Starting from 2014 Ryan Vehicles is to offer the new DFSK V-series van to customers. The benefit of a V-series van is that it provides 4×4 capabilities in a small size van; this is ideal for when a small van … Continue reading →
Poor van maintenance could invalidate insurance policies. A recent survey by AXA insurance found that although 90% of van operators have their vans serviced at least once a year, the startling figure of 6% who never had their van serviced.
AXA warns that if an accident occurs and inadequate van maintenance is found to have taken place this could result in the claim being dismissed.
They also found a correlation between lack of servicing and a valid MOT of a van. Many van owners admitted to having chipped exhausts, wing mirrors and wind screens. As AXA business insurance managing director Darrell Sansom points out: “While most van owners and drivers behave and drive responsibly, unfortunately there are some who clearly do not take their safety, or the safety of others seriously. This could be because they simply forget about maintenance, or they are worried about the costs.”
More and more people are choosing to start their own businesses, the Office for National Statistics writes that tax applications for the self-employed are up 367,000 in four years. There couldn’t be a better way to start a business than with one of ourDFSK vans.
What makes DFSK vans unique is their affordable price and flexibility for a wide range of uses, all attributes that are perfect for an aspiring self-employed business person. Our vans start from only £7,995 which is perfect for small business owners who have low start-up costs.
Our DFSK vans come up in a wide choice of customisation options for all needs.
The loadhopper:Offers a great capacity of 550kg and a 3 cubic meter loading capacity. A great low loading position.
The pickup: A payload of 907kg, with drop down sides and tail gate to mean easy access to the loading floor.
The tipper: Combines all the benefits of the pickup but with the added ability to tip in 3 directions that can be controlled within the cab itself.
All our vans have a highly economical 1.3L 4 cylinder engine and come with a great 3 year/60,000 mile warranty.
Take a look at our great range of vans available now; they are great for a wide range of uses. To book a test drive today click here.
Van signage is popular with businesses with around two thirds using the available advertising space on their vans to good use. A recent survey by AXA Business insurance of 300 van owners has surveyed what the majority of use the space for. The most common feature used was the business name.
The space available on the van is one of the best available to the business, however AXA found that only 6 in 10 van owners provided a basic contact telephone number for future clients; Less than half provided a website link.
More than half of UK consumers have reportedly used the information displayed on the side of van when requiring similar services and will actively look for a van displaying the service required. Therefore correct signage on the side of a van is money well spent.
The things that appeal most to consumers are witty comical signage, pictures and colours are also popular. 27% display some sort of appraisal on the side of the van and this is important for consumers in choosing to contact the van owner to use their service.
However, poor signage can have an adverse effect on the business. Spelling mistakes would put consumers off as well as bad driving and a dirty van.
AXA spoke to design consultant Darren Forsyth to offer some advice to maximise the side of your van as an advertising resource.
Use as few colours as possible and stick to a colour that will contrast with the colour of the van e.g. dark blue signage on a white van.
Make sure you use a suitable material – a vehicle wrap vinyl is ideal for vans.
Keep it simple and obvious – unless you’re stuck in a traffic jam, potential customers won’t have time to take in much detail.
Put the key bits of information at eye level for other drivers. There’s no point having the company name or contact details somewhere that will be obscured by other traffic
Try to put signage within the panels of the van – avoid going over door joins or round corners of the bodywork.
While consumers say they like pictures, simple illustrations will work better than photographs.
A sans serif font will work well, particularly in bigger size.
And if the colour of the font is important get some swatches to reference as vinyl colours don’t match regular pantone reference colours.
Get several people to proof read your sign – a mistake can be disastrous for business
And ask your insurer about discounts for signage – some, including AXA, will offer a discount for a ‘branded’ van.
For more information on the great range of DFSK vans and services we offer contact us or visit us at Partridge Green, West Sussex.
At DFSK our vans are useful for a variety of business uses, from deliveries to builders, florists to removals. However, increasingly a survey has shown that there are more and more van drivers using their vans for more alternative uses.
