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Caring For Your Used Van This Summer
At Calder Commercial vehicles, our Wakefield based specialists understand first-hand how important your vehicle is for your livelihood. Any issues with this could cause financial strains, especially for small teams or one-man bands. Therefore, it's crucial that your commercial vehicle is in good condition, whatever the weather. An easy way to ensure that this happens is to carry out regular maintenance checks - giving your used van a little bit of TLC once a quarter works wonders, so here's our guide to caring for your commercial vehicle just in time for summer.
It's common knowledge to all drivers, but your windscreen needs to be regular checked for safety reasons. Once you've ensured that your commercial vehicle has enough fluid, you'll be able to test that everything is working correctly. Your wipers should also be able to clear the screen and must be functioning properly.
Playing a key role in what keeps your used van on the road, tyres are a crucial part of your commercial vehicle that need to maintained in all seasons. To avoid any accidents you need to make sure that there are no cuts, holes, missing wheel nuts or cord hanging from your tyres before you set off on any long journey. It's important too that they have adequate pressure- especially if you are carrying heavy items.
Under the Bonnet
Typically carried out by qualified engineers, there are things you can do under the bonnet to ensure that your used van is much longer lasting. Check for leaks and top up any fluids such as oil, brake fluid and water / coolant to ensure your engine runs happily for longer!
We're one of the leading used white van specialists in Wakefield - for more information on our vehicles, call Calder Commercial Vehicles today on 01924 723737.
Five Alternative Uses For A Second-Hand Van
A second-hand van is the perfect option for a tradesman working to a budget, but there are plenty of other ways in which a van can be utilised if you're willing to think outside the box. Here are five ways an enterprising van owner could put their vehicle to use:
People love a bite to eat when out and about, and your van could be the answer to their culinary prayers. Ice creams, fish and chips, jacket potatoes, fresh doughnuts - the possibilities are endless no matter the season.
Holidays should be about relaxation, and there are a number of ways in which a van can help make your time away from home stress-free. The added space means that the difficulty of cramming your luggage into a tiny boot is a thing of the past, and it could easily be re-purposed as a sleeping space for keen travellers.
Charity and community work
If you're looking to help out in your local community, a van's versatility is ideal. You could really make a difference - for instance, by taking people to hospital appointments or operating a mobile food bank.
Transport for hire
A van is the ideal choice for transporting goods and equipment so there are bound to be people from all walks of life interested in using your services, whether it's a family wanting their old furniture taking to the tip or a band needing sound equipment delivered to and from a gig.
For independent small business owners, getting your product in the hands of the public can be a real issue. A van allows you to take your business on tour and showcase your work.
No matter how you're planning to use it, Calder Commercial Vehicles can help you find the perfect used van. Thanks to our comprehensive, award-winning warranties and affordable finance options, you're sure to find value for money in our range of quality used vehicles. To find out more, give us a call on 01924 723737 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Choose Your Second-Hand Van - a Beginner's Guide
Calder Commercial Vehicles has a wide range of excellent value second-hand vans, and when you decide to take that step towards second-hand van ownership, you should be able to find what you need at our convenient showroom in Ossett.
In case you need a little help with your choice, the friendly and knowledgeable staff at Calder Commercial Vehicles treat customer service as a priority, and will help you choose a reliable good value van that fits your requirements, and exceeds your expectations.
The choice of second-hand vans can be bewildering, but there are a few things to bear in mind to help narrow down your choice.
1. Size. This is your first consideration, since vans come in a wide range of sizes. Consider the size and payload you think you will need carefully, as this will have a huge bearing on your eventual satisfaction with the van you purchase. Too small will lead to continuous inconvenience, whereas too large will be wasteful on fuel.
2. Engine size. Within your preferred size category, there may be a choice of engine size. Again, consider the use you intend to put your van to. Will it be used for long distances, or short trips. Will you require good cruising performance, or a steady weight shifter. If unsure, ask the
knowledgeable staff at Calder Commercial Vehicles. They can guide you towards the type of van most likely to suit the type of usage you plan.
3. Running costs. These will be affected by size of van, and type of trips you will make, but there will be differences between brands. Look at fuel consumption, servicing costs etc.
4. Appearance. Personal preference will come into play here, but you should consider, that if you will be using your van for business, then your van will form part of the image your business presents to your customers.
When you have narrowed down your selection of second-hand vans, give the ones you favour a careful look around to make sure nothing is visually amiss, and then don't neglect the all-important test drive. Second-hand vans from Calder Commercial Vehicles are fully checked pre-sale, and come with at least a three month warranty, for peace of mind.
What to Expect from a Reputable Used Van Dealer
When on the search for a used van, there are fundamental factors that customers should look out for that indicate they have found a reliable and reputable dealer. In this article, Calder Commercial Vehicles have listed a few expectations that you can find when dealing with a used van dealer such as ourselves.
A Variety of Models and Stock:
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we have a wide range of vans to suit the needs of our customers. From large commercial vehicles to small car-derived vans we have loads for you to look at. We also supply vans in a range of colours; so, if you're looking for a second-hand white van or a used navy-blue van, we're the go-to van dealer in West Yorkshire.
Plenty of Customer Reviews:
Customer reviews are an excellent way to get a realistic view of the service and other aspects of the van dealer you are visiting. Where the dealership has taken the time to respond to the more negative reviews also indicates a willingness to acknowledge mistakes and act on it.
Knowledgeable and Friendly Staff:
The staff at Calder Commercial Vehicles are experts when it comes to customer service. With years of experience in the used van market, customers always rave about the service they received.
Looking for a used white van? Looking for a large transit in good condition? Look no further. Contact Calder Commercial Vehicles today on 01924 723737.
Van Specs to Look Out For
When it comes to leasing a second-hand van, as the customer, you will want to know you are getting value for money and a good deal. Just like making any huge investment, such as renting a property, there will be aspects of the investment that you will need to look out for.
Below, Calder Commercial Vehicles have provided some common specifications that our customers have often sought after in a used van.
One of the first factors that should come into play before leasing a used van is the size you require. Second hand vans come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and the one for you will depend on what you require it for. Types of van include curtain-side vans, car-derived vans, and four-wheel drive vans.
The functionality of the van is also an important factor to consider. Whether it has stop-start functions will be a thing to bear in mind, as during long journeys carrying out jobs or deliveries, this could be useful when stuck in traffic. Other functions such as manual or automatic will come into play too.
Which year the van was manufactured and released in is important too. Many second-hand vans will have varying mileage, so it is important that you conduct your research with the sales expert at the forecourt.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, our team are renowned for the excellent service they provide to customers. We have a wide range of used vans available for lease. Contact us on 01924 723737 to learn more, or visit our Ossett-based forecourt.
Non-Commercial Reasons to Lease a Van
Leasing a van from a reputable second-hand van supplier such as Calder Commercial Vehicles comes with its many benefits. Specifically, for SMEs and independent traders, their spacious capabilities make it much easier to transport goods from distributor to recipient.
However, there are additional properties that used vans possess that aren't just useful for businesses. Below, we have listed a few:
Many of us have been guilty of holding onto items for longer than we should have. Leasing a commercial van and utilising its storage properties can help channel our inner hoarder. If your home or garage is full to the brim, you could use the extra storage of a van to temporarily house your assets, at least until you decide to have a clear out.
Domestic mini-breaks are becoming increasingly popular within the UK. From Wakefield, holidaymakers have great access to the Lake District, Peak District and the Yorkshire Dales. Leasing a used van for your family trips away can make it much easier to transport all your hiking, walking and other equipment from one place to the other.
Moving to a new house:
Touted as one of the most stressful processes to endure, moving house can be really difficult. Without transport with sufficient storage, this can be made even more difficult. Whether you are moving from a rented property to an owned property, or from your family home to a new home, you may underestimate just how much stuff you own.
Hopefully, this has widened your scope when it comes to the uses of a van outside of business. There are a multitude of reasons to lease a second-hand van. If you would like to discuss these in more detail with us, you can contact Calder Commercial Vehicles by phone on: 01924 723737. Our opening hours can be found below:
Mon: 09:00 - 17:30
Tue: 09:00 - 17:30
Wed: 09:00 - 17:30
Thu: 09:00 - 17:30
Fri: 09:00 - 17:30
Sat: 10:00 - 15:00
Van Driving Tips for Long Journeys
One of the main uses for investing in a van is for their storage facilities. Owning or leasing a van as part of your Carriage of Own Goods or commercial fleet may require you or the driver to embark on long journeys.
As one of Yorkshire's go-to suppliers of used vans, Calder Commercial Vehicles have provided some tips drivers can use before hitting the road on a long journey.
Choose the Right Van:
There are an array of vans that are available either for whichever purpose you require. Make sure to do your research and visit the dealer or forecourt of where you wish to lease/purchase the van from. Request a test drive and enquire about all the specifications necessary.
