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MyCarCheck.com top tips for used van buyers January 2015: Caddy, Connect and Berlingo praised in special focus on small vans
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, in the small van sector:
- Highly desirable: Volkswagen Caddy
- Safe bet: Ford Transit Connect
- Used star: Citroën Berlingo.
MyCarCheck.com’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “Small vans are very much in demand and the biggest thing to look for is specification. Air conditioning (A/C) and side loading doors (SLDs) are particularly nice to have extras.
“Our highly desirable model this month is the Volkswagen Caddy. The 140bhp engine is the top of the shop choice, but the 102/104bhp model is also very popular. These vans are easy to customise and look great in a metallic colour with alloy wheels, fog lamps and running boards. 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 vans that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than the Ford Transit Connect. Both the short and long wheelbase versions are considered good value at the moment. The bigger 90bhp engine is the one everybody wants. 2010 models onwards (with the latest front grill), Trend and Limited examples are especially sought after. The key is to do your homework, check the history and buy at the right price.
“For our used star we’ve gone for the Citroën Berlingo. There are lots of them in the marketplace at the moment, which has pushed prices down across all years and models. Buyers can afford to be picky and drive a hard bargain. 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: “Sales are quickly building back up to where we were at the start of November. Condition remains the trade buyer’s number one priority, over age and mileage.
“In the small van sector, the remnants of the ex-parts company Renault Kangoos are still coming through. We should see the end of these by the start of April. Citroën Nemo, Peugeot Bipper and Fiat Fiorino usually need to have some specification and a side load door to appeal to retail buyers. Fiat Scudo and its sister vans are generally good news as they are a decent size and have ‘drive appeal’.
“In the panel van sector, the Volkswagen Transporter often still tops the retail buyer’s shopping list. Ford Transit Custom is also popular, although Econetic models are not the best unless you need a speed limiter — if necessary, these can be lifted off at a main dealer.
“Long wheelbase (LWB) vans are selling well regardless of the badge on the front. Mercedes Benz Sprinters usually have to have tidy bodywork to create any interest. If you can see past the colour, the yellow and green Transits can represent great value for money and tend to be quite low mileage.
“Practically any chassis cab derivative will generate interest simply because there are so few in the market.
“The 4x4 market is back in full swing. There’s not a plethora of stock, but enough for the trade to pick and choose models and specification. Low spec double cabs are particularly undesirable and there’s a glut of white Toyota Hi Lux basic double cabs about to hit the market. Any single cab versions should have buyers buzzing around them.”
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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