How to Not Get Ripped Off When Buying Used Vans

Jul 30

How to Not Get Ripped Off When Buying Used Vans

Are you looking to buy a used van but don’t want to risk being ripped off? Here are some top tips on buying the best used van.

There’s a lot of prejudice surrounding used vans, more so than with cars, largely due to the use and abuse than vans typically go through. However, this prejudice is often misinformed and with a little bit of know-how and preparation you can ensure you get the best deal when buying used.

Here’s a quick rundown of things to check for when buying a used van:

Carry out a HPI Check

The last thing you want to do is be lumbered with a vehicle that has outstanding debt on it. A HPI check will give you the full history of the vehicle, including any outstanding finance, as well as information such as: insurance write offs, police notifications or registration not matching the vehicle.

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See it in Person

In the world of internet shopping, you’d be surprised by the number of people who purchase a vehicle online without even seeing it. Nothing can give you a better understanding of the condition of the van – and prove it’s real – better than giving it a thorough inspection in person. Make sure that while you’re there you can take it for a test drive to ensure everything’s in good working order.

Watch the Mileage

This is one of the key indicators that a car isn’t exactly what it seems to be. If the mileage is particularly low on an old van then it could have been tampered with – typically a van will cover around 10,000 miles a year, often more. If this doesn’t appear to be the case then find out why – it could be something innocent like it was declared off the road, but it’s always worth checking the MOT certificate and DVLA details to make sure.

Is there a Warranty?

Often private sellers won’t offer you a warranty or guarantee on your vehicle, but if you’re buying through a used van dealership then there should be some sort of warranty to give you peace of mind. If this isn’t offered on the vehicle you’re after then you should probably think twice about the purchase.

Modifications

Has the van been modified in any way? If things like engine modifications or bodywork has not been done by a professional then it could be finished to a questionable standard. Check to see what modifications have been made, if any, and if there are receipts to prove that they have been done in a reputable fashion.

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Previous Owners

How many people have owned that van before you? This information can tell you a lot about a van, especially if it isn’t particularly old but has been through a surprisingly high number of owners. You can check how many previous owners a car has had with the DVLA – lots of changes over a short period could spell out mechanical problems or other issues, so look out for this.

Buying from an Experienced, Professional Dealer

The best way to ensure that you get the best possible used van is to visit a professional dealer with a good reputation and years of experience in the industry. One who checks over all their vehicles to ensure that their customers never buy a lemon and offers a warranty to give some peace of mind that if anything does go wrong, they’re covered.

About the Author Feeder Commercials is a Bristol Based used commercial vehicle dealership with over 40 years’ experience delivering an outstanding service. If you’re looking to buy a used van then visit Feeder Commercials online today to see our wide range of stock.