Frequently Asked Questions
Who Are Red Kite?
Red Kite are an independent limited company established in 1982 by the father and son team of Dan and John Maskell. Dan having been involved in the specialist minibus conversions since leaving the HM Royal Navy in 1965 had a wealth of experience and knowledge to pass on. John’s brother, David, joined Red Kite in 1989 to continue in the family tradition. Dan later retired in 2000 with John and David taking the company on to new heights.
Why Choose Red Kite?
For over three decades experience supplying the nations schools and colleges Red Kite are a totally independent minibus supplier. We offer impartial advice and unbeatable customer nationwide service. We are also fully accredited Peugeot minibus conversion specialists. Having taken delivery of your minibus we offer a nationwide full back up and after sales support service.
What Minibuses do you supply?
We supply most makes and models including
Peugeot, Ford, Renault, Mercedes, VW, Citreon, Fiat, Iveco
Do you only sell new minibuses?
Red Kite own and operate a large fleet of minibuses, we therefore have a continuous supply of late low mileage one owner pre owned stock. All vehicles are fully refurbished/serviced and given a new class 5 MOT prior to sale. Every used minibus is covered by our unique 12 months or 12,000 mile No Quibble Warranty. We also have a good business relationship with major vehicle manufacturers and can always source almost new vehicles with great savings on new prices.
Where are you based?
We are based on the Hampshire/Dorset border but operate a nationwide service from our purpose built premises.
Do you only sell minibuses?
No although Red Kite specialise in the sale of minibuses we also offer a complete vehicle solutions package.
Can I visit your premises?
Yes. With pleasure please call 01202 375081 to arrange a visit.
Can I see a minibus before I order?
Yes. With pleasure. Please click on arrange a demonstration and complete as necessary. We will call you back to confirm all arrangements.
How do I order a minibus?
A. Click on the quotation button.
B. We will then send you a quotation based on the information you have given.
C. At the bottom of the quotation is a place for you to sign accepting the quotation, simply fax back the quote to us.
Do I have to pay a deposit?
We do not normally ask for a deposit unless your vehicle specification or vehicle colour is unique to your organisation. We will make this clear to you prior to ordering.
How do I pay for my minibus?
To assist with your purchase Red Kite have a wide choice of financial
options to choose from including Lease and Contract Hire Plans as well as outright purchase.
Do you deliver my minibus or can I collect?
You are welcome to collect your vehicle from our premises where you can meet the after sales support team that will be your onward point of contact. Alternatively we will deliver your new minibus to your school on a pre arranged date.
Can I drive a 17 seat minibus on a B1 driving licence?
All new fully type approved 17 seat minibuses have a GVM in excess of 3,500 KG and you will thus require a D1 driving licence
Which is the most popular minibus?
Our biggest selling minibus is the Peugeot Boxer.
The Boxer offers superior versatility and will adapt to your ever changing needs.
A large side door gives easy access to the rear saloon area.
This vehicle is designed and is built by Red Kite specifically for school use.
The pre formed interior is very hard wearing and easy to keep clean.
Where do you source your Peugeot Boxers?
All of our Peugeot’s are UK supplied.
We have a very good business relationship with Peugeot Motor Company UK.
We hold a large bank stock to cut down vehicle delivery time to our customers.
Where do you source your Ford Transit Minibus?
All Ford minibuses are UK supplied and sourced.
We hold a large bank stock of Ford 14 and 17 seat minibuses to cut down vehicle delivery time to our customers.
Where do you source you new Renault minibuses?
We have established a professional working relationship with Renault UK and have access to their bank stock minibuses. We can normally deliver vehicles from stock within 10 working days.
What flooring system do you use?
The Red Kite Peugeot Boxer is fitted with the Innotrax fully tested and certified flooring system. This allows us to provide a removable seat option if required.
Can I have a wheelchair Accessible Peugeot Boxer?
The Red Kite Peugeot Boxer is an ideal choice for wheelchair access.
Can I have a wheelchair Accessible Ford?
Not on the standard factory minibus. However we can design and build a wheelchair accessible high roof minibus for wheelchair access.
Will I be able to carry a wheelchair in the Renault Minibus?
Due to the floor design the standard vehicle is not as suitable for adaptation to carry wheelchairs. However we are able to discuss and order a conversion best suited to your individual requirements.
What warranty do I get with a new Peugeot minibus?
Peugeot 36 month/100,000 miles warranty.
What warranty do I get with a new Ford minibus?
Ford 36 month/100,000 miles warranty.
What warranty do I get with a new Renault minibus?
Your vehicle is covered by a warranty package for up to 48 months. The first 2 years are unlimited mileage, followed by a further 2 years of up to 100,000 miles. Your Dealer is able to repair or replace, without charge, parts that are found to have a material or assembly defect that is recognised by Renault. Please see the warranty terms and conditions for further details.
Can I have a choice of colours?
White, Blue and Silver are normally ex stock colours. Other colours are available as a factory order. The ex stock Renault Minibus is normally white, another nine colours are also available to order.
Are your minibuses speed limited?
In accordance with the law, all of our minibuses are speed limited to 62mph.
Would you be able to put my organisations name, logo, telephone number and web address on the side of the minibus?
Yes we can with pleasure; all we need is an electronic copy of your logo together with any details you require. We will then supply you with a fully detailed coloured image of how your new minibus will look.
Will you bring a demonstration minibus for me to view and if necessary test drive?
We offer a full nationwide service and will bring your preferred minibus to your premises for everybody to fully evaluate.
Do you supply accessible minibuses?
We realise that this is a very specialist market and have a dedicated special vehicle options team with a wealth of knowledge to advise and guide you.
Do I have a choice of tail lift?
We supply tail lifts from the following manufacturers: PLS, Ratcliffe, Ricon and Dhollandia.
Whoose wheelchair fixings do you recommend?
Red Kite work very closely with Unwin Safety Systems with the development and testing of products. We are an approved Unwins installation specialist and as such recommend and use their wheelchair restraints and fixings.
For further information on Unwin Safety Systems product range click on the link here
What is an Urbie?
The Red Kite Urbie is a very comprehensive and versatile Mobile Outreach Vehicle
Why is the Urbie so popular?
Urbie was designed to go out into the community to give help and advice as required a, smaller manageable vehicle means that almost any person would be confident to drive it.
What’s inside an Urbie?
That is really up to you and your specific requirements, previous vehicles include:
• Mobile Classrooms
• Police surveillance units
• Police riot vehicles
• Mobile recording studios
• Mobile radio stations
• Pop group transport
• Mobile first aid units
• Meals on wheels units
• Mobile dog grooming units
How can I get a quote?
Please click the get a quotation button or alternatively call the team on 01202 375081 to further discuss your requirements in greater detail.
Can I have mobile Internet Access?
Yes, there are a number of options to suit all budgets.