For our customers, a van is not just a mode of transport; it’s an office, storeroom, workshop, and very often the means by which they make a living. So it needs to be right. We strive to provide the best service in the industry, always finding our customers the most effective way to get on the road, whether that be to lease, hire, or buy.
At VanLeasing.com, we understand how critical vehicles are in allowing clients to run their businesses. That’s why we are excited to introduce the latest addition to our fleet, the Ford Transit Custom. This model offers cutting-edge features and technology, designed to enhance your efficiency and productivity while on the road. So let us help you find the perfect van with a plan to drive your business forward.
Can I lease a pick-up for personal use?
Yes, that’s absolutely fine. We know that pickups offer a much broader range of configurations than they once did and today we see a vehicle that is as much at home being a family SUV as it is at taking on heavy duty commercial jobs. So, whether it’s for business or pleasure – there’s lots on offer from this multi-purpose vehicle.
What does gross vehicle weight mean?
All vans are assigned a gross vehicle weight (GVW) limit when they are certified for use. It is a legal requirement for all LCVs to display their gross vehicle weight on the manufacturer’s plate. The plates do however vary in position. The most common one is found inside the front door panel. Let’s take for example the Renault Master MH35 FWD dci 150ps. This van has a gross vehicle weight of 3,500 kg. This means that the maximum weight of the Renault Master including the van, the driver, any passengers, fuel and the load itself must not exceed 3,500 kg.
What should I consider when selecting the size of van?
This will come down to thinking about your daily needs – what you’re using your van for, how far you’re driving it, and what kinds of goods you need to transport. When it comes to choosing your van you should consider things like; payload requirements, the number of seats needed, the types of journeys you’ll be making, the access you need, the height and length necessary for your goods, and also the ability to configure with the right storage.
What is meant by a van payload?
Payload is the weight of the load that you are allowed to carry in your van. When it comes to leasing or buying your new van, it will come with a guide on payload specified by the manufacturer. This number includes all of your goods and your passengers. It’s an important one to know, as there are associated fines with carrying more than your payload allowance.
Do I have to be a company director to apply for a van?
We will require details of the director. If you’re applying on behalf of them, that’s totally fine we will just need to get their details from you.
What kind of companies can lease a van?
At www.vanleasing.com we help newly incorporated limited companies, limited liability partnerships or self-employed sole traders.
What documents will I have to produce?
When you lease a van, there are criteria that you have to meet. This will involve looking at the bank account and director’s information, so can be a concern for businesses that have very little or nothing to show in terms of revenue. All businesses, new or existing will be asked to share their business details, owner details, and bank details along with a full UK driving licence.
For a start-up business, it’s likely you’ll be asked to provide further information such as a few months of business bank statements, and draft company accounts.
What is considered a ‘new business’?
It’s generally to do with when your accounts are lodged on the government run Companies House database. If, for example, you are a Limited Company it will take one full calendar year to produce a set of accounts. Many providers look for two years of lodged accounts before they will count a business as ‘established’, so it’s not until you have been trading for 2-3 years before you are able to shake off the ‘new business’ tag.
I’m just starting out, can I lease a van for my new business?
Yes you can, you might just be asked to share a little more information. We know that many leasing companies are unable or unwilling to deal with newly incorporated limited companies or self-employed sole traders but we take a different approach by helping companies get off the ground.
Who is most likely to use short-term van leasing?
Generally, it’s most suited to those who are looking for something longer than an expensive daily hire, but shorter than a long-term leasing contract. Businesses often need a van or multiple vans to see them through until their newly built vehicles are delivered to them, and it’s also popular amongst those who deal with seasonal business peaks or who need to cover temporary employee needs.
What weight can I carry in my van?
If you are driving a light commercial vehicle for your business, it pays to know the facts and restrictions. You will probably already be aware that even the strongest of models can struggle with heavy loads. This isn’t just a practical issue though; it’s a legal one. Both the police and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) take an overloaded van very seriously.
Here’s our guide on average payload by van size:
Small Van: 665 to 1000kg
Medium van: 750 – 1500kg
Large Van: 1000 – 1750kg
Pickup 4×4: 1050 – 1195kg
How do I maximise the fuel economy of my van?
We know that fuel is a big monthly expense, however, there are a few simple steps that you can take to reduce fuel consumption and save money.
What is the difference between a long wheel-base and a short wheel-base van?
When it comes to discussing vans you will often hear long wheelbase (LWB) or short wheelbase (SWB) and these refer to a specification of a van. The wheelbase of any vehicle is the distance between the centre of the front wheels and the centre of the rear wheels. The difference is essentially the length. Long wheelbase vehicles have a clear extension on the end which causes the wheels to be further apart. This is more popular if you need a bigger load area for your tools and equipment.
If a Short wheelbase provides enough storage for your good, the fact that they are easier to maneuver and can feel a little sportier than a long wheelbase makes them a popular choice
Either way, it all comes down to a combination of things; the loads and passengers you need to carry, where you’ll be parking your van and where you’re driving it.
Can I get a tow-bar on a pick-up?
