Geek Squad Gets Some Sweet New Wheels

Sick and tired of seeing Geek Squadders rolling in those tired old VW Beetles? Then you’re in luck. Ford says they just made a deal to deliver around 1,000 new vans for use by the Best Buy nerd herd.

According to Ford, Best Buy will be getting 290 Transit Connect compact utility vans (pictured) for techs to deliver, install and service appliances. Then there are 738 E-Series vans that will be used for the box store’s home-theater installers.

Best Buy says the new vehicles are intended to improve overall efficiency by cutting down on fuel usage and providing techs with vehicles better outfitted to their specific needs for home visits.

Ford says it sees the Geek Squad deal as a chance to improve the visibility of the two vans, especially the relatively new Transit Connect.

Ford Vans Join Best Buy’s Geek Squad Fleet [WSJ]

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  1. KStrike155 says:

    “the new vehicles are intended to improve overall efficiency by cutting down on fuel usage”

    Really? The VW Beetles get approximately 30MPG on the highway, while the Transit Connect comes in at 25MPG highway.

    I can see the vehicles being better to haul stuff around in (and less feminine) but I don’t see fuel efficiency being a good reason.

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      At least the VW had style, albeit feminine style. These things look like service vehicles at a mall, parking garage, or warehouse district.

      Is the Transit Connect supposed to appeal to consumers? Or just businesses?

    • XianZhuXuande says:

      They might be intended to replace the vans Geeksquad already uses. In any case, a VW bug really isn’t the ideal solution for the type of work they do.

    • areaman says:

      Did the person who thought this up at Best Buy drink the punch or do they know it’s straight up untrue???

    • Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

      Is it possible they can haul more stuff around than a Beetle and the less frequent trips back to the warehouse/store are factored into the overall mileage calculation?

    • fredbiscotti says:

      From the WSJ Article: “The Transit Connects will be used instead of larger cargo vehicles by Geek Squad technicians who deliver, install and service home appliances. The E-Series vans will be used by home-theater installers.

      The agreement is part of Best Buy’s effort to improve the overall fuel economy of its vehicles. The company says it has reorganized its delivery routes and schedules so its technicians can move to smaller, lighter vehicles without reducing their work load. “

      Seriously, did you even bother to read the article, or are you just adamant about shooting off in the comments?

  2. chaesar says:

    “Best Buy says the new vehicles are intended to improve overall efficiency by cutting down on fuel usage and providing techs with vehicles better outfitted to their specific needs for home visits.”

    If you want efficiency get a Fiesta. And what kind of vehicle needs to be oufitted just to scan for porn?

  3. humphrmi says:

    OK I get the snark on VW, but the Ford Transit Connect is going to help them cut down on fuel usage vs. a VW Beetle? Really? I’m surprised.

    • MrEvil says:

      Best Buy is probably also eliminating alot of their larger Chevy Express vans in favor of a Transit Connect. Then you have to factor in that Geek Squad agents can’t hold much stuff AT ALL in a Bug (three of my friends at one point or another drove them) and they had little room for product inventory. In major metro areas the Agents are attached to a store, but they mostly work from home. So they do keep an inventory of commonly sold items in the trunk of the Bug. However, that doesn’t leave much room for tools or anything. A VW beetle is a stupid gimmick and has no place as a service vehicle, it’s just too impractical.

    • Battlehork says:

      “The Transit Connects will be used instead of larger cargo vehicles by Geek Squad technicians who deliver, install and service home appliances. “

  4. brinks says:

    So is the God Squad guy off the hook now?

  5. SkokieGuy says:

    The Connect is manufactured by Otosan in Turkey, and in Romania by Automobile Craiova.

  6. TXVR6 says:

    The only real benefit I can see is that they can carry more in these than the VW. I have never used Geek Squad though so I don’t know how much gear they typically carry. Perhaps they are cheaper to operate than the VW. Insurance, maintenance etc. *shrug*

  7. areaman says:

    Best Buy probably found in their customer surveys, their customers feel more comfortable getting ripped off by a person in a van .vs someone in a VW Bug.

