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When is a van not a van?

10/08/2021

When is a van not a van?

Don’t worry, it’s not a bad joke. It’s actually a serious question for some business owners. 

If you need to switch between site and client visits, carrying out meetings as well as delivering your trade, you might struggle to know which vehicle to lease for your business.

Equally, you might need something that can put in the hard graft but not feel ready to join the UK’s 1.5 million plus van drivers.

Whatever your story, the answer to our title comes as another question for you: what about a pickup truck?

Often overlooked, they’re surprisingly flexible when it comes to looks and functionality and, perhaps more interestingly, they’re taxed in the same way as a commercial vehicle, making them a more cost-effective choice than battling on with the family car.

Plenty of options outside…

Despite their heavy-sounding name, pickups provide an excellent hybrid between family and working vehicle, with different cab and ‘bed’ configurations available. 

For example, you can choose between two and four seats up front, and the bed can be left open or covered with a high canopy hardtop or a lower-level roller cover.

When you think about accessories for pickup trucks, you could be forgiven for remembering huge bull bars and lots of extra headlights. Depending on your age (no, we’re not telling you ours!) that might be because you remember when pickups – or ‘utes’ as the Aussies called them – were catapulted into our everyday lives through daily soap operas such as Neighbours and Home & Away.

And excellent progress on the inside too!

But, back to reality and the accessories, and style, of these trucks have come a long way. Now available with leather interiors, touchscreen navigation and smartphone interfaces, they provide everything the business owner needs when on the road. And you can still chuck a tool or several in the back. 

They also drive more like a car than a truck, making for a more comfortable everyday ride than other commercial vans. They’re really easy to brand with sign writing (in some cases the canopies are available in different colours too) so are great for presenting a professional view of your business when you visit a site or a customer. No need to steal the family car on meeting days.

So, when you need a van, but don’t really want a van, go for the best of both worlds. Consider a pickup truck and we’ll guarantee a bull-bar free zone! Take a look here at our latest pick-up offers and as always just email sales@vans4lease.co.uk if our team can offer you any advice.