7 December 2020 · Vehicle Reviews

Van or Ute? The All-Important Question for Tradies | Phil GIlbert Toyota

Any tradie just starting out can expect a lot of upfront costs, from insurance to tools, and maybe the build of a website. But one of the most significant expenses of owning a business in just about any trade is the purchase of a vehicle (or more than one vehicle, if your team goes beyond just you.) So, when you need a solid, reliable work vehicle - should you choose a van or a ute?

The benefits of vans for tradies

  • There’s room for custom shelving and fittings, to make the space fit your unique needs
  • It’s fully closed, protecting your tools from the weather and thieves
  • There’s no need to unload at the end of the day - your things are safely locked away
  • You can add branding to the van’s exterior if required

The Toyota HiAce has been a popular choice of van for tradies for decades. The HiAce keeps things simple; it’s rugged and reliable, and you can count on it to get the job done. The engine is mounted under the passenger compartment, to maximise space, and more impact-absorbing features give greater stability and ride comfort. You can fit it with some genuine Toyota accessories to enhance the van’s capabilities even further- such as cargo barriers, load floor protection and ladder rack systems.

The benefits of utes for tradies

  • Get fast, easy access to tools and goods in the back
  • Can usually fit larger supplies in the tray
  • There’s the option to add a cover to protect items
  • Separate goods from the cabin, to keep any smells or fumes away from the driver’s seat
  • Easy to clean the tray in between jobs

Australian tradies praise the Toyota HiLux when they need a ute they can depend on. Proudly referred to as “unbreakable”, the HiLux is as reliable as they come. It’s also filled with the features that matter - without showing off - such as an MP3 compatible stereo and easy-clean vinyl seats. The HiLux is stronger than much of its competition, with trays able to carry between 860kg and 1405kg. In short, value, reliability, safety and user-friendliness all give this vehicle its outstanding reputation in Australia.

Have you heard about the government’s Instant Asset Write Off for businesses?

The Federal Government has extended its Instant Asset Write Off (IAWO) scheme to help businesses purchase the assets they need. Discover if your business is eligible and take advantage by upgrading your vehicle. Our entire range of Toyota cars is eligible for a form of IAWO, so we recommend speaking to your accountant about how the scheme relates to your business, then booking an appointment with your nearest Toyota Dealer.  

Contact Phil Gilbert Toyota for advice

Our team has expert knowledge about utes, vans and every other Toyota vehicle in the range, and we’d be happy to answer your questions to help you determine the best vehicle for your business. To get in touch, view our inventory online, call our Croydon showroom on 02 9715 9888 or call 02 9735 8400 for Lidcombe.