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Used van market hotting up as industry readies for Christmas deliveries

Demand and prices for used 3.5-tonne panel vans are already showing signs of increase as the delivery market ramps up for the festive season.

Tim Spencer, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions’ commercial vehicle sales manager
Tim Spencer, Shoreham Vehicle Auctions’ commercial vehicle sales manager

According to Shoreham Vehicle Auctions (SVA), following two recent 80% conversion sales, any make or model of 3.5-tonne used van – a stalwart in the online retail delivery market – has been selling quickly and for solid prices.

The firm’s latest figures show a recovery for the nearly-new sector too with some 66-plate ex-rental stock being sold for strong prices following a fallback in previous weeks.

SVA also noted that some VW Caddy, VW Transporter and Citroen Berlingo vans entered by a national charity with high mileages on the clock beat book by some margin.

Based on a strong service histories and the vans being offered for sale in good condition, two 62-plate Transporters with 122,000 and 142,000 miles respectively sold for £5,600 and £5,500. This represented a combined £2,000 above book.

“The three-year-old market continues to be extremely buoyant,” said Tim Spencer, SVA’s commercial vehicle sales manager. “Everything of that age is being snapped up and there remains a shortage of stock in the market. More used stock coming into the market during September will be most welcome to help feed hungry buyers. There should also be a better stock mix available in September,” he added.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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