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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers October 2014:
Transit, Relay/Boxer and Maxus tippers praised as demand stays strong
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 a special focus on tippers.
- Highly desirable: Ford Transit tipper
- Safe bet: Citroën Relay or Peugeot Boxer tippers
- Used star: LDV Maxus tipper
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “There’s not a huge amount of choice for buyers in the tipper market and as the building and garden maintenance side of the economy picks up you’ll have to work even harder to find a good one. A word of warning: if you’re looking for a crew cab version then check the rear seats are fitted – some companies take them out to create a secure toolbox.
“Our highly desirable model this month is the Ford Transit tipper. The Transit sits proudly at the top of many tipper buyers’ wish list, but there aren’t too many around so you’ll need a decent budget. The 115PS model is the one most in demand, as the 140PS is considered thirsty on fuel. The key is to do your homework, check the history and buy at the right price.
“In terms of tippers that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than a Citroën Relay or Peugeot Boxer. In most cases these are front wheel drive, which can hinder site work, but they are good all-round vehicles and represent good value. Both of these manufactures have upped their game in this sector and many examples now enter the used market having been run by local councils for three or four years. 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 LDV Maxus tipper. The Maxus is slightly more desirable than the LDV Convoy and has a decent reputation for reliability. Importantly for a budget vehicle, the Maxus is relatively easy to repair and parts are readily available. 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: “September started off slowly and rose to a crescendo that will, we feel, carry on until the end of the year. Some leasing companies are telling us that extra stock is on its way, but even that’s going to be quickly swallowed up if the retail market remains this strong.
“With the new tax disc rules now in force there should be less kerbside dealers turning vans over for a few hundred pounds, and therefore less competition for retail dealers.
“In the small van sector, some Vauxhall Corsa models in blue or white have brought values down this month. Volume here is always a delicate issue so perhaps it is just as well Ford Fiesta is currently thin on the ground. Peugeot Partner is in the marketplace with some very late plate models, but these are struggling – mainly because of the great deals you can get on a new one and its sister van, the Citroën Berlingo.
“Car derived van values are also slowing a touch, mainly due to volume in the market. Ford Transit Connect is still the trade and retail buyer’s first choice. Volkswagen Caddy is having mixed fortunes: a 140bhp model with DSG gearbox is very desirable, but run-of-the-mill models are struggling.
“The small panel van sector is perhaps the most buoyant of all, with the star performer being the Volkswagen Transporter. This month we have opened the gap on some models as trade and retail buyers are happy to pay more for bigger engines or better specification. Ford Transit is still strong and we’ve had some Trend models in red which have risen in price by over £750 since entering the market at the end of August. Ford Transit Custom models look to have found their level now but we have increased Crew variant values this month. The few Citroën Relay models in the market are finding homes first time – expect to pay trade money for a nice colour.
“In the larger panel van sector, anything long and high is going to sell. The nicer it is, the better, but with some long wheelbase 61 plates with over 200,000 miles making very close to ready to retail values, it shows just how desperate the trade is for these vans.
“In terms of chassis derivatives, anything with a Luton body is going to sell well, along with long dropsides. Watch out for crew cabs with no rear seats as a few leasing companies specify them with a toolbox instead.
“The 4x4 market is picking up and a bog standard 4x4 single cab can currently make as much as its well spec’d double cab version. A word of caution here, as soon as we get some volume these prices might well falter.”
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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