Buying advice

Making the right purchasing decision is an essential part of keeping your business running, and is here to help. From finding the right vehicle or trailer for the job, to the right legal service or the right aftermarket support, we have it covered. And if you are thinking about buying through, find out why you can trust us.


driver holding his CPC out of his window showing the camera

Driver CPC

Drivers without one of these on 10 September 2014 will not be qualified to drive trucks for a living. Almost one third of all UK lorry drivers could be ineligible to drive come 10 September 2014.

Truck engine oils

It’s not easy choosing engine oil: every oil seems to be seems to have an alphabet spaghetti of specifications and accreditations on its data sheet. Then there is all marketing hyperbole.

Buying at auction

Once regarded as an outlet for vehicles in their twilight years in search of one last owner before heading for the breakers yard, auctions have upped their game. They are now big players in the corporate ‘remarketing’ business, helping blue-chip companies realise strong residual values for their used vehicles.


The word AdBlue first began to crop up in our vocabulary in 2003. It had been coined as a trademark by the German automotive industry association, the VDA (Verband de Automobilindustrie). The VDA wanted a standard for a urea solution that was soon to be widely adopted by commercial vehicle manufacturers poised to comply with Euro-4 exhaust emission limits, which took effect for all new trucks registered from October 2006.

Purchasing a new van

Whatever sort of van you want, and however you want to buy it, there are some questions you need to ask – starting with specifications such as payload, wheelbase, turning circle, engine power, load volume, payload and towing capacity.


Fleet telematics systems offer operators many benefits, from the ability to confirm the location of each vehicle at any given point to the production of reports grading drivers on their driving style. But the novelty of seeing each truck’s position on a screen in the traffic office soon wears off. Telematics systems cost money.

Reversing aids

Have you got a blind spot about reversing? If you want to minimise the chances of damage, injury or prosecution you really need to address the risk of going backwards.

Truck finance

So you need a truck. Do you want to own a truck or do you want to use a truck? And how should you pay for what you want? This Buyers’ Guide helps you get to grips with financial engineering.

Bulk fuel installations

Diesel is the lifeblood of a truck operator’s business, so having your own bulk fuel storage makes sense in so many ways. We guide you through the task of specifying a fuel installation.