Take Up a Comfortable Driving Position:
Whilst cars and vans share some similar properties, the positioning of the driver is very different in both. In a van, your seat will be much higher to provide a better view of the road. Also, many vans lack a rear-view mirror. You will need to make sure the positioning of your exterior side mirrors allows for optimum vision of the road.
Plan Your Route:
Part and parcel (no pun intended) of long journeys in your van may include distributing and delivering packages to various areas around the country. If you are leaving your depot or warehouse from Wakefield at 8:30am on a weekday, you are much more likely to encounter traffic for the first hour of your journey. These are things to consider, so always plan your route and allow extra time in case of emergencies and accidents.
Hopefully these tips are useful for drivers and fleet managers who have an important journey coming up. If you would like to speak to a member of the team at Calder Commercial Vehicles regarding the second-hand vans that we have available, you can call us on 01924 723737. Alternatively, you can come down to our forecourt in Ossett, Wakefield.
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Tips for Eco-Friendly Van Driving
Automobiles are one of the biggest contributors to CO2 emissions. For many motorists, the option of an electric vehicle may not always be available. With that in mind, it is important for motorists to consider ways in which they can reduce their carbon emissions through eco-friendly driving. As one of the leading suppliers of used vans in Wakefield and Leeds, Calder Commercial Vehicles have provided some tips to maintain eco-friendly van driving.
Looking Ahead in the Road:
Harsh breaking can increase fuel consumption by anything up to as much as 40%. Reading the road ahead can help motorists prepare for potential or developing hazards that could cause you to brake suddenly. Gradual braking is safer and more fuel efficient.
Vans often need to transport heavy goods, so it is understandable if tyres often need to be re-inflated. As tedious as this may be, under-inflated tyres can increase fuel consumption by 3%. These fine margins mount up. It's always worth visiting the air machine at your nearest petrol station, or perhaps investing in your own tyre pump.
It is common for used van drivers to embark on long journeys throughout the country. Deliveries, drop offs and collections can require drivers to reach some really obscure locations. By planning ahead, and setting off with enough time, drivers can use quieter roads to avoid traffic jams. The quieter roads may take longer but will require less revs of the engine and thus better fuel efficiency and economy.
We all like to cut back on unnecessary spending where possible, and this should also be the case when it comes to filling up your van. Shopping around for the cheapest fuel prices can help you save money on your journeys. Websites such as https://www.petrolprices.com/ have been found useful in the past.
Choosing a Fuel-Efficient Used Van:
Some vehicles use fuel much quicker than others. Doing your research into which brand or model of second-hand van is the eco-friendliest can be worth it by contributing in a reduction to carbon emissions. In addition to this, you will save more money per litre that you fill your van up with.
As mentioned before, Calder Commercial Vehicles are a leading supplier of used vans in Wakefield in Leeds. We have access to second-hand vans from a wide range of manufactures, all with varying levels of fuel efficiency.
If you are looking to replace, upgrade, lease or purchase a used van, then start your search with us. Contact us by phone on 01924 723737 or by email at email@example.com.
A Summary of 2018 at Calder Commercial Vehicles
It's been another great year for us here at Calder Commercial Vehicles. Over the last 12 months, we have had the opportunity to provide our services to a diverse range of clients and customers from Wakefield, Leeds, and even further afield.
The convenient location of our Ossett-based forecourt means that visitors and customers are free to call us to organise a tour with our team or come down for a speculative visit.
Second hand vans have their uses, whether for tradespeople or for company fleets. We are able to supply used vans from a range of manufacturers. From Ford, to Vauxhall, customers have the luxury of being able to choose from their favourite van brand.
We hope to continue this same level of excellent service and improve on it in the New Year. With that in mind, Calder Commercial Vehicles would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a VANtastic New Year.
Should you wish to speak to us regarding the second-hand vans we have in stock, you can contact a member of our team on 01924 723737. Alternatively, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Decorating a Used Van Over Christmas
As we progress into the Christmas period, festivities cause many of us to go crazy decorating anything that can be decorated: work desks, bedside tables, and of course, our vans. However, some of us wonder if a used or leased van be decorated? The answer is: as long as it is returned to the dealer in the same condition it was supplied, yes. So, what methods of decoration can van drivers use that won't tarnish the permanent state of the van?
As experts in the used van market, and dedicated suppliers of used commercial vans, Calder Commercial Vehicles know the big dos and don'ts of van decoration. Below, we've suggested some recommended Christmas decorations should you wish to get in the festive spirit:
1. Exterior vinyl/livery
Van livery is often used by company fleets who tend to lease vans. It offers the option of providing contact details and company information as a method of free advertising on a mobile vehicle. For Christmas decorations, you can do the same thing to spread the spirit of joy and festivity.
2. Interior decorations
Interior decorations such as stickers or air fresheners are commonly used within cars and vans throughout the year. So, during the Christmas period, it's fine to get a bit festive with a small hanging Christmas tree from your rear-view mirror. Be sure that no decoration obstructs your view however, as this can be a distraction, or you could be penalised by the authorities.
3. Seat covers
Van drivers often must travel long journeys and spend time away from their families. Over the Christmas period, this is far from ideal, so draping the seats of your second-hand van is totally acceptable. In the occurrence that you are in-between jobs and get the chance to pick the children up from school this can be something they can enjoy too.
As previously mentioned, be sure to return your van to its original state agreed in the leasing documents and ensure that no decoration provides an obstruction or distraction. Following this, drivers of used commercial vans can use temporary decorations to maximise the Christmas spirit!
If you would like to learn more about making alterations to a leased commercial van, you can contact Calder Commercial Vehicles on 01924 723737.
The Impact of Peak Period on Van Users
Tradespeople of various industries may experience fluctuating workload during the Christmas period. Where some may experience slow business, others may see their busiest time of year. Sole traders and tradespeople often rely on their vans throughout the festive period. Here, Calder Commercial Vehicles have listed how this time of year can impact the wellbeing of your van.
â€¢ Utilities Maintenance Drivers
Winter brings much colder temperatures and with perhaps more time spent at home over Christmas, utilities such as gas and electricity are used more than usual. Cold temperatures can also cause pipes to freeze or fatbergs to form. Ultimately, drivers of utility vans may be more likely to receive many more call outs than usual. Ensuring you have a van that is in superb shape will help you keep up with the large amount of call-outs.
â€¢ Delivery Drivers
E-Commerce is rapidly growing, and this continues to put more and more pressure on delivery drivers. Independent retailers are likely to experience an influx of orders on the lead up to Christmas. This will increase the demand on van drivers who carry out deliveries. To be best prepared for the increased demand, it may be worthwhile for delivery drivers to see which second hand vans are available.
â€¢ Weather Conditions
As mentioned with the impact it has on utilities, the weather can also have an impact on the state of your van. Icy road conditions increase the likelihood of a hazard occurring, grit and snow can affect tyre pressure, and hailstone can cause damage to windscreens and wingmirrors. Should your current van experience damage beyond repair, it could be within your best interests to seek out a used van as a replacement.
Providing a wide selection of second-hand vans and leased commercial vehicles from our forecourt in Ossett, the team at Calder Commercial Vehicles pride themselves on service and quality. If you would like to organise a visit or get in touch with our team regarding our used vans, you can contact us on 01924 723737.
Preparing Your Van for Winter
At Calder Commercial Vehicles we specialise in supplying vans to be used on a commercial basis. This means that more often than not our typical client is a sole trader, or runs a small, trade orientated business.
This means that their van if often the lifeblood of their business. If the van were suddenly unavailable, whether this is through disrepair or theft, then this could directly mean a loss of revenue due to lack of operation.
Therefore, keeping your van running at all times is vitally important. With winter on the way the chances of your van developing issues is greatly increased. Therefore it's worth carrying a few checks and tweaks now, before the weather really turns, to make sure you can keep running all through the colder months.
Check all liquids
Top up your antifreeze with the manufacturers recommended brand. Ensure that the engine coolant is at the optimum ratio of 60-40 coolant to water and consider swapping your oil out for a thinner version so it has less chance of freezing.
Check your Tyres
In an ideal world you would fit winter specific tyres - however we know that this isn't always possible due to financial constraints. Therefore, we recommend dropping a few PSI out of your current tyres to allow for greater grip. If you're likely to be heading somewhere remote then consider taking snow socks or chains with you.
Visibility is Vital
The nights come sooner, and harsh weather often impairs vision. Also, in reality people often start to drive before their windows are properly defrosted/de-fogged. This means that their visibility will be massively inhibited. Making sure your headlights are working as they should, or even installing some brighter than normal headlights could pay off massively and make sure you are definitely noticed.
If you follow the above tips then your chances of getting through winter unscathed are greatly increased.
Calder Commercial Vehicles are leading suppliers of used and leased commercial vehicles to the Wakefield area. To find out more simply call us on 01924 723737.
