When selecting cargo vans for your commercial fleet it’s essential to choose the best make and model to suit your needs for the long haul. Choosing a van that’s too big can increase capital costs. On the other hand, a cargo van that is too small, could mean that some of your goods simply will not fit, requiring additional vehicles or several trips for deliveries. This can result in costly delivery delays that may have a negative impact on your operation and profitability. To help overcome these challenges, here are three criteria fleet managers can use to select the best cargo van for their fleet.
What your van will haul and its dimensions are two important factors to consider. When configuring payload capacity, don’t forget to also include any additional shelving, equipment and tools, workspace, and any necessary seating for passengers. Once you establish the volume, weight, height, length and width needed, consider commercial vans that meet these factors. If towing will be necessary, consider vans that have the rated towing capacity for your payload.
You should consider additional features that you may need including upfitting that will maximize the utility value of your cargo van. Once you have a design for your van upfit, use it as a template to replicate across your fleet.
Some features to consider are:
- Interior lighting
- Ramps and lifts
- Doors and windows
- Seat configurations
Total Ownership Cost
Several factors influence the total cost of ownership of a van including the van’s buying price, customizations needed, operating and maintenance costs for the duration of its lifespan, and the rate of depreciation. These all depend largely on the intended frequency of use, length of travel, and travel routes of the fleet.
Once you have considered all these requirements consult with upfitters that have commercial vans for sale that meet the requirements for your fleet. They routinely work with fleet managers and have the experience and expertise necessary that will save you time and money.