What Do You Know About Buying A Second Hand Van?

Used car prices can very greatly depending on many features. For instance, the make and model of the vehicle, how many miles have been driven and recorded, the general appearance and even the colour of the car. Not so long ago white cars were not as able to hold their value to the same degree of other colours. This year white is the “in” colour to have! Buying a second hand van however is a little different, and because most are used by traders, they can command a higher resale value.


White vans are always popular, mainly due to the versatility of them. Builders, roofers and delivery companies etc, can easily have their own livery and advertising signs written across the van without worrying about clashing colours. If your trade requires you to need such a vehicle then there are a few tips or words of advice that could help you make an informative choice and hopefully purchase a suitable motor. The main difference between a purchasing car and purchasing a van is the wear and tear through trade usage,  probable high mileage and multiple drivers.


When buying from a dealer there are certain guidelines and guarantees that can help put your mind at ease should you find something you are unhappy with. The vehicle must be deemed “fit for purpose”. However, should you wish to purchase a vehicle privately, the only stipulation is that the van is “as described”. If you choose to buy from a private seller it is wise to obtain a private telephone number as well as a mobile number. Arrange to view the van at their home address and make sure it is registered in their own name. If something doesn’t feel right about the sale then it is most likely an instinct you need to follow – don’t be afraid to walk away.

Check the V5C document thoroughly and note how many previous owners the motor has had – also how long each recorded title-holder has owned the vehicle. The V5C needs to look genuine for that particular van, with no signs of tampering or false information. A history check will confirm whether the seller is the legal owner and not some finance company who could reclaim the motor should the previous owner fail to meet the payments. If you are in any doubt about whether the miles are genuine, examine the clock more closely, checking for screws that have been tampered with.


It may be a good idea to take a mechanic or someone with a knowledge of car repairs when you decide to go for a viewing. Make sure the panels are all ok and the engine is sound – don’t feel too embarrassed to ask any questions. Some vans can be what is referred to as “insurance write offs”, and although may still be legally viable motors, they will command a lower price and must have been repaired to a high standard. An insurance broker will be able to advise you on the best policy for the vehicle, and although it may not make a great difference to what you pay, they must be informed of the vehicles history. Buying a second hand van can be made easy providing you follow guidelines and take your time with buying the most suitable model for your purpose and use.

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