The instantly recognisable three-pointed star of Mercedes-Benz already features on 26 vehicles in our fleet – and we are delighted to announce that we have ordered another 10 vans from the prestigious brand. As a result, our fleet will soon entirely consist of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
It was within only the last year that Bell Truck and Van provided our current 26 vehicles – and we have returned to the same dealer for the new vans, the orders for which are now being processed. These new vehicles are set to be delivered by the end of the year.
The Mercedes-Benz vans already in use here at Findley have provided an amazing return for the money we have spent on them. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services has provided flexible and competitively-priced Agility funding agreements for these vehicles, which Bell Truck and Van continues to maintain under cost-effective Service Care plans.
We most recently bolstered our reliable and fuel-efficient fleet with 10 3.5-tonne Sprinter 314 CDI chassis cabs. These vehicles, which the Gateshead-based Tyne Coachworks built to our specification, feature dropside bodies that incorporate locking toolboxes.
We are also proud to run six Sprinter 314 CDI panel vans. Integrated with each of these Premium Edition models are Becker® MAP PILOT satellite navigation and Audio 15 colour screen infotainment systems, while chrome effect grilles and special wheel trims and badging enhance the exterior look.
These six vehicles are also comfortable to run due to their inclusions of TEMPMATIC air-conditioning, outside temperature indicators and Comfort driver’s seats with arm-rests.
Our fleet also has 10 smaller Citan 109 CDI models, including six Long panel vans and four Extra-long crew vans that each have a second row of seats for carrying a driver and as many as four passengers. The additional 10 vans currently on the way are of the mid-sized Vito variety.
Our Managing Director Grant Findley recalls: “We had been running vans by another manufacturer but they just weren’t reliable enough. I’d heard some very positive reports about Mercedes-Benz vehicles, so contacted Bell Truck & Van to see what they could offer.
“I was immediately impressed by the Dealer’s professional approach. Sales specialist Mick Barnes took the time to understand our requirements in detail, rather than just trying to sell us something ‘off the shelf’. The Agility finance package is also keenly priced, and allows us to keep our options open until the end of the term.
“Our Mercedes-Benz vehicles are certainly living up to my high expectations. They are built to an extremely high standard and performing brilliantly. Drivers tell me the comfort, ride quality and handling are excellent, even when fully loaded.
“The vans look fantastic, too, especially the Premium Edition Sprinters with their chrome grille trims. We pride ourselves on offering the highest quality of workmanship and service levels to our customers, and the Mercedes-Benz brand image can only help to reinforce our own.”
We are based in Washington, Tyne and Wear and undertake a range of flat and pitched roof work – from small repairs through to complete replacements in various materials. We are also involved in other construction projects in the North East and further afield.
After training as a barrister, Mr Findley joined the family business Findley Roofing & Building, which was founded 30 years ago. He took over the company from his father in 2008 and has since led it to rapid growth; it now has 90 staff and an annual turnover of £10 million.
We intend to open two new depots – in Manchester and Essex – next year.