Choosing an Estate Car or a Van

2015 Volkswagen Passat Estate

There are many considerations involved when choosing a vehicle that is going to be used both at home and for business. Many people will find themselves looking at two specific types, either a van or an estate car. So, what are the pros and cons of each? Let’s take a look:

Choosing a van

Many people will end up choosing a van as a business and pleasure vehicle simply because the van has more space. People who are going to be carting around a lot of equipment or goods on a regular basis will undoubtedly recognise that the van will be a convenient vehicle for them. Whilst they may initially think that an estate car will have just enough room to accommodate their needs, they may end up underestimating just how much space they will require. When it comes to using a vehicle for business, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

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Drivers also need to take long-term maintenance costs into account. All vehicles incur maintenance expenses, but vans, purely because there are fewer types on the road might prove easier and cheaper to find spare parts for. However a larger set of wheels may also need more extensive repairs. At the end of the day, your final repair bill will depend on how you drive. If you see yourself being a typical “White Van Man”, then an estate car could prove to be more reliable. However if you can be a bit more careful with your driving though, then a van provides the better business option.

Finally, getting a great deal when you purchase is something else you really need to consider. If you’re buying new then you can expect a lot of sales talk. However, if you can seek out a great used van dealership then you will find someone more knowledgeable and able to steer you towards the correct choice for you – be that a van or an estate car.

Choosing an estate car

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Estate cars and vans vary tremendously in terms of their designs and specifications, but many estate cars tend to do better on long trips than vans. They also tend to cope with fluctuating weather conditions more effectively as their lower centre of gravity will hold the road better in poor driving conditions. People who are planning on using their vehicles in all sorts of circumstances may want to consider that extra element of stability that comes with an estate car.

Estate cars can also usually seat more people than vans when not being used to ferry goods around. People with children usually end up purchasing estate cars instead of vans because this versatility will be seen as a huge plus. Even if they’re only planning to only use their vehicle for work, they may still end up using it when caring for their kids. Childcare tends to create unpredictable situations for parents, and it’s always better for working parents to be prepared for as many situations as possible.

Estate cars are smaller, so the majority of them are going to use less fuel. While it is possible to find fuel efficient vans, those who want to save money on fuel should probably go for an estate car instead. Buyers who are likely to use their vehicle for business and leisure should definitely take fuel costs into consideration since these can add up relatively quickly.

So, which one is right for you?

Ultimately, whether you should choose an estate car or a van will depend upon your unique situation. Both vehicles have their merits, and there is no hard-and-fast rule that will work for absolutely all situations. Keeping a few ideas in your mind when choosing a vehicle will undoubtedly help you during the purchasing process – namely space, fuel economy, upkeep costs and getting a great deal!


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