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For thousands of businesses and sole traders across the UK, vans are an essential commodity.

Buying a Used Van: Six Steps to Success

UK Car Finance
12, Sep 2019

In fact, research suggests that there are approximately four million vans out and about on British roads right now.

Anyone using one or more vans for business will know that picking up a vehicle for commercial use isn’t quite the same as buying a family run-around. You need a capable and cost-effective workhorse you can rely on, but you also don’t want to overspend. The market for used vans in the UK is enormous, but you’re painfully aware of how dilapidated (or even dangerous) some of them can be.

The good news is that there are really just six simple steps to successfully buying a used van. Rather than making things up as you go along, prioritise the following and you’ll be onto a winner in no time:

Step 1.  Assess Your Requirements

First and foremost, you need to create a picture of your perfect van. Assess your requirements by way of size, power, versatility, fuel economy, how much you intend to spend and so on. The market for used vans is enormous, so you can be as precise and picky as you like.

Step 2.  Do Your Research

Prior to approaching any seller whatsoever, conduct a fair amount of research online. See what past and present owners are saying about the vans they drive, find out what kinds of prices are being charged for used vans and familiarise yourself with the options available.

Step 3. Check the Van’s History

One of the most important steps in the process is to look as deeply as possible into the history of the van. It’s worth remembering that mileage isn’t the be all and end all. If it’s been serviced on a regular basis and kept in excellent condition, high mileage isn’t always an issue.

Step 4. Visual Inspection

You don’t necessarily have to be an expert to pick up on the warning signs of a low-grade van. It’s simply a case of carrying out the most important basic checks – signs of rust, essential electronics, locks, any signs of accident repairs and so on. If in doubt, take someone who knows a thing or two about vans along for the ride.

Step 5. Test Drive

The test drive is your opportunity to scrutinise everything in the finest detail.  Listen to the engine, note unusual sounds or smells, get a feel for how it handles, put the brakes to the test and so on. Don’t let your enthusiasm or politeness get in the way of making the right decision – never overlook any potential issues during the test drive.

Step 6. Van Finance and Insurance

Last but not least, it’s then simply a case of checking how much it will cost to insure the van. If you’re ready to go ahead, reach out to a van finance specialist to discuss flexible payment options. Work with an independent broker and gain access to the lowest interest rates and the best deals on the UK market in minutes.

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