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Van or Pick Up?

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Van or Pick Up?

Tuesday, 10 April, 2018

Van or Pick Up?

Choosing between a pick-up truck and a van?

There’s no doubt that, in the last ten years, Pick-up trucks have become much more popular. Providing many of the practicalities of a van, but with the looks and feel of a large car, they tick many boxes for drivers. At the same time, the choice of models has grown with staples like the Toyota Hilux, Mitsubishi L200 and Nissan Navara now being joined by the prestige manufacturers with models including the Volkswagen Amarok and Mercedes-Bens X-Class.

At the same time, the more traditional van or Light Commercial Vehicle (LCV) is far from dead. It has been an essential business tool for many years and that isn’t going to change. There are many reasons why opting for a van is a great choice, and there are loads of different models and variants available to meet every need.

So two great leasing options, read on to find out more about which could be the right one for you.

Choose a van for: Choose a pick-up for:
Great load space  Off-road ability
Huge choice of shapes and sizes Tax advantages over a car or MPV
Comfortable ride Great spec, especially in premium models
More secure than vehicles with a load cover Towing capability
Adding specialist fitments and storage Ability to seat 4 or 5 people


Top reasons to choose a pick-up truck

Pick-up trucks have become more and more car-like when it comes to comfort, equipment and driving characteristics making them an attractive option, with registrations growing 14.2% in 2017. Because of this, we have seen a growing number of businesses take the decision to swap their company van and their private car for a pick-up with a double cab, meaning they can move from two vehicles to just one.

You can select a pick-up truck with a single cab (seating 2 or 3 people) or the more popular double cab (seating 4 or 5) which tends to come with 4 doors making them as practical for a family trip as a hard day’s work. Meanwhile the rear, where you hold the load, can be left uncovered, or a load cover can be fitted to keep what you’re carrying safe and dry.

For people moving up from a company car to a pick-up, tax can be a motivation. Pick-ups fall within the commercial vehicle classification for tax which is the same as a van. This means they are currently subject to much lower benefit-in-kind than a company car is. Even on a high spec vehicle, a 40% tax payer will currently only pay around £100 per month.

That spec also makes pick-up trucks attractive. They can be fitted with pretty much any feature that a car can which enhances their looks and driver comfort. Large alloy wheels, leather seats, cruise control, automatic headlamps, heated seats and in-built sat nav are just some of the things that drivers can opt for. They also look more like a car, so are perfect for the more image conscious of you, especially with a growing number of premium models now entering the market.

It’s not all style over substance with these vehicles though. When it comes to towing capacity, or off-road ability, they tend to have the edge over a more traditional van. Plus their load capacity far outweighs even the largest car making them a practical option for a wide range of trades.

Most popular models include:

Ford Ranger, Mitsubishi L200, Volkswagen Amarok, Nissan Navara, Toyota Hilux, Fiat Fullback


Top reasons to choose a van

There are still a great many reasons why a van is the best option for your business. Probably the most important is load space (or payload for the more technical of you). This is what vans are made for, and there are plenty on the market with lots of room in the back making them a really practical option, whatever you need to carry.

They also come in a great many variants of size and shape so you don’t have to compromise. You can often tailor the vehicle to the specific needs of your business making sure that it works for all the different jobs you need to do. 

While vans don’t come with some of the mod cons that a pick up does, they can often be more comfortable to drive. The large wheels on a pick up look good and make them more sporty, but can lead to a harsher ride, so if comfort is your thing a van might be right for you. 

If you need specialist fitments adding to your vehicle, vans provide far more choice. This can range from storage solutions to safely hold your tools and better organise your van, through to refrigeration facilities to safely store food, drink or medicines.

Finally, because panel vans are built as a single unit, they don’t have the weakness of a fitted load cover. While no vehicle is immune to crime, it does make them more secure; especially important if you leave tools (or other valuables) in the vehicle overnight. 

Most popular models include: Ford Transit Custom, Ford Transit, Vauxhall Vivaro, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Volkswagen Transporter, Renault Trafic, Citroen Berlingo, Peugeot Partner.

See our selection of van reviews below:

If you want to talk it through

In many ways, choosing the right van is more complicated than selecting a car. There are more variants, load capacity is often key and you might want to add on bespoke fittings and branding. Plus the stakes are high; if you make a bad decision it’s not just an inconvenience, it will probably stop you from doing your job. That’s why our vehicle van leasing experts are on hand to talk you through your options and help you make the best decision. To speak to us get in touch today.