SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHTS VOLVO ECONOMY USED TRUCKS FOR EAST COAST LOGISTICS LTD
Lowestoft-based, East Coast Logistics Ltd has recently taken delivery of its third Volvo FH used truck from the manufacturer’s Economy Centre in Coventry. Supplied by Steven Worts, Economy Centre Sales Manager, this latest purchase was handed over in early February and follows on from two similar Volvo FH tractor units bought last November.
“Our introduction to Volvo Economy Used Trucks came through their social media channels,” reports Ged Flinders, Owner at East Coast Logistics Ltd. “I noticed the two FH-460 6x2 tractor units on their pages when browsing. One of our drivers was nearby, so I sent him in to give the trucks a look-over. He said that I had to come and see them right away,” Ged adds.
A relative newcomer to the UK transport industry, East Coast Logistics Ltd was established in April 2018, although Owner Ged Flinders has enjoyed a career-long involvement with vehicles and road transport, as both a driver and previous business owner.
His association with Volvo trucks stretches back to the 1990s, when he carried out European haulage with a Volvo F10. “I suppose you could say I’m a Volvo man through and through. After the F10 I moved onto the FH models and started out in business again last year with a used FH-500 classic tractor unit. Once we got that truck up to my maintenance standards it’s proved a reliable and profitable vehicle.”
East Coast Logistics’ trio of Volvo FH Version 4s are all Euro-6 diesels with D13K engines rated at 460hp. “I can’t fault these Volvo Economy Used Truck purchases. The 460hp versions are returning good fuel figures and our drivers love them. Their reliability levels are excellent and they came in at a really good price too.”
All three of Ged’s purchases are 2014, 64-plate registered, Volvo FH tractor units in 6x2 pusher axle chassis configuration. The powertrains also include Volvo’s award-winning I-Shift automated manual transmission system. Each of the Globetrotter Cabs has a One Bed Living package with additional storage solutions, heated drivers’ seats and under bunk refrigerators. The trucks’ safety features see full chassis catwalks, integrated parking systems and forward facing cameras, all of which were installed from new.
Subject to full-life Volvo Service Contracts at point of sale, East Coast Logistics’ three Volvo FHs are finished with Trade Team Yellow cab paintwork. “I like that colour as it makes our trucks stand out from the crowd. All we have done is add black sign writing, which has finished them off perfectly,” enthuses Ged.
All Volvo Economy used FH Version 4s come with a six-month, manufacturer’s unlimited mileage basic driveline warranty. This provides reassurance to operators like Ged, whose fleet of four Volvo trucks operate across the UK on container transport.
“We haul skeletal trailers, operating out of Felixstowe, London Gateway and Southampton to a wide variety of destinations across the country. Our drivers are always away all week and appreciate the interior space offered by a Globetrotter Cab with a single bunk. We’ve also started to use Volvo’s Dynafleet fleet management system for digital tachograph downloads. That change will save us a massive amount of time in the traffic office,” Ged notes.
Ged envisages a four to five year vehicle retention period for his Volvo Economy Used Truck purchases.
A fleet expansion programme is also included in his future plans for East Coast Logistics. “We need good trucks and a good back-up service for our drivers. Our three Volvo FH Economy used trucks are modern, have common sense specifications and importantly, keep the drivers happy. My target is to operate a fleet of ten trucks, by steadily increasing the fleet one at a time,” Ged concludes.