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DIY: At Home Must-Do Maintenance for Your Vehicle

Owning a Jeep or truck with suspension parts comes with a fair amount of responsibility. Far too many drivers overlook routine maintenance, which will wear down your vehicle over time. But you don’t have to take your vehicle into the shop every time you need to make a few repairs. A mechanic will overcharge you for some of these routine tasks when you’re better off doing them yourself at home. Save some money and keep your vehicle in tip-top shape with these DIY maintenance tips.

Replace the Cabin Air Filter

One of the best things you can do to improve your lifted truck ride is swapping out the cabin air filter. It won’t help your vehicle run better, but you’ll breathe easier behind the wheel. If the air inside your vehicle doesn’t feel as fresh as you remember, just buy a new set of cabin air filters at your local auto store. Check your owner’s manual, but the cabin air filter should be in the glove box. Open it and look for a compartment in the back. Slide out the old filter and put in a new one for some much-needed fresh air.

Replace the Engine Air Filter

Your engine needs access to fresh air as well, or your vehicle’s fuel efficiency will suffer as a result. To replace the engine air filter, check your owner’s manual for further instructions.

● Open the hood and look for a square black box with metal clips on the side. Engine air filters come in all shapes and sizes, and the airbox might be hard to find.

● You can also use a vacuum to remove any dust or debris from your airbox to help your new filter last longer.

● Remove the old filter and slide the new one into the same position. Your engine will run smoother and longer.

Change the Oil and Oil Filter

Changing the oil is routine for any car owner. You can use the old-fashioned dipstick method to check your oil levels or look at your vehicle’s electronic oil gauge. You should change the oil every 2,000 to 3,000 miles, especially if you’re a heavy driver or you like to take your vehicle off road, but you might be able to hold off changing your oil until 5,000 or 10,000 miles if you have a newer vehicle. Check your owner’s manual for more information. You’ll also need to change the oil filter from time to time as well, which protects your engine from trace contaminants in the oil.

Replace the Spark Plugs

Dirty or worn out spark plugs will sap your vehicle’s fuel efficiency and make it harder for your engine to do its job. Depending on the make and model, you should only have to do this every 3,000 miles or so. Check your owner’s manual for detailed instructions.

● Open the hood, and you should see your spark plugs connected to a series of electrical wires. There could be anywhere from four to eight plugs.

● Disconnect the wire to one plug at a time, so you don’t mix up which wire goes where.

● Use a socket wrench with a spark plug attachment to remove the old plug.

● Install a new one and reconnect the wires.

Clean Off the Battery

Having a dirty battery will decrease fuel efficiency and may even prevent your engine from starting. You should be able to open the hood and visually inspect your battery. If you see any rust, white residue, or other buildup, spend a few moments cleaning it off.

● Start by removing the battery terminals, starting with the negative cable.

● Use a wire brush with battery cleaning solution—usually just baking soda and water—to clean off the posts.

● Dry the posts with a rag before reconnecting the cables.

Flush Out the Radiator

You also need to keep your vehicle’s radiator and cooling system in tip-top shape if you want them to work efficiently. Over time, the system will fill up with all kinds of debris and dirt. To clean out the system, you’ll have to do what’s known as a radiator flush.

● Check your owner’s manual, but it’s best to do this every year or two. Don’t perform this task when the vehicle is hot. Let it cool down before unscrewing your vehicle’s radiator drain plug.

● Get an old container ready, unscrew the cap, and use the container to collect the old coolant instead of having it spill out all over your driveway or garage.

● Replace drain plug and remove the radiator cap. Pour radiator cleaning solution into the radiator, along with some water, and replace the cap.

● Start your vehicle and jack up the heat to the highest setting. Let this run for about 10 minutes. Turn off the engine and let it cool down.

● Drain the radiator again by undoing the cap, and then refill it with fresh coolant.

