How do I choose the right van for my business?

posted by 5 years ago in Guide

For many small businesses, a van is not only a necessary asset but also a suit of armor. As well as carrying out a crucial function business vans also give an impression of your business to future customers and potential employees. Picking the right van for your business can also make a big difference to your bottom line.

So, what should you look out for when choosing a van for your business?


What your van is going to be needed for, whether you’ll be making deliveries and the distances involved are all aspects to be considered.

The following categories cover the different uses of business van:

Single service function

If your van is used simply for moving equipment and/ or staff then access and manoeuvrability will not be so vital but you will need a van that is able to transport the equipment you need.

Multiple-service function

This applies to vans that transport staff and equipment to multiple jobs during a day. Access from the side and the back of the vehicle may be important if you are using different types of equipment for different jobs.

Urban delivery

Setting down and picking up loads quickly are a must for vans performing this function. Models which can move through heavy traffic and narrow streets are also a must.

Inter-urban delivery

Larger vans are more appropriate for deliveries to retail parks and industrial estates rather than shops and restaurants in a city.


This is a crucial factor especially if your employees will be driving the vehicle. It’s important to assess which safety features would really benefit the driver – such as front-seat airbags, reversing cameras, a load adjusting electronic stabilisation programme and hill hold assist. It’s also worth thinking about comfort as well as vehicle security measures.


How you finance your vehicle can be crucial to your bottom line. It’s a good idea to get independent advice before deciding how to finance a vehicle. You should also think about insurance and other associated costs like tyre and brake wear, longevity, maintenance costs and resale potential.


If you are working in rural or mountainous areas or are running at near maximum payload then good engine power will be crucial.


Transporting goods or turning up to jobs in a rusty heap will not show you in a good light to customers or potential employees. Consider using your van as an advert for your business with your logo and contact details on display. That way you’ll not only attract staff who’d like to travel in a smart and comfortable vehicle but also future customers!