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When it comes to commercial vehicles, leasing is the best solution for many businesses because it reduces the risks that go with buying a vehicle outright and it's cost effective. Alongside vehicle funding, we offer a number of services including downtime management, telematics, Short-Term Rental and Mid-Term Rental with flexible business rentals from one to 24 months

To speak to one of our van experts and see how we can help your business, give us a call on 0345 266 5602or request a callback by completing this form.

The Complete Van Package


We aim to guide you through the journey of van leasing, from beginning to end, making sure you have the right vehicles for your needs. We are with you throughout the life of the vehicle, assisting where you need us, and will help you with returning the vehicle at the end of your contract. We have a handy guide to explain this process, so please click on the image below to download your copy. 

Providing Support

Our dedicated team are on hand to offer support and guidance through the entire van leasing process. After identifying your specific vehicle needs, from the make, model and type through to fit out and livery options, we can provide the advice you need, all the way through to the end of contract.

After taking the time to look at your needs we can provide a shortlist of suitable vehicles. Our logical process is effective at finding the best vehicle for the job at hand.

In addition, our specialist van network and technical team provide exceptional support from the outset. With our nationwide network of approved commercial vehicle suppliers and out of hours servicing and repairs, we go to great lengths to keep you mobile. We offer a wide range of extras and additional equipment such as racking and tail lifts. And of course we adhere to a fair and transparent policy for assessing wear and tear at the end of your contract, as recommended by the British Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (BVRLA)

Which Van is right for me?

Compact Van

Compact Vans


  • Often 2 Wheel bases – short and long
  • Often 2 roof heights
  • Predominantly diesel (some available as petrol or electric)
  • Side load door
  • Bulkhead is standard fit
  • Payload up to 900kg, load volume up to 4.5m3 (one Euro pallet)


Who drives it?

This is a popular choice for people transporting small tools and packages. This is usually the choice of vehicle for plumber/courier/electrician. Not sure if you need a van or a pick up? 





  • Wheelbases – short and medium, sometimes long
  • Depending upon model, up to three roof heights
  • Bulkhead standard with side load door
  • Able to put 8ft x 4ft board in MWB/LWB versions
  • Payload up to 1300kg, load volume up to 9.3m3 (two Euro pallets in MWB)
  • NOTE: Transporter is also available in chassis cab form


Who drives it?

This is a popular choice for people transporting larger tools and packages. This is usually the choice of vehicle for decorator/builder/security



Large Van


  • Wheelbases – Medium, Long and Extra-Long
  • Depending upon model, up to 3 roof heights
  • Bulkhead and unglazed rear doors as standard
  • Side load door standard
  • Available in 3300/3500 and 4500kg GVW versions
  • Up to 17m3 load volume (three Euro pallets)
  • All of these sized vehicles are available in chassis-cab form


Who drives it?

This is a popular choice for people transporting larger heavy tools and packages. This is usually the choice of vehicle for utility companies



Pick Ups


  • 4x2 or 4x4
  • Towing capacity up to 3.5t warranted
  • Because of tax efficiency, many pick-ups sold as company “lifestyle” vehicles – and highly spec’d eg. Volkswagen Amarok
  • Commercial and Lifestyle: Nissan Navara, Mitsubishi L200, Ford Ranger, Toyota HiLux


Who drives it?

This is a popular choice for people transporting larger heavy tools and packages. This is usually the choice of vehicle for Builders and Garden Landscapers



Running your commercial vehicles in a compliant way can be challenging. The good news is that we have a team of van experts who can advise you on the key areas to consider. Some of those things you should be considering, and which we are happy to advise you on are:

  • The basics – operating a fleet of vans
  • Speed limits to adhere to
  • Loading weight limits
  • ‘Daily walk around’ defect checks
  • Maintenance and servicing
  • Driver and vehicle safety



Why not get in touch with us to discuss your van fleet and how you can operate it in the most effective way.

To find out more call us on:

0345 266 5602

Or you can request a callback from our van experts



In today’s market, more than 60% of new vans require some sort of conversion beyond vehicle lining. The right conversion can give your drivers a safe and organised working environment, whilst also reinforcing your professionalism to customers.

Vehicle fit-outs are becoming increasingly bespoke and require in-depth detailed planning. We are on hand to help you with this and work closely with manufacturers and conversion specialists to ensure you have the right vehicle on time, every time.

