Customer Testimonials – New Sales
Marc Copson, MAC Surfacing
“Thank you Tony Biddlestone for the outstanding service, especially given the climate we are in. Very happy with today’s delivery.”
Jon Sutton, Transport Manager, Simec Transport Limited
“Just want to say thank you for getting me this truck literally within a week from order to collection. Especially I’d like to say thank you to Richard Woodland.
“The truck is performing well against its counterparts. We run all loads on maximum capacity at 44t, therefore performance and fuel consumption are highly important for me. Currently the R500 is performing better than the rest and to top it off she looks great in our colours. Once again, thank you to Keltruck.”
Steve Allison, Portable Offices (Hire) Limited
“Today was my first real trip in my awesome new Scania 500S. Man alive what a truck! What a difference! I’ve had Scania now for 12 years, my last being a 60 plate 440 R Series. She has been an absolute joy to drive and night out in but now I’ve been given the chance to jump ahead some 10 years with this new beauty and how Scania have progressed in such a positive and unbelievable leap into the future. I can honestly say I’ve never driven anything like this. Talk about ‘Driver & truck become one’! Well done Scania & special thanks to Tony Biddlestone & crew at Keltruck West Bromwich and Truck & Marine Cranes at Cheadle, Staffs.”
Jason Reeves, Logistics Manager, Envirowales Limited
“Having been driving a variety of truck makes since I passed my test in 1994 it has always been Scania that stood out for me. But it’s not all about the truck itself – as a Transport Manager you expect the economy and the technology that comes with a Scania, but just as important is the sales process and the aftersales services etc. I have to say that Keltruck Scania Caldicot has been outstanding in the two years that I have been with my present company. We have a small fleet, all but one are Scanias and delivery of sales, servicing, customer engagement has been top class, even when it comes to accessories that Keltruck/Scania do not sell, the staff at Caldicot have led me in the right direction. Big hands up to ‘our Rachael’ at Caldicot, as me and my drivers/staff call her – Rachael never fails to help out. The same goes for Chris who is as helpful as they come.
“What I dislike in a sales guy is pressure selling and the nonsense that comes with it. I’d rather not buy than put up with that but Richard Woodland is totally the opposite – honest and relaxed sales techniques with fantastic aftersales support. I can’t wait for my next new purchase. Keltruck Scania Caldicot makes my life easier. Keep it up guys – I know you will.”
John Wragg, Transport Manager & Driver, Armstrong Contracts (Chesterfield) Limited
“We recently took delivery of our new Scania XT S650 V8. I drive this vehicle and what a pleasure it is to drive. A great job done by Calum Crooks in the build of it.”
John Joseph Donovan, JJX Logistics
We are the proud owners of one of Scania’s Silver Knights – Sir Lucan the Butler.
It’s a massive investment for us and it will earn its keep by travelling all over the UK and Europe collecting and delivering various kinds of goods.
This V8 650 is absolutely stunning, and we are glad to have added it to our fleet!
Thank you to Tony Biddlestone at Keltruck for helping us get our hands on one of these. Great service, much appreciated.
Lee Batchelor, Batch Plant Limited
Batchelor was so impressed by Keltrucks Cardiff’s Richard Woodland and the Scania’s specification that he was happy to wait for the truck he was determined to buy. To do so cost about £210,000… It will be maintained by Keltruck because, says Batchelor: “I want someone to look after it like it’s their own and I trust Keltruck to do that.”
Neil Buckley, Cargo Express
“Just wanted to take a couple of minutes to let you know how appreciative we are of the time Jarrod has spent here for the two days over the last two weeks.
“Every driver who has gone out with Jarrod has shown improved figures on their second run after Jarrod has assessed their driving styles and passed on his knowledge of how to get the best out of the tractor unit.
“Every driver has come back very enthusiastic to, going forward, put what they have learnt, into their general driving for us from now on.
“Please pass on our thanks to Jarrod.”
Conor Bartlett, JJ Bartlett Haulage Limited
“Our latest Scania V8 has got plenty of pulling power and is well on top of the job. And that makes for a relaxed, comfortable ride, which is important. The reason we went for a V8 is that we wanted a flagship for the fleet. Both dad and I really like this particular generation R-series, and as we hadn’t bought a truck for a while so we went for it while we could. And it’s great – reliable, drives beautifully and we get great backup from our local dealer, Keltruck Coventry.”
