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CVSL to deliver brand-new minibus to Age UK Cheshire East

CVSL has recently supplied Age UK in Cheshire East a minibus. The minibus will allow the charity to take the elderly out on day trips in the Cheshire area. The charity helps people enjoying a later stage of life, and is there for free advice, healthcare and research.

Karen Wilson, Deputy Chief Executive at Age UK Cheshire East, says about the minibus: ‘’CVSL has delivered the minibus on time and they were excellent and very helpful. It is nice to work with a company that’s local to us.  We are hoping to have much use out of the minibus. Thanks again to CVSL for making the whole process stress-free and easy.”

Do you need help with picking the right vehicle for your company or charity? Get in touch today with Neil Barlow. You can support AGE UK here.



Five reasons to get a new van

Our Commercial Specialist Neil Barlow gives us five good reasons why you should invest in a new van and how this can benefit your business:

  1. Avoid expensive maintenance costs
    If you are currently driving an older vehicle chances are you’re likely going to experience expensive maintenance. When you lease a brand-new van you will have low maintenance costs and even have options to include maintenance within your lease agreement.
  2. Reduce your running costs
    Over recent years manufacturers have improved fuel efficiency radically. Save money at the pump by changing your van today.
  3. Removing depreciating assets from your books
    If you own your current vehicle you will remove a depreciating asset from your balance sheet.
  4. Leasing is easy and cost effective
    Leasing often works out cheaper than buying an old van on hire purchase.
  5. Business image
    Your van is your business image. By driving a new van you will come across as a professional tradesman and thus improve the reputation of your business.

Drive your business forward with a new van; get in touch with Neil Barlow today for all the latest offers.

10 tips for van drivers

Neil, our commercial specialist is giving you ten tips to keep you safe on the road.

Don’t overload
Overloading your van will not only increase the risk of damaging your van but it also puts yourself and other road users at danger. It is worth checking the vehicle’s manual guide. And also when loading your van make sure to distribute the weight evenly.

Check your van before setting off
It is essential to check under the bonnet and make sure your windscreen washer is full, check brake/power steering fluid level and oil. Whenever you are done checking under the bonnet make sure to have a walk around your van to check tyre pressure and for damage. Make sure to check your lights as well.

Make sure to store tools in secure storage
No one likes tools rattling around the vehicle, so make sure to store small parts and tools in secure storage to prevent you from any easily distracting noise.

Make sure to choose the right van for requirements
Before choosing a van, make sure you consider what you’ll use the vehicle for and what you need to carry.

Allow room for heavy and bulk items in the load space
Allow extra room for heavy and bulky items but make sure to secure them before setting off.

Essentials you will need to have on board
Accidents do happen, even to the most experienced drivers. Make sure to have a spare wheel, high-vis jacket, and a first-aid kit.  Also make sure to have break-down cover.

Lockable cabinets and drawers
Lockable cabinets and drawers can prevent casual theft. When parking, make sure to park your van in a busy and well-lit car park if possible. 

Organise your stock
Here at CVSL we can help you converting your van to include racking and shelving to optimise your space. Organise your stock and components in different compartments so they are easy to find. This also creates a professional image with clients.

Plan your journey
Avoid stress and plan your journey beforehand.  Try avoid rush hours and school runs whenever possible.

Take breaks
Tiredness can kill, allow a break at least every 3 hours, and if you suddenly feel really tired pull over into a safe place to park and get some rest.  Don’t start driving until you feel fully rested.

For more information on commercial vehicles and how can help driving your business get in touch with Neil today.






















Changes to MOT vehicle testing announced

Changes to the MOT for cars and large vehicle tests come into force later this month as new European requirements on roadworthiness take effect.

From 20 March 2013, revised European legislation will introduce new requirements to annual vehicle tests to reflect advances in technology. The changes include additional checks for some of the vehicle systems already examined such as brakes, steering, suspension and lighting. These changes will not affect the basic cost of a test.

Tests carried out on cars, vans, heavy goods vehicles, buses and coaches will be affected.

Vehicle and Operator Services Agency chief executive Alastair Peoples said:  “The MOT test is designed to make sure that a vehicle is fit to be on the road and so it needs to be updated to reflect new vehicle technology.

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“We at VOSA have worked closely with the industry to make sure they are prepared for the changes; and testers have been letting customers know about the new items at the MOT test for more than a year to make sure they are ready for the changes.”

There will be new checks on a number of items including:

  • Electronic power steering malfunction indicator lamp
  • Brake fluid warning lamp illuminated or inoperative
  • Engine mountings
  • Speedometer