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Flexible lease start-up targets operators with Mercedes-Benz Vans

Vehicle rental start-up Eastgate Commercial has taken delivery of 130 Mercedes-Benz Vans for its new flexible lease offering for fleets.

Eastgate Commercial has taken delivery of 130 Mercedes-Benz Vans
Eastgate Commercial has taken delivery of 130 Mercedes-Benz Vans

The Wolverhampton-based business offers a fleet of long-bodied Vito 109 CDI models, all of which have already been allocated to customers, the majority of which are sub-contractors that deliver for Amazon. The vehicles feature the Eastgate Commercial livery and a telephone number, which any member of the public can call if the vehicle is being driven irresponsibly, although the firm’s staff have the option of remotely disabling the vehicle to prevent it travelling any further. The vehicles have been supplied to Eastgate on a contract hire agreement with Daimler Fleet Management UK and came with three-year, unlimited mileage warranties and free MobiloVan 24-hour roadside assistance.

Sales manager Buta Singh, who is running the new venture with his sister Baljit Johal, said the firm was conceived as a 100% Mercedes-Benz operation to focus on quality.

He commented: “It was the undeniable quality of the vehicles, coupled with the promise of unbeatable customer service from Daimler Fleet Management, that convinced us to go ahead with this venture.”

The firm is already embarking on expansion plans and has placed a second order for a further 100 Vito 111 CDI vans which will be supplied by Liverpool-based dealer Roanza Truck & Van.

“We want to grow, but in a controlled and sustainable manner,” continued Buta Singh. “We have no plans to rival the biggest players in the rental market, of course, but we are aiming to have between 500 and 1,000 vans on the road by 2019.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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