Motor Industry News
My Car Check top tips for UK used LCV buyers in November and December 2015, including van of the month: Land Rover Discovery 4 Commercial
- We have reduced most used LCV values by around 2% this month
- The arrival of colder weather means renewed focus on 4x4
- Never pay cash, trust your gut feeling and check before you buy
“Discovery 4 Commercial is the ultimate van for the image conscious user” - 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: “The Land Rover Discovery 4 Commercial is the ultimate van for the image conscious user. It delivers the famous 4x4 go anywhere capability, while also allowing drivers to arrive in style for those important meetings. Granted, it has a limited payload, can only be loosely classed as a van (and an expensive one at that!), but resale values are super strong. 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: “We have reduced used LCV values pretty much across the board by around 2% this month. Small panel vans with side loading doors are still popular. Demand for VW Transporter remains strong, despite the adverse brand publicity.
“With the clocks changing and dark winter nights drawing in, it is worth noting a new initiative which can only be good for the industry: The FTA Van Excellence Certificate of Driver Competence. Designed to increase LCV driving expertise, this new qualification might even help to improve the image of the much-maligned white van man.
“The arrival of colder weather means renewed focus on the 4x4 marketplace. The pickup sector is particularly buoyant, with a stack of current model updates and a raft of new model launches over the next 6-12 months, including some from manufacturers who have not had a slice of this market to date. The all-new Nissan Navarra NP300 looks set to challenge the dominant Mitsubishi L200. Once these new models filter through, stalwart used performers like Ford Ranger will suddenly face much greater competition.
“Although we are still seeing fairly high numbers at auction, it is clear that used buyers are being ever more selective in terms of condition, which can lead to the same vehicles moving around auction houses looking for a home.”