If you’re self-employed or have a small business, you might need a van to keep your business running. But how are you going to finance it? Do you have the capital to buy a van yourself? Or is leasing the smarter financial option? These are questions many entrepreneurs face. In this blog we list the advantages and disadvantages of buying or leasing a van to make the decision much easier!



  • No major investment needed to drive a new van.
  • Fixed all-in monthly rate including insurance, tax, maintenance, repair, glass repair and tyres
  • No surprise monthly expenses.
  • Van administration is taken care of by the leasing company.
  • Roadside assistance is always included to help you get back on track.
  • The van is all yours - you can decide what to do with your van.
  • You are not tied to an agreement.
  • You can drive as many or little kilometres as you want.

All the advantages of buying a van
Buying a van has many advantages. For starters, the van is all yours. That’s great because you decide what happens to the van. If you want to make changes to the van, you can. You can also sell it or keep it for however long you would like. When you buy your van you won’t have the monthly lease instalment to pay and you can drive as many kilometres as you like.

All the disadvantages of buying a van
The fact that the van is all yours also has disadvantages. You will be responsible for maintenance, which costs time and money. And if something breaks or your van is damaged, you’ll be responsible for the repairs and that can run up the costs. You will also be responsible for organising roadside assistance, insurance and road tax yourself. Most importantly, a van is a big initial investment. This leaves you with less money for other important business expenses.

All the advantages of leasing a van
When you lease a van your lease company will arrange and pay (almost) everything for you. Ideal, right? Because we buy the van for you, you don’t have to make the large initial investment yourself. In return, you pay a fixed all-in lease amount per month. That makes budgeting easier, because you know exactly what the costs of your van are per month. Maintenance, insurance, taxes and repairs are also included in the monthly price, so you don’t have to worry about unexpected costs popping up. We will take care of all the van administration, so you can focus on running your business. With leasing you will have more time and money left over to invest in your business.

All the disadvantages of leasing a van
Leasing also has disadvantages. You will need to pay a lease amount per month for an agreed period and there will be some conditions attached to it, like the amount of kilometres you can drive or a fee if you want to end the contract early. Your van belongs to the leasing company so at the end of the lease period, you will need to return the van. But don’t worry, if you would like to keep the van at the end of your contract there is an option to buy.

The verdict: buy or lease?
That depends on your situation and wishes. Do you have the means to buy yourself and do you want the van under your own management? Then buying is worth considering. Do you want convenience and therefore more time and money left for the business? Then leasing is your answer.

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