Butcher Aldens takes Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

Oxford, UK: Aldens Specialist Catering Butchers is running its first four new-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinters, and will take delivery of a further five from Rygor Commercials before the end of the year.

The new vans are all medium-length Sprinter 314 CDI L2 H2 models with 143hp engines and rear wheel drive. The 314 CDI model is now also available with front-wheel drive.

The vans were insulated and fitted with GAH single-temperature refrigeration systems by Polar Truck & Van.

The vans are leased with Mercedes-Benz Finance. Mike Nottage, transport manager, Aldens, said: “The lease arrangement is competitive in terms of cost and means our vans are regularly updated – customers like to receive deliveries from smart, modern vehicles.”

Aldens provides a six days-a-week delivery service to restaurants and other caters from its shops in Oxford. “We’ve been operating Sprinters for many years, primarily because they’re so reliable and robust,” Nottage said.

“We work them hard. Our vans typically cover 1,200 miles per week, but experience has shown that provided they’re properly serviced we can depend on them to withstand the rigours of the job.”

Aldens’ Sprinters have three-year, unlimited mileage manufacturers’ warranties, and Mobilo Van cover, which includes free, round-the-clock emergency roadside assistance. “Breakdowns are rare but on the odd occasion that we’ve had a problem the response has been reassuringly efficient,” Nottage said. “Most recently, our driver used the app on his phone to contact Mercedes-Benz, and the local dealer’s technician was on the scene within the hour.

“He’d already diagnosed the issue and collected the parts he would need, so within 90 minutes our vehicle was back on the road again. That was pretty good going, we felt. Having a van off the road costs us money, so the excellent MobiloVan back-up is key to the appeal of the Sprinter.”

Quality assured: Transport Manager Mike Nottage, left, with driver Aurelio Martins, and the first of Aldens’ new-generation Mercedes-Benz Sprinters



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