Halfords is introducing its Mobile Expert business nationwide and is rolling out 150 new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters as part of this.
Mobile Expert is a new service from Halfords, where experienced technicians provide car maintenance services at customers’ homes or workplaces. After trials in Manchester, Surrey and the West Midlands, the service is now being rolled out nationwide.
Initially, five new vans are going on the road in London. The new Sprinters will be delivered by Dealer Intercounty Truck & Van. Like those already in service, all will be 314 CDI H2 L2 models powered by fuel-efficient 143hp engines that drive the rear wheels. They are kitted out as ‘workshops on wheels’, with diagnostic technology, tyre-changing equipment, powerful compressors, storage for batteries, and other tools and spares.
The new vans will operate from a depot in Greenford, west London. Working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, each is expected to cover about 500 miles a week. The performance of the vehicles that took part in the Mobile Expert trials was key to Halfords’ decision to purchase Mercedes-Benz again.
“They have lived up fully to the Sprinter’s reputation for reliability and highly competitive running costs,” confirmed Mobile Expert Director Karl Baker. “Given the nature of our business, uptime is crucial. The Sprinter is not the cheapest vehicle ‘up front’, but we believe its capable of staying on the road longer than any other van model, and therefore represents the best value on the market.”
The medium-length, high-roofed Sprinter variant was chosen because it fits all the equipment in and allows technicians to stand up in the back while they’re working, according to Baker.