Gavin Griffiths, Gavin Griffiths Recycling Limited
“The local dealer [Keltruck] is just down the road at Cross Hands, and now they give good service. It hasn’t always been like that, but things have definitely improved [since Keltruck acquired Silurian Scania]. Also, the sales contact Peter Harris does a superb job. He keeps in close contact with us, works really hard to ensure that any new trucks we have are exactly right, and tells us if there are any issues, rather than trying to sweep things under the carpet.
“Because of this I decided to try the new model 8-wheelers. As mentioned, we go for a high specification and try to look after the driver. The 500hp engine is on top of the job and gives excellent fuel consumption. The latest figures show over 9mpg when running with the trailer, and it is comfortably over 8mpg when running on local work close to our depot. I anticipate the residual value will be strong because of the specification, and because the driver looks after it so well.”
Adrian Lake, Operations Manager, Spiers & Hartwell Limited
“Since the delivery of our next generation Scania S500s we have experienced improved fuel efficiency with an average increase of 12% across the fleet.”
George Stevenson, Driver, Spiers & Hartwell Limited
“I have driven the Scania 3 series, 4 series & R series. When I got the keys to my new Scania S500 I wondered if it would live up to its predecessors. It does. By the truckload! The best truck I have ever driven for driver comfort, economy. Simply the best.”
Byron Davies, Section Leader, ALDI Cardiff
“Good support, great reliability and liked by our drivers.”
Gareth Jones, Operations Manager, John Jones & Son Limited
“We are very impressed with the next generation Scania product. The comfort and driveability is the best we have experienced so far and looks great in our colours/livery too. The fuel economy in both the sweeper and tipper is really impressive.”
Rod Harris, owner, Reynolds Recruitment
“Quite simply the best truck I have ever driven!”
Jamie Whale, National Fleet & Transport Manager, Generation UK
“The new vehicles are performing very well and the initial improvement of 2mpg over the previous vehicles makes a huge difference.
“I found the whole process from quote to order to final delivery seamless. The support given from the Keltruck sales team was fantastic, with a can-do attitude.”
Jeremy Stone, Procurement Manager, M. Lambe Construction
“The team are delighted with the acquisition. It’s a very durable and tough powerhouse.”
Jordan Pike, Director, Monex Group Ltd
“For over 30 years, Scania and Keltruck have delivered great support to Monex Group giving us high utilisation and longevity of the product.”
Maurice Hudson, Hudsons of Dudley Limited
“Scania lorries & Keltruck back-up are an unbeatable combination.”
Simon Griffiths, Owner, Smiths Heavy Haulage
“We recently came back to Scania mainly due to our excellent relationship with Keltruck, and in particular with Andrew Long, their regional general manager. Keltruck’s service is first class, and they have the same values as our family run business.
“We chose our earlier R620 from Keltruck because we were impressed with its manual gearbox and the fact that the configuration was already type approved.
“We are extremely happy with the look and performance of the new R730. The purchase and configuration could not have been smoother. The help and assistance from Keltruck was first class. The driver is over the moon – he said that changing up through the gears pulling up a steep hill was like silk!”
Jonathan Bull, J P Bull Transport & The Kilpeck Inn
“Keltruck Limited is our service provider of choice.”
Jamie McCulloch, W H Higgins & Sons
“100,000km in 9 months fault free, average fuel 9.30 MPG majority of time fully loaded, 31tn payload.”
Gerri Norris, Operations Manager, S & G Soils
“We have bought and run used Scania vehicles before and have always found them very reliable. Peter Harris of Keltruck put a purchase package which included a full repair and maintenance programme, and I’m extremely happy with the product and service from Keltruck Cardiff.”
Pat Sexton, Managing Director, West Coast Haulage Limited
“Scania has proven to be the best vehicle for our work & we love dealing with Keltruck people. They provide us with 100% backup & deliver a robust service that is second to none.”
