Thank you to our existing Stoke vehicle leasing customer for sending pictures of the latest edition to their growing fleet. Having taken a Ford Ranger Wildtrak earlier in January, the customer needed a bigger commercial vehicle, with heightened load capacity, to support the Ford Transit Custom 310 LWB Dsl FWD Low Roof Limited TDCi 125ps they are currently using. The awesome van show here is their decision; the Citroen Relay 35 Heavy L4 Dsl 2.0 Blue Hdi H2 Van 130ps Enterprise Manual in White Solid Paint with Ply Lining.
Within this category of LCV, there are a number options to choose from, including the identical Peugeot Boxer, the Fiat Ducato, the Vauxhall Movano and of course, one of the UK’s best-selling van, the Ford Transit. Some of our SME customers, the sole trader/small partnerships/small limited companies tend to be more budget based, especially where they are not VAT registered. In relation to this, it is not essential to be VAT registered in order to lease a van. However, as your accountant will be able to identify, there are tax benefits to contract hire, in particular with the reclamation of VAT and the off-set against tax (corporation or otherwise). When it comes to the van, our customers will often decide based on the special offers we have at the point. As this changes from month to month, we don’t have a specific van which is more popular than another. Additionally, customers in this segment are far less brand conscious. This is about receiving a cost-effective tool to carry out their job.
When our customer, a joinery and timber specialist (check them out), spoke to their account manager here it was clear that a practical and spacious vehicle was required to offer the right solution. With load height of 1932 (mm) and load length of 4070 (mm), this offered sufficient capacity for moving the quantity of wood around – a total load space volume of 15 cubic metres. Add to that the “Heavy” offers a healthy payload of 1440kg. While a bigger vehicle, the latest Euro 6 130ps engine produces a combined MPG of somewhere in the region of 44. Not bad considering the size of it.
In terms of specification, the Enterpise is the “luxury model”, as this offer air conditioning, daytime running lights, cruise control, electric windows, rear parking sensors, satellite navigation, 5” colour screen and Citroen’s central locking/alarm/Trackstar package. In truth, there is very little else you would need to add to the vehicle.
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