Why choose Ecospeed over other North West courier companies?

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25th October 2018

EcoSpeed is a same day, urgent courier company based in Greater Manchester. Due to constant growth and expansion, we are rapidly rising in the ranks within the logistics industry, meaning we need more owner drivers within our fleet to service the demands of our ever increasing customer base. So, if you want to be your own boss and get paid for driving around the UK and Europe, read further…

The service we offer is basically a taxi service, but for goods. Our customers request us to pick up a consignment at postcode A and deliver it to postcode B on an urgent basis. Both local and long distance jobs are available in equal measure and prices for each run are based on mileage, or upon a minimum charge to ensure that the delivery makes financial sense for both you and us. Owner drivers working for EcoSpeed are expected to do a mixture of both local and long distance work, with the spread of jobs being allocated fairly between drivers.

So, if this sounds interesting to you, the first thing you will need to do is purchase or lease a vehicle. We prefer ‘green’ vehicles such as those running on LPG gas or eco-friendly engine technology, or those that utilise some form of fuel saving technology such as speed limiting. This not only has a positive impact on the environment but will also result in savings in your pocket as the less fuel you use, the more money you will make. LPG vehicles use considerably less fuel and are much more eco-friendly. We also prefer vehicles under three years of age due to their reliability and also to keep up with our competition. The next choice you need to make is whether you want to lease or buy the vehicle. There are pros and cons to both options but in terms of cost they end up working out very similar. The beauty of leasing is that there are no fixed contracts, mileage is unlimited, servicing and warranty are part of the package, roadside recovery is included and ultimately you have no real worries as the vehicle is not yours. However leasing can be expensive if you don’t get the right deal, and it can sometimes feel like dead money. Obviously, buying your own van gives you complete control but you will have to think about maintenance costs when budgeting for your new venture. The best advise we can give is always put away some of your earnings towards your next van and maintenance.

The next choice you need to make is which size van to purchase, whether it’s a small van, short wheel base transit, long wheel base, extra long wheel base transit out Luton. We have a similar amount of work for each type of van so that shouldn’t influence your decision. However, a large van is capable of doing small van jobs when it is quiet, whereas a small van cannot do large van jobs; something to think about, although not essential. Your choice should come down to whatever you are most comfortable with or whatever fits on your drive. LPG vans only come in the smaller sizes as vehicles running on this type of fuel generally do not have enough engine torque to power a fully loaded LWB van, but more than enough to power small vans like the Citroen Berlingo, or Nemo models. Hopefully technology will overcome this hurdle soon. Something to always have in your mind, is the more specialist a vehicle is, then the more we can charge for it. For example, a vehicle fitted with a curtain side or a tail lift will benefit from a higher price per loaded mile, simply due to the specialism. If you are considering buying a van then get in touch with us as we have good links with some dealerships and we also sell vans ourselves.

Another important factor to think about is insurance. Courier insurance is generally more expensive than normal insurance and quotes will depend on the individual and your circumstances. The cleaner your license and the more no claims the better. Particular postcode areas can also increase your premium, especially if there is a high level of crime or insurance fraud in that area. A very important insurance for us is Goods In Transit (GIT). We require GIT on top of the courier insurance as this covers the goods that you are carrying up to a set value, usually between £10,000 and £35,000. GIT insurance is quite cheap and bolts on to your courier insurance package. Typically, the cost of the whole package can vary depending on your personal circumstances and it is up to you to find your own quotes because every driver is different.

As with any industry there are peaks and troughs in the amount of work we have, but as a very busy, and rapidly growing company, you will never be short of a job to do. Every job is completely different and can be as simple as moving a piece of furniture two miles down the road, to moving a complex piece of machinery to the opposite side of the country, or even into Europe. We have even been known to take baseball caps from important sponsors, to famous golfers while they are on the course.

At the end of every week, EcoSpeed will send you a weekly statement showing your earnings for all of the jobs that you have done within that week. You simply send an invoice in return and we pay you weekly after the first 30 days. Simple as that.  Fuel, tax and vehicle maintenance are all paid for by you, the owner driver. EcoSpeed will simply supply you with work every day, paying you 62.5% of the value of the whole job.

If you have any more questions, please give us a call on 01204 394 714 or email info@ecospeed.co.uk and we will be happy to answer any of your queries.

Thanks for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.

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