How to Choose the Right Van

If you are looking to purchase a new van then there are several factors to consider so that you pick the right one. You might be starting a brand new business or you may have decided that your current car is not big enough for a growing family. Whatever your purpose, it is a good idea to plan your purchase in advance. This is a short guide to choosing the right van for you:

To begin with, there are several general types of van to consider, three of which are:

Panel Vans

These vans are flat, enclosed vehicles and are possibly the most common type of van. They are usually recognised by their blanked out rear window panels and are frequently used by small businesses that need to transport a small amount of equipment. Panel vans are bought by people across the world usually to transport goods. They can be designed in a variety of sizes.

Box Vans

The name of a box van comes from the appearance of the vehicle: it essentially looks like a large box attached to the back of the seating section. They are practical because the back part of a box van can usually be taken off and reattached when necessary. Choose a van with a tail lift (or “lift gate”) so that heavy goods can be loaded easily without the pain of somebody physically moving them in and out of the van.

Flatbed Vans 

A flatbed van is one where the back of the van is a flat surface on which something is attached. These vans are very versatile because any sort of large item can be attached to the back of it. The only disadvantage with these vehicles is that they are very large both in terms of height and weight. Therefore sometimes you may have issues with the vehicle not being able to pass through certain areas, or you might sometimes need to obtain special permission from local authorities.


The number of seats in a van is obviously a very important consideration. What is the van going to be used for? Is the van going to be carrying a lot of people, for example? If you work in a business where several people often have to travel together at once then choose a 6- or 8-seater van. However, if it is most likely that just you and possibly one other work colleague are going to be using the van then choose a 2-seater. The 2-seater vans will allow plenty of room for carrying equipment or goods.


A thorough understanding of what the van is going to be used for is imperative for when you are obtaining van insurance. There are 3 main types of van insurance. Carriage of Own Goods covers personal belongings and work tools that are in your vehicle. This is recommended for individuals who take their van to work, leave it unused all day, and drive it back.

Carriage of Goods for Hire or Reward is used by people who use the van throughout the day, for example window cleaners who commute using the vehicle constantly. It covers personal and professional items. Haulage insurance is necessary if you are paid by a third-party, i.e. your employer, to carry out single or multi-drop loads. If you would like more information on where you can find good van insurance at a great price, call Insure 365 on 0800 0282007.