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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers January 2014:
Keep moving when the snow hits in a 4x4 double cab pick up
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: Volkswagen Amorak
- Safe bet: Great Wall Steed
- Used star: 2004- 2005 Mitsubishi L200 4life
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “My top of the shop, money no object, 4x4 double cab pick-up is the Volkswagen Amorak. The new Ford Ranger ‘Wildtrak’ and Toyota Hilux ‘Invincible’ push it close, and are available with more extras than many luxury cars, but for best resale value the Amorak is the one to go for. Just as good as a reliable ‘car’ or as a work horse, the 180bhp model with DSG gearbox and highline specification is the one to have. There’s even a Blue Motion model for the fuel conscious. There are very few Amoraks in the used market and you’ll have to give almost as much for a 12 month old one as a brand new one. So 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 4x4 worth paying a premium for.
“If you want a safe bet double cab pick-up to run for longer than just the winter then a Great Wall Steed will do the job. Because the Chinese brand is still making a name for itself in the UK, a two-year-old one should only set you back about £11,500-£12,000+VAT. If you have a bigger budget then the choice is phenomenal – a Ford Ranger ‘Wildtrak’ with all the toys on board, a Mitsubishi L200 ‘Barbarian’ with leather interior and alloys, or a Nissan Navara for something a bit bigger. All these will push the budget to around the £14,000-£15,000 mark. The better the spec, the better the resale value. 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 practical and affordable 2004- 2005 Mitsubishi L200 4Life. One of these should be available for around the £5,000+VAT mark with sensible miles, air conditioning and electric windows. You won’t find many Nissan or Toyota models of the same age in this price range as they have good export value. When it comes to negotiating on price, remember, as well as revealing a vehicle’s history, MyCarCheck.com also provides vehicle valuations – a great tool for haggling with dealers or private sellers.”
As to market trends, Hill commented: “The December marketplace was strong almost until the last day, with many trade buyers out looking for bargains or anything worth the money. One auction house even had a sale on Christmas Eve to try and catch the last of the buyers.
“January started slowly, with the bad weather persisting, but should gradually build up as the month progresses. For the first half of the year we expect values to remain high, as stock will again be thin on the ground.
“As such, we have made only slight adjustments to values for January. Early in the year there will be an influx of fresh stock that the trade will snap up for retail. As we edge towards the end of the first quarter we will be back to similar stock levels but still strong values, with anything a little different making all the money.
“Small vans are good news as they are few and far between. Ford Fiesta is the most common and the trade is working out where to be with the new model. Any Fiesta Sport and Trend models will make ready to retail (RTR) values all day long.
“Vauxhall Corsa is about with some blue ones finding homes with ease. However, Vauxhall Astra van is now starting to struggle for retail buyers – although looking a little dated, it represents good value for money. The 150bhp Sportive model is still very good news if you can find one.
“There are quite a few Ford Transit Connect facelift models about and again, if clean and tidy, these make RTR values. We set an average value for scruffy examples.
“Most of the dark blue Volkswagen Caddy models have gone into the trade now. The good news is the next batch will be light blue and 104PS with a good specification, so an easy sell to retail buyers even if the colours aren't to everybody's taste.
“The last of the media company Vauxhall Vivaros in the market are sure to be snapped up by the trade. Although these will have a few more miles on them, they will still sell well because of their condition. Citroën Dispatch from the same home is widely available, so values should be monitored.
“Ford Transit short wheelbase high roofs, again from a media company, are in demand, with values still strong. A bit of extra specification helps Volkswagen Transport to sell.
“Larger vans are starting to thin out with Fiat Ducato long and high making as much as the Ford Transit equivalent. That is down to supply and demand. Iveco Daily 3950wb vans are popular if you can get a tidy one with sensible miles.
“In terms of chassis cab derivatives, anything long wheelbase has the trade fighting to buy them. A 14ft drop side will have everybody’s attention when offered for sale and the same goes for Lutons.
“The 4x4 sector is still stable and the inclement weather should gee this market up a little. Don’t expect great increases in values though as there’s plenty of stock to please everyone.”
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