Daf lauds success of First Choice scheme

Daf says it has seen a strong demand for vehicles from its First Choice used truck programme since it launched last summer.

The manufacturer says the scheme - managed by PACCAR Financial - is now providing supplemental and extended warranties across its range, in addition to the six-months driveline warranty, First Choice Care.

This includes a new three-month full vehicle “bumper-to-bumper” warranty plus a further three-months of driveline-only.

A total of 88% of Daf Trucks’ sales dealers are now accredited First Choice dealers, and the scheme offers vehicles right across the manufacturer’s range.

According to Daf all First Choice vehicles are late-model and low-mileage - tractor units are no more than five-years-old and have a maximum of 600,000km on the clock.

Paul Young, regional asset manager at PACCAR Financial said: “With First Choice Care, it’s a genuine manufacturer’s warranty too, with all the essential benefits associated with a new-truck acquisition.

“Each vehicle is subjected to a stringent mechanical and cosmetic reconditioning prior to sale, hitting the forecourt in show-room condition and ready for the road.

“A total of 32 units were sold in 2014 in just the first few months since Daf First Choice was launched.”

Silbase, a small haulier based in Maulden near Bedford, has taken a total of six Daf First Choice tractor units in eight months.

Ken Izzard MD said: “We’re very pleased with our trucks, in fact, we’re very pleased with the whole package.”
“It’s not unlike acquiring a truck from new, the warranty is extensive and the support we receive from Daf Dealer, Imperial Commercials is excellent.

“An unforeseen problem did crop-up on one vehicle but it was turned round in double-quick time. We’ll keep these latest Dafs for maybe three years.”

First Horsepower candidates power through Cat C test

A HGV training school geared towards bringing women into the industry has seen its first drivers through their Cat C practical test.

Horsepower, founded last year by Nathalie Axon and Joan Carter, aims to "provide a welcome pathway to bring people from outside the industry who had never considered driving as a profession and offer them a hand into becoming a driver”.

Last week Sarah Hayes, 54, and Jill Richardson, 33 (pictured), became the school’s first candidates to pass their Cat C practical tests, along with Axon’s stepson Martin Axon, 22.

The candidates were trained in a hired Mercedes Benz-Actros over a two and a half week period.

Co-founder Axon said: “The Actros StreamSpace was a marvellous vehicle for them to learn in a big thank you to Wayne Cooper at Mercedes Wentworth Park and to Mark Thompson Mark Thompson Transport) for believing in my dream and helping to make it happen.”

She continued: "It's a great feeling to see the results of our efforts. We set out to deliver industry ready driver training and to attract women into the industry. We've inspired ladies to come and dip their toe in the water and they've really enjoyed it and taken the plunge.”