New Vs Used Refrigerated Van: Which is Best?

If you’re running a business where you need a refrigerated van, there’s a lot to consider before you part with your hard-earned cash. Keeping the costs of deliveries down as much as possible is important for companies of any size. That’s why you may think about buying a used van.

At FridgeXpress, we supply a range of different refrigerated and freezer vans, both new and used. Which you choose, however, will depend on several factors.

1. What Are You Using the Van For?

If you are not making deliveries every day or have a limited need for a refrigerated van, opting for a used model that has been refurbished and does the job makes sense. The good news is that the team at FridgeXpress check everything to do with any used van we take on and make sure that it is properly refurbished and up to the work you need it to do.

If you are using the van regularly, then the mileage is going to be an issue. Opting for a new van can be a more sensible approach as it is going to last longer and won’t need much in the way of maintenance.
If you are looking for reliability, for instance, if you have to conform to certain regulations, then a new van may be more preferable and give you peace of mind.

2. The Cost

One of the major factors any business will take into account is the cost, of course. Running a fridge van is not cheap, as many bosses realise.

While the initial cost of a new van might seem prohibitive, it can mean you have a more efficient vehicle that will save you money in the long run. This is particularly true with electric refrigerated vans which are highly energy efficient. It’s worth considering not just the short-term investment but the long-term costs when making your selection.

3. Are You Going to Buy?

When considering whether to get a new or used refrigerated van, another key consideration is that the business often wants to purchase it outright.

This is not always the best option, however. Contract hire is sometimes a better way to go depending on the nature of your business. This is where you enter into a leasing contract and pay a monthly amount to the supplier. They provide you with a new van and take care of things like general maintenance and supporting you if the vehicle breaks down. This can, of course, include energy-efficient electric vehicles which also save you on operational costs

When buying a used refrigerated van, there’s also the issue of its longevity. Even with a full refurbish and tune-up of the engine, you may have problems with it further down the line which could cost you more. That’s why it’s always a good idea to buy from a reputable refrigerated van company.

Why Partner with FridgeXpress

The good news is that if you work with the team at FridgeXpress, all options are open to you. We have a couple of decades of delivering new and used vehicles across the UK.

Our aim is to ensure you get the right fit for your business, whether that’s purchasing outright or entering into a beneficial contract hire agreement. We also offer vans for rental so if you need to replace a vehicle that is off the road or you need an extra one to cope with demand, we can have it out to you in next to no time.

Want to find out more? Contact our expert team today.

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