A Guide to Buying Used Vans

Investing in a good quality used van for your business or commercial reasons can be a little more complicated than it sounds and the thought of arranging a suitable finance option in particular can put some buyers off. Follow the tips in this brief guide to used vans for sale and you can’t go too far wrong.

Determine the make and model of van you desire

When it comes to used vans for sale, the Ford Transit is by far the biggest contender in the UK. Models after 2000 are recommended to ensure your used van still has a long life left and hopefully not too high a mileage.

Check out the van in person

It’s important that you go to the garage or seller and inspect the vehicle in person. Check for damage to the exterior and interior. Also, see if you can take it for a test drive to see how it handles. Listen to it while it’s idling – if you hear a loud rattling sound, the timing chain is on its way out.

Look at the paperwork

Look over the V5 (log book) to ensure it hasn’t been changed in any way and check all the vendors details. Ensure the Vehicle Identification Number tallies. Research estimates one in three used vans are either stolen, written off or still subject to a finance agreement, so these simple checks are important.

Compare finance packages and options

Compare carefully to ensure you get the best finance package, if applicable, that suits your individual needs. There are a range of loans available for used vans for sale, so lending rates are competitive. Do check however that your lender is regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) for maximum security. Many lenders will also price negotiate with the dealership on your behalf to help you obtain the best possible price and quality. You’ll be a proud owner in no time!