Round-Up: Aircon boosts LCV values, New TMC deal, Euro Car Parts takes on Partners

Aircon ‘boosts LCV values’

Remarketing giant BCA has reported a bounce-back in fleet and lease-sourced light commercial vehicles

Used vans fitted with air-conditioning can fetch more than £1,000 more at auction compared with those that don’t have aircon, BCA said.

While air-con for cars is commonplace, it remains an option for LCVs and is not widely fitted across the UK’s van parc, the remarketing giant said, adding this makes LCVs with air-con very desirable at remarketing time and values typically outstrip standard vehicles by a “considerable distance”.

Across all large panel vans sold by BCA during 2019, vehicles sold with air-con averaged £6,440 while those without averaged £5,374 – a 15.5% difference.

Jon Gilbert, BCA’s business development director for LCVs, said: “While it is to be expected that air conditioning will add value in the used LCV market, the real uplift in value now appears to compare very favourably with the front-end costs of specifying this option. LCVs with air-conditioning are highly valued by professional buyers at BCA, because these are the vehicles their retail customers want to buy.  For vans that are doing longer distance delivery work, or in a tradesman’s vehicle that doubles as the family transport at the weekend, air-con is exceptionally appealing.”

New TMC deal

Mileage capture company TMC has signed a contract with catering service provider, Harrison Catering.

As part of the deal, TMC will provide its Fuel+ fuel card, mileage capture and audit services to Harrison Catering’s company car and cash allowance drivers.

The mileage audit and reporting aspect of the contract includes outbound contact with drivers and this is designed to ensure accuracy of data, identify and correct anomalies, unlock administration time, ensure compliance with HMRC requirements, and reduce Harrison Catering’s fuel bill, it said.

Euro Car Parts takes on 300 Partners

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Euro Car Parts has taken on 300 new Peugeot Partner vans to aid its delivery services.

The Partner vans supplied are BlueHDi 75 Standard models with S trim and follow on from the company taking on the firm’s 308 car and Boxer van, Peugeot said.

Tony Shearer, branch operations director for Euro Car Parts, said: “With so many customer deliveries made by our fleet of vehicles each day, it’s important we have a reliable partner in place to support our growth in the UK aftermarket space. These new additions to our fleet will further bolster our UK network and allow us to deliver a speedy and reliable service to our customers up and down the country.”