avoiding lcv pitfalls

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Deciding to renew or expand your LCV fleet is a big investment decision and, when you're busy running a business, it's easy just to replace like for like. But doing things the way you've always done them might not be the best option.

New technology and a changing regulatory and tax environment means there are new opportunities and challenges in fleet management. Our fleet specialists have come up with a list of considerations to help you avoid some of the common pitfalls of LCV acquisition.

Six key tips when procuring a LCV fleet

SIZE MATTERS

Half-full vans means paying for space you're not using and inefficient fuel use. Overloading your vans also uses excessive fuel, while risking vehicle damage and prosecution.

TO DUAL OR NOT TO DUAL?

Four wheels at the back of a vehicle doesn't mean you can carry heavier cargo. Unless improved stability is required, it is worth just hiring in a four wheel rear as and when you need the specific capability.

DRIVE TRAINS

There's greater payload on a front wheel drive vehicle than on a rear-wheel drive. Electronically-managed gear changes have also optimised fuel consumption in automatics - manuals may not always be the most efficient.

THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAIL

Focus on vehicle specs that match your business needs 95% of the time - specialist vehicles can be hired as and when they're needed.

CONSIDERING CONDITIONS

In many cases, 4x4 capability in winter is unnecessary. Investment in winter tyres and driver training could serve you just as well.

I HAVE THE POWER

You could be wasting fuel and paying excessive tax on larger engines. Today's 1.5l engine has the same power as an old 2.5l one, so focus on matching power outputs, not engine size, to your operating needs.

To avoid the pitfalls of LCV acquisition and help you get the right fleet for your business, contact our specialists today.