January 25, 2017 at 11:08 AM

With so many brands and models on the market, it can be hard to decide on what the right van is for you. You need to make the decision based on your needs and requirements, but also where your van is going to be used most often.

What Are The Different Types Of Vans Available?


As the name suggests, this commercial van is box-shaped storage area that’s independent from the driving cab. Most commonly used by couriers, parcel delivery services and those who have need of its roomy storage space. The most common box vans include the Ford Transit, Vauxhall Combo and the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.


A crew van is ideal for those working closely with several other trades, as it has additional seating located behind the driver seat to accommodate them. However, due to these additional seats they do have a smaller loading area at the back, so keep tools to a minimum. Models include the Ford Transit, Renault Trafic and Volkswagen Transporter.


Particularly popular for those working in the building trade, a drop side van has a flat bed, with sides that (unsurprisingly) drop down, making any tools and equipment stored in the back easily accessible.


As with non-commercial vehicles, a four-wheel drive van is ideal for those who regularly drive off-road. This makes them ideal for those who work on building sites, or locations that don’t have easy access. Having a four-wheel drive commercial vehicle means that you’ll still be able to get to work, even during adverse weather conditions.


They might not as common in the UK as they are in North America; they are starting to make an appearance on English roads. The pick up van is either a two or four-wheel drive vehicle, and has been designed with a pick-up loading area at the back. Different models can include either a single or double cab.


Similar to the pick up truck in design, the single cab can seat up to three people and comes with an open-back storage area, and lower sides. The single cab van has an open-backed storage area and lower sides, ideal for those who regularly have to move equipment from one location to another.

Things To Consider

  • What are you going to be using the van for? Are you going to be transporting equipment or are you just going to be travelling yourself?
  • Are you going to need extra wall storage, or is this already included in the back of the van?
  • What is the maximum payload of the van itself?
    • For example, the standard bag of cement weighs between 25kg to 50kg.
    • A tin of 5L paint typically weighs 7kg.
  • What additional security measures are you going to have to install?
  • If purchased from a used-van dealer, what warranty does it come with?
  • If bought privately, what has the van been used for previously? Has it recently had a service and MOT, or are they both due soon?