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Long-term rental could help fleets bridge van supply gap, says Europcar

Businesses could avoid the ‘perfect storm’ of new vehicle shortages and rising used prices by turning to rental for light commercial and specialist vehicles.

Mid- and long-term rental solutions can bridge the gap and offer a viable cost-effective solution, according to Europcar Vans and Trucks

Whilst outright purchase is proving challenging in current conditions – earlier this month FleetCheck warned that fleets are facing “worst-ever delays” on new car and van deliveries – mid- and long-term rental solutions can bridge the gap and offer a viable cost-effective solution, according to Europcar Vans and Trucks.

“As well as a shortage of new vehicles, prices of second-hand vehicles have also increased, creating a ‘perfect storm’ for businesses that need to expand their fleets,” commented Clive Forsythe, commercial director, Europcar Mobility Group UK.

“With this scarcity of new vehicles and rising prices in the used vehicle market, our mid- and long-term offers can support businesses with their plans to ensure that they have the vehicles they need to meet their requirements.”

Forsythe added that Europcar has been able to ensure continued access to new vehicles, thanks to its partnerships with some of the leading vehicle manufacturers.

Forsythe continued: “Our pipeline of new vehicles coming on fleet from next month is in good shape. So, for businesses looking for additional vehicles to get them through a busy period, I would suggest they get ‘on the list’ now as we are seeing very strong demand.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news.

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