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Commercial vans for business: Where to start

Essential tips, business contacts and advice on buying or renting a commercial van and vehicles for your business vehicle

The transit van has become one of the most important instruments for businesses around the world.

Who are the main commercial van manufacturers?

Business owners are spoiled for choice when it comes to the variety of car manufacturers that produce vans of all sizes, such as:

  • Fiat
  • Citroën
  • Ford
  • Hyundai
  • Isuzu
  • Iveco
  • Land Rover
  • Mazda
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mitsubishi
  • Nissan
  • Renault
  • Peugeot
  • Toyota
  • Vauxhall
  • Volkswagen
  • Volvo

There are also some lesser known commercial van manufacturers – or ones not as well-known for vans as they are for cars – which you may wish to consider, such as:

  • Aixam (France)
  • DFSK (China)
  • Great Wall Motors Company (China)
  • Mini Clubman (UK)
  • Tata (India)


Who needs commercial vans?

Transportation plays an important role in many companies. There are so many professions that require a van in order to operate and may seek something unique to stand out against the competition.

Whether you're in the catering, retail, transport or delivery trade, to name a few, finding a suitable and reliable van can be crucial to the success of your business. Businesses requiring a van include:

  • Tradespeople
  • Plumbers
  • Electricians
  • Builders
  • Carpenters
  • Decorators
  • Caterers
  • Dog walkers
  • Landscape gardeners
  • Restaurants
  • Florists
  • Mobile beauticians or hairdressers
  • Window cleaners
  • Audio-visual producers
  • Taxis and private hire firms
  • Aerial photographers
  • Hire companies

How to find the right van for business

Finding the right van can be a long and complicated task, however, acquisition is only half the battle. There are numerous other points to consider, from legal issues such as tax, insurance and licensing, to branding and customising your van.

These articles will provide practical advice and information for any small business in need of a van:

Useful Contacts

British Car Auctions

Department for Transport

Motoring legislation

Driving and Vehicle Licensing Agency

Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency 

Freight Transport Association

Road Tax Prices


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