Yes – pickups are hard working vans, and all makes and models come with towing capacity. Towing capacity will be anywhere from 2 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes, so it’s essential to think about what you’ll need when choosing your model. Some of the most popular for towing capacity are the Ford Ranger and the Toyota Hilux, with models capable of towing 3.5 tonnes.
What are the configuration options?
Today, pickups offer a much broader range of configurations than they once did, so, whether it’s for business or pleasure, configurations can help with additional space and features. Here are a few of the most popular, but you’ll find much more in our pickup guide.
1. Truckman top
The most popular product is the Truckman hardtop. The hardtop allows the rear deck of a pickup to be converted into a secure, clean, and dry space at the back of the vehicle. The Truckman adds height to the rear deck, allowing it to be better utilised for storage and access.
2. Roller cover
Made from strong but lightweight aluminium, they are easy to use and are designed to increase the practicality of the cargo area of the vehicle. Roller covers offer a robust level of protection from the outdoor elements, so belongings are kept nicely dry and safe inside the vehicle.
3. Soft cover
Not everyone wants the full hard-top, nor can they afford it, so another, more economical way to protect the truck bed is a soft tonneau cover. A soft-top offers a level of protection to your goods, but it doesn’t offer the same resistance as a hard-top.
Bedliners are the most effective accessory to protect the back of a Pickup bed from everyday scratches caused by tools and equipment moving around. Not only do they protect the truck’s bed from becoming damaged by whatever cargo it is hauling, but they also help to protect the bed from rust.
How much load capacity can a pick-up truck hold?
The payload will be one of the most important factors for anyone driving a pickup truck and it’s important to know, as you can be fined for overloading. Today, most vehicles will allow you to carry around one tonne of weight, but there is still a difference between makes and models. The Ford Ranger Double Cab takes the number one spot with a payload of 1,200kg – up to 2000kg more than its rivals, popular for those looking to transport as much as possible.
How many passengers can I carry in a pick-up truck?
The number of passengers you can carry all depends on the cab option you go for. If it’s a regular cab, there will be no back seats, so this will carry a maximum of 3 people. A larger, Double cab comes with an additional row of seating, so can accommodate 5 people – often the back row of seats is accessed from the front doors. Finally, the crew cab is the largest, accommodating up to 6 passengers, with full access from four full sized doors.
What are the cab options in a pick-up truck?
When you’re researching a pickup truck, one of the most important things to consider is cab size. Pickups are offered in a range of cab sizes, and today’s pickups offer a much broader range of configurations than they once did, so, whether it’s for business or pleasure – there’s lots on offer from this multi-purpose vehicle.
Does the Ford Ranger offer advanced equipment & technological features?
Yes, the Ford Ranger offers advanced equipment and technological features that enhance the driving experience and provide convenience, comfort, and safety. While specific features can vary depending on the trim level and model year, here are some examples of the advanced equipment available:
What are the available engine options for the Ford Ranger?
Although Ford may provide other variations of the Ranger, these are the engine options we have available at Van Leasing:
Are there different cab configurations available for the Ford Ranger?
The Ranger offers a single cab choice, which features a two-door setup with a single row of seating and a larger cargo bed, and a double cab configuration which offers a more spacious and comfortable interior. It features four full-sized doors and a larger rear seating area with full-sized seating for up to five occupants.
Can I apply company decals on a lease van?
Of course you can. In fact, we recommend you do! One way of demonstrating your expertise and increasing sales is through the use of advertisements. Why not advertise while you are on the move?
Can I customise my van on a short-term lease?
There is plenty you can do to make the van your own. Even though it’s a short-term contract, you can still sign-write and get your all-important brand displayed on the van; all we ask is that any graphics and livery are removed before you return the vehicle at the end of the lease. You can add your own racking kits and design your storage space just how you need it.
Will I ever be asked to swap the van during the term?
No! One of the best bits about long-term van hire is that you can keep the same van for the duration of your lease. We know that vehicle swaps can be a huge inconvenience and if you decide to extend your lease, you’ll simply carry on using the same van.
What is the minimum term for short-term van leasing?
There are various options available – the minimum contract we offer is 84 days, but we also offer 6 and 12 month options.
Is there a limit to the mileage I can drive?
Not really. When we are going through your requirements you will stipulate your mileage requirements, and we then build a contract around that. Generally, this starts at 8ooo miles per annum going up to around 35,000 miles. If you think you need more than that we can still help you but the process might take a little longer.
Can I test drive the van before I agree to the contract?
I’m afraid it’s not possible to test drive the van first. We’ve got lots of information on our website about all makes and models, which should help!
How will my van be delivered?
Your van will be delivered directly to you, you will simply give us the address. We deliver all vans, free of charge, to anywhere in the UK mainland.
How quickly can I get the van?
The delivery time is dependent on stock. Luckily we have access to a large number of makes and models, so if it’s in stock you could have your new van delivered to you within two weeks. If we don’t have your chosen van in stock and we need to order it, then delivery is a bit longer. If that’s the case we will let you know a delivery date when we’re going through your requirements with you.
Can I end my agreement early if my circumstances change?
