SLUG: Are all the vans new? Where do you get the vans and how much do they typically go for?
JCBV: Our vans can come new or used. Manufactures recommend to not pull anything before your van has hit 5k miles because the transmission needs to break in. Since most bands pull a trailer, it seems to be a smart idea to avoid brand new vans with under 5k miles. Most of our vans come from auctions all over the nation. As far as price, we will go as high as you are prepared to go, but we won’t typically sell something under $2,500. We like to be thorough when inspecting our vans and like to make the necessary alterations it takes in order to make sure they are “tour ready.”
SLUG: It is a well-known fact that band folk are some the most ungodly, self-serving, horrible people alive. What made you want to deal with them any more than you may have already?
JCBV: Well it takes one to know one. We can smell our own I guess. It seems like if you are in a band, people come crawling out of the woodwork to exploit you, so we band folk can come off as abrasive. But when JCBV helps your band out, it comes from a good place and we really do end up saving bands lots of money. I guess we hit that band’s hard to find soft spot instead of hitting them in the sack.
SLUG: What bands are JCBV employees in?
JCBV: Jared Rodabaugh is currently in the Dallas, TX band Bring Forth The Fallen. Micah Merz plays in Orem, Utah post-hardcore band Seize the Day.
To get in contact e-mail email@example.com or visit jeanclaudebandvans.com, coming later this month. Their shop is located in Orem at 1135 North State St. Anyone who sends a band their direction and they end up buying, gets $200 courtesy of JCBV.