When it comes to business, it’s best to keep things as simple and practical as possible. This rings especially true for tradesmen who are in the building business. You need solutions that are safe, cost-effective, and in line with best practices and regulations to keep your business running without a hitch- that’s where we come in. We’re here to take the effort out of sourcing reliable and capable vehicles for your building business and to minimise the amount of time that you need to spend getting those vehicles registered- time that could be much better spent elsewhere. Let’s talk about pre-registered vans and why they’re the ideal choice for your building business.

What Is A Pre-Registered Van?

Is this really as simple as it sounds? Yes, it is! A pre-registered van is a vehicle that has already been registered to a single dealership, like ours. A pre-registered van may also be registered to a broker or rental company. This term, and this way of selling vehicles, has become popular over recent years as it makes life easier for brokers, dealers, and customers. These vehicles are often registered in order to meet targets, and although you are technically the second owner when you purchase one, the vehicle is usually brand new or only gently used with very few miles recorded. Purchasing vans like this is the simplest way to build the cheapest new van business fleet

Are Pre-Registered Vans A Solution for You?

Vans built by companies like Volkswagen, Citroen, Peugeot, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Ford (and many more) are of the highest quality on the market. Vehicles like this will serve you and your business for decades to come if they’re well-maintained. These are the kinds of vehicles that help build a business, getting personnel and supplies where they need to be safely and on time every time. The top cost-effective and pre-registered vans for sale this year are the Ford Transit Custom, Citroen Dispatch, Citroen Berlingo, and the Peugeot Boxer, and there are good reasons for that. These manufacturers have been making dependable vehicles for a very long time now- for more than a hundred years in one case- and they have built trust with their community of users.

So, what is so great about a pre-registered vehicle in particular? 

  1. You save money. Pre-registered vans often come at a lower cost than others and are completely new or used but essentially as good as new. Just the act of registering these vehicles before they go on the market saves you money that can be spent elsewhere. 
  2. Pre-registered vans for sale are available immediately. There is no waiting for shipping or processing, so they are an excellent solution if you’re in a bind and need a vehicle with immediate effect.
  3. When you purchase a pre-registered van, you get a good dealership warranty if it is new. Having that warrantee provides a lot of peace of mind for business owners. If any manufacturing defects become clear that weren’t noticed at the dealership, you have coverage for a reasonable period after purchase.
  4. Since you will technically be the second owner of a new car, the depreciation of the vehicle will be far less when it passes from the dealership into your ownership. You’re avoiding the steepest part of the depreciation curve by purchasing a pre-registered van instead of new which leaves you with better resale options if that’s what you want to do.
  5. High-spec models are readily available. Pre-registered dealers offer vehicles that have more add-ons at a reasonable price which is, naturally, extremely attractive to any potential buyer.

So this is all the good stuff, but what do you need to be aware of?

  1. Firstly, you need to have a clear understanding of the weight capacity of the van you’re interested in. The building business entails a lot of carrying very heavy loads, and overloading your vehicle can be unsafe both for you and other road users, so pay attention to the specs.
  2. Technically, you’ll be the second owner of the van rather than the purchaser of a brand-new vehicle. Missing the worst of the depreciation helps, but the resale value will be lowered.
  3. If the vehicle has been used, there will be slight wear and tear and a little bit of mileage on the clock to contend with.

What Do You, as a Commercial Driver, Need To Consider?

Since you’ll be using your pre-registered van as a part of your building business, there are a few things you need to think about before you buy.

  • First, check your licence restrictions. A standard licence allows you to drive a vehicle up to 3500kgs. Should the van’s max weight be more than that, you may need to take a test that allows for a different classification.
  • Consider that speed limits for cars are different from speed limits for vans. If you are used to driving a passenger vehicle, you’ll need to keep a careful eye on the speedometer.
  • Will you be using a trailer? You’ll need to take the maximum weight of the trailer into account when considering how much weight your van can take.
  • Remember that commercial drivers are only allowed, by law, to spend a certain amount of time driving. In any one 24-hour period, the maximum amount of driving that can be done is 10 hours worth. At a single stretch, the longest you may drive for is 4 hours.

A Practical, Cost-Effective Solution

Pre-registered vans for sale take so much hassle out of shopping for a commercial vehicle. These vans offer excellent value, immediate use potential, a sound solution for carting around heavy loads of building materials and staff, good resale value, and peace of mind. Whether you are a small or large-scale business owner, purchasing a pre-registered van is clearly the best option all round.