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On the road with Chequers

Published 22nd April, 2015 by Neil Nixon

On the road with Chequers

Chequers Contract Services is benefiting from much-improved fuel-efficiency and reliability after switching to Mercedes-Benz. The south London-based cleaning and building services specialist runs a fleet of 85 vans, the majority of them car-derived models. Following a spate of problems with its previous supplier's vehicles, Chequers has replaced more than a third of its vans over the last 18 months, and plans to become an all-Mercedes-Benz operation within the next three or four years.

Most of the vans supplied to date by Dealer Sparshatts of Kent have been long and extra-long Citan 109 CDIs. Introduced in 2013, the Citan is the smallest van ever from Mercedes-Benz. Chequers is also running half a dozen mid-sized Vito 113 CDI longs and a pair of larger Sprinters.

Gary Jeal, chairman of Chequers, said: “At the time we bought our first Sprinter Mercedes-Benz did not offer a small van, but that all changed with the launch of the Citan. Sparshatts' sales executive Peter Corry left one with us so we tried it on four or five different rounds and it really did the business, particularly in terms of fuel consumption - the returns were up to a third better than we'd been getting from our previous car-derived vans, which was a revelation. As we've added more Citans to the fleet, our running costs have come down, with the result that we cut our annual fuel bill by 25% last year. Given that most of our mobile cleaners are filling up twice a week, this represents a considerable cost saving.”

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