Nick Matthews, General Manager, Pentalver Group
“We are delighted to bring an additional fifty-two vehicles to our fleet, demonstrating both our ongoing investment to the UK road haulage industry and the strength of our relationship with Keltruck and Scania.
“Critically, the new vehicles provide great fuel economy and deliver in excess of 10mpg, an impressive 1mpg improvement over our existing vehicles. The ‘R’ series also provides a spacious cab for drivers as well as a range of safety features including forward facing cameras and nearside proximity sensors for cycle and pedestrian safety.”
Phil & Dave Spittle, Pro-Clean Industrial Services Limited
“As a small- to medium sized company we must have a reliable service for our customers, so without any doubt we will always buy Scania trucks. They are extremely reliable and fuel efficient and we receive excellent service from Keltruck’s West Bromwich depot.”
Steve Lomas, JLF Moving Solutions Limited
“Keltruck are second-to-none.”
Paul Griffiths, C. W. Griffiths & Sons
“We are delighted with the payload & great fuel consumption of this pure SCR engine which is far better than any other Euro 6 operating in our quarry.”
Tom Prichard, Tom Prichard Contracting Limited
“I’m very pleased with the fuel economy on the new Scania [G410CB8X4MHZ] tippers that were recently supplied by Keltruck. In addition we are seeing improved fuel economy in the Terex Finlay J-1160 stone crusher which is also conveniently powered by a Scania industrial engine.”
Matt Harby, Harby’s Haulage
“Superior torque working with a high speed rear axle ratio allows us to cruise on the speed limiter in the green torque band which is producing excellent fuel returns for our business.”
Neil Evans, NR Evans & Son Limited
“We have seen improved fuel consumption with our new Scania R450 SCR vehicles equipped with Scania OnBoard control telematics. This is a testament to the continuous development of the Scania product.”
Anne Gifford, Giffords Recycling Limited
“Thank you for these lovely new Scania tractor units which look fabulous. All-in-all very positive feedback from the drivers. Let’s hope they look after them!”
Scott Davenport, S L Davenport Haulage
“We are very impressed with the performance of the 410 euro 6 engine in the 6×4 chassis and as for the fuel consumption, that just gets better. We are getting figures of around 10-11 mpg, even had as high as 12 mpg. I very much doubt as things stand we will be changing any of our five Scania tippers for any other make.”
Gary Worrall, Fleet Manager, Pentalver Cannock Limited
“Our Scania R450SCR demonstration vehicle from Keltruck has returned 10mpg. This is a 1mpg improvement over our existing vehicles.”
Callum Harris, MLC Transport
“We are currently finding our Scania 450SCR the best we’ve ever had on fuel. It has beaten our current V8s as well as our DAF Euro 6 trucks by a staggering 3mpg a week on similar work.”
Kevin Watson, M.D., K&S Transport, Chesterfield
“Our latest Scania V8 vehicle has exceeded our expectations.”
Ian Harries, Gerald D. Harries & Sons Limited
“Keltruck’s Andrew Long has established a good working relationship with us. He has dealt with us with a genuine interest in our business and he has a tremendous insight to what makes us tick. In light of this we are discussing the acquisition of further units and I would never hesitate in recommending Andrew and Keltruck to others.”
Penny Cregan, P & P Cregan Limited
“The truck’s fuel economy has been exceptional.
“It’s great being back with a manual gearbox, too!”
Jordan Pike, MCL Logistics
“We have a very good working relationship with Keltruck and Caldicot, our local depot, where we receive a very good service.
“The Scania brand is excellent and we have never suffered a breakdown, so we would highly recommend the product.
“Richard Woodland has been helpful and enthusiastic and always caters to our requirements, sometimes at the drop of a hat.”
Terry Hicks, Managing Director, Hicks Logistics
“The Scania brand has always been reliable and trustworthy with, of course, good residual values.”
Mike A. Ponsonby, M. A. Ponsonby Limited
“I’ve really stuck with Scania. The Ponsonby family has a longstanding relationship with both Keltruck and Chris Kelly himself, which dates back to the 1980s.
“The drivers love them – which helps retain the sort of people we desperately need in this industry – and for our type of work they’re also good on fuel.”
