This is my 2016 Vauxhall Vivaro long wheelbase Sportive van. Although it doesn’t do very many miles, (by comparison to what some of these vans do), it serves multiple purposes an is in pretty much constant use. It’s main purpose is for my detailing business. Secondly, it is used to tow a box trailer for my DJ Entertainment and our Photo Booth businesses, and occasionally carry kit inside too. Thirdly, it is my daily vehicle. School runs, food shopping, moving garden/building waste to recycling centres, even taking our caravan away for short breaks.
Now, as often is the case plans change. The original plan was to take delivery of it in March 2016 where I could crack on with building it into a workhorse show van. Due to a delay in the build process at Vauxhalls Luton plant of around 6 weeks it was eventually delivered to me in mid-April 2016. However, two of the optional extras I added were not fitted and worse still at some point between leaving the PDI (pre-delivery inspection) centre and arriving with me the interior had been damaged in multiple places.
Now, to be fair the PDI centre collected the van on a lorry, returned it to their unit and replaced all of the damaged interior trims, the dash clocks and fitted the missing optional extras then returned it with a full tank of fuel and brand new heavy duty seat covers.
I had planned on getting everything ready to continue with my plans in the winter of 2016/17, after the work load drops off. Unfortunately (for the van), the predictable quiet period never happened and now we’re in late 2018. The van is two and half years old, it still hasn’t had any of the custom work I had planned for it and now I’m debating what to do with it. Do I changed the van in 12-18months just like I have previously? Do I keep this van for several more years?
I’m in a dilemma, so as it stands we’re weighing up pro’s and cons of what to do, and if it is replaced just what do I replace it with?