It’s a record – 1,150 Thompsons bodies for LC Vehicle Hire!

Wednesday, 5th August 2015

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Thanks to its current order for over 100 new tippers this year, LC Vehicle Hire of Leeds has established a new record for Thompsons tipper bodies going to a single customer by making a total of 1,150 such purchases since 2002.

The great majority of these bodies have been all – steel Loadmasters fitted to both 8×4 and 6×4 chassis predominantly from DAF, MAN and Mercedes-Benz. Supremely rugged and reliable, Loadmasters have proven themselves again and again to be the ideal bodies to cope with all the rigours of both spot rental and long term contract hire.

As LC Vehicle Hire’s Sales Director Paul Bumford explains “First and foremost our business is built upon the reliability of the trucks we offer. Tippers have the hardest life of any type of truck, so the ideal vehicle for us is the one that returns zero unscheduled downtime whilst also needing the minimum amount of maintenance. Strength, durability and reliability are what we are looking for, so a tipper body’s quality of design and manufacture are paramount.

Having purchased Thompsons for over 13 consecutive years we’ve had proof of such quality 1,150 times over.”

Significantly for Thompsons, it was the building of the company’s first northern factory in Blackburn that lead to LC Vehicle Hire buying their first Thompsons bodies. Now with three purpose – built factories in the town, Blackburn now produces more tipper bodies than the company’s other facilities in Croydon.

A particular benefit to LC Vehicle Hire is the sheer range and variety of body types that the Thompsons Group can provide. As well as the higher GVW tipper types, Thompsons has also delivered to LC dropside tippers on 7.5 and 18t rigids as well as special body types such as bespoke lighting platforms built by sister company Charlton.

In addition to tippers, Thompsons also supplies and fits some 250 Hyva skiploaders and hookloaders per year, numerous examples of which have also been taken into the LC Vehicle Hire fleet.

Thompsons director Simon Shields also points out that “in the current marketplace the demand for multi-axle tipper grab vehicles is particularly strong, and customers such as LC value highly our ability to fit out and deliver complete vehicles that are immediately ready for work.”

With a current self – drive fleet of over 2,000 HGVs, LC Vehicle Hire is now one of the UK’s leading suppliers of commercial vehicles into the rental and contract hire markets. Based in Leeds since 1962, today the company has five additional depots in Manchester, Bradford, Barnsley, Sherburn – in – Elmet and Bristol.

Having now purchased such a significant number of bodies, Paul Bumford notes one other particularly attractive advantage of specifying Thompsons.

“When we come to sell our tippers into the open market, we always find that a vehicle with a Thompsons body is simply worth more than one without. Judged over its whole life costs, the Thompsons product is exceptionally cost-effective.”

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