We understand that your circumstances could change during the lease period therefore it is possible to end your contract. Ending your contract early will mean a charge will be incurred and that charge will be worked out based on how long you have left on your contract. Remember though, If you’re finding it difficult to pay the monthly leasing charge, speak to us, as there may be things we can do to help – like extending the contract which could lower monthly payments.
Is there a short-term van leasing option?
Yes, we offer a short-term lease product with a minimum period of 3 months and a maximum of 18 months. The key thing about short-term van leasing is the flexibility that it offers. Often, businesses aren’t quite sure exactly how long they will need the van and would rather not enter into a long-term contract. Rather than having to use expensive daily rentals, this service offers the flexibility to replace your vehicles more regularly. You can find more about our short-term van leasing here.
How long is a van leasing contract for?
Standard contracts range between 24 and 60 months. It’s up to you to choose the length of time, but as a general rule the longer the contract the lower the monthly rental and vice versa. We also have our short-term leasing product which offers leasing terms ranging from 3 to 18 months and this works well for businesses who aren’t quite sure exactly how long they will need the van for.
What is an initial rental?
An initial payment is an amount you pay upfront and this is then taken off the total cost of the lease. The payment will depend on how much you are able to pay, usually, it’s anywhere from 3 to 9 months worth of payments. Like all lease agreements, the more you are able to pay upfront, the less the monthly payments will be.
What van models are available to lease?
At Vanleasing.com we stock vans from every van manufacturer in the UK, giving an almost unlimited choice. Whether our customers need a medium sized van, a larger standard panel van, or something more specialist like a dropside or tipper we will be able to help. Our most popular manufacturers include but aren’t limited to; Ford, Volkswagen, Mercedes, Renault, Citroen, and Peugeot.
What happens if I go over my mileage allowance?
Many providers recommend a contract with a ‘pence per mile’ charge for any additional mileage due at the end of the contract. Whilst this is ok when leasing a car for personal purposes, we find that van owners need more flexibility for their business mileage. We therefore offer a unique lease product, that does not charge for excess mileage and does not incur a damage assessment at the end of the contract. We find our customers like the peace of mind to take on as much work as they can for the duration of their contract without worrying about mileage implications.
Can I take my vehicle abroad?
Yes, your leased van can be taken abroad. It involves a bit of paperwork, so you need to request a VE103B form to get the ball rolling.
Who is responsible for insuring the van?
It’s your responsibility to get your own van insurance sorted, and this needs to be on a fully comprehensive basis. When that’s done, you just need to send us a copy of the certificate prior to the vehicle delivery date.
What are the key benefits of short-term van leasing?
The key thing about short-term van leasing is the flexibility that it offers. If your business doesn’t want the commitment of a long-term leasing contract then a shorter length contract will provide the level of flexibility needed.
What is short-term van leasing?
Leasing is great but entering into a 2-5 year agreement doesn’t always suit everyone. Short-term leasing options are designed to allow a fixed rate of monthly payments over terms even as short as 84 days, and as long as 18 months.
Can I fit a tow-bar or roof rack?
If this is something you’re interested in, talk to us about it at the time of enquiry, as it’s something that can possibly be done prior to delivery. If you want to have these added yourself, during the lease term then that is fine – we understand how important it is to make your van right for you. What we do as however is that any additional modifications like this are removed prior to handing the van back.
Can I sign-write the van?
Absolutely! We fully understand that your van is an important symbol of your business and you’ll need to customise it to make it right for you. We actively encourage transforming the look of your van through the use of graphics and vinyl. You’ll also be able to customise your van by adding things like internal shelving and roof racks. If you’re unsure about what you can or can’t do, just ask and we can advise.
Can I put a private plate on my van?
Of course you can!
Do I need to get the van serviced?
You can include servicing with the lease with a maintenance package, and this will ensure the van is maintained to the specific company standards. Otherwise, it’s down to you to make sure your leased van is serviced according to the manufacturer’s requirements throughout your leasing period.
Is there an option to add a maintenance package?
We provide maintained and non-maintained packages so this one is up to you. Some people like the comfort of knowing maintenance is covered, whereas others take the view that a new van might be more reliable and so just sort this out themselves. Either way, we will help you look at the total cost to work out if maintaining is worth it for peace of mind, or if you’re better just doing this yourself.
What is a manufacturer’s warranty?
We know it’s important to you to make sure that you’re covered for any problems you may face during your lease period. All of our new vans come with a manufacturer’s vehicle warranty, there to cover you from any manufacturing or mechanical faults that may happen during your contract. It’s one of the great benefits of leasing, and whilst they can differ from the manufacturer, most warranties will last for around 3 years.
What kind of van insurance do I need to have?
It’s written in vehicle insurance law that your vehicle must be kept insured at all times. As well as being a legal requirement it’s also up to you to keep your vehicle insured on a fully comprehensive motor policy during the period of your agreement with us.
What is van leasing?
Van leasing is where you pay a fixed monthly fee for the use of a van. The vehicle rental agreement is usually for 2, 3 or 4 years and once a contract is agreed upon, a one-off upfront fee is paid, followed by a series of regular monthly payments.