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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers April 2014:
Transit Jumbo, Sprinter & Maxus praised as values remain high
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 350 Jumbo
- Safe bet: Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
- Used star: LDV Maxus
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “If you’re looking for a big van then the Ford Transit 350 Jumbo is a highly desirable option. If you’re not fussed about the colour then there’s a batch in yellow and green in the market at the moment. They are mostly low mileage and in good condition. Incredibly, they cost about £3,500 less than an equivalent model in white. Even if you get it painted white you’d still be about £2,500 better off, or you can take the green wrap off the front and have a yellow van. The key is to do your homework, check the history and buy at the right price.
“In terms of vans that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter. Used demand far outstrips supply and long wheelbase models are the most sought after. As always, it is worth checking to make sure the one you’re looking at hasn’t been clocked or written off, especially when buying privately.
“The LDV Maxus is one of the cheapest vans in the used market. You can buy a 2008 long wheelbase for around the £3,000 mark. For reliable, easy to fix transport they represent great value for money in the current climate. When it comes to negotiating, 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: “March was as predicted with most values remaining high. As always, anything different with low mileage will sell well. The trade is scouring the market for price range stock, which is increasing in value due to scarcity. April will continue along these lines.
“In terms of small vans, the general shortage of good quality stock continues, so values remain steady. Vauxhall Corsa is about but only in light blue, yet these are still finding homes. With Ford Fiesta, if you see one it’s gone, with older models being sold to fill the gaps. Vauxhall Astra van values are down a touch as the few in the market are high on miles and looking their age, but if you see a 150bhp SE Sportive you will have to give all the money to buy it.
“Citroen Nemo, Fiat Fiorino and Peugeot Bipper values are down this month as there’s plenty of choice in the market. Air con models or ones loaded with extras are an easy sell to retail buyers. Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner values are steady and the same goes for Renault Kangoo vans, despite a bit of volume in the market. Fiat Doblo is just holding but any more volume and prices will fall.
“Fiat Scudo values are down a little this month as we are still getting plenty of stock from the media company, as well as some light blue models. Mercedes-Benz Vito is still sought after and stock is short – even very high mileage versions are finding homes as long as they’re tidy. A full service history always helps.
“Volkswagen Transporter models are still in demand with Crew Van and Shuttle very popular. Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Traffic are seen as reliable workhorse vans and, as such, they remain popular with retail buyers. The announcement of a new model always raises the demand on the outgoing one.
“The market for larger panel vans is extremely buoyant, with long wheelbase Ford Transit in especially short supply. There’s demand for the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter but the trade are only paying full whack to fill confirmed orders. Fiat Ducato long and high vans are popular, partly because buyers cannot find a comparable Transit.
“In terms of chassis cab models, Ford Transit long wheelbase dropsides and tippers are very much in demand. There are very few around so you’ll have to give all the money for them. Most other chassis cab models are the same, with a shortage of almost everything. Mercedes-Benz Sprinter fridge vans from the home shopping market are selling, but well behind average values.
“Due to the lack of snow this year there’s plenty of choice in the 4x4 market. Values have remained steady this month, although new tax implications will slightly increase the cost of running a double cab pickup. There are a few Great Wall Steed models around and the trade is happy to take a chance on them, at the right price. We’ve reduced values by about £500 this month in line with those we’ve seen sold.”
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