Van Hire – Better Value Than a Used Van?

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In the Commercial Van Hire world, it’s understandable to ask “why should I get a new van when a used one is cheaper and just as reliable?”. There’s a vast market of reasonable priced, functional used vans. With plenty to consider, the question still remains; why indeed would you consider van hire?

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Be Wary of a Van with a Hidden History and Warranty

A new van comes with a full manufacturer’s warranty and roadside assistance. If you buy a used one, you might not be so lucky. a second hand dealer will provide you with a short, limited guarantee, or a third-parties mechanical breakdown warranty which are not as reliable.

We’ve all seen the adverts, one in three used vehicles has a hidden history, according to HPI. A used van could still be locked into to a finance agreement, have been involved in a serious accident or have a mileage discrepancy. Not something you’d want to sink your hard-earned money into.

Despite reassurances from a selling dealer, a vehicle which may technically still be under manufacturer’s warranty might later have claims refused. In most cases, claims made after a warranty has expired are never considered.

There’s always a risk with the condition of a used vehicle. A used van could have had multiple drivers, been regularly overloaded, kerbed or not maintained.

Someone Else’s Filth and Damage

It’s likely that a used commercial vehicle will still have hidden grime, dirt and smells. The load bay may well be stained by spillages and the only solution is to replace the ply lining. There’s also a high chance that a used vehicle will have had some pre-existing damage that has been repaired. This wont be an issue when considering van hire.

When buying or leasing a new van, you’ll benefit from main dealer and manufacturer back up. This can include such benefits as 24-hour servicing reducing downtime, and courtesy vehicles.

Technology and Emission Safety

A new van will be equipped with new technology, providing new options for driver convenience and comfort like satellite navigation and improved safety features. A new van will also comply with the latest emission standards, meaning that the new van will be able to enter inner city ‘Clean Air Zones’ without paying additional charges or being refused entry.

Restricted Choice With Used Vehicles

When buying used, you won’t be subject to a great choice of colour, specification or options. Ordering a new van means that it can cater to your requirements. There are many finance options available for new vehicles, often subsidised by the manufacturer. A used dealer is likely to offer simple options from its own provider, offering little choice to the buyer and often at less than competitive interest rates.

Used is not Always Cheaper than Van Hire

In fact, int the past four years prices have reached an all time high. Demand is even surpassing supply for some vans. For those still considering used however, there is a note of caution. Trade sources and industry bodies are predicting a ‘sharp’ correction in values. This is primarily due to an increase in the number of new van registrations resulting in an expected increase in disposal of previously vehicles.

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EastGate’s Smart, Sensible Security: Dashboard Cameras

The Unfortunate Truth

It’s an unfortunate truth that today’s roads are increasingly unpredictable, and accidents happen as a result of this. Have you ever experienced a potentially dangerous near miss? It’s probably the case for most of us, it’s definitely the case for me, and it’s a moment where most of us should assess whether our insurers would support our claim or not, not to mention if the teenager in the old Fiat Punto with the disproportionate body kit had insurance in the first place. This is something we take very seriously here at EastGate. If only there were something we could use to protect us in scenarios like this.

EastGate's example of uninsured driver

No More “My Word Against Yours”

Then, as if out of nowhere, dash cams flood the market. A relatively simple solution to age old dilemma of “my word against yours”. It’s thanks to these dash cams that we can now unquestionably prove who is at fault in an accident. You’re also covered if someone fails to stop at the scene of an accident as most dash cams record in HD as standard, so you won’t have a problem getting their registration number. Better yet, if you have a dash cam installed, some insurers will offer discounts of up to 20% on your policy. We at EastGate can’t think of one reason not to have one.

EastGate Dashboard Camera

EastGate Has You Covered

It is this added sense of security and peace of mind that we want every EastGate customer to feel inside each and every one of our vehicles, so we’ve added top-of-the-range 3G wireless dashboard cameras, supplied by our partners; Plant-I, to each one of our vehicles.  The cameras we use are particularly helpful for employers because they offer real-time remote video replay for any of your vehicles. The cameras are equipped with the next generation of telematics, allowing you to review an incident, minutes after it happened.

 

Protect Yourself

The idea of added protection offers the peace of mind that should be available to every driver on the road. Protect yourself with high quality footage by installing a dash camera to your vehicle. EastGate do this with every single one of our vehicles.

 

Finally

On a final note, everyone here at EastGate would like to thank Moola Marketing. They have been tirelessly helping us out with the projects we’ve been working on in recent weeks. The services of Moola Marketing are proving to be invaluable to EastGate. We look forward to working alongside them for a long time to come.

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