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.
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.