Over the past few weeks, the increase in our workload has resulted in a jump in my daily mileage. Not only to client sites for PAT Testing but also to visit potential new clients to carry out site surveys …
My Head Is Spinning With So Much Choice!
In addition, due to the size of some of the jobs, it has been better to use the car as four engineers can have a little more comfort. This also reduces overheads as four engineers in one car is more cost effective than using two vans.
So I have been considering the move to having a new van! Leasing or contract hire? Over three or five years? What type or make? The questions just keep coming! The next one was how many miles do I do in a year? 10,000? 20,000? More? Which then begs the additional obvious question of how many miles would I do over three or five years? For crying out loud, how long is a piece of string?!
Whilst perusing car websites, once I had thought about the mileage, I was then asked about a maintenance program for the vehicle, meaning all servicing would be completed and new tyres get replaced during the term of the contract.
“How come thinking about a new van causes my head to spin just like the girl in The Exorcist?”
So here I am, looking at downloaded brochures from Volkswagen, Citroen, Renault, Nissan and Ford, wondering whether I need to have it boarded out, can it be fuel efficient, do I need stop start technology, or do I have a factory fitted bulk head?
At the moment, I quite like the look of the Volkswagen, especially when there is a version that could carry up to five people in the Caddy Maxi Kombi. I mean four engineers and still room for our packed lunches? Sounds good to me!
Tempting as it is I really need to crunch the numbers for the next 12 months, not only to prove to my accountant that the expenditure is justified, but also to my business advisor that we’re at the point where PAT Testing, Emergency Lighting testing plus Fire Extinguisher servicing andall of the other services we offer under our health and Safety Testing umbrella can sustain a new vehicle, plus a new member of staff and, maybe, the possibility of an apprentice.
“Onward and upward!”
A new van is coming soon, fingers crossed. Well, it most certainly is based on the new purchase order received today for about 6 weeks solid work. I just need to figure out which one I want!
Until next time …