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Capelwood taps into Mercedes-Benz Sprinters

Posted: Thursday 18th November 2010

Maidstone-based water engineering specialist Capelwood Utilities has built a reputation for the quality, speed and reliability of its service – so it’s no surprise that the fast-growing company relies on Mercedes-Benz vans.

The latest arrivals from Sittingbourne dealer Sparshatts of Kent are four Medium-length Mercedes-Benz Sprinter 313CDIs. All represent extensions to the Capelwood Utilities fleet, which now numbers 24 vehicles and is dominated by the three-pointed star.

Established in 2004, the company offers a 24-hour, seven days-a-week service to both commercial, municipal and domestic customers, covering the installation and overhaul of water mains and the identification and repair of leaks.

Its 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinters carry specialised moling and thrust boring equipment, as well as other tools and pipes, and are used by Capelwood’s highly trained teams of engineers to attend job sites throughout southern England.

Managing Director Paul Capon said: “We bought our first Mercedes-Benz in 2006 and haven’t looked back since. The vans are work very hard but our Sprinters have proved more than equal to the job, strong, well-built, and very reliable.

“Sparshatts also provide a first-class service,” he continued. “The dealer’s sales executive Tony Kitchen and his colleagues are nice people to deal with.”

In addition to its 20 Sprinters, the firm also runs a pair of smaller, 2.7-tonne Mercedes-Benz Vito vans. One, a Vito 120CDI Sport Dualiner model with a second row of seats, metallic silver paintwork and alloy wheels, was supplied by Sparshatts in May and now serves as Mr Capon’s personal transport.

“My nine-year-old son Tommy competes in motocross events through the south-east and it’s a doddle to get his bike and other gear in and out of the back of the van,” explained Mr Capon. “But the Vito Sport is also a great looking vehicle and, with the automatic gearbox, lovely to drive – that 204hp V6 offers plenty of performance.

“I’m conscious too, that Mercedes-Benz vans are among the safest vehicles on the road which is another important part of their appeal, given our Duty of Care obligations to staff.”

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