PAV Haulage advances with its first two Mercedes-Benz Certified Pre-Owned Actros
Growing PAV Haulage has once again turned to trusted dealership Motus Truck & Van for another pair of top quality used Actros tractors – in a fresh start, however, they have been supplied under the banner Mercedes-Benz Certified.
PAV Haulage provides container transport services from its base at the Port of Tilbury and from nearby London Gateway and London Cobelfret terminals.
The company operates 22 trucks, all but five of which bear three-pointed stars. The fleet includes a number of new vehicles acquired by PAV Haulage, including its first two Actros, which were delivered by Motus Truck & Van in 2019.
However, the operator also appreciates the value and quality of the eight used Actros he has since purchased from the same dealership. The latest of these, both of which are variants of the fourth-generation Actros 2545, came with a reassuring “seal of quality” from the recently launched Mercedes-Benz Certified program.
Also registered for the first time in 2019, these vehicles returned to Motus Truck & Van at the end of their lease contract with a major fleet operator, and had each covered around 300,000 km.
Reflecting PAV Haulage’s determination to retain and recruit the best drivers, they feature 2.5m wide flat-floor BigSpace cabs, while their fuel-efficient 12.8-litre straight-six engines produce 330 kW (450 hp).
Launched earlier this year, Mercedes-Benz Certified gives buyers access to the industry’s best used trucks and support packages, and has raised the bar for customer confidence.
Like all trucks offered under the scheme, PAV Haulage units have undergone an intensive multi-point inspection by expert technicians at the Wentworth Park complex near Barnsley, home to Mercedes-Benz Trucks UK’s remarketing operation .
No truck offered for sale under the Certified banner will be more than five and a half years old or will have traveled more than 550,000 km. The first service will not be due for at least 20,000 km and the tires will have a tread depth of at least 6 mm. It will also take at least five months before the vehicle requires an MOT test and the manufacturer’s warranty will be valid for a minimum of 12 months.
PAV Haulage was established in 2014 by Pavel Ciubotaru. He was operating seven Swedish-built trucks when Dean Mills joined as a partner four years later.
Mr Mills, who has worked for some of the biggest “players” in the container shipping industry, said:
“We have been extremely busy for some time now and continue to grow the client portfolio. It is therefore essential that our trucks do not let us down, because unplanned downtime is an absolute killer.
Whether we bought them new or through Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ official used vehicle program, our Actros have proven to be incredibly reliable, yet economical to operate and highly appreciated by drivers.
The dealership’s used truck sales specialist, Steve Jenkins, provides fantastic service. He keeps us updated on the progress of our orders and will always call us if he sees a vehicle he thinks we might be interested in.
We have come to see Steve as a trusted partner. Their contribution, along with the quality checks they undergo and the manufacturer’s warranties that come with them, give us complete peace of mind when purchasing a top quality used vehicle from Motus Truck & Van.
As usual, PAV Haulage’s latest trucks are leased to Mercedes-Benz Finance. Dean Mills said:
“We like this method of acquisition because it allows us to establish a budget with confidence, knowing that there are no bad surprises in store.
We also have a great relationship with the dealer’s brilliant workshop team in West Thurrock. Their efficient and flexible back-up allows us to keep the fleet running smoothly, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.”