Nottingham-based Dan trades as Tapper Tiling. His work is mainly within an hour’s drive of home but he will travel anywhere his services are required – working alone, or with a regular sub-contractor, he frequently takes on complex assignments from traditional ornate hallway floors to ultra-modern wet-rooms.
“That means a reliable van is essential, to carry me and all my materials and tools to and from sites. But my vehicle is also part of the visible ‘face’ of my brand, so it must look smart and professional to reflect the high standards of workmanship and service that my customers expect.”
With its smart silver paintwork and eye-catching livery, Tapper Tiling’s new Transit Custom ticks both boxes.
“I’m really pleased with it. But I’m equally delighted with the slick ordering and delivery service from Van Sales UK.
I know of other tradespeople who have had problems getting hold of new vehicles – you hear of suppliers making promises and then not sticking to them. I had none of those issues, though. From my initial inquiry through to the handover of the Transit, Sales Executive Scott Wilson kept me fully informed and was totally honest and straight.
The whole transaction was very straightforward and the vehicle was delivered to my door, in perfect condition, within a month of me placing my order. Everything was dealt with remotely and I never had to take time off work to visit a showroom. The process could not have been easier.”
Dan’s 2.8-tonne gvw Transit Custom has a compact L1 body and is powered by a 2.0-litre EcoBlue engine which generates 96kW/130ps, and drives the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox. It boasts a 6m3 loadspace and can carry a payload of up to 738.7kg, and returns up to 38.7mpg (WLTP Combined).
“I chose a top-specification Limited model so as well as smart-looking colour-coded bumpers and door handles, I benefit from features like air-conditioning and heated seats – so the van is a comfortable drive whatever the weather is doing.”
Van Sales UK, a division of parent company Vanaways, is an internet-based business with no showroom or yard full of vans waiting to be sold. Instead, its sales experts work over phone and email networks, taking inquiries and orders and matching customers up with their perfect vehicle selections – so overheads are kept to a minimum. The company has been trading since 2017 and now supplies an average of 250 vans per month to customers across Britain.
Director Chris Jakeways said:
“We can source any vehicle a customer wants, but for many people these days the brand of their new van is not a primary concern. There’s often very little to choose between models from different manufacturers.
What’s more important is to make the process of getting that new van on the road as painless as possible. That’s where we score, by cutting the number of steps a vehicle takes between rolling off the production line and arriving at the customer’s premises, and by slashing time-consuming paperwork.”