What is Euro 6 and How Does It Affect Commercial Vans?
Back in 2015, it became legislation for all newly produced mass-manufactured road vehicles to adhere to specific emissions regulation. The goal of the new legislation was to reduce emissions of NOx (Nitrogen Oxide) and CO2.
As its namesake suggests, Euro 6 is the sixth instalment of a directive made by the European Union, designed to create a more environmentally friendly continent.
The targeted chemicals include:
â€¢ Nitrogen Oxide (NOx)
â€¢ Carbon Monoxide (CO)
â€¢ Hydrocarbons - (THC and NMHC)
â€¢ Particulate Matter (PM), also identifiable as the soot produced by diesel cars.
How Does This Affect Commercial Vans?
Cars produced after this date would have to have been manufactured using technology that cancels/reduces the production of these elements. LCV's use a NOx trap, whereas manufacturers of larger commercial vans use Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) to neutralise the NOx release.
It is not yet known what the impact Brexit will have on this legislation. According to Parkers.co.uk, although the UK government will be within its own right to generate its own regulation on the matter, it is believed that we will continue to follow the existing EU regulation.
When it comes to leasing or purchasing your commercial vehicle, it will be important to check these factors before completing your purchase, to ensure compliance with Euro 6. You can find out more by asking a member of our team at our forecourt in Ossett, Wakefield. Alternatively, if you can't make it down, feel free to call us on 01924 723737.
Driving Your Leased Commercial Van Abroad? Here's What You Need to Know:
Drivers of fleets and companies who export to, or import from, overseas often look to leasing vehicles to help manage their fleets. Leased commercial vans are particularly useful in carrying out pickups and deliveries, however, there are things to bear in mind when taking to mainland Europe for your logistical journeys. Here, Calder Commercial Vehicles are going to provide a few tips to help you on your journey in your leased commercial van:
1. Plan Your Route via an Up-to-Date Map:
Although most journey planning has migrated to digital platforms, unforeseen circumstances, such as loss of signal or battery, can occur. In these situations you can rely on an up-to-date physical map in case you get lost or can't find a specific location, and it won't lose battery like a satnav or a phone would.
Driving abroad will require you to ensure that you are fully insured in case you fall ill or become injured abroad, and that your vehicle is permitted to be used in the EU states that you're visiting. It is worth checking with your insurance provider before embarking on your journey to make sure that you will be covered at your destinations. We would also suggest being cautious with ongoing Brexit negotiations, as the current legislation could soon change.
3. Run Van Efficiency Tests:
Driving from Leeds to Luxembourg can be a challenging journey with some risky, unfamiliar roads. In addition to this, you will be driving for long periods of time. It will be important to make sure your van is fully serviced before embarking on the journey. Make sure to check things such as:
â€¢ Battery power
â€¢ Brake fluid
â€¢ Tyre pressure
4. Keep a Copy of Emergency Contact
In the unfortunate occasion you lose your phone, or it breaks, you should keep a physical copy of emergency contact details. This will mean you can contact your fleet manager, another colleague, friend or loved one in case of an emergency or to pass on some information.
Hopefully, these tips will help you before you use your leased van overseas. Before renting a van with us, feel free to speak to a member of our team for any more advice that you might need. You can contact us on 01924 723737. Alternatively, head down to our forecourt to see the range of commercial vans we have available.
Improving and Preserving Van Fuel Economy
Those who drive vans daily, or for work purposes, will be aware of the struggles of maintaining low carbon emissions and minimising petrol usage. As a leading supplier of used vans in Wakefield and Leeds, Calder Commercial Vehicles have devised a short guide on how to improve the fuel economy of your van.
Van drivers often transport goods to and from locations up and down the Yorkshire region, and the rest of the country. As a result, the cab of the van can often become cluttered with paraphernalia such as coffee cups, energy drink cans and sandwich wrappers. Likewise, the back of the van can become full of packaging along with unneeded, unorganised or unused tools, and other waste that wasn't needed on-site. Although you may not realise it, this will all contribute to weighing your vehicle down with each journey, which will reduce fuel efficiency. Consider taking the time to tidy your van to reduce how much you are using.
Plan your journeys:
With the advent of satellite navigation systems and GPS, journey planning has become easier. Some systems are able to generate the most fuel-efficient route and tell you how much traffic to expect on the way.
You can also be wary of anticipating the road ahead and being prepared for hazards. For example, gradually slowing down ahead of a light that has just turned red in the distance, in anticipation that by the time you catch up with the rest of traffic, you can increase your speed. This is easier than rushing to a stop and making the van work harder to move off from stationary.
A relatively new device, a stop-start facility with turn the engine off when the vehicle is in neutral and the clutch is up (for manual vans), only to reignite it as soon as the clutch is depressed. Many of the used vans at Calder Commercial Vehicles come equipped with stop-start systems. However, if your van doesn't come with stop-start, you can do this manually by switching off the engine when stationary in traffic. This can become monotonous, so it is suggested that you should only do this if you are likely to be stationary for longer than 20 seconds; this is when the fuel saving benefits would become worthwhile.
Hopefully, this guide has been helpful in assisting your fuel economy as the driver of a van. At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we have a wide range of vans with stop-start functions, and spacious cabins, all of which can help you save fuel in the future.
Give us a call on 01924 723737 for more information, or head down to our forecourt to see the variety of used commercial vans we have available for hire in Leeds and Wakefield.
Types of Commercial Van
Commercial vans come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes. For those first entering the commercial vehicle market, getting to grips with what used van is best for your purpose can be difficult, especially when there is as much choice as there is at Calder Commercial Vehicles. So, to make it easier for you, we have listed some of the common types of Light Commercial Vehicles:
The loading area of these vans come equipped with a canvas or tarpaulin curtain on one or both sides of the van. They are often used by supermarket delivery vans and bands to transport musical equipment. Other variations include vans incorporated with metal shutters on one or both sides. These can either retract horizontally or vertically.
As the name suggests, these vans originally operated as a car, but have either been modified or manufactured to operate as a van. This means that there are no rear passenger seats; instead there is a loading area, and the rear windows are covered with no means of being opened. According to the Gov.UK, these are the only Light Commercial Vehicles that are permitted to use the same speed limits as a car.
Four-Wheel Drive Van:
Four-Wheel drive refers to a vehicle that can to control both the front axles and the rear axles simultaneously. They are often useful for vehicles that must travel regularly off-road, on tracks and bad surfaces.
Understandably, there are many more types of van, but hopefully this has provided a brief introduction into the commercial vehicles that are available to you. Calder Commercial Vehicles have a large fleet of used vans for you to come and have a look at.
Our forecourts are open between 9am and 5:30pm Monday to Friday, and between 10am and 3pm on Saturdays, so feel free to come down and browse our stock. You can find our address below, or alternatively you can email us for any more details and enquiries at email@example.com.
What Else Can You Use a Van For
At Calder Commercial Vehicles we often speak of the benefits a second-hand van can bring from a commercial perspective. While this makes perfect sense; vans are often specially designed to be used in a commercial environment, it does them a disservice to box them into this category completely.
Therefore, we wanted to write a quick article about some of the other uses customers of Calder Commercial Vehicles have gone on to use their van for.
This is one of the most prevalent uses of second hand vans. A quick google search for #vanlife will reveal an entire world of people who have given up on the cultural norms of 2.5 kids and a big TV, and have instead opted for a carefree life on the road by converting their van into a home. It takes less effort than you might think - some vans are little more than beds with a few storage compartments in. Others have fully functioning kitchens and dining rooms.
Everyone needs a man with a van once in a while, but there are organisations that need them all the time - charities. Charities live off of donations, and the amount people are willing to donate is staggering. However, somebody needs to collect and transport these donations around. If you have a van, and some time, why not lend your services out?
There are more than a few van racing leagues out there. Most aren't serious, and can be a fun weekend out for the family. What could be better than getting elbow deep under the bonnet to try and squeeze a few more HP out of your trusty van?
Calder Commercial Vehicles are one of the most trusted second-hand van providers in Yorkshire. To find out more about our services, or anything we have on our forecourt, just give us a call on 01924 723737.
Top Tips for Driving in Hot Weather
Driving in hot weather can be extremely hard work. Even with the best air conditioning, in a heatwave like we are experiencing now, the heat will always find a way to make an already tedious journey even more arduous.
Being one of the leading dealers of second-hand vans in Yorkshire, we're always going the extra mile for our clients. Which is why we've put together our â€œtop tipsâ€ for our fellow van drivers.
So, to avoid any mishaps whilst on the road here's our guide to commuting throughout the Summer.
â€¢ PLAN YOUR JOURNEY - Always plan where and when you will be driving. Planning out your journey will allow you to prepare better. For example, if the journey is several hours long you'll want to take plenty of water and/or research service stations along the way.
