Can you modify a work lease van?

It’s easy to assume that you can’t modify a lease van, especially given it’s something you might not own. However, customising a van can help business van leasing in many areas, from advertising and transporting goods to bolstering security.

This guide will explore the types of modifications available and what to consider before modifying your work lease van.

Am I allowed to modify my work lease van?

Businesses require different things from commercial vans, meaning a standard van isn’t always suitable. If you have specific business leasing needs and requirements for your vehicle, you’ll need to consider the non-standard options and modifications available.

A good place to start is to understand what you’re allowed to change as part of your van lease.

Do I need to contact my leasing company to discuss any van modifications?

Before changing something on your work lease van, we’d always recommend contacting your finance provider. They will ensure that any modifications you make are permitted within your leasing agreement.

Here at Synergy, we can also advise you on the best suppliers to fit modifications safely, effectively, and in-line with your contract.

What modifications are permitted?

Once you’ve decided to fit additional features and modifications to your van, you’ll need to explore the customisations available. Let’s look at some of the most popular options fitted by Synergy customers.

Alloy wheels

Fitting custom alloy wheels is a great way to add personality and style to your commercial van, although there are some things to consider first.

For example, any alloys you choose must be the same dimension as the standard wheels. This means nothing bigger or smaller, ensuring your van’s safety is unaffected.

To make the process easier, we’d suggest specifying a van with the alloy wheels that come as standard. This means you can ensure they fit properly and don’t affect ride quality.

Dash camera

Dash cameras are essential for many drivers and a common van accessory. If your van is used regularly and covers higher miles, they are a great feature that offers peace of mind.

Deciding if a dash cam is permissible will depend on how it needs to be installed. If it needs hardwiring into the van’s electrics, you’ll likely need to ask for permission and source a professional to complete the job.

Ply lining

Ply-lining acts as an extra layer of protection for your van’s load area. It’s an effective way to protect both commercial goods and bodywork from damage.

Some models also get the choice of rubber floor to reduce the risk of marks and scuffs.

Privacy glass

Privacy glass is another popular modification that is especially common with businesses that choose crew vans with extra rear or side windows.

If privacy glass is an important addition for you, it might be worth choosing it as an optional extra rather than an aftermarket modification. This will ensure it is fitted correctly and has the desired effect.

Again, you should check with your leasing provider before adding any privacy glass or window tint.

Private registration plates

Adding a private registration to a lease vehicle is one of the most common requests we get at Synergy. If you seek permission first, there are no restrictions to adding a private plate to a work lease van.

Before ordering a new numberplate, set aside time to go through the extra paperwork required, which includes applying for a numberplate change through the DVRLA and informing your insurance provider. This process can only be started once your work lease van has been delivered.

Roof rack

Adding a roof rack can improve how your business transports goods. They are easy to install and are a simple way to make your working week easier. If your business van is used for personal use too, it’s also a great way to add additional storage space for personal items.

You’ll need to check which roof racks can be fitted under your lease and whether aftermarket racks are permitted. If it’s an essential addition, you might need to choose a make and model of van which offers roof racks as an optional extra.

Sign-writing and vehicle wrapping

Sign-writing is a great way to brand your work lease van. Synergy recommends informing your leasing provider and using a specialist firm to complete any livery.

Before sign-writing your van, consider the type of leasing contract you have chosen. This is because certain lease types, such as Contract Hire, require modifications to be removed before returning your van.

If you’re worried about the effect of van wrapping, choose temporary vinyl or stickers that can be removed easily and don’t risk damaging the paintwork.

What are my modification options regarding van security?

Most new van lease deals offer built-in security as standard. This includes deadlocking alarm systems, immobilizers, and extra load area locks.

If your business transports commercial goods or stores specialist equipment regularly, you might consider adding extra security features. These can include aftermarket alarms, traditional double-locks, and a vehicle tracker.

However, consider the cost of any extra security features and the impact they will potentially have on your insurance costs.

Are there any lease van modifications that are not allowed?

Some modifications aren’t allowed on lease vans. These include:

  • changing the van paint colour
  • sign-writing that isn’t temporary or removable
  • modifications that require drilling which could damage the bodywork.

For peace of mind, always check before making any modifications, even if you think they are permissible. This will help avoid extra costs at the end of the lease.

Do I need to remove the van modifications before the end of the lease?

Synergy always recommends planning in advance, so it’s important to think about how modifications will affect the end of your lease.

If modifications are made to your work lease van, they must be removed before you hand the keys back. Check the condition of your van and how the modifications may have conflicted with the fair wear and tear policy.