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My Car Check top tips for UK used LCV buyers in September and October 2015, including van of the month: VW Caddy
“An impressive load-carrying ability and car-like drive have made the VW Caddy a popular choice as a lifestyle vehicle” - Rob Hobson
- Van market picks up as traders prepare for the end of year rush
- Price fluctuations on Ford Transit vans are driving the trade mad
- Never pay cash, trust your gut feeling and check before you buy.
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 Rob Hobson said: “An impressive load-carrying ability and car-like drive have made the VW Caddy a popular choice as a lifestyle vehicle. Good condition used examples are always in demand, with conversion and customisation enthusiasts competing with standard van buyers. As always, check to make sure the one you’re looking at is what it claims to be, especially when buying privately.”
As to market trends, the company said: “The van market will pick up now as traders and retailers source stock for the end of year rush. Q4 could be very busy.
“The stock shortage in the small van sector persists, so the usual suspects still dominate. The car derived van (CDV) market on the other hand is still flooded. Citroën Nemo and Peugeot Bipper have to have a side load door (SLD) and air-con to get any interest at average guide values.
“Citroën Berlingo is still the number one van in its sector, with the Enterprise edition especially desirable. Despite the air-con and electric packs, values are already slipping on the 69ps and 104ps light blue Volkswagen Caddy models from the utility sector, purely due to volume. Mercedes Benz Vito is also around in volume, with buyers picking the cleaner ones first and the scruffier ones having to go again. Citroën Dispatch and Fiat Scudo are both a little thin on the ground at the moment.
“Price fluctuations on Ford Transit vans are driving the trade mad. Short wheelbase, semi high-roof Transits will make trade values all day long, so long as they’re tidy with ok mileage. The same goes for long wheelbase derivatives, but a shortage of Jumbo stock is driving values up.
“Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic new shape models are now entering the used market. Trade buyers are still a little wary of these values, given the prices of brand new models. This, however, hasn’t put too much of a dent in the value of older variants. Crew van and passenger examples, in particular, are still very popular.
“There is still a shortage of quality stock in the larger panel van sector and, as with chassis cab derivatives, purchasing decisions here are not so badge sensitive. While a retail buyer might aspire to a Mercedes Benz Sprinter, their budget often forces them to consider alternatives.
“The 4x4 market is still slow. Thanks to the export market, even super high mileage double cabs are still performing well against guide prices.”
My Car Check’s parent company, CDL Vehicle Information Services, performs over a million look-ups a day for companies including AutoExpress, CompareTheMarket, Go-Compare, Moneysupermarket, Swiftcover, Tesco Compare and WhatCar?.
It uses up-to-the-minute data from the police, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and all major finance houses, including Lloyds TSB and Santander.
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