â€¢ GET BREAKDOWN COVER - You can never be too prepared for the worst. Purchasing breakdown cover will allow you the peace of mind for if an issue occurs and you do become stranded. Luckily, all our second-hand vans in Wakefield are warranted by Warranty Wise so there's no need to worry about the hefty bill of repairs.
â€¢ DO YOUR RESEARCH - It's important you know exactly what to do if anything goes wrong - do your research on common hot weather issues, such as overheating. If any occur, you'll be prepared to take the right action into fixing the issue.
Calder Commercial Vehicles have been providing tradesmen with high-quality, second-hand vans in Wakefield for years. Our clients visit us from all over the county, to browse the hundreds of vans we have for sale, at great prices. Whatever your vehicle requirements, we'd love to help.
For more information give us a call today on 01924 723737 or visit our forecourt - we're open from 9am until 5:30pm every weekday!
7 Tips for Buying a Used Van
Buying a used vehicle definitely has a reputation. The term ""cowboy' was banded around for a long time and certainly has poor connotations. At some point this may have been true for second hand van sales, but it was before our time, and it certainly doesn't apply to us a Calder Commercial Vehicles.
To ensure that we never have that reputation we have put together this 7-point guide on how to buy a second-hand van.
1. You have rights - the 2015 consumer rights act requires that dealers provide honest and accurate information about any vehicle you buy. The used van must be fit for purpose and if any faults are found it can be returned within the first 30 days.
2. Know what you want - what kind of size are you likely to use? Why buy a long wheel base, when driving and running it will be more difficult, if a smaller van will do. If you think you need ladder and internal racking then try and find a van with these already installed, as it will likely be cheaper than buying them separately.
3. Be wary of ""home traders' these are dealers who pretend to be a private seller in order to avoid the legal obligations. If you suspect that they may be a home dealer, call them and ask about ""the van for sale' - if they reply with ""which one' then they may well be a home trader.
4. Do some basic checks - there are a few indicators that a van has been abused that can easily be checked for - make sure all the doors open from inside and out, look out for any engine warning lights or strange noises, check the heater and air conditioning for any strange smells.
5. Check the documents - your used van should have a watermarked V5C document, which should match the van's VRM (its registration) and its VIN (vehicle identification number), which will often be displayed at the bottom of the windscreen.
6. If you can, test drive it - when driving listen out for any knocking from the axles or any odd leaning. Check all the electronics as you go and make note of where the clutch engages - if it is at the top of the stroke then it may indicate that the van has less than 10,000 miles left.
By following the seven steps above you should be able to buy a used van with absolute confidence. Of course it goes without saying that here at Calder Commercial Vehicles we feel that every used van will pass these tests with flying colours. To find out more just call us on 01924 723737.
Why Choose Used Over Brand New
Buying a new vehicle is a big decision - it's an investment you want to be worthwhile, especially if you're purchasing it specifically for commercial use - not only is it your way of getting from A to B but the way you run your business and earn a living.
New vans can be extremely expensive and instantly lose value once you've driven it away from the showroom. This is why we recommend used vehicles more than any other. Aside from the obvious point of the significant price difference, there are many other reasons on why choosing to purchase a used van is more beneficial than a brand new one.
Many van drivers operate alone - self-employed tradesmen such as plasterers, electricians, plumbers etc. rely on their vehicle for their business to run efficiently, and cannot afford to splurge on fancy, flashy brand-new vehicles. But, what makes used vans so great?
A used van can be more cost-effective if you plan to trade it in within a couple of years. This is due to the fact it won't suffer from high depreciation in the way that a brand-new vehicle would initially do. It's said that a vehicle loses up to 45% of its initial value within the first 12 months, so you can easily pick up a great deal on an almost new, used van instead.
Furthermore, a used van can be just as reliable as a brand-new vehicle. A used van will have the balance of the manufacturer's warranty remaining. At Calder Commercial Vehicles, our used vans we offer a number of different warranties on our vehicles, to ensure that you receive the best quality vehicle and service - purchasing used vans in Wakefield has never been so simple!
If you're in the Wakefield area and are looking for a new vehicle for your business, call us today on
01924 723737, alternatively call into our Ossett forecourt.
5 Reasons to Ditch Cars and Get a Van!
It's a difficult decision: will I benefit more from a car or a van? Well, that all depends on the kind of lifestyle you have. For example, if you're a family man/woman, a tradesman, mobile business operator etc. a van is the perfect choice for you.
However, we understand how important it is that you make the right decision, which is why we've put together five reasons why you should ditch cars and get a van!
1. Ideal for families - having a family is wonderful, but at times can be extremely stressful. Having to squeeze children, pushchairs and needed belongings into a car isn't the best way to start a road trip, and chances are, you'll get a few complaints from the kids.
The extra space in a van can offer a double row of seats, perfect for the school run but still leaving enough space and flexibility to put in some camping equipment, fix the bikes to the back and head off for a day in the woods for the weekend.
2. Safer driving position - in most vans, you're higher up than in a car, so you get great views and can anticipate driving decisions as you can see further ahead, making it much safer to be in the driver's seat of a van than a car.
3. Great for branding - branding for your business is key. Mobile marketing is a great way of drawing attention to your business/services, as wherever your van goes, your branding follows. Vans are brilliant for vehicle livery - they offer a larger canvas than cars and seem more professional to your audience.
4. More comfortable - designed to be driven around more than cars, vans tend to be comfier than most vehicles as they are created to be used for regular commercial use, such as deliveries, trading and long trips.
5. Fuel economy - Vans are designed to economise on fuel when carrying heavy loads. In addition, the ability to see further ahead enables you to slow the van on the gears, rather than suddenly slamming on the brakes which use lots of fuel.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we have a wide range of used vans, to suit all of your family, commercial and personal needs. For more information, give us a call today on 01924 723737.
Private Seller Vs Used Van Dealer
Even when purchasing second hand, buying a van can represent a large expense and is definitely worth taking your time over to ensure you are making the right choice.
When shopping around you will no doubt consider both private sellers and dealers, but which is better? Here we'd like to talk you through the pros and cons of each.
Private sellers have a reputation for being cheaper than dealerships, and this can make some sense. Where dealerships have overheads to consider, private sellers do not. However, this gap is not as big as you might first imagine and buying from a dealership carries many benefits that buying from a private seller does not, such asâ€¦
Private sellers do not need to concern themselves with their reputation, once the van has left their possession they can wash their hands of it. However, a dealer have their livelihood and reputation to consider. This means, and it is especially true here at Calder Commercial Vehicles, that we will never sell a van which could have potential future issues. All of our second-hand vans go through rigorous checks, which is why we are able to offer warranties on all the vans we sell.
As mentioned previously, your second-hand van may constitute one of the largest purchases you make this year, therefore funding it might be tricky. You may struggle to get a loan or finance for a second hand van from a private seller, as the bank will likely not trust them or the price they offer. Whereas Calder Commercial Vehicles offer a range of purchase options, from finance through to leasing. Therefore, there will always be a way for you to afford the van you need.
If you have any more doubts or queries just give us a call on 01924 723737.
What Size Used Van Do I Need?
If you're new to the van world, or buying your first second hand van, it may be confusing as to what size or type of van you may need. Therefore, we thought we'd throw together this small guide which will hopefully help you figure out which van would suit your needs the best.
Small Vans - Smaller vans are suitable for moving small household items such as washing machines and cookers as well as seating a couple of people in the front. On average they can carry around 800kg and the load space is under 2 metres in length. Example vans include the Ford Transit Connect and the Vauxhall Combo.
Medium Panel Vans - These vans come in a variety of sizes, from short to extra long wheel base, therefore potential load is dependent on which size you go for. However you can expect to fit furniture and larger scale kitchen appliances, such as fridge freezers in there. Typical payload is around 1100kg and can vary from 2.5 up to 4 metres in length. Examples include the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter.
Luton Vans - These are the largest size van available and are suitable for full house moves. It is important to note that Luton Vans typically have a raised rear end and therefore need either some kind of lifting device or a ramp in order to load items onto it. Average payload is around 1800kg and they are roughly 3.5 metres in length, but are typically higher and wider than the other vans.
The above gives you a rough idea of which van you may want to go for. However, there are as many different dimensions and specs as there are models and brands. If you are confused about which used van to go for then the best thing to do would be to speak to a specialist used van supplier, such as Calder Commercials. Based just outside of Wakefield we are conveniently placed next to the M1. To speak to one of our team just call us on 01924 723727.
How to Keep Your Van and Its Contents Safe
As sellers of second hand vans, and every day users of vans and commercial vehicles, we consider ourselves to be experts in the use and management of second hand vans.
This being said we know the importance of keeping your van safe at all times. For most van owners their van is essential to the running of their business. Using it to transport tools, equipment and even staff around. If something were to happen to their van it could have catastrophic effects on the business.
