Tom Johnston

Tom Johnston
Tom Johnston was the first-ever reporter on national motoring magazine Auto Express. He went on to become that magazine’s News Editor and Assistant Editor, and has also been Motoring Correspondent for the Daily Star and contributor to the Daily and Sunday Express. Today, as a freelance writer, content creator and copy editor, Tom works with exciting and interesting websites and magazines on varied projects.
Can you modify a lease van

Can I modify my lease van?

It’s not unusual to choose a lease deal for your work vehicle. But are you allowed to modify your leased van? Here’s what you can and can’t do.
Stellantis small vans

If two vans are the same, does the badge matter?

Vehicle sharing is rife within the LCV market. So which should you choose when several brands sell the exact same van with different badges?
The best sites for valuing your van – We Want Any Van

The best sites for valuing your van

Your van is a valuable part of your business – but how valuable? Here’s where to find out online.
Driver fatigue

Top tips to avoid driving tired

Got a big delivery to do? A long distance drive coming up? Or a potential night-time journey? Avoid driving tired by using these tips.
Volkswagen Commercial servicing

Claiming on your van warranty policy

Even a van that’s regularly serviced will almost certainly have a problem at some time. Here's what you need to know claiming on about your van warranty.
Ford E-Transit

Can I park my work van at home?

A van is a big part of any business - if your house is your company’s base, the chances are that’s where you will want to keep your van too.
Mercedes-Benz Citan

Safer driving tips for van operators in 2023

Campaigners are asking van users to put safety on their ‘New Year’s Resolution’ lists this year in a bid to cut accident statistics on Britain’s highways.
Volkswagen Caddy Cargo

Can I part exchange a car for a van?

Does a change of direction mean you need a different kind of transport? Chopping your car in for a van is easy.
All-season tyres does your van need them

All-season tyres: does your van need them?

Running and maintaining a work vehicle is costly enough as it is, but are all-season tyres an expense worth considering?
How important is the latest number plate?

New registration plate unlikely to halt van sales decline

Falling van sales won’t be boosted by the new 72-plate changeover starting on the 1st of September, according to a new report.

Ageing van fleets to increase as owners shun EVs

The move towards EVs could lead to thousands of companies operating diesel fleets on an almost ‘indefinite’ basis, specialists have warned.

What you need to declare to your insurance company

Being transparent with your insurer is the best way forward. With that in mind, you should tell your insurer if any of these things happen.
Can you get finance on a van if you're unemployed?

Can I get finance on a van if I’m unemployed?

Need a van to launch your new business, but you currently don’t have a job – can you get finance? Yes, but it’s not plain sailing.

Manual or automatic – what’s best for you?

The work you do, the journeys you make and your style of driving are considerations to bear in mind when deciding between a manual or auto van.

Cutting costs or cutting corners?

The industry ombudsman is urging van drivers not to ignore regular servicing and safety checks to try and save costs.

Keeping your van tyres in good order

As the only component on your van that actually touches the road, tyres an the most important part of the vehicle. So why are they so often ignored?

Prepare your van for the annual MOT test

It’s bad enough having your van off the road for its MOT test in the first place, so you don’t want it to fail. Our MOT tips might help.

Should you sign write your van?

Displaying your name or the service you provide across your van can bring welcome attention and business. But there are downsides, too.

How to stop your van being stolen

With expensive equipment locked inside, vans are often the target of thieves in the UK - we discuss ways to prevent your van being stolen.

The best websites for checking a van before you buy

When you change your work vehicle for something newer, how can you be sure that the used van you think you’ve found is as good as it looks?

Best websites for buying workplace EV chargers

Businesses now have an array of cost-saving electric van options to choose from, but which providers are best when it comes to charging them?

Buying a new van? Always test drive it first

It might only be your work tool, but a van is important to your business and buying one is an exciting time. So asking for a test drive is essential.

Used vans: is it ok to buy an insurance write-off?

It’s one thing buying a second-hand van for your business – especially when you’re looking for a bargain – but is an insurance write-off OK to consider?

Buying an ex-rental van: good idea, or bad move?

They are sold with big discounts and appear to tick all the boxes, but is buying a ex-rental van really a good idea?

Christmas comes early to the van market

Despite the semiconductor supply shortage, the new LCV market has just recorded the best November in its history.