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My Car Check top tips for UK used LCV buyers in October and November 2015, including van of the month: Vauxhall Vivaro
- We have pulled most van values back very slightly as we head into winter
- Dealers are seizing the profit opportunity in conversions, often with Transporter
- Never pay cash, trust your gut feeling and check before you buy
“The Vivaro is a prime candidate for customisation. It represents great value for money and there are plenty of accessories available” - Gavin Amos
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’.
Head of Valuation Services at My Car Check, Gavin Amos, said: “While the VW Transporter remains the most popular van for customisation, the Vauxhall Vivaro is another prime candidate. It represents great value for money as a used van and there are plenty of accessories available. Alloy wheels, rear seats and windows are selling like hot cakes. Try to find one with full service history (FSH) and look out for the well-publicised injector issue. 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, Amos said: “Trade during September was sure but steady with reasonable activity levels and values remaining virtually level. For October, we have pulled most van values back very slightly as we head into winter. As always, the gems will buck the trend. Even though Volkswagen is getting some bad publicity at the moment, Transporter continues to outperform the market and that isn’t set to change.
“At the smaller end of the market, Fiesta, Corsa and the other car derived vans (CDVs) are all doing well, especially those in ready-to-retail condition. Vans in weird and wonderful colours are generally much less desirable, to the extent that a spray job can be a wise investment.
“For the likes of Dispatch and its peers, the key is not only condition but having a full service history. These are few and far between, but well worth seeking out. Lower capacity diesels are particularly desirable.
“Crafter and Sprinter are both top performers, especially if you can source clean examples. One to keep an eye on is the new Transit - we’ve seen a number not achieving the expected values.
“Ever more dealers are seizing the profit opportunity in conversions, often with Transporter but increasingly other models too. The most popular approach is buying a high mileage example, customising the exterior and leaving the back as a blank canvas for the customer to spec."