As a courier, as well as needing hire and reward insurance, you’ll also need the correct vehicle for the job. When it comes to choosing a van for your work, the decision you make can have a long-term impact on your business. Firstly, with regards to running costs you need to think about fuel consumption, insurance groups and if you are getting a van on finance you will also need to consider monthly payments. Secondly, you will need to think about what type of van you need which is dependent on the type of work you will be doing. If, for example you are moving furniture, are you aiming to specialise in larger removals and may therefore require a van with a tail lift? This is going to be more expensive than a smaller van, so think carefully about what it is you need exactly.
We help you choose a van, we have rounded up 3 popular options for van couriers:
Fords a staple in the van world. There are now 4 models of Ford Transit which are Ford Transit Courier, Ford Transit Connect, Ford Transit Custom & Ford Transit
The Ford Transit Courier offers fuel economy between 54.3 and 76.3 mpg and is available on finance from £174 per month at the time of writing. It has a payload of 660kg and sits has an insurance group of 2E, which may help you to save money on your courier insurance.
If you are moving large items you may want to consider a sprinter with a payload of around 1,500kg. The 311 L3 H2 110ps is available from £335p/m and a combined mpg of 31.7. The Sprinter range has is in an insurance group between 5 – 18.
The Vivaro comes in two lengths, 4.95m and 5.30m as well as three body styles; the platform chassis, panel van and doublecab. The payload of the Vivaro is up to 1,400kg. The Vivaro range of vans sits in insurance groups between 4-11 and has a fuel economy of between 28 – 47 mpg.
There are so many options when it comes to choosing a van for your courier work, so it pays to take the time to do the sums to work out finance costs and running costs. To work out how much a van would cost to insure you can compare courier insurance quotes through Quote Goat.