This does not necessarily mean theft of the van itself, but could also mean theft of the tooling and equipment within it. Even mindless vandalism can have huge ramifications for the business. Not only is there the cost of repair, but also the damage to your reputation as you drive around in a van covered in graffiti.
Therefore, we've thrown together this small guide to help you keep your second-hand van safe.
Modify Your Van - there are plenty of firms out there that offer extra security measures for vans. If you've managed to save a good amount picking up a second-hand van, as opposed to a new one, why not invest some of that saved money in added security extras like deadlocks, slamlocks and lockable tool boxes.
Don't Leave Valuables in it - while this may seem standard practice for some, there are plenty of people that think ""it will never happen to me'. For a thief, a tradesman's van is a Christmas present. They may end up breaking in to simply check whether there is any kit left in overnight. If not then all you need to replace is a lock, if there is then you will need to replace your entire inventory.
Think About Where You Park - this is where you may need to employ a level of common sense. Ideally you want to park your van in a well-lit, busy area so thieves are to worried about being caught to attempt a break-in. If your van is tucked away and hidden then it is perfect for a thief to really work at the lock.
If the worst has happened and you have lost your van to theft then we can help. As suppliers of second hand vans in Wakefield we have a wide range of vans, in all sizes and engine capacity. We're bound to be able to help with your next van purchase. Call us on 01924 723 737.
Accessorising Your Used Van for Practicality
At Calder Commercial Vehicles we believe that the Used Van route is the way to go when looking to purchase a van. However, with the vehicle being second hand, you may want to make some additions to make it suitable for your personal needs or line of work. Whilst maintaining a spacious van that can carry plenty of tools and equipment is useful, there are specific accessories that can be added which make transporting them safer, and are likely to cause less damage to your van.
Here, Calder Commercial Vehicles have listed some practicality options that you could add to your van to make transporting equipment simpler:
1. Lining the van walls:
Vans are great for transporting sharp or heavy tools. However, given the amount of travelling you are likely to be doing in your used van, the interior walls could easily become damaged by abrasions from the tools. Plywood is a commonly used material to line the sides, ceiling, or floor of a van. In addition to this, it can be assembled to create a small cabinet or box attached to the floor where goods can be stored.
2. Metal bars and racking:
Another method of increasing storage is through installing metal racking with grips or bars to hang small or medium sized tools. You could also hang plastic tubs to the bars which can add to the organisation of your stock.
If you have heavier items that you wish to secure safely in your van, you could install bars on the roof of your van. It should be noted though to be careful of the weight and size distribution across the top, as this could knock the vehicle off balance or render it unable to access certain bridges or tunnels. The manufacturers manual should be able to provide more details on this.
3. Entrance access
Vans tend to have a raised floor in comparison to other traditional cars. With this in mind, although many come with one installed, a step could be a useful addition. They can be placed above the existing back bumper to avoid damaging the vans original bumper. For items such as bicycles, motorbikes, scooters and other wheeled goods, we would suggest installing a ramp. Hydraulic fold out ramps can be installed against the back door.
We hope that these tips have helped you in terms of considering the options available for kitting out your bespoke used van. As a leading supplier of used vans in based in Ossett, Wakefield, Calder Commercial Vehicles take pride in letting our customers know how to get the best out of their vans.
To speak to a member of our team regarding our wide range of used vans in Wakefield, please call us on 01924 723737.
What to Consider When Purchasing a Second Hand Van
When purchasing a van, you'll want to consider every possibility in order to receive the best quality and value for your money. Most vans are notoriously tough, reliable workhorses that are built to withstand a tremendous amount of punishment, however can wear out over the years, meaning you'll want to find a van that's cheap but sustainable. Queue second hand vans.
We've put together a list of things to carefully consider before choosing a second-hand van, as we understand how important the decision is.
â€¢ Browse - It's important to browse all the possibilities before choosing, as you never know what could be around the corner. Ask to see our full range of vans before deciding which one is right for you, as you may change your mind based on your viewings. Each van has its own qualities, so keeping your options open is the best idea when purchasing a new vehicle.
â€¢ Preparation - There are many things you'll be asked when purchasing a van, such as brands, models, what kind of van, such as pick-up, panel, truck etc. To avoid being put on the spot, or lengthening the process, prepare your ideas beforehand. Get to know the kind of van you want/need for your work or personal life.
â€¢ Extra help - Although we're professionals at Calder Commercial, we cannot specialise in every sector of the trade industry. When buying a van, it may be beneficial to bring along an extra pair of eyes - a person who works within the same industry as you/you wish to. Their experience could help determine your final choice.
When it comes to purchasing a second-hand van, you can never be too prepared. A vehicle is an extremely important part of your work and home life. You want to find a van that's reliable, great quality as well as being value for money.
Calder Commercial Vehicles have a massive range of used vans, all of high-quality at great value for money. For more information, give us a call today on 01924 723737.
What You Need to Know About Driving a Van Abroad
The sunny season is almost upon us and no doubt that some lucky folk will be jetting off to a warm destination for a relaxing few days or weeks in the sun.
Renting vehicles abroad can be costly - although it has the capability to get you from A to B, the amount you be spending in hire fees is enough to make you want to walk there, no matter how far away it is. Taking your own vehicle abroad can be a great idea - especially if you're not travelling far or are commuting there via ferry.
So, what do you need to know about taking your van abroad?
Check Your Van! First things first, you'll want to get your vehicle checked and serviced before you take it anywhere. The last thing you want is a breakdown in the middle of Spain. Taking your van for a service, no matter how long ago you had one, is a good idea to ensure no issues happen that will ruin your holiday.
Driving License! When you drive your van within the EU or EEA, you can use your UK driving license. However, if you plan to drive elsewhere, then you will need to have an IDP (International Driving Permit). This is available from the RAC, AA and the Post Office. You can obtain this license for a small fee of around £5.
Breakdown Cover! Now, we've just said to service your van beforehand, however you can never be too prepared for a bad situation. On the off chance of your van breaking down, you'll benefit massively from breakdown cover. You don't want to be stranded and saddled with a huge bill.
Correct Documentation! As well as having van insurance and breakdown cover, you will also need other specific documentation in your possession while you travel. You will need a sticker displaying the letters,â€¯GBâ€¯if you are not in possession of a GB logo license plate.
Vans can be extremely useful for holidays - they provide transport as well as great storage space. For more information on our wide range of used vehicles, give us a call today on 01924 723737.
Why go Used?
Some people are obsessed with having the latest shiny van, and are embarrassed to be driving something with last year's reg. If they can afford to live that lifestyle then more power to them, however at Calder Commercial Vehicles we operate on a slightly different plane.
As one of the leading suppliers of second hand vans in Wakefield, we have hands on experience of the many benefits of buying second hand. Below we would like to list a few.
They hold their value - most of the depreciation of a vehicle happens in the first year of ownership. This means that you can pick up a nearly new van with a lot of added extras, for a fraction of the new price. Then, when you come to sell it you may find that it has not lost much value at all.
You can get a lot more van with your money - if you buy new you could find yourself very limited by your budget with regards to the add-ons and engine size/capacity. Whereas if you take that same budget and spend it on a second-hand van you will be able to afford something with all the bells and whistles that won't embarrass you when you put your foot down.
It frees up budget - you can go a slightly different direction to the above and lower your budget considerably while still getting a lot of van for your money. This way you have extra budget to spend on other things such as applying vehicle livery or getting some new tools - both of which will directly benefit your business.
This is just a few of the reasons why we appreciate used vans here at Calder Commercial Vehicles. To find out more just call us on 01924 723737.
What to do if Your Van Overheats
Summer finally feels like it has broken through, the days are longer and for the past few days at least they have definitely been warmer! We all love the sunshine, but it is not without its perils. Sunburn and hay fever are issues that many people suffer from. But it is not just us that suffer, our vehicles can suffer too! During summer, due to the increase in temperature, vehicles are much more prone to overheating.
What is ""Overheating'?
Heat is the enemy of an engine. They are built to run warm but when they reach temperatures exceeding 240 degrees Fahrenheit bad things start to happen. The water in the engine will boil and serious mechanical damage may occur.
What are The Signs?
There are a few tell tale signs that your engine is overheating. If you start to notice any of these then it may be an idea to stop what you are doing (if it is safe to do so) to prevent serious damage from occurring. The two most obvious signs are:
â€¢ Steam or water vapor (which can look like smoke) starts emerging from under your bonnet.
â€¢ The temperature needle in your van slowly creeps up past its normal point
What to Do
If you notice either of the above then it is time to take action.
â€¢ First shut off your air conditioning and open your windows - lessening the work that engine has to do cool you.
â€¢ If this does not work turn on the heater and blower to full - this will help to remove the heat from the engine bay.