Switch Out the Brake Pads

Replacing the brake pads tends to be a little more complicated, but, with a little preparation, you should be able to do this yourself. You should swap these out every 20,000 miles or more often if you’re an experienced rock crawler or you sit in stop-and-go traffic all day long. Again, reference your owner’s manual before you get started.

● Jack up the car on a series of jack stands.

● Break the lugs on your tires and remove the wheel.

● Remove the brake caliper, which should be just above the lugs, remove the brake caliper clips, and slide the brake pads out through the top.

● Replace the old pads with new ones and reattach the brake caliper clips.

● Compress the brake piston and place brake caliper over the new pads.

● Reinstall the brake calipers and slide your wheels back on.

You Can Do It

These DIY tasks are a must for any car owner. If you don’t feel comfortable doing some of these tasks by yourself, call a friend or visit your local mechanic. You can extend the life of your truck or Jeep with suspension parts and improve the overall lifted truck ride. Become your own mechanic and get started today.

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MEET THE ‘MINI COUGAR’ AND THE ‘GEORDIE SHORE CRUISER’

Leading car finance company Creditplus has mined YouGov’s data banks to profile the kind of person that drives the UK’s most popular used cars. Where they live, what music and TV they like, what celebrities they love, where they shop – and how they rate their motor.

Highest rated was the Mini Cooper Convertible (62%), typically driven by a mature female fan of singer Olly Murs – dubbed ‘The Mini Cougar’.

Lowest rated was the Nissan Juke (30%) – typically driven by a younger woman who cheers herself up listening to Rod Stewart on her way to Furniture Village in Inverness.

Ford Focus drivers are outed as big Take That fans. Vauxhall Insignia guys are glued to This Farming Life.

While the typical Range Rover Evoque owner turns out to be a young man who loves reality TV, shops at Cartier and lives in Newcastle – labelled ‘The Geordie Shore Cruiser’.

Some drivers have more in common than you might expect. Owners of the Nissan Juke and BMW 3-Series both like to curl up with Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.

The Mini Cougar – Mini Cooper Convertible (£8,718)

The typical Mini convertible driver is a mature woman (56-74) humming to cheeky chappy Olly Murs with the wind in her hair on the way back to her Northampton home to watch Flog It!

The Mini Cougar knows what she likes, which includes a bargain (Gumtree is one of her favourite brands), presenter Gaby Roslin, film star Kevin Costner, and her blue Mini, giving it the highest satisfaction score of all our cars (62%).

Synth-Pop Dreamer – Ford Fiesta (£7,306)

The typical Ford Fiesta driver is a middle-aged woman (39-55) who has a yen for the 80s – Erasure and Phil Collins are often heard playing in her black hatchback. She lives in the East Midlands and likes to get her thrills watching Traffic Cops or anything Adrian Chiles.

Despite giving her Fiesta our second highest positive rating (54%) – Oh L’amour! – her favourite brand is Bentley. Everyone needs goals.

The Boy Bander – Ford Focus (£8,634)

The typical Ford Focus driver is male, young and old (20-74) and seems to have been a big Take That fan back in the day – he loves banging out his Robbie Williams tunes, and Gary Barlow is one of his fave celebs.

How deep is his love? Well, he’s mostly happy with his Focus (52%), and is a bit of softie really – an animal lover, he’s often found visiting Pets at Home in Tunbridge Wells and watching David Attenborough’s Planet Earth.

The Swindon Spy – BMW 3-Series (£11,881)

A young male (21-38) sipping Evian water while drumming his fingers to Louise Redknapp on the leather trim steering wheel of his white 3-Series BMW. The Swindon Spy is an awfully big fan of Kingsman star Colin Firth, cyclist Mark Cavendish and Qatar Airways.

Endearingly, for all his jet-setting sophistication, the BMW 3-Series driver likes nothing better than to slob out to Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway.
The Swindon Spy gives his BMW a 47% satisfaction rating.

