Old vans are dying and small businesses are buying again
The Globe and Mail
To deliver bouquets in and around Washington, D.C., Karin’s Florist has two big vans, two small ones and a boxy little wagon that’s clinging to life.
After the Valentine’s Day rush, the Vienna, Va., business plans to get a new van to replace the wagon, a Toyota Scion xB with 180,000 miles (290,000 km) on it that has faithfully made its rounds since 2006.
“We’ve got it sewn together with rubber bands and paper clips,” said Maris Angolia, president of the family owned business named after her sister.
The van purchase, the second for Karin’s in the past four months, is evidence that small business owners — once too suspect of a wobbly economy to make big-ticket purchases — are starting to invest in their companies again. The willingness to spend is good news for the auto industry ...
Feb 27, 2014