â€¢ If you are stopped in traffic or stationary then put the van in the neutral an gently rev the engine making the water pump and fan speed up.
â€¢ If all of the above does not help then pull your van over to the side of the road and open the bonnet allowing your engine to cool naturally.
If the above still does not help then it may be time to get a garage to look at your van, or even consider getting a new second hand one. Calder Commercial Vehicles have a range of used vans at very reasonable prices. Many of the vans on our forecourt are under 12 months old, so you can get a nearly new van for a heavily discounted price. To find out more simply call us on 01924 723737.
The Advantages of Buying A Van Second Hand
Buying goods second hand is nothing new. Used vehicle dealerships have been around the streets of Wakefield for decades, not to mention second hand gadget and clothing shops. Whislt owning something that previously had an owner can be looked down upon, there are significant benefits to purchasing second hand, and it some cases it is unavoidable. Taking that into consideration, here are some advantages to buying a used van:
Minimising the depreciation costs:
Let's say you chose to purchase a second hand van; should you choose to sell it a few years on from purchase, it is likely that you will be able to sell it for a similar price to what you bought it for. This is because the largest depreciation cost occurred with the previous owner when it was a new vehicle.
Up to 45% of the value of a new van is lost within its first 12 months of ownership, so you can capitalise on this as a quality second hand van from an approved dealership could run as efficiently as a brand new one.
Lower insurance rates:
A great benefit if you are a young driver wanting to own your own van. This can also be a benefit to businesses who need their own fleet, as we know insurance can boost overall expenses massively.
Reliability of a reputable seller:
Lastly, utilising a reputable approved dealer of second hand vehicles guarantees a warranty on the vehicle. Buying a nearly new van means that it could still have the manufacturers warranty; if not, short-term warranties can be provided for older vehicles in the event of an unforseen issue.
Calder Commercial Vehicles are an approved used van dealer based in Osset, Wakefield. We have a varied collection of vans for personal and business use. If you are interested in purchasing a second hand car and want to speak to a local dealer, give us a call on 01924 723737. Don't forget, someone probably lived in your house before you did tooâ€¦
The Versatility of Vans
The UK has an estimated 32 million cars, equating to roughly one vehicle for every two people. For many, cars are not only a necessity but also something to aspire to. People dream of once day owning their desired car and save up for years to make their fantasy a reality.
Vans, on the other hand, tend not to be the objects of people's desire. They are viewed in more practical terms. Thousands of businesses up and down the country rely heavily on vans on a daily basis, whilst a van hire tends to be the preferred option for moving or clearing out homes and properties.
However, there's so much more you can do with your van than you think. Sure, they're great, reliable vehicles - aiding you from job to job, but you can get so much more out of it. Here's how:
â€¢ Road trips - now this probably seems obvious. Of course, you'd take your vehicle with you? But that's not what we mean. You can convert your van into the perfect, intimate safe haven for you and your road trip buddy. By adding cushions, blankets and other cosy items - you can transform your van into a wonderful camper environment. Thriftier than a B&B anyhow.
â€¢ Create a mobile business - we've all seen the film Dumb and Dumber, right? Their dog grooming business on wheels is far from a dumb idea. You can convert your van into anything - whether that be a travelling ice-cream, burger or confectionary van all the way to your very own grooming services. The ideas really are never ending. You can avoid property fees and the disadvantage of being anchored to one area by using your van for everlasting publicity.
â€¢ Hire it out - now, hear us out here because we think this idea is perfect for those wanting to earn some extra cash here and there. Up and down the country, vans are being wrapped to look like significant/famous vehicles from movies, TV shows etc. Creating your own little â€œparty vanâ€ is a fantastic way to earn good money with little effort. Chauffeuring small parties around whilst they enjoy the fun, uniqueness of your van can prove a very positive experience.
Now, these ideas may sound slightly whacky and weird, but we promise that they'll bring nothing but wonder and adventure to your life. Add a little excitement to your life by purchasing a van today!
For more information on our vehicles and services, call us today on 01924 723737.
Why Vans are an Ideal Mode of Transport for Extreme Sports
As an extreme sports athlete, you're possibly looking forward to a holiday this year. Getting the right vehicle to transport your kit is very important. The perfect vehicle should be the one that will simplify the process, so you can carry your goods to and from each location with ease.
Vans are an important mode of transportation for people carrying large equipment. There are a few factors to consider before purchasing a van for transporting sports equipment:
1. The size of the van - While choosing the ideal size of your van, you need to consider the type of sports equipment you will be transporting. For equipment that is bulky and has an irregular shape, a bigger, more spacious van is the best option.
2. The cost of the van - Consider your budget. Some van models are more expensive than others and, in most cases, you're just paying for the fancy name. At Calder Commercial Vehicles you are guaranteed to find a van that suits your budget.
3. The requirements for your van - Make a list of the basic requirements that you need in the van. The van you choose to purchase should have most of the requirements regarding safety as heavy equipment can be dangerous if not secured properly.
So, why is a van the best vehicle to buy if you are an extreme sports athlete?
â€¢ It provides security - Vans are completely enclosed. For a sports athlete, this is a significant advantage, as it offers theft protection for your sports items. Therefore, you will not need to keep a close watch on your sports equipment when you're not using it
â€¢ It's spacious - Vans have adequate space that can conveniently transport such equipment from one location to another.
â€¢ It's versatile - Vans are possibly the most flexible mode of transportation. You can convert them from a family car to a convenient transport for your sports equipment.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we offer a wide range of high-quality, used vans - perfect for carrying your sports equipment! For more information, visit our website or call us on 01924 723737.
How to Fix Your Van's Overheating Engine
Your van's engine features a cooling system to prevent it from overheating. Surprisingly, a large number of items can cause this process to go wrong. An overheating engine can create permanent internal damage such as a cracked engine block or cylinder head. It's important to get the issue resolved as soon as possible. Some of the main items you will want to review are as follows:
â€¢ Blown Head Gasket - A blown head gasket is one of the most common failures that result in overheating. The head gasket forms a tight seal that allows for the combustion process inside the cylinder head and engine block. Regular heating and cooling of the engine can cause the gasket to fail over time. If your engine is running very rough when you start your van, a gasket could likely be the cause.
â€¢ Bad Thermostat - If your thermostat becomes stuck, it will think the engine is cold, and coolant will not be able to flow to the radiator. A sign of a bad thermostat is that your engine will usually overheat within 15 minutes, and you will hear a loud banging sound from hot and cold coolant attempting to mix in the radiator.
â€¢ Low coolant - Liquid coolant is required to keep your van's cooling system in working condition. You can check your coolant by allowing the engine to cool off, and removing the radiator cap. You can gauge your coolant to see if you are running low, which may indicate that your engine has a coolant leak.
â€¢ Plugged radiator - The failing of a radiator can be caused by three different problems. The most obvious is external blockages from dirt and debris on the road, which prevents air from flowing through. Your radiator can also become blocked internally, which will require removing the radiator cap and inspecting internally for blockages. The final issue you may experience with your radiator is a coolant leak.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, our vans are quality checked to the highest standard, so we can offer great value for money. If you'd like to find out more about our services, give us a call on 01924 723737 or contact us here.
Top Tips for Loading and Un-Loading Your Van
Loading and unloading your van can be dangerous if not done correctly. Heavy machinery and tools can cause serious injury if you are unaware of how to handle them properly. Specific care must be taken while conducting each exercise to ensure your physical wellbeing.
When you tackle heavy tools and machinery every day, it's crucial you know how to handle it properly. We've put together a list of what we believe to be the top tips for loading and unloading your commercial vehicle.
1) Properly pack your cargo!
Having the weight packaged the right way will save you from unexpected accidents. If you're using pallets, take the time to check that they are in good condition and the loads are properly packed into the van. Investigations to determine whether the loads are safe on the vehicle will come in extremely handing for unloading too as they'll be easier to remove. In some cases, the loads may need to be securely attached to ensure that the load can't fall off from the van while driving.
2) Know how to lift!
Lifting objects can pose a threat to your back, shoulders and muscles. Knowing how to correctly position your body when lifting is the key to preventing any injuries. When lifting, it's important you do not lean forward. Instead, bend your hips and knees to squat down to your load, keep it close to your body, and straighten your legs to lift. Never lift a heavy object above shoulder level, as this could cause some serious damage. It's also important to avoid turning or twisting your body while lifting or holding a heavy object.
3) Restrict your load
The entire load should be loaded into the cargo area. No amount of load, no matter how small it may be, should be in the driver's cab. You should also adhere to the maximum load forces for the lashing point. Excess stock, tools or machinery can pose a threat to your safety whilst driving and getting in and out of your vehicle. The van should be fitted with lashing belts, securing nets, and locking bars to secure equipment.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we have a wide range of used vehicles, perfect for tradesmen wanting to kick start their business. If you'd like to browse our variety of vans, give us a call today on 01924 723737.