The Geordie Shore Cruiser – Range Rover Evoque (£18,813)

The Evoque driver is a young man (21-38) who likes to make a statement and turn heads. He loves Cartier and JD Sports, Noel Gallagher and Kourtney Kardashian.

After a hard day’s cruising around drawing attention to himself, he likes to relax watching reality TV such as Britain’s Got Talent and I’m a Celebrity.

He lives of course in Newcastle, home to the hit partying reality TV show Geordie Shore.

He gives his black Evoque a 43% satisfaction rating. Canny decent, like!

Give it Some Welly – Vauxhall Insignia (£8,185)

The Insignia driver is a young male (21-38) who follows Chelsea Football Club and furry TV chef Anthony Worrall Thompson tops his menu of celebs. Sitting in his grey Insignia he taps his foot to Kylie Minogue and Mel B, but that foot might be in a welly as his favourite telly is This Farming Life.

Living in South Wales, he is the second unhappiest with his car (31%). Though cynics might suggest this dissatisfaction has more to do with his choice of football team.

I Don’t Wanna Talk About It – Nissan Juke (£8,700)

The Juke driver is a young female (21-38) who is a fan of actress Anne Main and supermodel Janice Dickinson.

However, she doesn’t seem to regard her model of car as super – awarding it our least favourable rating (30%). But she cheers herself up listening to Rod Stewart on her way to Furniture Village in Inverness.

If that doesn’t work, she watches Ross Kemp on Gangs.

Investing in the right commercial van will help keep your cargo safe and avoid wasting your profits. Everybody wins!

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5 Proven Business Ideas You Can Start With A Van Immediately With No Money

Business Ideas – Getting Your Van Business Started And Deciding What You Want To Do!

Starting a small business with a van is easy, earning a decent living wage with a van is something else – especially when you may have little to no money to help kick start your new venture in the beginning.

What’s comforting though, is knowing that there’s always somebody, somewhere looking to get something shifted or dumped – and that means money in your pocket  – so when looking for business ideas you can turn into cold hard cash with your van, there is couple of sure fire ways you can go about it.

And, as not everybody has money just lying around, we’ll assume for the purpose of this article that we’re all starting on a shoestring.

Now having little or no money to get your van business started doesn’t mean you’re at a real disadvantage either. All it means is that instead of a fancy website and paid advertising, you’ll have to opt for a free Facebook Page for Business, old fashioned leg work and direct customer contact in the beginning.

Instead of customers finding you, you’ll have to find them initially, but the beauty of this well neglected technique is that your customers might not even know they’re your customers till the moment of contact.

And in this digital age, not many people are opting for legwork so you’re already in a good position and this is your chance to monopolise locally.

The money is always out there, all you have to do is find it. Here’s how 🙂

So, what business can you start with a van?

1) Starting A Rubbish Removal & Recycling Business!

Rubbish Removal Business

This is by far the easiest of them all so it get’s the top spot in our list of ways to start a business with a van. As long as you have a van of course, you need little to no money other than the cost of fuel.

Door Knocking

I’m sorry but there really isn’t any other way round this, but it’s not all bad.

In this niche, door knocking is by far the best way to get the attention of a potential customer simply because you’re there, they’re there and if they do have something they want shifted to the local tip, there’s an 80% chance they’ll do a deal before having to lug it to the skip it themselves.

If you sat outside you’re local recycling centre on a Saturday morning, you would see exactly how many people grudgingly take a few hours out of their weekend to visit the local tip.

After a long working week, nobody want’s to be at the local dump on a Saturday or Sunday morning and is why it is just the money generator you should be considering when thinking about the type of business you too can start with a van.

You should target:

Private & New Build Estates.

Private Housing Estate

Private and new build estates have people buying, selling, moving in and moving out more often than any other type of tenant.

Some people are down sizing and have more stuff than space, some are renovating or having new bathrooms or kitchens put in and want rid of the excess, replacing decking or some just want to make extra garage space.

