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‘Unprecedented’ demand for used LCVs as home delivery market booms

Increasing customer demand for good quality used light commercials is prompting car dealers to head online in large numbers to source retail-ready stock.

Jonathan Holland, managing director of ADESA UK.

Online vehicle remarketing specialist ADESA UK said it had seen a growing number of retailers logging onto its Upstream platform over recent weeks to search for vans.

“We are seeing an unprecedented demand for used commercial vehicles and that demand shows no signs of abating,” said Jonathan Holland, managing director of ADESA UK.

“A growing number of dealers, some of whom would normally only source cars, are coming to us to buy retail-ready light commercials for customers requiring vans. This increase in demand has undoubtedly been boosted by the number of start-ups joining the growing home delivery market,” he said.

But ADESA UK also believes demand has been boosted by a slowdown in the supply of some new models.

Demand is increasing for all vehicle sizes, from car-derived vans up to panel vans, with good condition being a prime consideration among buyers.

“What has become apparent is that car dealers are not necessarily buying on price; more pressing concerns for them are condition, service history and functionality, with many actively bidding for vans to meet specific customer requirements,” continued Holland.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 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.

Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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