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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers Dec 2013:
Transit Trend, Caddy & NV 400 praised as best seasonal bargains
MyCarCheck.com - the UK’s No.1 consumer vehicle data provider - has saved millions of people from making an expensive used car mistake. In these monthly bulletins its light commercial vehicle (LCV) expert reveals significant trends in the UK market and suggests three wise buys.
- Highly desirable: Ford Transit Trend (outgoing short wheelbase)
- Safe bet: VW Caddy (104bhp+ models)
- Used star: Nissan NV 400
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “The outgoing Ford Transit short wheelbase has a great reputation and those with the Trend specification are the prime choice. When new these probably cost around £800 more for the extras – electric windows, air conditioning, front fog lamps etc. – but used examples now command an additional £1,500 compared to a standard model. They often have low mileage too, so as long as you carry out a history check to ensure the one you’re looking at is what it claims to be – for instance, that it hasn’t been clocked and isn’t still on finance – then this is a van worth paying a premium for.
“In terms of vans that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than the Volkswagen Caddy, but is has to be at least a 104bhp model. These small vans are usually well looked after because the first owners tend to treat them like a car. They are a popular van to customise and if you can find a 140bhp model with a DSG automatic gearbox then that’s the one to buy. It’s always worth checking to make sure it hasn’t been stolen or written off though, especially when buying privately.
“For our ‘used star’ this month I’ve chosen the Nissan NV 400. These are not high on the shopping list of many new van buyers, but it shares the platform with the Renault Master and Vauxhall Movano. The list price on a new long wheelbase 125bhp SE is around the £25k mark, but 12-month old, sub-10,000 mile examples can be found for almost £10k less. When it comes to negotiating on price, remember, as well as revealing a van’s history, MyCarCheck.com also provides vehicle valuations – a great tool for haggling with dealers or private sellers.”
As to market trends, Hill commented: “December is traditionally a quiet month and some of the major leasing companies are getting smart and holding stock over until January, when the market always picks up.
“Meanwhile, consumers and trade buyers will be looking for those elusive seasonal bargains from vendors that dump stock to make their year-end balance sheets look good.
“In terms of small vans, Ford Fiestas from an energy utility company are selling better in white than orange – they are of a good specification with air conditioning and parking sensors. Vauxhall Corsa is a little thin on the ground, so even a few petrol derivatives are finding homes.
“Peugeot 207 van values are down a little this month, simply due to the number of them in the market at the moment. Vauxhall Combo old model remains very popular, with values holding firm. SE and crew van models are most desirable and the new model Combo has also started filtering through into the used market.
“Its sister van, the Fiat Doblo, is also popular but needs to be sub-70,000 miles to attract the retail buyer. Ford Connect is still good news and the new model about to hit showrooms is sure to be a winner – it looks really well built.
“Volkswagen Caddy needs to be watched as values are fluctuating according to local factors. Citroën Dispatch models are the latest vans to come from Sky with a big roof rack and internal racking – these have been wrapped from new so the bodywork is usually in great condition. They are finding homes easily.
“Mercedes Benz Vito is good news and Dualiner is even better, if you can find a low mileage example. Hyundai iLoad is slipping into the market and we have adjusted values up to reflect this. It is a good van that has retail appeal.
“Volkswagen Transporter will sell but, similar to Caddy, trade buyers are able to pick and choose. New Ford Transit Custom is becoming available and values are where we put them. As ever, the Trend and Limited models are the ones everybody wants. It’s the same in the other Ford Transit range – Sport and Trend are the models the retail man wants.
“The 4x4 market is picking up steam as we get the first cold snap. Even though we still have some volume from Mitsubishi and Toyota, all models and age ranges are finding buyers. At this time of year even a cheap tatty example will find a home, even if it’s just to be run until the weather breaks.”
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