Whatever their requirements, private estates is where a lot of business is so, when when thinking how best to start a business with a van and little else,  you should spend time and effort thinking about how to turn those ideas into paying work.

Council Estates

Average Council Street

Funnily Enough, starting a small van based business if you live in or near a large council estate is as good a money in the bank and random door knocking works exceptionally well as in these types of areas.

White goods, junk and other things that are better off at the tip tend to be left in the back garden and placed on a “list of things to get round to” by the tenant.

If you knock the door and offer to uplift anything there and then, the chances are high that you’re talking to a paying customer.

Even a short drive round the local streets you’ll probably spot things that should be uplifted. Don’t be shy, chap the door.

Waste Disposal For Local Businesses

Industrial Bins Falkirk

Local business do not get free waste disposal – this is something they pay for as a business expense and this applies to them all – and so is another way to earn a substantial income.

Call round local businesses to see how much they are paying and offer them a better quote for a regular service. Smaller businesses are more likely to take you up on the offer to keep their overheads down.

You shouldn’t really waste your time with larger companies such as Burger King or Argos. A) Your van is probably not capable of lifting large industrial bins and B) You should be aware of your limits and conduct yourself appropriately.

You don’t have to cold call local businesses in person, they actually prefer phone calls followed by a visit if they’re interested.

What To Say?

Chapping someone’s door then just standing there with a blank stare will only frighten them so you’ll need something to say. Script a short sentence or two, practice it and before long, speaking to a potential customer at their front door will come natural and easy.

Something like…

“Hi, my name is <your name> from <your company> and we offer affordable  recycling, junk removal and special uplift services.

Just to let you know we have a van collecting in the area today and we’re wondering if you have anything at all you would like taken to the recycling centre?”

This is more than enough. It tells them who you are, what you do and get’s them to think what they want rid of.

Always meet and greet with a smile.

I strongly suggest you do spend a few quid on an ID badge with your name and company logo and a sign written t-shirt. These can be had on Ebay for about £15 and will instantly crank your trust factor up to 10.

It will most likely be the difference between a warm welcome at the door and being suspected of a burglary waiting to happen.

Things To Be Very Aware Of!

Regardless of anything, you should NEVER handle or transport hazardous goods, chemicals or waste. If it doesn’t come out of a house or place of business, don’t touch it.

Scottish Environmental Protection Agency is pretty much a comprehensive “how to” or even more so a “how to not” guide on this.

Getting Into The Recycling Centre

As you’re a business, your local recycling centre will also charge you a fee to dispose of your van contents. In Falkirk it’s £60 but you should check with your own local authority for their entry prices.

You won’t have to pay this till you’re ready to dump your junk though so sometimes it’s just good practice just to carry the junk around with you till your van is full – that way you’ll only be paying for entry into the tip once.

If the customer is willing to accompany you to the recycling centre with ID to confirm that he is a local resident, the junk belongs to him and your van is merely transporting it , then you’ll get in for free.

You can quote less and the customer will save money.

How Much To Charge Customers!

The prices you charge your customers will reflect this cost of recycling so offer them a good deal but not so good that you’re not making a realistic profit.

Getting into the recycling centre is by visit, not by volume so be aware of how much space you have available in your van, how much you’re charging to fill that space with items and how much it’ll cost you to dispose of it in the proper way.

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13 BUSINESSES YOU CAN START WITH A VAN

If you own a van, there’s a whole range of jobs you can do to make money. This can either be as your main source of income, or just something that you do on the side in your spare time.

All of the van business ideas in this list can be done without needing any specific qualifications other than a driving licence. Here’s 13 ways you can make money with a van:

1. Delivery Business

Vans offer a lot more space than cars which means you can either transport a higher volume of items, or you can carry bigger and heavier objects (e.g. white goods or furniture).

