10 things you need to know about van racking

So you've got your shiny new work van and you want some professional racking to match. You've seen our van racking at a trade show or in a friend's van and you're keen to get some yourself. We understand that van racking is a big investment purchase as your van, so below are a few things to think about before you check-out...

1. What van do you have?

Firstly, check that we offer a solution for your van make and model on our website. Each of our kits is designed to fit to the existing fixing points in a particular van model. If your van isn't listed, get in touch and see whether it's in the pipeline as we are developing for new vans all the time. If it's not, we can refer you to our vehicle enhancement centre in Leicestershire who can supply other Bott ranges to suit any vehicle.

2. What trade are you in?

What functionality do you need? What tools and materials do you carry? Check out the photos on our website and social media pages for inspiration and see how other customers are utilising our different racking option

3. How much do you want to spend?

Because bott Smartvan is a modular range, you can start off with anything from a single racking module from £229 + VAT to a full kit and underfloor system for around £2000 + VAT (depending on the van). We often find people are pleasantly surprised by our prices. Our 'Buy more, save more' discounts are built-in at checkout and automatically give you 10% off when you spend over £1000, 15% off £1500+ and 20% off £2000+. Of course, purchasing a full kit also saves on paying additional shipping costs at a later date.

4. What do you store in your van?

We think it can be helpful to list the larger items that you will want to store and carry in your racking, then as you design your modular solution tick off where each of these options will fit in the modules you have chosen.

5. Have you considered smaller components?

Our VarioSort service cases are really popular with the trades. Plus, standard shelves in your racking can be easily customised using removable bottBoxes, shelf dividers and in-shelf storage box kits to store smaller items. This also gives great flexibility going forward.

6. What if you change the way you work?

Shelving and accessories within bott Smartvan racking modules can be moved around and swapped in and out so that, as your tools or way of working changes over time, your racking will still work for you. Bear this in mind and look at racking options that allow this flexibility.

7. Got a question for us?

Get in touch! Send us a callback request or live chat with us from the website, comment or PM us on social media, drop us an email at bottsmartvan@bottltd.co.uk, or give us a call on 0800 915 6013. We are here Monday to Friday during office hours, and always happy to answer your questions, before or after you purchase.

8. Are you happy with your design?

Have a really good play around with the configurator, swap items in and out, take the time to get your selection right. Once you have configured a design, you can email it to yourself from the website and then go back to it in a day or two and continue editing if you wish. This part is the most important to get right, so really do take your time. And before you check-out, double-check you are ordering for the correct van make and model. If it's for a different van, it simply won't fit!

If you are unsure of your exact model height and wheelbase you can usually find this on the manufacturer's website, or take measurements and give us a call and we will try to help.

9. When and where would you like it delivered?

Your order will arrive within 3-5 working days of confirmation. Will someone be home to take delivery? You could always book our Saturday delivery option and have it delivered on a weekend. Or ask someone else to take delivery for you/have it delivered to another address? Also, make sure you have the space to store the large boxes prior to fitting.

10. How would you like to pay?

You can pay for your bott Smartvan racking up-front either by credit/debit card or PayPal. We also now offer finance so if you have a monthly budget for your van this might be an option to consider. If you wish to pay on finance just give us a call and we will refer your application on to our finance company before your order is processed.

And, finally...

The beauty of modular van racking is that you don't need to buy everything at once. With our online accessories shop, you can add to your kit as you go. Just get the core racking modules fitted into your van and then you can swap out or add in more accessories when you have more idea of how your racking works best for you.