Mike J. Ponsonby, Company Secretary, M. A. Ponsonby Limited
“Scania Trucks offer the best value for money in my experience because, overall, they represent the lowest R&M costs, the best residual values and excellent MPG, all of which are now major factors in maintaining profitable truck operations in the UK. This means that Scania offers the lowest whole life costs so far as I am concerned and is precisely why I have continued to purchase this cost-effective marque from Keltruck Limited since 1983.”
Mark Langton, Director of Operations, UDG
“We cover all UK deliveries from our base at South Normanton so UDG’s drivers are often on nights out, two to three a week in some instances. One of the key driver requests was a higher cab to give the drivers the space to stand up in the cab when getting changed, a fridge and plenty of cupboard space. In the main the drivers preference was Scania over other manufacturers. The fact that the current model doesn’t require AdBlue was another major factor in UDG’s decision making.
“UDG have received very good service from Keltruck over the years and this, coupled with their close proximity to the UDG depots, make servicing and defect rectification easy to manage.”
Darren Watts, Transport Manager, Green Hill Construction Limited
“I have dealt with Keltruck for a number of years, initially with Dave Morgan who always took time to provide an excellent service and guidance, fulfilling our needs and requirements. Richard Woodland has now taken over and provides us with a very good service. Would highly recommend.”
Jim Gayton, Transport & Planning Manager, Hy-Line UK Limited
“Keltruck have supplied and serviced our trucks for a number of years. During this time we have found their service and customer support outstanding and we look forward to this continuing.”
John Evans, Contracts Manager at DHL Supply Chain, c/o Rhodia UK Ltd
“DHL Supply Chain have recently put three brand new Scania R420 tractors onto a contract hauling molten sulphur, running from an operating centre in Bromsgrove. The trucks are double manned and worked intensively and we greatly appreciate the support and flexibility of Keltruck Droitwich in maintaining the tractors to fit in with our operations. Keltruck Droitwich are always able to accommodate us at short notice, and get our trucks back out on the road in a timely manner.”
Antony Hopkinson, Managing Director, CMEC Demolition Limited
“Like all our equipment the research and planning that went into this truck started 12 months ago. We are pleased that there is no AdBlue to worry about as we see this as an operational constraint. This truck and trailer combination certainly gives us the flexibility in moving not only our waste containers around two at a time, but our plant and equipment too, making this a very versatile vehicle. We think we are running the best truck on the market and this vehicle certainly is a head turner.”
David Curnock, Managing Director, David Curnock Limited
“We chose these new vehicles to replace a few older vehicles in our fleet. I am pleased to say that we have a very good working relationship with Keltruck.”
Charlie Fisher, Transport Manager, Countrywide Farmers PLC
“Scania’s whole-life costs are significantly better than their rivals and Countrywide’s relationship with Keltruck is second-to-none. We operate our vehicles in specialist markets and cannot source replacement vehicles easily, therefore reliability, back up support and knowledge is key to our relationship.”
David Rowlingson, Managing Director, Alwin Limited
“The specification of ALW 11N was chosen to create and promote a great image of our company. The replacement G Cab is the first G Cab we are entering into our fleet as recommended by Gary Hughes. We believe it will be a fantastic all round truck allowing 44 tonne operations by drawbar, off-road capability by its 6×4 configuration and its long distance capability because of its sleeper compartment.
“I first started working with Keltruck in 2001 when I bought my first ever Scania and, since 2005, I have been dealing with Gary. Our relationship has grown with amazing strength and reliability. The Scania brand has proven to be a great product and is always on my list for additions or replacements.
“I find the Scania V8 a fabulous and comfortable vehicle which is effortless to drive.”
Gary Ruston-Shaw, CMT Tube Fittings
“Gary Hughes’s help and enthusiasm was never ending, always available, helpful and suggestive of modifications and improvements we could make, particularly on the body builder, who I am pleased to say has done an excellent job. My driver is more than happy with his choice of vehicle and, from a personal and company point of view, I am confident that the best value for the money available has been achieved, again all down to the help and enthusiasm for the sale by Gary.”
