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I remember a great post on here awhile back from someone talking about how vans area new thing for WCers and only really necessary for WFPers. It made a lot of sense to me when I thought about it. If I didn't do so many other trades then I would just have a car, or maybe a smaller van (fuel economy, fits tight spaces, duel purpose).

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I was just wondering at what point you decided to get a van? or did you start off using a van?


When my car turned into a mobile pond.


I was doing WFP out of a Vectra with the boot full of barrels, a trolley, 30' pole and a DI vessel. God knows why I carried the DI in the boot :confused:


I decided it was time to get a van and bought a Citroen Dispatch. My barrels and trolley looked lost in it :D. As time went on, I bought the gear for a full van mount, extra poles, gutter vac, warning signs etc, at times it is choka block now.


It's the best thing I have bought for my business without doubt :thumbsup:

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I currently have two kangoos, which are technically estate cars with the windows blacked out with vinal, and have just bought a ford transit.


When I started I used my wife's car which was a vw polo, then after a few months, bought my first car. A Rover 400 for £500. A roof rack and I was on my way.


That car lasted 12 months, then was scraped. I then bought a renault kangoo. Over the years I have had three kangoos, always the etate car version with the rear seats and windows. I once read it was cheaper on the insurance, than going for a panel van.


Now however, the little kangoos are crammed with gear, including an internal roof rack for step ladders and stand offs. I have one which I intend of getting rid of soon, so have bought a nice big transit, which gives me the option of getting a large WFP system or looking a preasure washing in the future.


So 7 year before I bought a panel van for me, but using small kangoos since my second year at it.

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I was just wondering at what point you decided to get a van? or did you start off using a van?


I had a motor bike and sidecar, just like Wallace and Gromit, to start with. now I've got a nice van.

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Not trying to sound like a snob but, if you go and price a job up in your van, I think the customer sees you as being more professional than if you turn up in a Mondeo with ladders on the roof.


* dons tin hat and heads for the trench * :P

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i started with a ford escort estate an was trad then got a astra van but it had to b sold due to bug probs then had to rush buy a astra estate then got a purefreedom trolley an car was chocka an a nte mare had dog as well so dubble nte mare then got a scudo an i found it a pain having barrels flying about every were so made a van mount out of it an was chuffed to bits now i have a haice an bot a bigger tank 500l an thats me now for a long time it looks mch beta all sign riten more perfeshenel the only thing i miss is the good fuel consumshion so i have got my self a little cheep runaround for pricing up an colecting

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