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MyCarCheck top tips for used van buyers Feb 2015: Transporter and Transit crew vans praised with more choice in the market
MyCarCheck — 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 crew van sector:
- Highly desirable: Volkswagen Transporter crew van.
- Safe bet: Ford Transit Custom crew van.
- Used star: Vauxhall Vivaro / Renault Trafic crew van.
MyCarCheck’s LCV expert, David Hill, commented: “There’s good choice in the van market at the moment – more than we’ve had for quite some time. With spring approaching, many people are looking for a new lifestyle vehicle, so crew vans and vans with an extra row of seats are in demand.
“Our highly desirable model this month is the Volkswagen Transporter crew van. This is the crew van that everybody wants, preferably with tons of options fitted, so you’ll need a sizeable budget. The first thing to confirm is that it is an original factory conversion, not just a van that someone’s had converted. Genuine Transporter crew vans hold their value incredibly well; a 2001 Y plate T4 could cost you up to £3,500. As always, check to make sure the one you’re looking at is what it claims to be, especially when buying privately.
“In terms of LCVs that hold their value, safe bets don’t come much safer than the Ford Transit Custom crew van. A well-built and good-looking van, these are reasonably priced and will always sell well secondhand. 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 Vauxhall Vivaro / Renault Trafic crew van. These offer arguably the best value for money in the sector and Sportive / Sport derivatives are especially sought after. As practical as the Transit or Transporter but more affordable, the new model is proving very popular. 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: “January started with gusto with some sky-high prices being paid, but thankfully calmed down as we got some much needed volume into the marketplace. This trend continued into early February, however, it looks as though stock will soon thin out again.
“In the small van sector, the shortage of Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa sized vans persists, but there are plenty of Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bippers to choose from. Models with extras such as side load doors (SLDs) and air conditioning are an easier sell, but standard models will still sell at a price.
“The Ford Transit Couriers coming into the marketplace are finding trade buyers and we’re finally getting to the end of the Renault Kangoo vans from the parts delivery company. The new shape variants, in particular, are selling well.
“Mercedes Citan models are more widely available now, but any volume will put pressure on values. The new model Vauxhall Combo has been well received and low mileage old model examples will still generate plenty of interest – automatic variants especially won’t sell cheaply.
“Fiat Scudo and Citroën Dispatch models need to be tidy to sell easily and older models look good value for money. People carrier versions of the Mercedes Vito sell really well, both to trade and retail buyers — they’re not even mileage sensitive so long as they’re in good condition.
“Volkswagen Transporter remains the preferred option for many retail buyers — we’ve seen some price fluctuations on lesser specification and lower horse power models. Ford Transit Custom is commonplace at the moment and we’ve seen some higher mileage examples sell for more than expected.
“In terms of larger panel vans, we have a few Ford Transit Jumbo vans in yellow in the market, from a parcel delivery company that ceased trading. Long wheelbase Mercedes Sprinters are generally good news so long as they’re tidy.
“Anything Maxi high and long will sell well. We have reduced values on large minibuses, but Ford Transit Tourneo and Volkswagen Caravelle remain popular.
“Mitsubishi L200 is still the most common pick up but they need to be tidy and with reasonable mileage. The Land Rover Defender is generally a good seller whatever the model.”
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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