Ever used your van as a dining room or as somewhere to sleep? If so you are not in the minority. Recent research from Direct Line for Business has shown that vans are increasingly being used for more than just an office.
1. A tea break room (50%)
2. To listen to music (45%)
3. A dining room (45%)
4. An office (31%)
5. A reading room (30%)
6. For smoking (14%)
7. For sleeping (11%)
8. Playing computer games on a mobile phone (9%)
9. Having relations (5%)
10. For playing computer games on a handheld console (5%)
Have you ever used your van for any of these extra leisure activities, comment your examples below?
Contact us to discuss your van requirements, alternatively visit our website.
The story of DFSK can be traced back to DFM (Dongfeng Motor Group, China), originally founded in 1969. 2003 saw DFM start the production of mini vans, following the establishment of Dongfeng Yuan Vehicle Co Ltd.
Now known as DFSK Co Ltd the company is China’s second-largest vehicle manufacturer.
DFSK operate six manufacturing sites within China, producing mini vans, motorcycles, ATVs and shock absorbers. They have gained international quality certificates ISO9001, 3C and Environmental Certification ISO12000.
Such is DFSK engineering excellence that they are currently engaged in partnerships with several of the world’s leading motor manufacturers, making their vehicles for the Chinese domestic vehicle market.
Ryan Vehicles are delighted to be sponsoring the entire race card at Brighton Races on Thursday 30th May 2013, and there’s even better news too – we are offering free entry to anyone who wants to come along on the day!
All you need to do to book in is to click here and type in the code RYAN13 under ‘Premier’ tickets.
There are seven races in total on the day, with the first race starting at 2.30pm. We had the hottest day of the year for our last race sponsorship at Lingfield Park so we hope to provide similar weather for this event too!
We are also delighted to welcome our partners from Neva Consultants and Crawley Town FC as race sponsors on the day.
So please do book in and claim your FREE tickets, and we look forward to seeing you there.
The new DFSK Cutie Campervan – the new choice in the world of small campervans.
Developed through motorhomers comments and suggestions to give you the vehicle you want, the Cutie is a small, simple and excellent value for money campervan.
Ideal for anybody wanting a compact campervan for a weekend in the country or just a week away from it all, the Cutie packs a lot into a very small space. A combined two ring hob and sink, plenty of storage space, a coolbox and parking sensors all come as standard. There are also a range of additional extras that can be fitted include a Drivelodge roof, please see the Options listed below.
The unrivalled small dimensions and manoeuvrability enable the Cutie to negotiate both confined car parking spaces and when not in use, an average sized garage.
And with the DFSK Cutie priced at only £19,995 OTR we think you’ll agree that the price is rather special too.
DFSK continue to dominate the growing minivan market, and have sold well in excess of one million vehicles across the world.
They came to the UK a couple of years ago and Ryan DFSK are pleased to be the leading DFSK franchise dealer in the country.
So what do these great minivans give you as a business?
You can read full specs here but the main advantages are definitely economy and overall affordability. Our great finance packages make it simple to build a brand new van into your overall monthly budget.
We have tackled all sorts of conversions and our milk floats continue to be popular! We have also seen large demand for other refrigerated minivans for use as delivery vehicles and sandwich vans for example.
So what are you waiting for?
Find out more by visiting our main site at www.ryandfsk.co.uk or call us today on 0870 410 4110 and book a test drive!
Ryan Vehicles are proud to be associated with the Emerging Talent Fund, which was launched last month at The Oval in Surrey. The aim of the fund is to support young athletes on their quest for Olympic success and the first recipient of the fund is Lauren Grinstead from Bosham in West Sussex.
Lauren competes in the highly challenging and technically demanding sport of diving – even though she has a fear of heights and water! However this didn’t stop her achieving a bronze medal in last year’s elite junior national championships, or her subsequent selection for the GB junior team. We very much hope that the funding she receives from the Emerging Talent Fund will be one of the fundamental steps that takes her all the way to Rio in 2016.