Family-run Colin Laver Heating has taken another step on the road to an all-Mercedes-Benz van fleet with the recent arrivals from local Dealer Euro Commercials of another eight Vito models, and its first X-Class pickup.
The Pontypridd-based firm, which last year celebrated its 50th anniversary, offers a broad range of domestic heating, plumbing and electrical services, which includes the installation and maintenance of solar energy systems, and air- and ground-source heat pumps.
It acquired its first vans bearing the three-pointed star in 2016, and since then has been steadily taking on more as replacements for the French-built vehicles previously assigned to its mobile engineers.
Today, with more than 50 Long-bodied Vito 111 CDIs on the road, as well as six small Citan 109 CDI Extra-longs, Mercedes-Benz accounts for the greater part of the company’s fleet of vans and cars.
Managing Director Howard Leyshon and his wife Sherryl, the Company Secretary, acquired Colin Laver Heating in 1983. They run a range-topping Vito Sport 119 CDI crew van, as does elder son Geraint, who is Operations Manager. Now Geraint’s brother Huw, a Director of sister company Albion Flue Systems, has received the keys to his new vehicle, an imposing X 250 d pickup.
An established supplier to major energy providers such as E.ON UK and npower, the company is heavily engaged currently in the installation of smart meters in homes across South Wales, and much of central and southern England.
As well as undertaking planned installations and maintenance, Colin Laver Heating provides customers with a highly responsive, 24/7 emergency call-out service. “It is essential, therefore, that our vans don’t let us down,” explained Mr Leyshon. “I need my guys to be able to turn the key and know their van is going to start, and the Vito offers the all-important reliability that is crucial to the smooth running of our business.”
He continued: “I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of issues we’ve had with our Mercedes-Benz vans, and none were major. The Vito is also cost-effective to operate, reassuringly safe, and popular with our engineers, who appreciate its comfort and quality. They enjoy driving vehicles with Mercedes-Benz stars on the front, and I’ve no doubt that the brand’s premium image reflects well on Colin Laver Heating in the eyes of our customers, too.”
The Mercedes-Benz Vito 111 CDI employs an advanced, 1.6-litre engine that delivers outstanding fuel economy of 45.6 mpg (combined cycle). Other Vito variants are available with rear-wheel drive, but its 114 hp output is transmitted via the front wheels.
Huw Leyshon’s new X 250 d, meanwhile, is powered by a 190 hp, 2.3-litre engine. Launched last year, the Mercedes-Benz X-Class offers rugged practicality and ‘go anywhere’ capability, while also setting new standards in the pickup sector for comfort and safety.
Colin Laver Heating takes advantage of competitive Mercedes-Benz Financial Services funding arranged by Euro Commercials – its latest vehicles are the subject of flexible, low-cost Agility agreements, which give customers a variety of options at the end of the term. It also relies on the Dealer to maintain its vans under Mercedes-Benz ServiceCare Contracts.
“We’ve developed a fantastic relationship with Euro Commercials,” confirmed Mr Leyshon. “Van Sales Manager Paul Cox provides exceptional support, while the Service team are also very accommodating – we can always get a van into the workshop overnight, or at a weekend, which means we don’t suffer downtime.”