Why choose a Luton van?
Luton vans are the main choice for many delivery companies because the vans are lightweight and offer a large storage area that is easily accessible either via twin rear doors or a roller shutter door. They are also the favourite choice of house removals companies who may be expected to carry anything from boxes of lightweight ornaments to fridges, cookers, and settees. Lugging a heavy cooker or settee up onto a van is no easy task which is another reason why Lutons are so perfect, as they come in a variety of configurations to suit such demands. Like most vans, Luton's come in a range of wheelbase lengths where a long wheelbase combined with a flat floor provides a large flat loading area which is often plywood lined.
A Luton is the largest van you are allowed to drive on a standard UK driving license, which is another reason that they remain popular for domestic and commercial customers alike.
Adding a tail lift to your Luton
The conventional Luton is the standard van height off the ground and would require a number of able-bodied men to be able to load heavy goods onto the van. Fortunately, Lutons are available with tail lifts that can carry loads of up to 500kg, which means that the load can be carried by trolley and lifted mechanically cutting down on the manpower required for the job. The only downside of having a tail lift fitted is that due to that weight of the lifting equipment the van will have a slight reduction in loading capacity of around 250kg. There are also low loading Lutons available where the van has a loading height of just 550mm from the floor and should this prove a problem, a ramp can be fitted for those very heavy jobs. Having the ability to just step up into the van makes the loading/unloading time for the van much quicker than having to use a tail lift.
Most popular Lutons
Most van manufacturers have their own model of Luton with some of the more popular models being the Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter, Citroen Relay, VW Crafter, LDV Maxus, Iveco Daily and Fiat Ducato. All of these vans come with a reasonable spec and like most modern vans are pretty reliable with good engines that if looked after will see the van through a long life.
When it comes to choosing a Luton like most things in life cost will be the biggest deciding factor. LDV offers the cheapest alternative while Mercedes are the most expensive. With the Mercedes Sprinter and Volkswagen Crafter, you pay extra for the badge but get a very high build quality. This in turn reflects in the vans handling, performance and reliability. The Ford Transit doesn’t have as high a price tag but does provide a very reliable van which is why it’s so popular. Because the higher end vans like Mercedes, VW and Transit offer good reliability they consequently hold their prices in the second-hand market and are therefore more sought after.
Another factor that may influence the purchasing decision is the engine, while many of the vans may have a similar size engine they will likely have a range of PS options. The higher the PS the more powerful the engine which becomes more important if the van is likely to be carrying heavy loads up hilly roads on a regular basis. The lower end of the engine spectrum is the LDV Maxus with 90ps and the most powerful are the Mercedes Sprinter vans with 129PS and the Transit Lutons with up to 140PS.
How can we help?
At Commercial Vehicle Contracts, we can help find you the best, competitive commercial lease and contract hire deals on a Luton van. We source bespoke conversions and simplify your leasing process, so you can get to start working with your newly converted vehicle as soon as it gets delivered to you. Sizes and body types vary, so please get in touch to discuss your exact requirements.
CVC are here to help every step of the way.
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