5 Reasons To Buy A Van Without A Business

January 15, 2019 at 9:19 AM

Businesses and tradespeople typically use vans and other light commercial vehicles (LCV) for work-related activities, whereas cars are normally purchased for the daily commute or leisure activities.

Due to their size and structure, vans are well-suited to carrying large and heavy loads, making them a better and more efficient vehicle of choice for businesses. Often overlooked by non-business owners, vans could also be a viable option for traditional car buyers.

We've compiled a list of reasons why you should consider buying a van even if you aren't a tradesperson or own a business.

VERSATILITY

Although vans might look rigid from the outside, they're actually very flexible in terms of what you can do with the space inside. Depending on the size of van, they either come with two or three seats in the front; if you need to transport more people, you can add a second row of seats increasing the capacity to five or six people.

These extra seats are easy to add and remove so you can have more storage space or seating depending on what you're doing. Choosing a van with six seats gives you at least one extra seat over most cars and the passengers in the second row will have more space compared to the majority of seven-seater cars.

The space behind the cabin is very versatile and can be converted into almost anything you can think of. Small modifications include installing hooks or shelving for a more organised area, or you could do something bigger by transforming the space into a fully functioning living area with electricity, running water and space to sleep.

TOWING CAPACITY

Normally used for carrying heavy loads, vans are built to be able perform under strain and stress which makes them perfect as towing vehicles whether you need to transport a caravan, trailer or horse box.

Even a medium-sized van can have a towing capacity up to 2.5 tonnes, whereas some large vans offer towing capacities up to 3.5 tonnes thanks to their higher maximum rear axle weights.

Most vans don't have a rear view mirror; to compensate for this, they have much larger door mirrors so that the driver still has a good view of everything behind them. This is also a massive advantage when you're towing, especially as vans are typically wider than cars, so you might not need to install towing mirrors.

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SPACE FOR FAMILY ADVENTURES

Estate cars, saloon cars and some larger SUVs provide a lot of boot space so that you can pack everything you need for a family trip with accessories such as roof racks and boxes for additional storage solutions.

However, if you choose a van, there's a massive load area that can securely store bikes for the whole family alongside the camping equipment without needing any exterior accessories for a weekend away at the campsite.

All of your possessions and equipment are safer in the back of a van, especially if it's a panel van without windows looking into the cargo area. Everything can be locked out of sight and you can add heavy duty locks for extra security.

EASY ACCESS THROUGH SLIDING SIDE DOORS

Travelling with small children can be a stressful experience, particularly if you only have a three-door car and have to battle with a folding front seat and a wide open door to get them into the car seat in the back.

Most vans come with at least one sliding side door - some are available with twin sliding doors - which makes accessing car seats in the second row much easier.

Despite their wider dimensions, sliding doors also make it easier to get in and out of the van when it's parked in a car park bay which are notoriously slim. If you don't have a second row of seats in place, the sliding side door is useful for loading and unloading at the roadside.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE

Although this isn't a benefit for everyone, a van is the easiest type of vehicle to modify when wheelchair accessibility is needed. They naturally have a high roof which can accommodate a passenger in their own wheelchair.

The sliding side door and 180° opening rear doors provide different accessibility options and the interior can be configured to optimise for storage or passenger space.

A wheelchair accessible vehicle provides the wheelchair user with a more comfortable travelling experience because they don't have to transfer themselves from the wheelchair onto the seats in the vehicle.

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Vans are well-rounded vehicles that may fit your lifestyle better than most larger cars, especially if you have a family that you take on lots of adventures, whether that's camping in a tent, riding bikes in the woods or staying in a caravan.

It's clear that vans aren't just for businesses and tradespeople; in fact, if you have a multi-purpose lifestyle, buying a van just makes sense. Search our stock online to discover the van that's right for you.


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