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biggles69

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Well here we go guys, my first proper post and a big question.

What would be a good van for everyday use?

I have seen so many different types;

Rear doors, side door, double side door. LWB, SWB, high-top, the list goes on.

For a single sparks, with all his tools and some high usage spares working within a 30mile radius of home.

Is there an obvious choice?

Lease hire or buy out right? New or used don't mind.

Thanks.

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Just looking into this myself. Seems the best way to go (for me anyway & reading on, hmm, other forums) is contract hire. Pay a deposit & then a monthly fee for 3 yrs & then give the van back & get another new one. Its possible to claim a lot back from the taxman doing it this way.

I've got a missus & a kid so something like a Renault Trafic with the 2 passenger seats will save me swapping the motors round on the drive & you get to drive round in a nice new van.

Try www.vansdirect.co.uk for a quote

 
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How about this

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biker mike

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Now thats a cracker

whats the monthly lease on that beauty

Doc copy and save the avatar mukka its urs :)

 

biker mike

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Thats one of them new fangled folding vans !! Space savers i think theyre called nut having a few treething problems i see :D

 

biggles69

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OK slipshod.

I guess I am the rookie here.

The van in the photo looks fine to me.

How much per week do you want for rental?

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biggles69

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Me again.

Cheers for the replies so far.

I will be getting a gratuity from the RAF when I leave, so I will probably sell my car, put some money in the pot with that and buy a van outright to start with. One less bill to worry about while I get myself up and running.

After speaking to a few friends in various businesses, I have been told the Renault Traffic is ok. A bit big for domestic sparking but the extra space can come in handy. Another lad (plumber) uses the old favorite, Ford Transit, again probably a bit on the large side for what I need and a bit thirsty. I have been thinking about a Ford Connect or VW Caddy. I see Citreon are pushing their Berlingo as well. I guess the trade off is bigger van, loads of space = higher running costs and vice versa. What kind of security should I be thinking about on the van apart from standard alarm/immobiliser?

What do you all think about getting sign writting on the side of the van, pointless waste of money or sensible advertising?

Cheers.

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Theorysparky

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just bought my first van 2day

N reg combo new 12 month mot 6 month tax new brakes new rear lock,roof bars

all racked out

 

rafsparkboy

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hi...i started with an astravan,,,but when i couldnt see out of the rear window and had stuff on the passenger seat i traded up to a renault kangoo for a while........then my accountant gave me a tax bill for 12 grand !!! so i then bought a brand new renault trafic with all the extras for 13 grand,,, 3 years ago.....touch wood it has served me well and is a great van, 6 speed 1.9 turbo diesel, metallic silver, air con, cd, plylined and racked, fog lights , roof rack, cooled glovebox, electric windows, power steering, reverse sensors,central deadlocking, thoroughly recommend it......

 

biggles69

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I'll be honest, even if this does sound a bit sad.........

I actually like the new shape Renault Traffic but I've been told it would be too big for what I need and it's not the most economical van.

Does economy matter or do you just stick that on the bill and charge it to the customers?

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