A Guide to Branding Your Van
A new van is a blank canvas for advertising. You can use it for showcasing your company's logo, contact details and any other useful information that may attract clients. By using your vehicle to promote your business, you're creating moving publicity.
We've thrown together a few tips and methods to help you brand your van the right way.
1) Keep it legal!
It's entirely up to you how you brand your van. However, your advertising material must always conform to UK law regarding advertising. Laws stipulate that all advertising material should be accurate, legal, truthful and 'decent' (so no offensive language or images, for example). You must also comply with trading standards in your sector of business. If you wish to include photos of customers or quotations on your van, it is crucial that they give their permission first so that you are not in breach of any confidentiality laws.
If you're handy with a paintbrush, you may want to decorate your vehicle yourself, as opposed to hiring a professional. However, if not, then investing time and money into a vehicle livery specialist is extremely beneficial. The experts know exactly what they're doing. By sitting down with a signage professional, you can discuss all the options you have, from fonts to colours and even images. Making sure the job is done properly is the key to creating a professional look for your brand.
The clue is in the title. Keep your branding consistent! Using different colours, fonts and images on your vehicle than what your flyers, business cards and websites use can cause confusion for your clients. This confusion could potentially lead to distrust - evidently losing you business and money for the sake of a funky paintjob.
4) Keep it clean
Having a fancy logo and paintjob is a great way to draw attention to your brand. However, a dirty van can deter this attention as many people may view your company to be careless, untrustworthy and lazy. Three impressions that you definitely don't want to give off if you're looking to attract new clients. Keeping your van clean and maintained is key.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we have a range of high-quality, used vans that are perfect for the trading business. If you're looking to invest in a new vehicle for your business, give us a call today on
01924 723737, we'd be happy to help.
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""Very happy with the great service we have received. All the staff was extremely friendly and couldn't do enough for us. Would definitely come again. "" - Claire Freeman.
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How Your Van Reflects Your Business
When running a company, first impressions are everything. Generating new business and attracting new clients all depends on the way you come across to the consumers. Your image should always reflect your company's values - so that potential clients can see exactly what you stand for as a business and whether you're worthy of investment.
Advertising your business through your vehicles is a great way to gain attention. Moving from town to town allows your company to reach more people. Your van can be a cost-effective advertising method - simply having a logo and contact details painted on it can attract business your way. Which is why it's important you do it right.
Whether your van is parked outside your home or driving up and down the country, it is constantly finding you new clients. Making sure the quality of your company is reflected through this is key.
For example, simple things such as the cleanliness of your van can have an impact on consumers. A dirty van with chipped paintwork, seems less trustworthy than those with clean, fresh coat. A well-maintained van is a well-maintained business.
However, it's not all about the image. The way you perform as a driver is also crucial to discovering new opportunities. Driving safely and being polite to other drivers and pedestrians will benefit your self-image, as well as your company's. No-one is going to trust your typical, aggressive â€œwhite-van manâ€ stressing out at the sign of traffic.
You may often dismiss the interior of your vehicle, thinking ""who's going to see it?' Well, it's actually a good idea to think the opposite. Potential clients may glance inside your vehicle when looking at the information on your van. Coffee cups and fast-food waste can lead to assumption of laziness and that you are unorganised. Though this may seem tedious, it won't hurt to match the interior to the exterior in terms of cleanliness.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we offer a wide range of high-quality used vans, suitable to all tradesmen's needs. If you'd like more info on what we can offer you, get in touch today on 01924 723737.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles we pride ourselves on the level of service we provide. We always put the clients first, and put service before profits every single time. But don't just take out word for it, take a look at the below reviews!
Joe Ellis thank you so much you & your team for all the advice and knowledge on finding a new vehicle . Can recommend Vanarama in Ossett first class service, can't thank you all enough xx - Linda Price
Excellent service, all the paperwork etc sorted, best service I've ever had, highly recommended, five stars - Richard Payling
Great customer service from start to finish, really helpful team who kept me up to date through the finance process! Fantastic customer service, couldn't fault! - Alison Fowler
Fantastic service from start to finish, cannot fault! Thanks Calder Commercials! - Moira Littlewood
To speak to us about any of our range of vans, just call us on 01924 723737.
Van theft: 4 Steps to Protecting your Vehicle
Preserving the security of your vans should be considered a priority; improper security checks put not only the van at risk, but the goods, tools and equipment inside of it can be at risk too. Taking the proper precautions can reduce the risk of van theft and keep your vehicle and belongings safe.
Specifically, when a van is essential to your job or career, damage to, and theft of or from your vehicle can have a detrimental effect to trading and commuting. The cost to you and your business by replacing the van and the tools can also negatively impact finances and budget. As a result, Calder Commercial Vehicles have created a guide to securing your means of transport and storage.
Often it may seem easier to leave the doors open or keys in the car when unloading goods/equipment at a destination.
As simple as it sounds, double-checking to lock your vehicle can go a long way to minimising loss. Should the vehicle be stolen or have goods taken from it, ensuring the car was locked prior to being broken into can decide whether your insurance covers you or not. Make it a habit to ensure it is locked, rather than continuing the bad habit of leaving it vulnerable to theft.
Some vehicles come prepared with a double-lock/deadlock facility, that gives drivers the option of restricting usage of the internal handles. This will prevent culprits from opening the door from inside after smashing their way in through the window.
Invest in new/upgraded locks
The standard locking system of many vehicles is quite universal, with flat-bladed screwdrivers usually being able to prise them open. It is worth upgrading your standard locks to more secure versions such as deadlocks mentioned previously, or slam-locks which bolt shut upon closure of the door.
With commercial vehicles such as vans, the triple-latch system on the backdoor are connected all by one wire; as a result, if an intruder drills into the right place in a targeted attack, they can operate the wire to release the latch and open the door. This is a huge risk as the contents of the van will then become vulnerable. A remedy for this is to invest in an anti-drill guard, or specialised van lock to reinforce the security of the doors.
If it's worth a lot, it's worth taking with you
Insurance companies often have limits regarding the most amount of compensation you can receive per lost item from a vehicle theft. Should you need to carry personal belongings or work-related equipment around with you during the day when travelling between jobs, if it is of a high value, either sentimentally or monetarily, take it with you. Whether you're finished for the day and are parking overnight or will be leaving the vehicle for a prolonged period, leaving expensive items in a vehicle for a prolonged period is opening them to risk of theft; especially if left in plain sight.
Track your vehicle
If the worst is to happen and your vehicle is stolen, investing in a GPS tracker can assist in providing you with the chance of locating your vehicle once it has been taken.
Security should not be thought about retrospectively as the result of a theft, so taking the initiative and maximising the security of your van or car now could go a long way to preventing it from happening. We supply hundreds of vans and cars at Calder Commercial Vehicles, and work with an established insurance provider to offer great insurance quotes. To speak to us about any of our vehicles for hire in Wakefield and West Yorkshire, call us on 01924 72373.
Who Can Benefit from Hiring A Van?
The storage options that vans offer tends to be the main benefit of a van and the space they provide. But who can benefit from hiring one on a temporary basis as opposed to buying one?
At Calder Commercial Vehicles we have a wide selection of vans for a multitude of uses. Below, we have created a list of those who could benefit from hiring a van and why:
â€¢ Those moving to a new house
Whether you're a couple who have just put down a mortgage for a home in Ossett, or a family looking to relocate to Horbury, the car may just not be big enough to transport all your belongings, let alone move them in one trip. Van hire could erase this issue due to the storage space, and save you having to take more of your possessions on another trip. The price of doing it yourself is also cheaper than employing a moving company to help you do it.
Van gone in for repair? Want to test out a larger van to see if it fits your transportation needs? Van hire is popular amongst tradespeople who have heavy and difficult equipment to take from one job or another. Across Wakefield there are thousands of joiners, painters, scaffolders, and plasterers who are reliant on moving their equipment around. Should the company van or own personal van need to take time off the road for any reason, leasing a van when your permanent one is out of action can save you losing out on business whilst your main vehicle cannot be used.
Yorkshire is home to many up and coming bands and musicians that tour around the region to different venues performing to audiences. Cameras, instruments, and merchandise can all be stored in a van and it is much more cost effective to hire a van for each show rather than maintaining and insuring one that doesn't get used often.
Van leasing in Wakefield couldn't be easier through Calder Commercial Vehicles. Based in Ossett, we supply cars and vans in Wakefield and in additional local cities such as Barnsley and Leeds. To speak to us about our leasing options, call us on 01924 723737, or visit our contact page.
New Year, New Vehicle
As you enter the New Year you may have set goals and resolutions to better yourselves as people. But, as well as that, you may have goals for business and work life as well, to ensure that you have a successful, productive year.
