Clash of the Titans – Sprinter Vs Transit

Together, the Mercedes Sprinter and the Ford Transit van dominate the light commercial vehicle market. The Sprinter has been hugely popular since it first appeared in 1995, while the iconic Transit van has become ubiquitous, and will forever be the associated with the legendary ‘white van man’. But which is the better van for you? Here we compare the long wheel base version of the Transit with the latest model of the Sprinter.

Maximum load

The long wheel base Transit can carry a massive 1400 kg, whereas the Sprinter can only manage (a still impressive) 900 kg. So if you need to carry particularly heavy loads then the LWB Transit will be the best option. However, the Sprinter is more than capable of carrying most loads and is a favourite with many couriers.

Dimensions

The Mercedes Sprinter has a rear cabin measuring 2.6 metres and it can comfortably hold two standard pallets. The longest version of the Transit is a whopping 3.4 metres long, which means it can handle a whole extra pallet. If you regularly transport larger quantities then the Transit is the van. If you mostly deal with lighter, mixed loads, as many couriers do, the Sprinter may be the vehicle for you.

Because they are considerably shorter than the LWB Transit, Sprinters are more suited to urban driving. For example using the Mercedes vans around Birmingham city centre may be more sensible than trying to manipulate the longer Transit.

Fuel economy

Both vans are relatively economical. On average, a Ford Transit running on diesel, will manage around 29 miles per gallon. The new Sprinter, released in 2014, can manage a much more impressive 43 miles per gallon, which makes it by far the most fuel efficient vehicle in its class. If you tend to pile up the mileage, investing in a Sprinter could save you lots of cash in the long run.

Price

The Mercedes Sprinter is more expensive than the Transit, but also comes with a whole host of safety features and options that the Ford just can’t match. The Sprinter also holds its value much better than the Transit.

When shopping for a Mercedes sprinter vans or Transit, the bargains are often to be found where commercial vehicles are more concentrated. Used Mercedes vans for sale in Birmingham, for example, are likely to be significantly cheaper that their equivalent for sale in rural areas.

Appearance and comfort

The new range of Sprinters are undoubtedly much better looking than the boxy Ford Transit. The Mercedes is also much more comfortable in the cabin and is available with many more options.

In summary, if you don’t need to carry very heavy loads, and rarely have more than two pallets worth of goods on board, the more economical Sprinter is probably your best bet. If you regularly move larger, heavier loads, then you may want to go for the LWB Transit. However, the Ford is much longer and much less efficient. In addition, the Sprinter looks better, drives better and will hold more of its value than the Ford, so you will recoup more of your outlay should you come to sell the van on.

What to Do In Case of A Leased Van Crash

Such is the nature of motoring that accidents might inevitably occur along with the flow of time. But fear not most accidents are minor and with the kind of safety regulations in place in most of today’s vans, your life is most probably, in safe hands. Things take a more complex angle when the vehicle in question is leased. Don’t be dumbfounded by the question what to do. The following guidelines should see you through.

1. Call 101 and inform the cops as soon as you can. This will help you get a reference number from the police and validate the facts and details about the accident.

2. Remember to exchange the personal details if the accident happened with another vehicle. Remember to record his name, phone number, address as well as car insurers along with the registration number of the car along with a make and model.

3. Don’t fail to inform the car insurance company before twenty-four hours have elapsed since time of the accident. Make note of the steps to be taken next as required by them.

4. Make a call to the leasing company so that you may represent what happened and inform them about the current status of the car.

What to Do If the Crashed Car is a Leased One

If the accident occurred during road traffic then like in other similar cases you have file for claims with the insurance company. Note that the responsibility of the insurance lies with the driver.

However you might not be so lucky to use a bad phrase. Your vehicle may have stolen or maybe even written off. A situation might emerge where there is a shortfall in the vehicle’s value and the finance amount that remains outstanding. The practice in such situations is that optional insurance covers this shortfall.

Avoid Accidents with Your Leased Vans

Never forget to take the scheduled free services of your leased van if offered. This will ensure that your van is road fit. Any inconsistencies must be detected at the earliest.

While finalizing your van lease you might opt in for a maintenance package. It is usually found that such packages take care of your tires and other factors which lead to crashes. So, keep this in mind while drafting the deal for the van lease and you might save yourself a whole lot of bother.all in all accidents do happen and you must take it in your stride and take necessary precautions which will ensure a peace for you even if your vehicle is leased.