Volvo becomes automatic choice for The Car People

Used car specialists The Car People has taken delivery of two new Volvo trucks, both fitted with custom-built car transporter bodies by Belle Transporters

The larger of the two Volvos is an FM11.330 with an 11-litre engine and I-Shift automated gearbox. This 6×2 rigid has a seven-car body and will be used primarily for inter-branch transfers.

The second Volvo is an 14-tonne FL8.250 with an 8-litre 250hp engine and a three-car body. This 4×2 rigid has a dual function that includes the ability to collect customer’s cars for warranty work. It has been carefully chosen to cope with loads its smaller predecessor found a struggle.

They were supplied by Crossroads Truck and Bus Limited in Birstall, West Yorkshire, and are part of a fleet renewal programme, with the next vehicle pencilled in for later this year.

Buying Manager, Richard Westerman said: “Our sites are encouraged to sell each others’ stock, as well as their own, to keep a healthy balance across the business. The new vehicle will be double-shifted where needed to facilitate that.

“I chose Volvo’s long haul package because it puts the drivers in the right environment with all their creature comforts,” he adds.

“Cars are getting heavier now,” Richard explains. “That’s why I opted for 14-tonnes; you can put up to three cars on it and never be anywhere near challenging the maximum weight, whilst at the same time it’s still compact enough to collect from customers’ houses.”

He added: “the FL has a 100% galvanised body, the first of its kind in the country, which means there’s no paint at all, no more rust or coming off the road for a week for an annual paintwork touch-up! The uprights are liveried by means of a thin veneer, which should outlast the vehicle.”