Your company is going places, quite literally. You’ve got the services that your customers want, and now all you need is the van to take it to them.
Running a company van means lots more things to think about. You will need to make sure that your vehicle is kept in good repair, and is road legal. Also, you will need to pay any taxes on the vehicle.
Your van is a moving advertisement for your company. If you do not have an eye-catching logo and enough information on the side of your vehicle to catch the eyes of potential customers, you are missing a trick. Get yourself a designer who can help you create the impression that you need to be making.
If you ever change anything about your design, you will need to know how to remove car wraps from your vehicle.
Keep It Clean
As you are driving around a representation of your business, you need to show that you care and have attention to detail. Keeping your vehicle clean and tidy, will show your potential customers that if you care this much about your van, you will care about the service you are providing them.
This shouldn’t need pointing out, but if you are cutting up drivers, or tailgating in a company vehicle, then it does not give a good impression of your business at all. If you let staff out and about driving the vehicle, have some contact information on the back where people can feedback about the driving of your team. This will make them think twice about aggressive driving.
Think about doing some driver etiquette training with your team. Being courteous costs nothing when you are on the road, however being rude or driving dangerously, may cost the driver their license and, you, your business reputation.
Make sure your van has things like a built-in sat-nav and Bluetooth connectivity. Making sure you and your team don’t need to be handling phones while driving will keep you, and other road users, safer.
Using mobile phones while at the wheel causes a lot of accidents these days, and your company should not become part of a statistic.
Servicing Your Vehicle
You will need to make sure that your vehicle is regularly serviced. You’ll probably find that you are doing a lot of miles in the van, so you should try and get it into a garage as often as possible to have the oil changed, and everything checked over.
One great option for running a company vehicle might be to find out about lease hire agreements. Another company owns the van, and you pay them for renting it. Often these come with service contracts, and they will allow you to swap the vehicle as it gets older. It can take some of the hassles out of managing company vehicles, especially if you need a fleet. Check with the lease hire company regarding their policy around putting your branding on, as this may differ.
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