Vanaways, is an internet-based business. With no shiny showroom or yard full of vans waiting to be sold, overheads are kept to a minimum. Its sales experts work over phone and email networks, taking inquiries and orders and matching customers up with their perfect vehicle selections without ever needing to have contact with either. The company has been trading since 2017 and now supplies an average of 250 vans per month to customers across Britain.
Director Chris Jakeways said: “We can source any vehicle a customer wants, but for many people these days the brand of their new van is not a primary concern – especially as, under the skin, in some cases two or even three models from different manufacturers can be nearly identical.”
“What’s more important is to make the process of getting that new van on the road as painless as possible. That’s where we score, by cutting the number of steps a vehicle takes between rolling off the production line and arriving at the customer’s premises, and by slashing time-consuming paperwork.”