335,000 miles later………..

David Cookson from Rainsford Timber Merchants near Ormskirk already had a 2015, L5, 350, 5200mm Transit drop side, but after 335k he thought it time to trade in and stay under the onerous 3500kg GVM operating licence legislation.

As a timber merchant payload is equally as important as reliability and body length. Therefore, the one stop shop double drop sides and tail board were removed to optimise payload and create a 5.2mtr flatbed truck. Plus, the new more economical 130ps diesel Euro 6, justified the decision from an environmental and financial perspective, together with a fair part exchange allowance.

We hope to see David in another 8 years / 335,000 miles for his next truck!



The 5th April 2024 is coming and represents most companies tax year end, find out how we could help you save tax…..

A van in the eyes of HMRC has the potential to qualify for a plant & machinery capital write down allowance, what this means in plain english, is 100% of most vans we supply can be written off against your profits, in simplistic terms this means if you have made £50,000 profit in 2023 /2024, you pay tax on the full £50,000. However, if we sell you a van, truck or Tipper before your tax year end for say £25,000, this £25,000 value paid for by either bank transfer or HP reduces your £50,000 profit, and you only pay tax on the remaining £25,000 balance. (Don’t just take our word for it, call your Accountant now, and ask about the benefits of Capital write down allowance).

We’re delighted to let you know following a severe shortage of stock over the last couple of years we are now actively buying available stock again wherever we can, but some of this stock is pipeline, hence our contact now to say. Get in touch and let’s work together to plan, save tax and beat the upcoming deadline.

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Certified for EV’s

We remain committed to our thirst for knowledge and pride maintaining the highest possible standards for our customers.

Not only has every technician served their full apprenticeship with us, but they also have decades of Transit knowledge across the team, with 3 of the team now certified to level 2 & 3 to service & repair Electric & Hybrid vehicles, with the highest level 4 course booked for March 2024.

Remember we are a traditional independent dealer, offering a one stop shop for Sales, Leasing & Aftersales.

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Stepping on up !

Independent driver Yvonne wanted easy access into her Wheelchair accessible vehicle, Allied converted Independent, (rear ramp), RS mid mount, bought from us in November 2023. The answer was to squeeze a commercial duty automatic retracting step to the driver side cab door between the Ford Tourneo Custom “running board” style step and the front mud flap.


Power, payloads & towing

Not one size Tipper fits all !

Let us guide you through ULEZ compliant power outputs, legal payloads and various towing axel options.

Ford’s 130ps 2ltr Ecoblue produces 128hp or 96kw of power, in practical terms this is sufficient for a loaded 3500kg Transit 350 tipper with occasional towing requirements.

Ford’s rare 170ps 2ltr Ecoblue produces 168hp or 125kw which is essential for Tippers with regular towing requirements approaching the max 7000kg gross train mass (combined loaded Tipper & loaded trailer)

The Ford Transit 350 has a max gross vehicle weight of 3500kg, this represents the vehicle and the load. Depending on tipper body type, material and construction, the unladen weight (Tipper with no load) can often approach 2500kg. If the empty tipper unladen weight is subtracted from the 3500kg max gross weight, many tippers are left with just 1000kg payload and sometimes less. The danger all operators face is the attraction of a large tipper bed which can very easily be overloaded!

Any vehicles over 3500kg gross vehicle weight, require an operators licence involving planning permission to park the tipper, a maintenance service schedule, annual HGV MOT and tachograph. Consequently, most tipper owners will avoid the onerous compliance and look very carefully at optimising payloads.

It is possible to fit additional rear spring leaves, however this does NOT increase your legal payload.

Tippers bodies with extra high sided typically weigh more and consequently have far less than a 1000kg legal payload, we have decades of experience and can guide you through the minefield of options & risk.

Beware, NOT all transit Tippers have a 7000kg gross towing mass, some are just 5500kg dependent on engine output, FWD, RWD and axel ratio. Speak to the experts and let us guide you and explain your options.

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10,000th Van sale celebrated!

We’re proud to celebrate our 10,000th van sale with Nigel Cunliffe, this is Nigel’s 4th 350 L2 170ps Magnetic grey tipper with air con and won’t be his last!

Vans, trucks and tippers have been at the core of our business for 54 years and account for the majority of our 10,000 sales, Campers & mobility vehicles account for some, but most of all it’s our customers who make our business and we look forward to supporting whatever your future vehicle need may be !

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Hello 2024 – Year of the Electric Van !

Did you know vehicle manufactures will be fined £9,000 per van in 2024 if they fail to meet their 10% electric van quota and £18,000 per van for their 2025, 16% quota!

The EV quota continues to increase year on year towards 70% by the year 2030, so regardless of your political scepticism about UK Government delaying the zero emissions vehicle mandate until 2035, change is still inevitable, but now with an increasing number of attractive incentives and offers we want to share with you towards your Electric vehicle transition.

Big technical battery changes and new manufacturers will be pivotal to 2024, mileage ranges will extend and prices will become increasingly competitive on both new and used, for example we have a number of ex demonstrator DFSK EC35 vans starting from just £12,495 + VAT in stock today.

As an independent forward thinking van Dealer, we have done the research for you, we know who has the best discounts on new and heavily discounted pre-registered electric vans, we understand payloads, chargers, finance options and range, let us help you in 2024 with our myth busting, no nonsense cost saving support to help you choosing the right vehicle tailored for you and your business.



Winners of van retailer fends off competition from 13,500 rivals to take the top gong at the Auto Trader annual awards.

The retailer of year award is the highest accolade and awarded to those few that demonstrate the very best practices in their retail sector and consistently deliver top quality customer experience across the entire consumer buying journey. Needless to say we, couldn’t have won this amazing endorsement without our valued customers and thank you for your continued custom & support.



Customer service is at the forefront of everything we do. Congratulations go out to General Manager Jason Stevens who is now certified by Specialist Automotive Finance after completing voluntary training to offer finance customers an assurance they are receiving expert advice from a knowledgeable motor dealership.

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Switch to a NEW 100% Electric van, in stock NOW!

Save ULEZ charges today with the UK’s best value NEW EC35 electric van at just £18,495 + VAT & RFL, Alternatively save thousands and consider an ex-demonstrator Innovative Automotive EC35 from just £13,995, both are supported by us, as an appointed Innovative Automotive dealer with myth busting, pound saving, support and advice inc 24 hr free road tests, charger advise and all things you need to know about electric vans.

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