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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers November 2014: 4x4 pick-up special – Amarok, Ranger and Steed praised as weather worsens
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 4x4 pick-ups.
- Highly desirable: Volkswagen Amarok
- Safe bet: Ford Ranger
- Used star: Great Wall Steed
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “4x4 season is in full swing as predictions of a wet winter boost the pick-up market.
“Our highly desirable model this month is the Volkswagen Amarok. Residual values are usually very strong on this popular pick-up, especially those in High-line or Trend-line specification. Interestingly, the metallic toffee brown colour, a bestseller in Europe, isn’t so popular in the UK, so if you spot one of these there might be an opportunity for a cheeky bid. 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.
“In terms of pick-ups that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than the Ford Ranger. For less money than a comparable Amarok, a Ranger from 2011 onwards in Wildtrak or Limited specification is a great option. They’re pretty good off road and hold their value well. As always, the key is to do your homework, check the history and buy at the right price.
“For our ‘used star’ this month we’ve gone for the Great Wall Steed. The deals you can get on a new one mean any second-hand Steed has to be keenly priced to sell. They have a decent reputation for reliability and represent a low cost way into all-weather vehicle ownership. 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: “October has traditionally been a good month for retail van sales, but this year the market slowed a little. Dealers who can afford to might be tempted to hold onto stock until the New Year, when prices are expected to rise again.
“The stock shortage in the small van sector persists. The dark blue Vauxhall Corsas in the market were quickly snapped up and the dearth of Ford Fiesta vans means any with a nice specification sell. We’ve eased back Mini Clubvan values this month.
“The small panel van sector is where we do have some volume. As a result of this choice, better specification models, such as Citroën Berlingo Enterprise, have an advantage over standard models. Generally, small panel vans sell better if they have a side-loading door (SLD). Volkswagen Caddy is having mixed fortunes – a good colour Caddy with alloy wheels and air con can fly, but a bog standard white van with no SLD or extras might well struggle. A few Mercedes Benz Citan examples are hitting the open market and we’ve dropped these values a touch.
“The large panel van market is still dominated by the Volkswagen Transporter, where a nice colour and a bit of specification will send buyers into silly mode. Long lead times on the new model are helping to keep these values high. Ford Transit Custom is also filtering through in all sizes and specifications, with the Trend and Limited models most desirable, along with Sport… if you can find one!
“Larger vans are still in short supply, with Ford Transit very much in demand. A nice one with sensible miles, or even a tidy one with ridiculous mileage, can make very good money. We’ve dropped Mercedes Sprinter values a touch this month due to the wide selection available – from mint condition to tatty ones, there’s something for everyone.
“In the chassis sector, there’s a real shortage of choice. A drop side with any chassis under it will sell well.”
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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