As well as funding your vehicle we will also fund the conversions that you may want to add to your vehicle. Examples of what we have supplied for our customers include:

  • Mobile workshops
  • Cranes
  • Refrigerated vehicles
  • Messing vehicles
  • Utility 4x4 pick-ups
  • Modular racking /storage solutions of any type
  • Wheelchair accessible vehicles
  • Tippers/dropsides and traffic management vehicles

And many many more!

Many of our customers taking specialised vehicles are household names within the United Kingdom and Europe, and value the support they receive from Arval in the creation, supply and operation of their vehicle fleets. We are happy to offer more detail about these vehicle types on request.



Here we will answer some of the frequently asked questions around Vans.

What do the letters and numbers signify in vans description?

These differ from one manufacturer to the next slightly, but the principal remains the same. Lets look at the Vauxhall Movano L3 H2 R3500 HD panel van as an example. 

  • L = Load Length, the Vauxhall Movano above for example comes in 4 lengths 1-4
  • H = Height,  the Vauxhall Movano above for example comes in 3 heights 1-3

Drive Layout

  • F = Front wheel drive
  • R = Rear wheel drive
  • 3500 = This denotes the Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) in kilograms. If we look back at the example above, the Movano is available in 2800/3300/3500/4500
  • HD = Heavy duty designation used when twin rear wheels are fitted

With Ford vans, the naming convention is slightly different, the GVW is shortened to 3 digits. For example the Ford Transit Custom 270 L1H1, means the length and height are 1, and GVW is 2700kg. 

What do I need to know about the vehicle weights?

Gross Vehicle Weight: the maximum legally permitted weight of the vehicle – this is the sum of the unladen weight and the payload

Gross Train weight: the maximum permitted weight of the vehicle and any trailer being towed, plus any load carried in the vehicle and trailer.

Kerb weight: the weight of the vehicle as it stands “at the kerb”, i.e. ready to drive with fuel and oil in the engine, but excluding the driver, additional equipment such as racking or a roof rack, and the load to be carried.

Maximum towing weight: the greatest weight of any trailer and its load which may be towed within the limit of the vehicle’s plated Gross Train Weight.

Noseweight: the imposed weight of the trailer upon the rear of the towing vehicle.

Plated weight: the maximum legal weight found on the vehicle plate.

What are the speed limits for different vans?

Type of vehicle

Built-up areas mph(km/h)

Single carriageways mph (km/h)

Dual carriageways mph (km/h)

Motorways mph (km/h)

Car-derived vans up to 2 tonnes maximum laden weight

30 (48)

60 (96)

70 (112)

70 (112)

Cars towing caravans or trailers (including car-derived vans and motorcycles)

30 (48)

50 (80)

60 (96)

60 (96)

Goods vehicles (not over 7.5-t max laden weight)

30 (48)

50 (80)

60 (96)

70 (112)
60 (96) if articulated or towing a trailer

Goods vehicles (more than 7.5 tonnes maximum laden weight)

30 (48)

40 (64)

50 (80)

60 (96)


What is a bulkhead?

This is a partition that provides an extra level of security by separating the cab area and the load area. Bulkheads come in half height, full height, solid, Grille/mesh and bulkheads with windows

What is a chassis cab?

It consists of a cab and ladder frame which is the basic building platform upon which the vehicle can be  converted to a tipper, dropside or box van

What is a dropside?

These have an open top and shallow sides that drop down for easy access, commonly used in the construction and landscape/gardening industries.

What is Gross Train Weight (GTW) and Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)?

GTW  is the maximum permitted weight of the van + the trailer being towed (this includes any loads being carried in the van/vehicle or trailer.

GVW is the maximum allowable weight of the van including the weight of the driver, passenger’s fuel and any load being carried.

What is a Luton van?

A Luton van has a box style body that extends over the cab, they are very popular with removals companies because they have a large internal storage capacity

Do I need to know about wheelbase length?

You will see this abbreviated to SWB (Short wheelbase), MWB (Medium wheelbase), LWB (Long wheelbase). The wheelbase is the distance between the centre of the front wheel and the centre of the rear wheel. The size of the wheelbase you choose is determined by what you will use the vehicle for. So if you are transporting small items, then a SWB would be ideal. Alternatively if you are carrying larger items, then a LWB could be right for you. If you need help in decided what to choose,  get in touch and we can help you make the right choice.