Bestway switches to Sprinters: rates payloads, reliability and back-up22 January 2016

One of the UK’s largest independent food wholesalers, Bestway Wholesale, says it is changing to an all-Mercedes-Benz fleet of vans, following last year’s acquisition of 56 Sprinters from dealer Rygor.

Bestway wholesale transport manager Pretash Patel says that key to the decision was the fact that the 3.5-tonne Sprinter did not put on significant extra weight to meet Euro 5b emissions regulations.

Additionally, substituting polycarbon-based materials for the traditional ply-lining has made cleaning easier

According to Rygor fleet sales specialist Chris Carter, those two aspects resulted in a Sprinter payload of more than 1,200 kg excluding the driver.

“This was a good deal higher than our established van supplier could come up with,” confirms Patel.

“Every single kilo counts in our operation, so the Sprinter’s payload advantage was crucial to Rygor winning the business,” he continues.

“Our move to Mercedes-Benz Vans has been a resounding success,” he adds. “As well as using every bit of the Sprinter’s available payload we’ve had very positive feedback from our drivers, who say it’s a more comfortable drive.”

Like all Mercedes-Benz Vans, Bestway’s Sprinters came with three-year, unlimited mileage warranties and additional MobiloVan cover that includes 24-hour breakdown cover for the life of the vehicle, providing it is maintained within the dealer network.

Today, most of Bestway’s near 200-strong fleet of vehicles at 7.5 tonnes and above are Mercedes-Benz.

Brian Tinham

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