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Glass News catches up with Jonathan Brown, Managing Director at Top Fleet to find out how to ensure that your van remains a professional tool to help gain and keep customers. Your van plays a number of crucial roles in your business, whether you are a small to medium installer or a business with an entire fleet at your disposal. Not only is your vehicle the first thing your customer sees upon arrival at a job, it's how you transport your glass and frames to site to do the actual work. Ensuring that your vehicle is capable of the task in hand is hugely important and if it looks the part, it will certainly help you win more business than turning up with a smoke breathing old 'shed' with a bit of Meccano stuck on the side! So it makes sense to use a brand you can trust and a product you can depend on for years. Turning Transit vans in to fully equipped glazing vehicles is something Top Fleet has been doing for over 23 years, and it's fair to say they are doing it well. In fact, they justifiably call themselves producers of 'The Ultimate Glass Racks'. Their products are certainly look the part from the images on the website – take a look at: www.topfleet.co.uk – not to mention the videos of real vans with the actual products in action.

Value for money "We take great pride in the quality and value for money of all our products, which is why we produced videos to showcase them. 99% of glass racks and frails are sold over the phone so it is important to illustrate Glazing Vanhow Top Fleets products compare to the competition. The quality, safety and ease of use of our racks is impossible to miss in these videos," comments Jonathan Brown. But is it a case of all show and no substance? No way! All Top Fleet products are backed by a three year warranty. This makes sense, as most vehicle manufacturers have a similar term warranty and you'd normally replace your racking with your van. As well as offering peace of mind, their external frails have been independently safety tested to withstand over 2 tons per meter length. This means your van will fail before a Top Fleet rack will!

The light side You might think that this strength would come at the price of a heavy piece of kit. But happily, you'd be wrong! A side rack capable of transporting 350kgs of windows and glass weighs just 80kgs, and that includes a roof rack! Jonathan continues: "Buyers should beware of firms selling racking with outlandish payloads as these firms often have no basis on how they are formed. Based on experience and research it's dangerous to transport more than 10% of the vehicles GVW on the side of the vehicle as it will be unstable on the highway. Most glaziers operate 3.5t vans, thus giving a payload of 350kgs – even though our products have been tested to carry much more." How has Top Fleet managed to pull this off? All the products scream effort, understanding and experience from the corrosion resistant materials right up to the computer designed in built safety bumpers, all 23 years of experience really shows.

Bespoke offerings Top Fleet do not sell kit form racks. Speaking to Jonathan, it is clear that he believes many of these types of racks are made from potentially inferior and sometimes unsuitable materials, and in fitting them yourself without any prior experience, you could run the risk of damaging your rack, your van or yourself. When you purchase a product from Top Fleet they work with you and draw on their experience to provide a glass transport solution specific to your GlazingVanHirerequirements. Both the rack build and fit need to pass strict quality control before your vehicle is passed off – that said, their skilled fitters and testers can complete an installation in as little as two hours, and you can be straight back on the road complete with a full safety test and three year warranty. You need a glass transport solution you can trust all day, every day. Call Top Fleet, don't settle for anything else. Tel: 0845 500 8800.

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