Bespoke Commercial Vehicle Bodies since 1920

FAQs





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What type of vehicles can Osborne Motor Bodies supply?

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We are pleased to offer a complete one-stop package, supplying any manufacturer's chassis cabs with bodywork built to your specification, ready for and use delivered to your premises. Alternatively, should you wish to purchase a chassis independently, we would be pleased to offer our bodybuilding services.

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How do I calculate my vehicle’s maximum payload?

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The vehicle payload is the difference between it's Gross Mass and the Kerb Mass (Unladen Weight). This amount is the legal payload of the complete vehicle including the driver. A Ford Transit 3500KG GVW chassis cab weighing 1720KG when fitted with an open sided drop-on milk float body has a payload allowance of 1780KG including the driver.

Factors affecting payload:

  • Gross Vehicle Mass;
  • Body type and construction;
  • Ancillary equipment, fridges, tail lifts etc.

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What category of vehicle can I operate?

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Commercial vehicle operators need to be aware of legislation concerning driver licensing, vehicle operating centres, driver hours, tachograph regulation and vehicle weight classifications.

Full details can be found on the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA) and Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)websites.

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What are the finance options if I want to purchase a vehicle from you?

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Finance is an option to allow you to acquire the essential goods that you need to run your business efficiently without depleting your own cash reserves. You can also tailor the repayments to suit your company's needs using either Hire Purchase or Finance Leasing.

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What is hire purchase (also known as lease purchase)?

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A straightforward agreement that provides the option of outright ownership of the vehicle at the end of the agreement. A deposit is paid along with all the VAT and the finance can be spread over 2 to 5 years.

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What is Finance Leasing?

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A simple method of financing vehicles. At the end of the Lease you have the option to carry on renting the asset for a nominal annual sum (peppercorn rental) or sell it and retain most of the cash proceeds. VAT is payable on the monthly rentals and the lease can be spread over 2 to 5 year.

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What are the lead times on delivery of a new body?

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Generally our commercial vehicle bodies are built to order. Lead times vary from 2-3 weeks for standard opensided dairy bodies to 6-8 weeks for insulated and refrigerated options. Larger more complicated builds, such as utility vehicles may take up to 6 months from conception to completion.

Customers who source their own chassis should consider specifying and ordering bodywork to coincide with vehicle delivery date to avoid delays. In many cases bodies can be jig built ready to fit chassis cab on arrival. We are happy to liaise with supplying dealers to co-ordinate vehicle delivery dates.

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How long does one of your commercial bodies last?

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We would generally expect a body to outlast two chassis. Bodies can be swapped onto suitable replacement chassis with minimal modification, this includes those with fridges, tail lifts and other ancillary equipment. We have records of bodies built and being transferred onto second and third chassis over a period of 18 years as you can see in this case study.

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