Thinking about buying a used van? It can be difficult to know where to start your search. From private sales to dealership deals, knowing where to buy your van is one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make. To help, used van retailer Van Monster (with bases in the north-west) explains the options available to you:
When it comes to buying a used van, dealerships are arguably one of the safest ways to purchase a second-hand vehicle. Dealers have a legal obligation to sell vans of a ‘satisfactory quality’. This means when you purchase from a reputable dealer, you’ll know that you’re buying a roadworthy van that is free from any defects.
Hidden surprises are also eliminated, as dealers must be completely honest about a vehicle’s history and any defects it may have. This eliminates any issues further down the line, protecting your interests as a buyer.
Often, dealerships are regulated by the codes of conduct of motoring associations. This means, in the event of an issue arising, the buyer can contact the relevant party for help and advice.
You’ll also have access to a variety of finance options, providing greater flexibility than a cash sale does. Finance is usually arranged through the dealership too, eliminating stress for the buyer.
Often, buying privately is seen as something of a gamble. The truth is a private seller simply can’t offer you the same benefits that a professional dealership can.
The only obligation a private seller has is to describe the van accurately — however, there is often nothing to enforce this. We’ve all read the horror stories about unscrupulous sales that have conned innocent buyers into purchasing a sub-standard vehicle, so make sure you proceed with caution when buying privately.
Don’t just take the seller’s word for it. Ask to take the van for a test drive so you can experience it for yourself and request the vehicle’s MOT and service history. Thoroughly check the van before you buy as well, to make sure you’re not left out-of-pocket.
Of course, you should always carry out these checks regardless of where you buy from but with private sales, it’s definitely a case of buyer beware. A decent private sale can save you some cash but is it a risk you’re willing to take?