When you are looking for a high-quality commercial van for utility work or for getting your gear from one work site to another, try checking out local Chevy vans for sale. The Chevy Express Cargo van is one of the industry leaders in power, towing and cargo space among commercial vans. It has the power to haul thousands of pounds of equipment and tow thousands more, if necessary. It has more than enough interior cargo space to suit the needs of many kinds of professionals; whether in urban, suburban or rural environments.
This type of vehicle is perfect for professionals like carpenters, electricians, locksmiths, plumbers and many more who essentially work out of their vehicles. Handymen are essential to work sites and home repair jobs, and often they take their office and workspace on the road with them. Technicians of all type need plenty of cargo space and a reliable engine. These types of utility vehicles are becoming more and more rare, but you can still find some Chevy vans for sale that fit the criteria you need. Read on to check out the Chevy Express Cargo van and see if it is the right fit for you.
CHEVY EXPRESS 2500
The base model of the Chevy Express Cargo van has a 4.3 liter V-6 engine that gives out 276 horsepower and 298 lb-ft of torque. This is plenty of power to haul and tow a literal ton of work equipment. It has a payload capacity of 3,353 and a towing rate of 2,000 pounds. That is a lot of tools, cables, pipes and everything else you need to fit in its 313.9 cubic feet of interior cargo space. But, that is only one of three available engines on the Chevy Express Cargo van.
This utility vehicle also features an optional 2.8 liter diesel engine. While it does not generate as much horsepower, at only 181, it has significantly more torque (369), which is useful in hauling and towing much greater weight. The towing capacity for the diesel engine jumps up to 6,800 pounds. Additionally, the diesel engine is better on fuel economy.
CHEVY EXPRESS 3500
The highest trim level of the Chevy Express Cargo van, the 3500, features a much larger engine with higher performance. While the 4.3 liter is standard on the 3500, an optional 6.0 liter V-8 is available. This one brings 341 horsepower and 373 lb-ft of torque to the table. This increases the payload to 4,311 pounds and maximum towing capacity of 10,000 pounds.
The Chevy Express 3500 is definitely the work van in demand for contractors with larger jobs. Electricians and other technicians who carry lighter materials, tools, and instrumentations should be just fine with the 2500 model. The 3500 is much better suited to contractors and carpenters who carry heavier materials, such as wood, drywall, aluminum, rebar or other steel or iron materials. The power generated by this 6.0 liter V-8 is much more capable of effectively transporting heavier loads.
Since most people that would drive vans like the Chevy Express Cargo van work out of them for most of the day, it is a necessity that these types of vehicles be equipped to handle the demands of an office as well as a service vehicle. This includes enough power outlets to support devices like laptops, scanners, printers and the like. Contractors will need access to paperwork that they may not have room to carry around with them, particularly if they are loaded down with materials and tools. Machines the size of textbooks now can serve as a printer, fax machine, and scanner and can fit in a cubby hole or seat back pouch. However, unless they are fully charged, they are pretty much worthless.
The Chevy Express Cargo van comes with three outlets that can power up not only your portable electronic devices, it can also provide power for some small tools. There are also USB ports to keep you connected to the home office and available Wi-Fi connectivity for up to seven devices. This van really is an office away from the office.
However, it is first and foremost a work van. It needs to have certain amenities that provide workers with the necessary tools. Among these are interior tie downs, which are included as standard. Available options include a ladder rack on the top of the van. This is a massive room saver, as ladders can take up several feet of interior space. Much of the material and especially tools stored on the interior of a utility van is quite expensive. Comparatively speaking, ladders are not. If something were to happen to a ladder from the exterior of the vehicle, it is far more easily replaceable than other items. A side-slide cargo door is also available. This allows access to the front of the cargo hold by simply sliding open the door, rather than having to crawl in through the rear or bend over backward through the cabin. Simple addendums like these save so much energy and space.
The Chevy Express Cargo has a few safety features that make spending your day in a work van much more manageable. These vans are big. They’re designed that way. They have to hold a lot of materials and tools. As such, it is sometimes difficult to see all of your surroundings. You often don’t have the benefit of rear windows like you do in cars, trucks, and SUVs. A rear vision camera comes standard on this commercial van, an addition to many other vehicles. Rear Park Assist and Blind Zone warning technology are both also available. These are huge assets for tooling around in a large vehicle with limited visibility.
CHEVY CITY EXPRESS
The Chevy City Express was a smaller, more maneuverable version of the Express Cargo van. It was discontinued a few years back, but you can still probably find used ones on the market. The City Express only contained a 2.0 liter, Inline 4-cylinder engine and 127 cubic feet of cargo volume. It was better suited for contractors with smaller loads to run around. It did, however, get significantly better gas mileage, at 24 city miles and 26 highway miles to the gallon. If this size van seems more your speed, there are used ones out there for a great discount. As this line was only recently discontinued, used City Express vans in great shape with low mileage will surely be available.
WHERE TO FIND CHEVY VANS FOR SALE
Whether it is power, cargo space or a versatile space you are looking for in a commercial van, the Chevy Cargo Express has it all. What’s more, it combines all three in an affordable and safe vehicle. This mobile workspace and warehouse can get you anywhere you need to go with plenty of power to spare.
If the Chevy Express Cargo van sounds like your next utility or commercial vehicle, head down to your local Chevrolet dealership. Before you do, though make sure they have a commercial division on their lot, as not all dealerships do. You can find this information out through a quick internet search. If your local dealership does not carry commercial vehicles, they will be happy to direct you to another dealer that has Chevy vans for sale.