Churchill Business magazine

What to consider before buying a new van

Published on: June 6, 2023

Updated on: December 13, 2023

6 June 2023

If you’re in the market for a new van, there are a lot of things to consider before you start shopping around.

We’ve put together a handy list of what you need to think about so you can buy the van that’s right for you.

What will you use your van for?

 If your van is for business purposes, you need to consider its cargo capacity. Is it big enough for all your tools, stock, or equipment?

Make sure you choose a model that can comfortably carry everything you need during your working day.

If you’re buying a van for leisure, things like passenger comfort are important to think about. How many passengers are you likely to be carrying, and where will they sit?

You also need to consider what other features your van needs, like beds and storage if you’re using it to take the family camping.

Fuel efficiency

Consider how far you’ll be driving your van every week and work out if it’s more economical to get a fuel, electric, or hybrid model.

Whichever option you go with, there are a number of ways you can get more miles for your money like regularly checking your tyre pressure, not carrying unnecessary equipment, and ensuring your van is well maintained.

If you do decide to go electric, use ZapMap to find charging points near you.  

Maintenance and service costs

It’s worth checking out the warranty and service agreement offered by the van’s manufacturer.

This will give you an idea of what’s on offer in terms of repairs and maintenance during the first few years that you own the van.  

If things like free servicing and MOT are included, it could save you a bit of money.

Try before you buy

Book a test drive. Most dealers will be happy to let you go for a spin before you decide which van to go with.

Going for a test drive will allow you to get a feel for how the van handles, how comfortable it is, and how easy it is to park.

Try a few different models until you find the one that feels right for you and the job you need it for.

Get the right insurance cover

Whether you’re using your van for business or pleasure, it’s important to have the right level of insurance cover.

For example, if you’re a tradesman and you use your van every day for work, consider getting a policy that includes tools cover tin case your valuable equipment is stolen or damaged.