MCE Insurance have chosen Premium Editions when ordering its new Mercedes-Benz vans, supplied by local Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van.
MCE’s 10 Sprinter 314 CDIs are Premium Edition models, featuring chrome-effect grilles, integrated Becker® MAP PILOT satellite navigation, Audio 15 colour screen infotainment systems and TEMPMATIC air-conditioning.
Intercounty delivered the first five vans for its new customer within just three-and-a-half weeks of the order being placed. The vans’ primary role entails collecting damaged motorcycles from, and delivering replacement and repaired machines to customers nationwide.
Each van is fitted with a retractable loading ramp and can accommodate up to four bikes. To ensure safe, secure transportation, Intercounty reinforced the cargo area floors and wheel boxes before adding rails and fixing points, and lined the interiors with heavy-duty ply then fixed additional, protective strips at handlebar height to prevent damage to the side walls. It also installed LED lighting, and roof vents to prevent fumes from fuel spillages entering the cab.
Head of Claims Centre Anthony Baxendale explained: “We had been using a sub-contractor who ran Sprinters and, of course, you see plenty going up and down the motorway in the colours of major fleet operators. Our first Sprinters have lived up to all our hopes and expectations. Despite the high mileages involved, they have been supremely reliable and cost-effective to operate.”
He continued: “Our drivers enjoy their Sprinters, particularly the new Premium Edition versions, while the vehicle’s market-leading safety armoury is an important attribute – we particularly like the fact that the Crosswind Assist system helps the driver to retain control in the event the vehicle is hit by a sudden gust. So, too, are the reassuring three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer’s warranty, and MobiloVan cover, which includes free emergency roadside assistance in the event of a breakdown.”
Once the last of its new vehicles has been delivered, MCE Insurance will be running 18 Sprinters. Although this is the first time it has done business with Intercounty Truck & Van, the company purchased its first eight examples of the multi-award-winning Mercedes-Benz when it brought the transport function in-house five years ago.