Focusing on the larger items that people won’t be able to get in their car will be the easiest way to get business for your van. One tactic you could try is offering a ‘same day delivery service’ outside retail stores such as CurrysIKEA or DFS.

You don’t necessarily have to beat the store delivery price – being able to deliver items as soon as they’ve been purchased should be enough to generate interest in your service.

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2. Courier Service

The amount of money spent shopping online every year in the UK is in the billions with more and more packages needing to be delivered every day.

Although you can’t directly compete with online giants like Amazon, you could build up partnerships with independent sellers that use eBayGumtreeFacebook Marketplace and other similar services to make money.

Similarly, you could offer a ‘last mile’ delivery service to local businesses – often this is the most challenging and expensive part of the logistics journey. If you can prove yourself to be a reliable and professional courier, companies are likely to use your service again.

3. Removals

If you’re in good physical shape and are happy to do a lot of heavy lifting and manual labour, using your van for a removals business is a viable option.

People are always moving house so there will never be a shortage of opportunities. However, what you have to consider is that you will need at least one other person to help you.

Alternatively, you can brand your business as a stereotypical ‘man and van’ operation where you offer your van and an extra set of hands to help a customer shift things.

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4. Waste Haulage

If you’re going to transport and dispose of waste as a service, you will need to register for a waste carriers licence which can be completed online using the government website.

The best way to make money from this van business idea is to target local businesses because they don’t get free waste disposal – they have to pay for it as a business expense.

Try calling round businesses in your area to see how much they’re paying for their waste disposal service and offer them a better quote. You can help them save money and earn a tidy profit yourself.

In addition, you can offer a rubbish removal and recycling service to domestic customers. Instead of taking several trips to the dump in their car, some people would rather pay for someone else to take their unwanted items away for a small charge.

5. Collect & Sell Scrap Metal

Collecting and selling scrap metal can be a good little side business that you can do in your spare time. It largely relies on being opportunistic by finding skips or piles of rubbish outside people’s homes.

The biggest advantages of collecting scrap metal is that most people are happy for you to take it off their hands for free which means 100% profit when you come to sell it. However, it’s not always easy to find and some metals are worth more than others.

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6. Van Rental

If your van is sitting idle and you don’t have the spare time to complete any additional jobs, you could rent it out for other people to use.

This is a risky business idea because you’re trusting people to bring the van back and keep it in good condition. You might need to invest in a tracking device and some legal protection. In addition, any customers you manage to get will need to arrange their own insurance.

Alternatively, you can offer your services as a van and driver business. This works in a similar way to a traditional ‘man and van’ business, but instead of having to do any of the leg work, you’re only being employed as a driver. Primarily, this type of service is used by people who don’t have a driving licence.

7. Taxi / Transportation

Crew vans and double cab pick-up trucks offer five passenger seats with enough space to transport everyone in comfort. Before using your vehicle as a taxi you need to get a PSV (Public Service Vehicle) operators licence.

If you live near an airport, a van is the perfect vehicle to carry out an airport shuttle service. There’s lots of room in the back for suitcases and additional luggage without compromising on passenger space.

Similarly, you could offer a service that takes people to their medical appointments. This would be particularly useful for elderly and disabled people that can’t drive and don’t have anyone else available to take them.

8. Towing Service

Thanks to their weight and size, vans make perfect towing vehicles. If you’re comfortable towing a trailer or caravan you can provide a towing service to help people move boats or other large objects.

In addition, if there’s a local caravan dealership, you could partner with them to offer a delivery service to their customers. All you need is tow bar and money for fuel which you can incorporate into the cost of the job.

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9. Transport Event Materials

Promotional events require of a lot of marketing materials to be transported and set up. You could use your van to act like a ‘roadie’, moving the material to different locations, setting it up and dismantling it once the event has finished.

Once you know the set-up process, this becomes a very easy way to make money with your van because it’s essentially a delivery job with only one drop-off.