Robbie Thacker, Managing Director, Bedworth Haulage Company Limited
“We always prefer a Scania and the residual value is excellent when you come to re-sell. The reports we have received back regarding this particular model from other hauliers we know who run them have been good. We have a great relationship with Keltruck.”
Steve Davis, Transport Manager, Holland & Barrett Limited
“We have a very good working relationship with Keltruck on all levels. Our respective Keltruck depot is Burton where the staff are very helpful and understand the pressures on us regarding down time and vehicle availability. Keltruck Burton is very close to our premises so the service they provide is like having our own garage on site.”
Ray Hingley, Sr., A. Hingley (Transport) Limited
“For our operation Scania have got this truck completely right – low entry cabs which suit our drivers, not to mention the ability to get a 30t payload… Yes, I think the price of the truck matches the standard.”
“Our relationship with Keltruck goes back many years, from sales through to service. I know if I ask for something they deliver. They go out of their way to work with us.”
Martin Checketts, Transport Manager, ICS Distribution
“When comparing Scania with other manufacturers their contract hire package came out on top. Both in terms of costs, quality, aftersales geography and also our relationship with Keltruck.”
Keith Ryan, Transport Manager, AAH Pharmaceuticals
“We have a great working relationship with all the staff at Keltruck Tamworth. We work as a partnership rather than just a customer, supplier basis.
“It takes effective communication from both parties to ensure we get the right results at the end of the day.”
Dave Mobbs, Despatch & Transport Manager, Utopia Furniture Limited
“Having had a complete fleet of Scanias for the past twelve years, we believe that we have a proven track record that these vehicles offer the image, comfort and reliability necessary to meet our high demands.
“We have dealt with Keltruck for the last 12 years and have found that the level of service offered, whether at Keltruck Head Office at West Bromwich or Keltruck Willenhall, is of the highest standard. Together with all various departments – sales, after sales and service – they have developed an understanding of our requirements that completely simplifies our communication both daily and long-term.”
Mark Kemp, Transport Manager, UKF Stainless Limited
“UKF Stainless has a really good relationship with Keltruck Droitwich and also with Tony Biddlestone at Keltruck West Bromwich. They really do look after us.”
Guy Stripp, Operations Director, Power Plane Limited
“We have an excellent relationship with Russ Kelly. Scania and Keltruck perform to a high level.”
Darren Hardy, Marketing Manager, Joseph Merritt Group plc
“Joseph Merritt Group has worked alongside Keltruck for approximately thirty years. We have found Keltruck to be extremely accommodating, professional and reasonably priced in all aspects of their work from new vehicle sales all the way through to service.”
Steve Bird, Transport Manager, Consort Limited
“Consort Ltd recently placed an order for six 18 tonne rigid vehicles replacing existing vehicles also supplied by Keltruck.
“Although the price of the new vehicles had to be competitive, as it was, the service we have received on our existing vehicles has been outstanding and the decision to ‘move’ to another supplier/manufacturer would have been difficult and disappointing. Our drivers appreciate the vehicles. Fuel consumption is good. The reliability has been outstanding.
“Thanks to all, particularly ‘our’ salesman, Steve Fletcher, and your fantastic maintenance depot at Sutton in Ashfield, both admin and maintenance. Long may our relationship continue.”
Andrew Benson, Chairman, Benson Group
“As an established Scania operator, we have long viewed the marque as a statement of quality which very much reflects our own core values. In terms of the new generation Scania EGR Euro 5 vehicles, having researched the market and conducted our own extensive fuel trials, we are extremely impressed by their fuel efficiency. Our operating experience means Scania’s reliability and performance are already well proven within our operation and the fuel efficiency of the new Euro 5 range has compounded our satisfaction in the brand as it will enable us to further reduce our carbon footprint.”
Chris Hartwell, Spiers & Hartwell Limited
“Scania has long been recognised for its low overall costs & reliability but, on the rare occasion we have encountered difficulties, Keltruck have dealt with them impeccably, understanding our needs & resulting in a mutually strong trading relationship for more than 30 years.”
Neil Crossley, Managing Director, Solihull Transport
“The reliability of the Scania brand and the excellent after sales service offered by Keltruck has lead to Scania being the number one choice for Solihull Transport.”