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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers September 2014: Transporter, Trafic / Vivaro & Relay praised as prices 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: Volkswagen Transporter 140bhp swb
- Safe bet: Renault Trafic / Vauxhall Vivaro
- Used star: Citroën Relay
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “Our highly desirable model this month is the Volkswagen Transporter 140bhp short wheelbase (swb). If you have the budget, most people agree the Transporter is the best swb van around. You’ll have to pay more for the 140bhp model, but these have rock steady residual values. 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 a Renault Trafic or Vauxhall Vivaro. The current shape has stood the test of time, not changing much since its eagerly anticipated launch in 2001. However, with new Trafic and Vivaro models due very soon, the old ones are coming down in price – they can 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 Citroën Relay. This van is the surprise package in the short wheelbase panel van market. It looks similar to other vans in the sector, such as the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato, but the Relay seems to be the one in demand. 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 August market picked up towards the end of the month and we expect this trend to continue through the rest of the quarter and towards the end of the year.
“According to the SMMT’s July statistics, new LCV sales were down by 25% year on year. This shouldn’t overly concern the used market for now, but we are already seeing yet more stock shortages. This means that used van prices are likely to remain high.
“September should see more buyers in the market, although some leasing companies are telling us they have no great volume coming before the end of October. With the odd exception, prices should remain steady until then.
“In the small van sector, the few Ford Fiestas and nice metallic Vauxhall Corsa vans in the marketplace were soon swept up into the trade. There are a few Vauxhall Astra vans around again and a nice Sportive derivative, even with big miles, will quickly find a home.
“The few Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bipper models around are selling, especially those with side loading doors and a few extras. A Ford Transit Connect is generally good news for traders, however, with such limited volume over the past few months, really nice ones in Trend or Limited specification will reach Ready to Retail values at auction. We have also had some new model Connects in the market and even non-franchised dealers seemed keen to snap these up.
“The panel van market is still buoyant with Volkswagen Transporters achieving some incredible prices. We have increased values on the whole range this month. New Ford Transit Customs are appearing quite frequently now. The leasing companies know these are in demand so you’ll have to work hard to own one. Citroën Relays, long or short, are also doing well. If tidy, these will easily go into Trade values.
“The marketplace for larger panel vans remains busy. We have some Jumbo Ford Transits in two colours looking excellent value for money and even some with damage are selling well. The long wheelbase Mercedes Benz Sprinter is in demand, and not particularly mileage sensitive. On the other hand, Volkswagen Crafter, unless in 'out of the box' condition, are just not seeing the same demand. We have therefore reduced trade values on these this month.
“The 4x4 market is still slow, as it usually is at this time of year. However, this has been matched by lower volume than we’ve seen for a while in this sector. We are confident these sales will pick up as we move towards winter. Stocking up now could prove costly as if we have some volume then prices should fall.”
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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