10. Cleaning Business

While there are many different businesses you can start with a van, most of them require some level of skill (e.g. mobile hairdresser or painter/decorator). A cleaning business only needs minimal funds to get started and no previous experience.

Depending on the amount of time you have available, you can choose to have residential clients or you could target offices and retail spaces. Many companies will outsource their office cleaning to small agencies.

A van will provide plenty of space to store all your cleaning products. If you’re planning for the business to be your main source of income, you could even consider specialising in a certain type of cleaning – for example, construction clean-up or carpet cleaning.

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11. Mobile Coffee or Juice Bar

Buying fresh drinks on the go has become a major trend in the UK and something that you can take advantage of with your van. The two most popular beverages are coffee and juice.

You can either choose to convert your van into a self-contained service area, or you can invest in a cart or trailer that you can tow around using your van.

12. Mobile Valet

Typically a valet service is static and involves people bringing their vehicles to you. However, with a van, you’ll have enough space to carry all the equipment and set up a mobile valet business.

The main advantage of this is that people can get their cars washed when it’s convenient for them – they don’t even need to take any time out of their day. Setting up your service in a busy industrial estate or retail park will provide you with a lot of footfall and opportunities.

13. Advertising Space

Your van is a blank canvas that you can sell to other businesses. Think about buses and cabs – they have designated areas which can be sold as advertising space for marketing campaigns.

If you drive around in your van a lot and don’t have signwriting to advertise your own business, you could be earning money without doing any extra work.

Thinking About Starting A Business With A Van?

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British Columbia government awards 2% pay increase to container truckers

The provincial government for British Columbia, Canada is implementing a 2% pay increase for around 1,700 container truckers, effective from 1 June 2020.

The 2% increase in truckers’ trip and hourly rates has been designed to offset higher operational costs and help ensure fairer compensation for drivers.

The adjusted rate structure is one of the recommendations featured in the British Columbia container trucking commissioner’s rate and remuneration report. The local government, led by Premier John Horgan, has confirmed that it will be introducing the majority of the report’s proposals, which aim to deliver balance, stability and competitiveness within the trucking sector. This also includes a commitment to mandate remuneration for all work-related driving, for example, moving empty truck beds.

Claire Trevena, minister of transportation and infrastructure, said: “I would like to thank the British Columbia container trucking commissioner for consulting [the] industry and providing recommendations that will help restore balance in the container trucking industry.

“As a result, we are creating an enhanced rate structure and implementing several measures, which will benefit more than 1,700 hard-working British Columbians and their families. With these actions, we are delivering on our commitment to act on the 2014 Joint Action Plan, and we are going even further to benefit drivers and the industry.”

The increase in trip and hourly rates follows on from strike action in March 2014; container truckers shut down Port Metro Vancouver for nearly four weeks because of wage undercutting by trucking organisations and long wait times at the Port. This was resolved when an agreement was completed between the truckers, the Port, the British Columbia government and federal government. This resulted in provincial government increasing trip and hourly rates by 2.6% in 2018.

Trade union Unifor states that provincial regulation in this area is necessary due to continued wage theft; it reveals that since the Container Trucker Act was introduced in 2014, more than $2.5 million (£1.4 million) in recovered wages and fines have been levied.

Collective bargaining agreements for the truckers expires on 30 July 2019.

Jerry Dias, national president at Unifor, added: “Few industries need regulation as badly as the container trucking industry. It’s hard to overstate just how much wage theft our members have seen over the years from unethical employers. We welcome the Horgan government’s continued leadership on protecting hardworking container truckers.”

Since receiving the British Columbia container trucking commissioner’s rate and remuneration report, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure has been consulting with key stakeholders in the container trucking sector, including employers, driver representatives and other industry stakeholders, to gather feedback on an implementation plan to ensure it is measured, fair and maintains sector stability and competitiveness.

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Practical tips to save your business money on the latest model vans

FOR today’s businesses, buying a van is a big investment, which means you need to find a vehicle that gives you all the functions and features you need, at a price you’re happy with. 

