STAFF on the ground have changed a Leicester-based security firm’s choice of business vans after Abel Alarms conducted some in-house road tests.
Abel’s business van administrator, Lisa Smith, explains: “We’ve been sourcing our vans from another manufacturer for a long time, but last year conducted a comprehensive evaluation of all the alternatives.
“We trialled demonstration units from various suppliers and gave them a thorough workout. We also turned some over to our engineers, and asked them to rate the vans against a series of criteria, with scores of one to five.”
And what van came out on top?
The Mercedes Citan.
Now Abel Alarms has purchased three to join its 55-strong van fleet.
Lisa explained that after thorough analysis, the new Mercedes Citan was by far and away the most popular choice, scoring four and five stars across the board. What made the choice even easier for Abel Alarms was the fact that the Citan was also the most cost-effective van to run.
The Mercedes Citan will do 65.7mpg, meaning trips to the filling station will be few and far between. The same is true of servicing, which thanks to long intervals, mean the vans will be off the road for as little time as possible over the next few years – important as the engineers can do 30,000 miles a year.
“Another benefit is the standard three-year, unlimited mileage warranty,” continued Lisa. “Our engineers cover the whole country from a network of 13 depots throughout the UK. It’s reassuring to know their vehicles are fully covered, no matter how far they drive.”