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Minibus Conversions
It is important that legal requirements and duty of care obligations are met when buying or converting a minibus

3 categories of minibus conversion

  • M1 minibus conversions
    A ramp is used – there are no more than 8 seats (including the driver)
  • M2 minibus conversions
    There are more than 8 seats, and the weight of the vehicle is less than 5 tonnes
  • M3 minibus conversions
    Again, there are more than 8 seats but the minibus weighs more than 5 tonnes

THE need for minibuses covers a wide range of businesses, from educational institutions to community groups, there is a growing demand.

However, putting a minibus on the road requires a great deal of skill, not only when it comes to making the right choices when it comes to conversion options, but also funding. It is important to deal with the right company to supply you with your minibus – or fleet of minibuses – that can provide guidance with experience and knowledge in this particular market sector.

Experts in commercial vehicle leasing, Vanlease UK, understand minibuses and conversions, and can provide your business or organisation with a fully inclusive package to make sure that your legal requirements and duty of care obligations are met.

Vanlease UK has launched a website dedicated to the conversion of minibuses,

Minibus conversions for schools

Many schools have a legal requirement to have a minibus which is adapted to carry wheel chairs – this is something that can be arranged at order stage.

Minibus Conversions
A complete service is available from finding suitable vehicles to converting vans

Funding minibus conversions

Minibus Contract Hire

Leasing a minibus is a fixed term, with monthly rentals that are paid over a term of 2, 3, 4 or even 5 years. Clients can choose optional servicing and maintenance packages and in addition, a safety inspection contract can be included meaning that only the cost of fuel or insurance is required. Road tax is included for the term and the vehicle is returned at the end of the contract.

Minibus Finance Lease

Finance lease is a type of purchase agreement, whereby customers pay monthly, again, over a term of 2 to 5 years. Usually, a balloon payment will be due at the end of the term to allow full ownership. Road fund licence is included for 1st year and minibus disposal is subject to terms of finance company until balloon has been paid.

Minibus hire purchase

Hire purchase is a capital repayment plan, whereby the customer pays monthly until finance is settled in full. Again, road fund licence is included for 1st year only and disposal is subject to the terms of finance company.

Minibus Conversions
School Minibus Leasing UK are available to make the whole procurement process as easy as possible

Minibus outright purchase

Of course, it is possible to buy your minibus from outright if you would prefer full ownership from the outset. RFLO is included for the 1st year only and the vehicle can be disposed of at any time.

We fully understand how difficult it can be to make the right chose when it comes to ordering your new minibus and are always on hand to advise and guide

Mike King, owner of School Minibus Leasing UK and VanLease UK, said;

“We have years of experience in commercial vehicles and we are proud of our speciality field in the school minibus conversion sector.

“We fully understand how difficult it can be to make the right chose when it comes to ordering your new minibus and are always on hand to advise and guide to make sure that they get the vehicle that is perfect for their requirements and also help them find the right funding method.

“We are one of the leading suppliers of leasing products in the UK and offer all inclusive packages, providing suitable vehicles and conversions, quality maintenance programmes, regular safety inspections and even optional driver training.

“Off-site days such as sporting events, outdoor activities and cultural excursions are all growing in demand in the education sector, community groups and businesses in general – we are here to make the whole minibus procurement process as easy as possible.”


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