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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers June 2014: Transporter Kombi, Trafic Sport and Transit DCiV praised as prices stabilise
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: VW Transporter Kombi
- Safe bet: Renault Trafic Sport
- Used star: Ford Transit Short Wheelbase DCiV Trend
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “Our highly desirable choice this month is the Volkswagen Transporter Kombi, with a 102 or 140 bhp engine. Crew cab and double cab vans are in demand at the moment as people want them to take the children on camping holidays and all the stuff that goes with that. Condition is a lot more important than mileage on these vehicles. 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 Renault Trafic Sport crew van. Like the VW, it looks good and has been around in its current guise for ages. Mileage can be more of an issue on the Renault and its sister van the Vauxhall Vivaro Sportive, but both enjoy wide retail appeal. 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.
“For our ‘used star’ this month we’ve gone for the Ford Transit Short Wheelbase double cab in van (DCiV) 140 bhp. These are rare in the used market, particularly in the desirable Trend specification, but they are great workhorses. 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: “The May LCV marketplace was slow, but with two bank holidays that was always likely to be the case. Volume has risen and some prices have started to stall, but it doesn’t look like the market will slide too much over the summer months.
“In the small van market, there is still a shortage of stock and prices are steady. The better the specification the easier it is to sell, but you still have to give all the money to buy this stock. With Citroen Nemo and its stablemates being joined by the new Ford Transit Courier, the small panel van section is starting to carve out its own niche in the market. This suggests that Vauxhall were correct in stopping the very popular Astra van.
“Renault Kangoo still looks good value for money with the Maxi a better buy and models with two side loading doors and the plus specification selling especially well. Mercedes Benz Citan is available from Mercedes dealers, with very few of them in the open market. Even some Mercedes dealers have lowered the prices to move them on. Peugeot Partner and Citroen Berlingo are about in numbers, but just enough to feed the retail market.
“In terms of medium size panel vans, this sector is still dominated by the ex-media Citroen Dispatches with good low miles (and clean body work after the full wrap has been removed). They will continue to come into the market for a while yet, but values are remaining firm with these and the sister vans. As soon as a Toyota Hi-Ace comes onto the market it is quickly snapped-up by the trade as they have such a loyal following.
“Volkswagen Transporter is still the number one van in the 1 ton market, with Sportline and Highline models the best sellers and Kombi close behind. New Ford Transit Custom models are starting to feed into the market with good prices being paid.
“There continues to be huge demand for larger vans. The trade is looking at Vauxhall Movano and Renault Master long wheelbase models, as the Ford Transit long wheelbase just isn’t available in the volume required. It will probably remain this way until the new model starts to come through. Mercedes Benz Sprinter vans are about in just the right amount, but they have to be almost out of the box condition to achieve trade values.
“The 4x4 market is suffering at the moment and we have adjusted most values down again this month. Volume is the killer as even the elusive Volkswagen Amarok is now starting to appear on a regular basis. For a Mitsubishi L200 you can almost pick your colour on the day, there are so many in the marketplace.”
Over the last couple of years, MyCarCheck.com, MyMotorCycleCheck.com and MyTextCheck delivered around 4.5m consumer checks including those via AutoExpress and WhatCar?.
We use up-to-the-minute data from the Police National Computer (PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB and Santander.
Our information is trusted by the UK's leading brands. MyCarCheck.com’s parent company, CDL Vehicle Information Services, performs around two million look-ups a week for companies including CompareTheMarket, Confused.com, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover and Tesco Compare.
To help UK consumers make the right choice, MyCarCheck.com can confirm in seconds whether your potential pride and joy has ever been scrapped, stolen or written-off, has any money owing on it, has had a plate or colour change and much more.
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