Box Trucks for Sale (381)

At Truckpages we always list tonnes of used box trucks for sale, this is because box trucks are widely regarded as a cornerstone of transportation in the UK. However, they are not right for every business, here are some of our ideas on how best to utilise your box bodied vehicle. It may be that your business would be better served with a curtain side truck which would give you added flexibility – or perhaps a more specialist type of box truck, like a Luton body or a refrigerated box truck. Indeed, you can buy highly specialist box bodied trucks that are demountable or even have a curtain on one side and rigid box on the other.

The fact remains that the white box truck is one of the most common trucks on the UK’s roads – not quite the same as a white van man – a white box truck man! In recent times the dimensions of box trucks have become more standardised. This is thanks to the tightening of the type approval system for a new truck build which resulted in a smaller number of large body builders making a narrower choice of box body lengths for each chassis manufacturer. This means that finding an extra high, extra low extra long or short box bodied truck is becoming increasingly difficult. They do exist, but would probably have required in individual test when new.

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MAN
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MAN TGM 7.160 – EURO 6 (68) 2018 – 7.5 ton GVW 21ft Box body 1000 kgs Dhollandia Column T/lift with 1.2 mtr Deck Roller shutter doors Auto gear box Full Air Kit 143,028 approx Km Date registered 01.09.2018 MOT expiry December 2022 Engine Cc 4500 – 160 Bhp
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DAF
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DAF CF 230 – EURO 6 (67) 2017 – 18 ton GVW 28ft Box body 1500 kgs Del Tuckaway tail lift Barn doors rear 2 x Load locks DVS kit Sleeper cab Auto 168,805 approx Km Date registered 29.01.18 MOT expiry Jan 2023 Engine Cc 6700 – 230 Bhp
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DAF
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For Auction at Fleet Auction Group on 2022-07-13
Lot No: 30052 18m - BODY - LENGTH - Steer - CONFIGURATION - WITH - Air - SUSPENSION. ~ Stereo: CD, Interior: Cloth, Air Con, Cruise Control, Sunroof: Yes, Reversing Camera, DHOLLANDIA TUCKUNDER TAILIFT. C362431. DON BUR. TANDEM AXLE. BPW HUBS. DRUM...
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DAF
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LF
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2016 (16) DAF LF-150, Euro 6, Manual Gearbox, Fitted 20ft GRP Boxvan Body, rear Shutter Door, Column Tailift, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, On-Board Computer, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Roof Deflector, One Owner, Excellent Condition,...
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2016(66) DAF LF 45-150 Boxvan
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For Auction at Fleet Auction Group on 2022-07-13
Lot No: 30129 8.2m - BODY - LENGTH - Steer - CONFIGURATION - WITH - Air - SUSPENSION. ~ Gears: 0, Stereo: CD, Interior: Cloth, Air Con, Cruise Control, Sunroof: Yes, Pass Airbag, Remote Central Locking, DEL SUPER LOADER TAIL LIFT ~1VAT Status:...
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Mitsubishi Fuso
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Canter
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For Auction at CVA Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on 2022-07-12
*HEMEL* DAY CAB, REAR VIEW CAMERA, ADBLUE, WEIGH SYSTEM, TAIL LIFT* Price is Plus VAT * Weekly auctions featuring stock from Doncaster, Hemel Hempstead & Scotland. Viewing Monday-Friday by appointment only.
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2016 MITSUBISHI FUSO CANTER 7C15 DUONIC EURO 6 For Auction on 2022-07-12 at 08:30
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For Auction at Fleet Auction Group on 2022-07-13
Lot No: 30115 18m - BODY - LENGTH - Steer - CONFIGURATION - WITH - Air - SUSPENSION. ~ Stereo: CD, Interior: Cloth, Air Con, Cruise Control, Sunroof: Yes, Reversing Camera, DHOLLANDIA. C362440. DONBUR TANDEM AXLE. BPW HUBS. DRUM BRAKES. 18000KG....
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CF
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For Auction at Fleet Auction Group on 2022-07-13
Lot No: 35082 8m - BODY - LENGTH - Steer - CONFIGURATION - WITH - Air - SUSPENSION. ~ Gears: 0, Stereo: CD, Interior: Cloth, Air Con, Cruise Control, Sunroof: Yes, Remote Central Locking, DEL SUPERLOADER TAIL LIFT ~1VAT Status: Commercial (plus...
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The History of Box-Bodied Vehicles

Where was the box van developed?

The box van was developed in the United Kingdom

How are Box Trucks Developing?

As with everything, the box class will keep evolving as new and innovative ideas are implemented, but here are some of the most notable and recent innovations to the class as a whole. One of the innovations which has made life much easier for drivers of box vans, and more efficient for those operating box vehicles, is the inclusion of an electronic tail lift. These facilitate the loading and loading of the box vehicles allowing for time and effort to be saved by the driver. These also tend to add an extra level of security to the box class vehicles. Another interesting development, the trend towards manufactures designing and building their own box bodies.

What different types of box vehicle are there?

There are many different types of box bodies, and their development over the years shows how dramatically the face of industry in the UK has changed.

One of the earliest types of box van is the Luton Van. These vans had and have a distinctive lip hanging over the cab which can be accessed from the main cargo area and contains functional space for storage of products. This was developed in order to store the high volume low mass products that were produced in Luton at the time.

