Russell Langham, a franchisee of Jim’s Mobile Tyres, relies on an IVECO Daily 50C van to bring his services directly to the customers driving everything from passenger cars to commercial vehicles. He operates primarily in the suburbs of Melbourne and offers “tyre sales and fitting, puncture repairs, tyre rotations, emergency roadside breakdown repairs, tyre pressure checks, and fleet services,” according to IVECO. The Daily features a 3.0-litre engine that produces 170 horsepower and 430 newton metres of torque and a Hi-Matic eight-speed automatic transmission as well as Eagle tyre changers, an Eagle wheel balancer, air compressors, and jacks, and other miscellaneous tools, all of which are powered by an onboard inverter.
Form Meets Function
“The Daily has a sleek and modern appearance and is also well-specified with a range of safety equipment including Electronic Stability Program, four airbags, and front and rear disc brakes with ABS, and the suspended driver’s seat certainly enhances the driving experience,” says Langham. “I also wanted a full automatic transmission for a more relaxed driving experience – aside from being larger in size, the Daily’s just like driving a car and also had all the appointments I wanted such as sat nav, cruise control, reversing camera, a great climate control system and Bluetooth. With a GVM of 4,495 kilograms, it can be driven on a car licence while still providing all the carrying capacity I need for my equipment and stock.”
So Far, So Good
Langham has been working for Jim’s Mobile Tyres for more than 10 months, taking calls from customers, recommending various tyre brands, setting up a time and place for the fitting, and then working with distributors in Melbourne to offer quotes to customers “by the next working day,” IVECO says. So far, Langham is more than happy with his purchase. “I absolutely love driving the Daily and working for myself,” he says. “Prior to buying the Daily, I was aware that IVECO had a great reputation particularly across its light commercial range and this has definitely proven to be the case from my experience.”