After a busy year in 2017, it may be time to make a few changes to your company and renew your products and vehicles. When it comes to the trade industries, vehicles are extremely important factors of an efficiently working business, taking you from job to job helping you earn a living. Ensuring you have a fully functional, high-quality vehicle is vital for commercial purposes, to avoid any loss of profit due to hefty repair bills and time off the road.
Keeping your existing customers satisfied with your services ensures you have the ability and recommendations to grow your client base further, all by maintaining a good quality of work. By investing in a new vehicle, you are not only decreasing your chances of profit loss, but increasing the value and impression of your services. Increasing the value will allow customers to feel comfortable and trustworthy of hiring you for the service they need - whether it be electrical, plastering or plumbing. A good vehicle = a good job done.
Purchasing a new vehicle can be intimidating - especially when it comes to the cost, which is why second-hand vans are being bought by tradesmen every single day. A brand-new vehicle may sound glamorous, but the cost does not. By purchasing a used van, you are both lowering your costs and increasing the value of your services. At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we never put an unsafe vehicle on the market - we ensure that ALL our vehicles are of great quality, at low prices.
With hundreds of vehicles at our Ossett site, we're sure to have what you need for 2018. Kick start your year now and call us on 01924 723737.
How Independent Businesses Can Make the Most of Van Hire
Now that the New Year is finally upon us, many independent businesses across Yorkshire may need to replenish their stocks after selling out over the Christmas rush. In addition to this, the looming January sales could mean that courier services are strained once again to deal with the increase in online sales. As a result, small to medium sized businesses can profit from van hire or van purchase to assist them in the management of stock and goods.
Your business could potentially expect large deliveries of stock inbound to your warehouse or stockroom location to replenish sold out goods, and outbound to customers. Van hire or purchase could create more space in warehouses as an additional storage location on a temporary basis.
In addition to this, courier services could be stretched in dealing with excessive amounts of deliveries. Through van rental, you could relieve the pressure of getting the goods sent out and delivered within a reasonable time to your customers.
Of course, knowing the specifications and sizes of the type of van you require may appear daunting. The staff at Calder Commercial Vehicles are renowned for their consistent and knowledgeable service when it comes to advising customers on which vans are most suitable for them. With regards to small and medium sized businesses wanting to relieve the stress of stock management, vans with larger storage areas may be more suited.
Our vans are in great condition and are all tried and tested, offering value for money in the Wakefield area. To get in contact with our helpful team, call us directly on 01924 723737.
Benefits of a Used Commercial Van
Buying new vehicles for your company can be a frightening process. Questions of prices, quality and the impact they will have on your company will be flashing through your head all the time, leaving you with the final decision - is investing in more vehicles really worth it? To us, the answer is always yes!
As a company, you'll more than likely offer a range of services, some of which may include travelling, such as trading and delivering goods to your consumers - all of which are near impossible without access to your own fleet of vehicles. Having access to your own commercial vans can open up many new opportunities for your business, allowing you to build up your client base and increase profits.
Used vans and vehicles can be extremely useful to companies who are looking to invest in more than one vehicle - it's the perfect method to minimise costs and increasing the value of your services. Brand new vans, though they may seem glamorous, can be extremely expensive and chances are as soon as you purchase one and begin to drive it, the value of it will plummet.
Used vehicles can be just as reliable as brand new ones if cared for properly. We ensure all our vans are of the highest standards in order to give you value for your money. It's important that when buying used vehicles that you do your research as to what your company requirements are and what the best vehicle would be in order for you to fulfil these.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we have hundreds of vans for sale, all in amazing condition to ensure you get the best possible value for your money. If you're looking to invest in commercial vehicles, give us a call. We'd love to help!
How to Prolong the Life of Your Van
A used van is a huge investment, especially if you're self employed or just starting out. Maintaining its good condition and prolonging its life through care and attention can save you time and money in the long run.
Here are a few key points to ensuring your van is at low risk of breakdowns/damage:
Top up the fluids - making sure that your engine fluids are topped up is essential when it comes to extending the life of your vehicle. If left to drop, the risk of a component breaking increases which can also lead to a hefty repair bill.
Avoid short trips - taking frequent short journeys can put a strain on your vehicle as the engine has to work harder more often, thus leading to internal damage, especially if the oil is cold and harder than usual.
Keep up to date with oil changes - as time progresses, dirt accumulates in the oil and can lead to the damage of the moving parts in the engine. The recommended mileage for an oil change is between 3000 and 5000 miles, however this may vary on the kind of vehicle you have.
Maintain your tyres - your vehicle will not operate to it's optimum performance is your tyres are not fully functional, low tyre pressure can put a strain on your suspension and decrease the level of control you have over your vehicle.
At Calder Commercial Vehicles, we have hundreds of used vans for you to choose from. Get in touch today to find out more about how we can help you!
Want To Replace Your Tired Vehicle For A More Efficient One? Look No Further
Whether you've got a large job coming up and don't think your current van is up to scratch, or simply want to upgrade, why not use a part-exchange as your deposit for a vehicle more equipped for the task at hand?
At Calderdale Commercial Vehicles, we have valuation experts who can assess the current market value of your vehicle, and provide you with a realistic pricing structure, free of charge. Our dedicated team can then help you make an informed selection from our wide-range of vehicles, all fit for purpose with a guaranteed six-month warranty.
Other options we have available include vehicle reservation and vehicle leasing. We work with Vanarama Wakefield, Barnsley and Doncaster, to offer competitive prices for thousands of vans at a local level, at the same time as providing quality service to our customers.
Based in Osset, Wakefield, Calder Commercial Vehicles have an approachable and well recommended team on hand to deal with any of your van queries. If you would like to know more about part-exchanging or leasing one of our vehicles, then contact us directly on 01924 723737, or drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What You Can Expect from Calder Commercial Vehicles
Calder Commercial Vehicles are committed to providing trustworthy and transparent service throughout Yorkshire and surrounding areas from start to finish. From your enquiry, to visiting the showroom, we aim to be consistent with all the information, service, and assistance we can provide.
We have hundreds of approved used vans ranging from Volkswagen to Mercedes. With our straight-talking service, and your thorough assessment, the procedures of acquiring a van has never been simpler.
All vehicles purchased through Calder Commercial Vehicles come equipped with a 6-month warranty. We offer an extension for vehicles that are without a manufacturer's warranty, however you will find that most of our vehicles still fall within this bracket. As we understand with unpredictability, things can go wrong; at Calder Commercial Vehicles, we go the extra mile to offer your peace of mind.
Service is as the forefront of everything we do here at Calder Commercial Vehicles. We have been in operation since 2014 and have experienced great success since day one because of this dedication. We know that the needs of each client are different, and not just in the vehicle you require, but in the your financial situation. This is why we offer a range of payment options, including finance and leasing.
For an insight into how our service has helped customers across the region, visit our Testimonials page.
Our staff are dedicated to ensuring that you make an informed, quick, and easy decision regarding your choice of vehicle. To speak to one of our colleagues or for any other enquiries, please call 01924 723737.
10 Things to Check Before Buying a Van
The purchase of a commercial vehicle should always be carefully considered. For certain businesses it may represent the largest single outlay you make, and then build your business around. If the vehicle you buy isn't up to scratch then it can lead to much larger issues down the road.
As we want you to visit us with complete confidence we have drawn up the below 10-point checklist. When thinking about the vehicle simply run down this list, it will take 5 minutes but could save hours of headaches in the future.
1. Give the van an overall scrutiny, checking for rust on the bodywork, especially on wings, under wheel arches, and under the bumper. If you find rust patches then press them lightly to see if the metal is sound underneath.
2. Check the tyres have an even tread of sufficient depth with no bulging at the sides. If the tyres are worn unevenly, the used van may have steering, or tracking problems.
3. Test the suspension by pushing down on each corner. The van should bounce once and return to rest.
4. Before you start the engine it should be cold. When you start it check for excessive smoke or unusual noises.
5. Ask someone to operate the controls of the used van, and check all the lights are working. Faulty lights may be an indication of more serious problems with the electrics.
6. Look for any damage to the interior. It should be clean and tidy and all the controls should work.
7. Operate the air conditioning and the heater. Try all the switches to make sure they work as they should and pay particular attention for any warning lights.
8. Take the used van for a test drive and, when it is safe to do so, try the brakes. The van should stop smoothly in a straight line. Listen for squealing or other unusual noises.
9. Make sure you are happy with the steering: it should be responsive and not pulling to one side.
10. Make sure your used van salesman talks you through all the paperwork including DVLA records and service history. A used van from Calder Commercial Vehicles comes with a 3 month warranty for extra peace of mind.
Calder Commercial Vehicles always has a wide range of great value used vans and light commercial vehicles, and our friendly, helpful staff will give you all the assistance you need to make your selection.
To find out more about how we can help you chose your perfect commercial vehicle give us a call on 01924 723737.