This type of body is instantly recognisable and is still in use today, in lots of models including the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter vans. You will find all of these types of used box trucks for sale here at Truckpages.

Benefits of owning a box truck for your business

Security

One of the main advantages of owning a box bodied vehicle over its direct competitors like a curtainsider or a flatbed truck is the increased security for your goods that the box vehicle provides. The rigid sides of the Box which enclose your goods make it much more secure than its competitors. This is not only because it hides your load from view, but also because the solid walls of the box provide a much more challenging obstacle to overcome than the almost total lack of protection that a flatbed offers or the fabric of the curtains on a curtainsider.

Weather Protection

The rigid sides also come with another advantage, they make sure that the cargo is not exposed to the mercy of the weather. The solid sides, once again, provide a much greater level of protection to the goods as the chance of water coming into contact with the goods is decreased. Furthermore, it allows you to create a relatively stable atmosphere within the box, if you so choose, this could be useful for high-value goods or goods that require a certain temperature to keep effective.

A Box Truck is a Mobile Billboard

A further advantage is the opportunity to showcase your brand on your new vehicle. The sides of a Box Truck are the perfect location for you to display your brand. This not only gives your current customers the idea that you have a professional operation, but also serves as a moving advertisement attracting new customers.

Your trucks, when roaming the streets, come into contact with hundreds, if not thousands, of potential customers and you could take advantage of this potential exposure through the prominent display of your brand on the side of your truck.

What are the possible pitfalls of owning a box bodied vehicle?

There are problems associated with owning a box bodied vehicle. However, most of these can be mitigated with proper planning and attention to detail. An unfortunate consequence of the rigid sides that provide so many of the box truck’s benefits is that they make it extremely difficult to change the load order during the delivery route if there is a change in schedule.

This has the effect that, the driver and back-office staff must pay particular attention when deciding upon the route and loading the cargo into the truck. Another possible problem is that if the load is even slightly too big for the box, it will not fit. This is in contrast in some extent to a curtainsider but in stark contrast to a flatbed where you have a bit more wiggle room.

Choose the right material

Box bodies can be constructed out of a range of materials, from aluminium to Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) – many use a combination of these materials.  Aluminium is lighter, but more difficult to repair, whilst GRP can have any dents and scratches filled and painted over.

Flooring too is important.  Opt for a lightweight aluminium checker plate floor for lightness, or go for more traditional hardwood, such as Keruing.

Check the lashing points

It is important that all loads are secured, but differing loads require differing securing points.  Palletised goods can be safely lashed to the floor using floor mounted lashing rings (these can be recessed) whereas a taller load or series of boxes may well require the use of securing bars.  These are spring loaded bars that can be inserted into special grooves all the way along the length of the box body.

Box Body Internal Loading Points
Box Body Internal Loading Points

Box Truck Tail lift Technology

Box Trucks often rely on tail lifts for loading and unloading goods.  This sounds straightforward, but there are three different types of tail lift.

Column Tail Lifts

In the UK we have traditionally used ‘column’ tail lifts.  The columns run up the rear of the box truck using cables or chains and a hydraulic motor which then raise and lower a platform which is stowed as a tailgate when not in use.  These are cheap options and work best when the box van does not load from a loading bay.  If this is the case, look for a tuck-away tail lift.

Cantilever Tail lifts

These lifts are similar to column lifts, since they are stored like a tailgate behind the truck when not in use – indeed, the tailgate can be designed to be long enough to cover the whole of the rear aperture which means the box van does not require a rear door.  With a tail board of this size, it is possible to drive a car onto the tailgate for lifting into the truck.  These tail lifts are operated using a series of hydraulic rams, rather than columns and chains.

Tuck-Away Tail lifts

This type of lift for a box van can a complex folding mechanism which means that it can be stowed under the box body when not in use.  This means that the truck can be reversed up to a loading ramp without having to worry about damaging the tail lift or lowering it to load up.

Tuckaway Tail Lift
Column Tail Lift

 

Tuckaway Tail Lift
Tuckaway Tail Lift

 

Cantilever Tail Lift
Cantilever Tail Lift for a Box Truck

Box Body Manufacturers

Since the introduction of European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) the number of manufacturers of box bodies has fallen.  As a result, the large body builders have increased in size and the truck manufacturers themselves have taken to selling trucks from the factory ready-bodied.

For standard box bodies, this makes perfect sense as there is only one backside to kick if the new truck you are buying is wrong or delivery is delayed.  If you need something particularly high, low, short or long, then you will have to look to a body builder and you may even have to have the new box truck approved individually at a testing station.

The problem does not arise with second hand box trucks for sale, but it is good to know the more successful brands of box bodies.

Midlands-based JC Payne is an experienced body builder, in business since 1926 and can build box van bodies from 10 feet to 30 feet in length.

Alloy Bodies have been building box bodies in Manchester for over 50 years, currently making some 50 per week.

Bevan Group are also based in the Midlands and have been building box bodies for over 40 years are now located in Wednesbury in a purpose-built 17,000sq ft factory.  They make standard box bodies plus their aerodynamic teardrop shaped Bevan21 streamlined box body.

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