    • admiral_stabbin says:

      They have some strange customers then. I would feel much more at home being ripped off by someone driving a car that has a vase built-in to the dash, versus a vehicle that could very well have a mattress in back.

  8. admiral_stabbin says:

    Old hat vans from Europe make a showing in the US. Lame.

    Personally, I think Geek Squad should have to drive Le Cars everywhere. Make it happen, Bricklin!

  9. FrugalFreak says:

    So where can we buy the disposed of VW Geek beetles?

  10. admiral_stabbin says:

    They have some strange customers then. I would feel much more at home being ripped off by someone driving a car that has a vase built-in to the dash, versus a vehicle that could very well have a mattress in back.

  11. Buckus says:

    I am betting those Transit Connects are more than capable of handling home theater installs, too. How about Fiesta’s to replace the Beetles, though? It’s not like your average computer install/repair requires more than a small set of tools and a USB drive/CD with utilities on it, and maybe a box of parts that can easily fit in the back of a Fiesta with the seats folded down.

  12. Julia789 says:

    I like the little “Nerd Herd” cars from the TV series Chuck. :-)

  13. Nigerian prince looking for business partner says:

    I don’t know what it is but I just trust guys in vans. Maybe Best Buy should paint them all white, including the back windows. They could even even instruct their employees to tell people that they have puppies in the back. It should be a good way of instilling confidence in their services.

  14. Battlehork says:

    Best Buy got tired of the White Van Speaker sellers in their parking lots so they got white vans of their own.

  15. ap0 says:

    New Beetles have 12ft^3 of cargo space. Transit connect vans have 135ft^3. I’d say the 5mpg is worth the 1000% increase in cargo space to them.

    • Buckus says:

      Good one.

    • MrEvil says:

      yeah, the VW Beetle may be a decent means of transportation but it is wholly inadequate as a service vehicle. Probably the worst service vehicle I can think of. The Chevy HHR panel which best Buy tried out at some stores was a step up. However the TC beats the heck out of it as well since it has sliding doors.

  16. The Steer says:

    I see the fuel savings. One truck roll. “…for techs to deliver, install and service appliances.”. Which makes sense. A couple months ago I received a surround sound system and installation as gift and the tech didn’t have the tools he needed to drill into my concrete walls. He had to go to where ever it was and get the proper tool.

  17. YouDidWhatNow? says:

    …considering the utter incompetence (and apparently sheer desperation) of anyone willing to work as a tech for Geek Squad, I fear for the public safety in general any time I see one of their vehicles on the road.

  18. MarvinMar says:

    Nerd Herd is a Buy More division,
    I’m calling CHUCK!

  19. jzzbassman says:

    I have one of these for my manager vehicle in the wholesale florist business. Great gas mileage as opposed to the E250 van it replaced and a surprising amount of room. It handles our local deliveries, bank runs, etc very well although I still need the 250′s and Sprinters for the higher volume routes.

    Bonus: as ugly as it is everyone thinks it is cool and asks about it. Bonus #2 it has a CD player and AUX input standard as opposed to the other Ford fleet vans which only have AM/FM.

  20. absurdist says:

    A fleet of Reliant Robins would have been much more appropriate…

  21. fairandbalanced says:

    Geeksquad has had vans for a long time.
    I always see them around houston.

  22. vaporland says:

    forget the new vans, how about a new name and logo, both of which are currently very lame…

  23. Draw2much says:

    Hey, they did one thing right! The 290 Transit Connect are sooo cooool! :3

  24. brandymb says:

    I don’t care what they’re driving, they ain’t touching none of my stuff!

  25. BoredOOMM says:

    First it was the rental fleets stuffed, now car sales are so bad, they have to resort to whatever it takes to get the metal off the lot. This is a bad sign of where the economy is still headed….