With so many new commercial van being released every year, it can be a challenge to keep up and find the perfect solution for your organisation.

Here are some tips to help you find the vehicle you want, at a price your bank balance and business will love. 

List the features you need and the ones you’d like

Before you start your search for the perfect business van, you need to figure out what you want. Consider how much space you need, the type of fuel you’d like it to run on and every other basic function that you need from your van. 

You also need to think about the technological features you want your new van to have.

There are many trends in the commercial vehicle sector that are impacting on the vans on the market currently, so explore all the options and come up with a list of everything you need from your new vehicle, as well as everything you would like.

Being prepared will make your search for a new company van much easier and more efficient. 

Shop around

You might have a van supplier that you’ve worked with for years, but you could be getting a better deal if you looked elsewhere. 

As such, it’s important that you check out everything that the market has to offer. Online sales websites, free online adverts and even social media platforms such as Facebook can allow you to see a selection of the vehicles available in your local area. 

Consider leasing

One cost-effective way to use the latest model of van, without paying the high price to purchase it, is to lease it. This will allow you to use a new van for as long as you need it for, then pass it back to the leasing company once you’re done. 

Check out the range of Vantage Vans if you want to see the latest model vans and find the one that’s perfect for you. On the Vantage Leasing website you get to choose from a variety of vehicles and financing options, meaning that you can tailor everything to your business’ exact specifications. 

Don’t overlook ex-demo vans

Another great way to drive a premium quality vehicle for a budget price is to buy an ex-demo van. These are vans that were once used as test vehicles at showrooms. They often don’t have many miles on the clock and will give you all the functions of the latest model of van for a reduced price. 

The only downside to buying an ex-demo vehicle is that you often have less choice than if you were buying a new van. Make sure that you focus on finding the van that’s best for you, not just the cheapest option. If you choose a cheap ex-demo van that doesn’t have the functions or space your business needs, then it may be unfit for purpose and unusable. 


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Why Ladder Racks Are An Essential Tool Of The Trades

Ladder rack is an essential tool of the trade. It offers many benefits other than simply loading and transporting ladders. Proper selection of ladder rack for commercial vans is essential because it impacts the cargo capacity, initial cost, and work safety. The ladder racks are used for holding boards, long pipes, and tools, etc. 

Today, there are various types of ladder racks are available in the market, so it is very difficult to select the perfect ladder rack that perfectly suits your requirements and needs. Benefits of ladder racks are mentioned below;

Free up cargo space

The ladder racks do not take up the van’s floor space if you have a ladder rack. This space is useful for storing tools and other equipment. If you have enough space, you may be able to load faster at the job site. If you have made multiple trips because your van racks the storage capacity to get everything to the job site, this can save your second trip. Ladder rack will save your time and money.

Reduce Safety Risks

A ladder rack is the best way for securing a ladder for vehicles. It is easily and safely secured for transport. A secure ladder will not slip off the van or road and it also protects your vehicles and other drivers. It also protects your crew because they are not worried about the ladder shifting position or falling out of place and causing injury.

Protect your investment

Ladder racks are expensive and also good for vehicles. If you don’t have a ladder rack, the more chances of your ladder and vehicles prone to accidents. It damages both your vehicle and ladder when the ladder bangs the inside of the vehicles. You can protect your ladder from dings and dents and keep the vehicle dents and scratches free if you install a ladder rack.

How to pick a ladder rack

Your cargo needs play a crucial role when choosing the right ladder racks for your truck. Firstly, you understand why a ladder rack is important and what the benefits of installing a ladder rack in the vehicle. Then find the right rack for your vehicle according to your needs. You need to consider the size of your van, the size of your ladder which you need to transport and any additional features that are of value to you. Because ladder racks are available in different sizes. Van ladder racks are a great addition to safety, productivity, and performance of commercial vans.