Carpenters have a lot of tools to carry. From measuring tapes and nail guns to saws and sanders, they require more equipment than the average trader for a day’s work. All this, of course, needs to be stored effectively when they’re on the move. Here, we take a look at the best carpenters’ vehicles on the market in terms of practicality, space and performance.
One of the most popular vans in the UK, there isn’t much the Ford Transit can’t handle. So it stands to reason that the long wheelbase edition makes a good choice for carpenters. The roof on the most recent model has been raised slightly and the angles revised to provide maximum height, while the array of customisation options enables excellent versatility. It can be kitted out with storage solutions, a work bench, and more to ensure carpenters have all they need for their working day.
With a strong range of economical engines available too, it can effortlessly haul around the kind of weight needed for the job.
The Volkswagen Transporter is a strong rival for the Transit when it comes to the best van for carpenters. It offers plenty for the price, with the T6 models delivering a more comfortable cabin, a modified chassis and plenty of space to fit racking and store tools. One of the highlights of the T6 is that it comes with a driver monitoring system as standard, which can detect signs of fatigue and recommend you take a break.
For running costs, the best carpenters’ vehicle is arguably the Renault Trafic. Offering the same amount of cargo space as the VW Transporter but at a cheaper upfront price and with lower day-to-day costs, it’s a great option for those with a busy schedule. There’s also a roof rack for added practicality and, as one of the most fuel efficient vans in its class, it’s a greener solution than many of its rivals too.
Compact on the outside, but with excellent load capacity and a host of good safety measures, the Nissan e-NV200 is the smart choice for carpenters working in city environments. Able to travel upwards of 160 miles on a single, full charge, and available with a 20% discount as an Ultra Low Emissions Vehicle, it is exceptionally cheap and economical to run. Its cabin can also be transformed into a mobile office thanks to the folding passenger seat, so paperwork can be completed easily between jobs.
Available in a selection of lengths and with a car-like cabin and stylish looks, the Citroen Dispatch is a great choice for those needing flexibility. It’s got a range of practical touches such as the hands-free sliding doors, a flap at the base of the bulkhead so that longer items can be transported, and a 7.0-inch infotainment screen that makes phone calls and access to music easy.
To find out more about any of the above vehicles, or to browse a selection of used commercial vans for sale inMaidstone andHarlow, visit your local Vanwise dealer today. We’ll be happy to take you for a test drive and talk you through our finance options.