If you are a business owner or fleet manager looking for sporty looking medium van with top-end payload and fuel economy, the Peugeot Expert, with its engine power, high payload, safety and tech features and car-like drive is an excellent choice.
The handsome Expert comes in both diesel and electric versions with a great choice of trims. 3 body lengths and gross vehicle weights and one roof height for all. The lengths are Compact (4,609mm), Standard (4,959mm) and Long (5,309mm) with a standard width for all 3 (1,929mm), twin sliding doors and full steel bulkhead. If this is not quite enough, you can upgrade to automatic opening system, which works with a wave of the foot under the rear bumper, pretty cool.
The diesel engines and trims for the Expert are 1.5 litre and 2.0 litre Blue HDi diesel engine options, ranging from 95hp right up to 180hp (5 options), the biggest engine coming with an 8-speed automatic gearbox. (The Grip and Asphalt trim levels joined Peugeot Expert in 2019). For the e-Expert electric (on sale since 2020) you get an impressive driving range of over 200 miles, with a high payload capacity.
The load dimensions are 2,160mm (Compact), 2,510mm (Standard) and 2,860 (Long) with load lengths of 3,324mm, 3,674mm and 4,024mm respectively. Moduwork comes as standard on all models (bar entry S), which includes a gate to pass long items through the bulkhead while the outer passenger seat folds out of the way to make space (0.5m3 extra).
All models come with 6 minimum load lashing points and a handy internal light in the back plus 12v socket in the load area too. The 3 models have 3 nominated gross vehicle weights (2.7t, 2.9t and 3.1t) with payloads of 1,000kg, 1200kg and 1400kg for towing.
7 Ways Of Van Finance
Most of our competitors tend to be leasing franchises that all sell the same “specials” that tend to be basic vans purchased at the same time by the hundred. Often the vans you are offered have sat around a while. They tend to prefer contract hire as it locks you into them for some time.
We work via banks rather than by these franchises so we are not as tied in so can offer more of an array of van finance deals. This is why our vans are fresher and deals better. There is no leasing franchise taking a cut.
All methods are tax deductible. All methods you should really have GAP Insurance Policy in case the vehicle is written off. Many commercial insurance policies will not pay new for old.
- Hire purchase – VAT down or VAT deferred . HP is a great way to actually buy a van. If your VAT registered claim the whole VAT amount back within three months.
- Lease purchase. Not always the best deal as some manufacturers offer discounts that cannot be used on lease purchase. Its just like HP but with a final payment and once it’s paid you get automatic ownership. It’s better once again for VAT registered businesses especially if you want a T6.1 for example to keep at the end and convert to a motorhome. Sometimes a pre registered van is cheaper.
- Finance Lease – By far the most popular method as it attracts the lowest payments . It’s gets the largest discounts from manufacturers same as contract hire. However you can fit accessories many of which you cant n contract hire
- Operational Lease – Is just like finance lease however you can hand back the vehicle at the end. Some of our Mercedes vans are like this
- Asset Finance – We can finance many products not just vans
- Credit Limit – Pre approve your van purchases 90 days in advance. Useful for example if you have a contract tender.
If you write a vehicle off in say year one the insurance company may well pay you less than the settlement value. Thus through no fault of your own you may need to buy a older cheaper van to reach the same monthly payment.