How To Find The Right Van For Your Needs

11 October 2021 Blog

Looking to purchase a new van, but struggling with where to start?

Not to worry, we’re here to help break down the minefield of buying a van and help you find the best one to fit your needs.


What Will The Van Be Used For?

It may sound obvious to some but vans come in such a wide variety of options, it is important to know exactly what the van will be used for day to day.

Ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you planning on converting it and require space?
  • Are you a delivery driver that needs a lot of space?
  • Are you in a trade that requires the van to cope with the weight of all your equipment?
  • Will you have multiple passengers on a regular basis and require a certain number of seats?
  • Do you plan on having signage on your van & will a certain coloured van look the best with the signage?

Once you have worked out how you will be using your van, you can then look at the options of vans available.

What Are My Van Options?

Once you have established an idea of the size of van that you may require, there are several options available in terms of van types.

Panel Vans

The most popular type of van still to this day. Panel vans tend to be a popular choice with tradespeople and come in three different sizes: small, medium and large.

Small panel vans are ideal for sole traders that don’t require a lot of equipment or light delivery trades such as florists.

Citroen Berlingo, Ford Transit Connect and Vauxhall Combo Cargo are all popular examples of small panel vans.

Medium panel vans are the most popular vans among tradesmen and the ones you will more commonly see on the road.

Ford Transit Custom is the nations favourite medium panel van and represents real good value for money.

Mercedes Vito and Vauxhall Vivaro are again very popular alternatives; the Vivaro represents very good value for money

Large panel vans offer larger load capacities and space and tend to be very popular with delivery drivers as well as traders who carry larger and heavier equipment.

Popular vans in this range include Mercedes Sprinters, Citroen Relays and Ford Transit 350.

Crew Vans

Crew vans are also known as double cabs. As the name suggests, they offer an extra row of seating behind the front seats if you intend to carry a larger amount of passengers (… or your crew)!

Businesses such as scaffolders or highway maintenance that require multiple staff members tend to sway towards crew vans for the extra seats they require.

Popular crew vans include Ford Transit Customs and Renault Trafics.


What Wheelbase Should I Go For?

Wheelbase refers to the distance between the front and rear axles i.e. the length of the van. This will impact the storage capacity but may also impact the manoeuvrability.

Van wheelbase is separated in three different options, short, medium and long wheelbase.

We tend to refer to wheelbase as ‘L’. A prime example of this is our Ford Transit Customs which in the model information will be listed as ‘L1’, ‘L2’ or ‘L3’. L1 being short wheelbase, L2 being medium wheelbase and L3 referring to long wheelbase.


What Are The Options For Van Height?

Similar to wheelbase, van manufacturers also offer 3 height options, low, medium and high. Very much like the length, the height will be included in the model description with the initial ‘H’. For example, if you spotted a Ford Transit online advertised as L4 H3, this would be longest and tallest van available.

Typically, anything above H2 is considered to be a high-top van.


Find Your Next Commercial Van Today

We have thousands of commercial vans in stock, all available at unbeatable prices. What’s more you can drive one away the same day when you visit your nearest Motorpoint store.