About Used Vans
A van is something you need to be able to rely on, so it?s worth investing as much as you can afford in a model that won?t let you down.
What type of van?
Short, medium or long wheel base, double or single cab, dropside or flat bed - there are lots of different configurations of van to choose from. Think carefully about your needs and your requirements, not just now, but in the future. If you are a growing business, you may need space for extra workers and equipment, so look for a van that is big enough to cope. You?re going to be spending a lot of time in your van, so think about investing in creature comforts like air conditioning and a decent stereo.
Things to look for
When looking at a van, ask to see copies of its V5 and log book to see who has owned it and if it has been serviced at regular intervals. Check the condition of the bodywork and make sure that everything electrical is in full working order, including wipers, lights, indicators etc. On a test drive, look out for any suspect knocks or rattles and check for oil leaks, or excess smoke from the exhaust.
Private or dealer?
Buying from a private seller will generally mean a better price, but a dealer gives you security should anything go wrong. Private sales are usually on an ?as seen? basis, so if you do go down this route, be sure to check the vehicle over very carefully. If you buy from a dealer, you are protected by the Sale of Goods Act, the Road Traffic Act and a warranty, which is usually at least 3 months.