Advance Catering switch fleet to Citan

Advance Catering Equipment is now running 20 new Citan 109 CDIs.

The first vehicles to wear Advance Catering Equipment’s smart new livery, they have been assigned to its team of field-based engineers, who undertake routine preventative maintenance and emergency repairs for customers nationwide. The vans’ Extra-long bodies are fitted with purpose-designed Edstrom racking systems and each carries a comprehensive stock of spare parts

Head of commercial operations Daniel Hewitt said: “We were undergoing a rebranding process and wanted to ensure that our vans best reflected the quality of our service, as well as the premium brand values of our business.

“Fuel efficiency was crucial, so we only considered vehicles capable of more than 50 mpg. We also focused on driver comfort, because our engineers spend most of their working day at the wheel, and safety. Finally, we were looking for a value for money rental and maintenance package.

“After careful consideration of all the alternatives, and having taken full account of our engineers’ views, we came down strongly in favour of the Mercedes-Benz Citan.”

Advance Catering Equipment’s new vans are the subject of a Charter Way contract hire agreement with Mercedes-Benz Financial Services and will be serviced by the most conveniently located dealers.

“The Extra-long version is the ideal size for our operation and driver feedback has been resoundingly positive – the guys certainly like having vehicles with three-pointed stars on the front. Our new vans also help to convey a quality image of our company, and really look the part when they arrive at a customer’s premises.  

“The contract hire deal, meanwhile, is competitively priced and gives us the peace of mind that comes from knowing our vehicles are being properly maintained within the manufacturer’s Dealer network. As costs are fixed we can also budget with confidence, knowing there are no nasty surprises around the corner.”     

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