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Should I lease a pickup truck or a van?

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When you think about leasing a van or a pickup truck, it can be hard to know which one will meet your specific needs. A van is great for transporting people and equipment, while a pickup is great for hauling things

While there are certainly pros and cons that come with each option, at Lease Loco UK, you can select the best type of vehicle for your business or personal usage.


If you’re looking for a vehicle that can haul things, then a pickup truck is a great choice. The bed of the average pickup truck has lots of space to store things, making it ideal for businesses that offer delivery services, or who need to haul equipment, tow vehicles, trailers, or even campers. On the downside, depending on the model and performance grade in question, pickup trucks can have higher leasing prices than vans.

As for vans, the best options typically tend to be those with a longer platform wheelbase. Work vans offer an impressive amount of cabin space, which can come in handy if you’re looking to haul around tools and equipment. 

Many of these longer body vans offer additional headroom as well, making standing up and working from within the cargo hold itself a possibility. The option of additional seating in the rear of a van is another nice perk, as is having the ability to tow.


If you’re planning on transporting people with your van, then we suggest hunting for a van with doors on both sides to alleviate any entrance or exiting issues. Not all vans come with this feature as a standard option, so keep that in mind before signing that lease.

Transporting passengers in a truck means considering cab size, as that will determine how many people can fit safely (and comfortably) inside.

Some pickups have fold-down rear bench seats for increased seating capacity, but on base models not all of these seating arrangements can be deemed “comfortable.” Fortunately, modern pickup trucks tend to have far more comfortable and spacious seating arrangements than those of yorn, just be sure to seek out a crew cab design to allow easy access for your passengers.

Cargo loads

If you’re looking at a work truck that can haul lots of cargo in the bed, it might be worth looking at vans instead of pickups. In recent years, there’s been an uptick in the popularity of extended-bed vans. Full-size vans offer more space, with far less risk of weather damage or theft to the cargo stored within for peace of mind.

Dedicated work vans can also be outfitted with built-in toolboxes and small storage compartments. Tie-down points for securing cargo while driving down the motorway are also commonplace, as are overhead rack mounting options.

Consider your specific needs

When you’re deciding between leasing a van or a pickup, make sure you consider your needs. Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • What are you going to be hauling? If it’s just occasional loads (or even one big one), then a van may be the best option for you.
  • What kind of terrain will you be traversing? Do you need 4×4 capabilities? 
  • What type of work will you be doing? If the majority of your work involves transporting materials and supplies, a full-sized pickup is probably better. But if there are other types of items in your inventory – such as electronics or machinery – then a cargo van might be best suited for those more sensitive and expensive items.
  • Is budget an issue? Leasing can help keep costs down when compared with buying outright. However, if money isn’t an issue then weighing what your long-term usage goals will be and what vehicle reliability and longevity look like is very important.

Final thoughts…

Deciding whether you should lease a van or a pickup truck depends upon your circumstances and the duties that the vehicle will be required to complete. Either way, both vans and pickup trucks make for outstanding work vehicles and are readily available for leasing at surprisingly affordable prices. 


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