Motor Industry News
My Car Check top tips for UK used LCV buyers in August and September 2015, including van of the month: SWB medium roof Ford Transit
- Used van market has slowed and remains blighted by repetitive stock
- The car derived van (CDV) sector is saturated
- Never pay cash, trust your gut feeling and check before you buy
“The ex-media company short wheelbase medium roof Ford Transit vans have a reputation for being well maintained and represent exceptional value.” - David Hill
My Car Check - the UK’s No.1 consumer vehicle data provider - has saved many a van buyer from making an expensive mistake. In these monthly bulletins its light commercial vehicle (LCV) experts reveal significant trends in the UK market and choose a ‘van of the month’.
My Car Check’s LCV expert, David Hill, said: “There’s currently a great selection of 2010-60 plate ex-media company short wheelbase (SWB) medium roof Ford Transit vans in the used market. These have a reputation for being well maintained and represent exceptional value for money. They have reasonable mileage, an expensive racking system in the back and the sought-after air con and electric pack. As always, check to make sure the van you’re looking at is what it claims to be, especially when buying privately.”
As to market trends, Hill said: “The used van market has slowed, which is normal for the time of year, but it also remains blighted by repetitive stock. We expect fresh stock to arrive in September.
“In the small van sector, we have Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, with Sport and Sportive examples the best ones to buy. A few Peugeot 206 vans appeared and trade buyers were happy to take them as a cheaper alternative. Vauxhall Astra vans are still desirable, particularly low mileage examples and Sportive models.
“The car derived van (CDV) sector is saturated. There are plenty of Citroen Berlingos about, with Enterprise models in black or silver the most desirable, especially those with air conditioning. It is a similar story with Volkswagen Caddy and we now have light blue ones from a utility company. New version Vauxhall Combo models are now a common sight in open auctions, and values are slipping fast as the volume increases.
“The Volkswagen Transporter still tops many retail buyers’ shopping lists, but prices are so strong that some are starting to look at other options. Standard T28 84 or 102 BHP models are considered affordable, but any with a bigger engine or extras and prices start to rocket. A good alternative is the Ford Transit Custom. Trend or Limited models at two and three years old in popular colours can represent good value for money.
“Larger panel vans are still scarce but we do have a better choice than a few months ago. Citroen Relay long and high models look good value. Old model Ford Transit long and high models are still in short supply and we have some new model variants coming through. Trend models need to have air conditioning to be desirable. New shape Mercedes Sprinter models are available from daily rental sources and values are expected to remain firm.
“In the minibus sector, there is plenty of stock to choose from.”