If you’re thinking of buying a Used Van, there are a number of ways to start your search – scouring the newspapers, browsing in salesrooms or – the simplest way – searching online.
One of the best known used vehicle sites is www.autotrader.co.uk, an electronic version of the weekly publication. It’s very user-friendly – all you have to do is select ‘used vans’ on the front page, then ‘Volkswagen’ and you can then typically choose from around 2,000 vehicles. You can also narrow your search by clicking on a model, for example Caddy, Crafter or Transporter.
Another handy point about this website is that you can check the vehicle history simply by clicking a link at the bottom of each entry on the results page. This will take you to Auto Trader’s vehicle check website.
While it costs £19.99 to check one van, it’s £24.99 for multiple vehicles, which might end up being better value if you have a list of possible purchases.
If you would prefer to deal directly with Volkswagen, its own commercial vehicle website www.volkswagen-vans.co.uk offers what its calls ‘assured used vans’. This means that the vehicle has had mileage and identity checks, comes with a comprehensive warranty and includes up to one year’s roadside assistance.
From the web menu, choose small, medium or large vehicle size, then select the model and body type – a drop-down menu will help with categories such as box, high roof, motorhome and so on.
You can also enter a minimum and maximum price, postcode and the distance you are prepared to travel to look at and buy the vehicle.
Another tried and tested website is www.exchangeandmart.co.uk. Clicking on the ‘buy motors’ tab at the top of the front page will lead you to a submenu, from which you can select ‘commercial vehicles’. Select the make and, if desired, enter a keyword to narrow the search. At this point you can also stipulate your price range.
Once you arrive at the results page, filtering your search further is easy – just select your preferences in mileage, year and and type of seller – private, dealer, or both – using the side panel.