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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers July 2014: Focus on car size vans… Partner, Berlingo, Doblo and Nissan NV-200 all praised
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. This month he looks at car size vans.
- Highly desirable: Peugeot Partner / Citroen Berlingo
- Safe bet: Fiat Doblo Cargo
- Used star: Nissan NV-200
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “Our highly desirable car size van is the Peugeot Partner, along with its sister van the Citroen Berlingo. They have both been around for years in one guise or another and have proved to be trusty workhorses for small business owners. Used examples hold their value well, with even the old model still in demand. You can expect to pay about £2,500 for a sub-100k old model that only cost around £6,000 new some six years ago. The key is to do your homework and check the history.
“In terms of vans that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than the Fiat Doblo Cargo. These are available for less than a comparable Partner or Berlingo and some of the ex-Royal Mail examples represent really good value for money. 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 Nissan NV-200. Overall, we think it delivers the best value in the B sector. Unlike most, it is built on a standalone van platform, rather than being based on a car. The Nissan NV-200 gives 4.2m3 load space for about the same money as a Partner or Berlingo with the same mileage, and you get two side sliding doors and a fantastic turning circle. 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: “June started off slowly but soon gathered momentum and most traders and retailers seem fairly content. The football didn’t have as much of an impact as some feared, probably thanks to England’s early exit. We expect business to start winding down throughout August and picking up again in September.
“In the small van sector, there’s still not a great deal of choice. Citroen Nemo and its sister vans are around in good specification, although those with at least one side load door are much easier to sell. There’s some volume on Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner, with certain models initially looking great value until you realise they are six years old! Volkswagen Caddy is suffering a little with volume and, as always, the 69bhp is the model nobody wants. On the other hand, the 140bhp model with DSG gearbox goes on and on. Mercedes Benz Citan is starting to appear in the open market and we have adjusted the values this month to reflect that.
“In terms of larger vans, the market is still dominated by Citroen Dispatch from a media company. These have been wrapped from new so usually have very clean bodywork. Vauxhall Vivaro is still popular, although now an outgoing model. There are a few about in the lovely peppermint green colour which, although very clean and well maintained, puts them £500 behind the relevant guide price. Volkswagen Transporter is still good news but the trade should be wary of the 28 85bhp model as that is the last one on the retail buyer’s shopping list. With this product, if it's clean and tidy the mileage doesn’t seem to matter.
“Larger panel vans are a little up and down so mileage and condition are critical. For example, on Mercedes Benz Sprinter, a nice short wheelbase will currently make as much as an average long wheelbase. A long wheelbase Ford Transit has to be tidy now to make all the money. We’ve seen both long and medium Volkswagen Crafter in the marketplace and, while values are okay at the moment, another influx will rock the boat.
“The 4x4 market is just not happening at the moment. Luckily the stock looks to have dried up for now, meaning that the few we do have in the market are finding homes.”
MyCarCheck.com’s parent company, CDL Vehicle Information Services, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Confused.com, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco Compare and WhatCar?.
It uses up-to-the-minute data from the Police (NPIA – previously known as the Police National Computer or PNC), the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and major finance houses including Lloyds TSB and Santander.
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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