- Where to look 👀 for a van?
Looking at getting a van in the next 18months or so
Ideally seating for 5-6 so crew cabPosted 1 month ago
Maybe up to a pug boxer/fiat ducato size
Where do you look for vans other than autotrader
Will be doing <20k a year
Will be used for work and holidays
Family of 4 maybe 5 in the near future
Ideally need bomb proof toozilog6128Subscriber
People you know, business owners etc? Bought a couple that way, older vans being moved on, but had an easy life/been looked after.
Got latest from Ford main dealer, they had either taken it back after lease ended or taken it as PX, can’t remember. Either way it was a total bargain for a top spec van, they just wanted rid of it. It had had an easy life with a fire-extinguisher servicing company, FSH etc. Might be worth ringing round to see what they’ve got coming up before it goes on Autotrader, etc and gets snapped up.Posted 1 month agokayak23Subscriber
I looked everywhere to be honest, but eventually found mine via AutoTrader but from a Nottingham dealer in vans.
Facebook marketplace is quite good for more local stuff and you can often get a bargain if you keep checking it often.
Van dealers will obviously be more expensive but you’ll tend to get some sort of short warranty at least.Posted 1 month agojamesozSubscriber
Because the sort circuiting electrics will galvanically protect it.
We had two Vivaros, total electrical failure in one and gearbox fail on another under 40k miles.Posted 1 month ago
The two Toyota’s were bullet proof despite being disliked due to the poverty spec/seats.
Of newer vans we’ve had 4 or 5 Transit customs, probably on a par with the VW’s we’ve had for reliabity. Not bad but not brilliant.
Biggest thing with the Transits aside shit security seemed to be the front doors dropping and the rear doors becoming hard to open/close. It looks almost like the back was no longer square. There does seem a lot of flex in the body at the rear.
The vans get a hard life (except mine). Carrying heavy loads with a lot of London driving.panzerjagerSubscriber
Never used them myself, but often find myself daydreaming on https://www.forcevans.co.uk working out which internal bits to take out or leave to make a day van for the bikes.Posted 1 month ago
Most are ex police, armed forces, emergency services etc. so while some may be driven hard, they all get well looked after, or so I’m led to believe…ratherbeintobagoSubscriber
Most are ex police, armed forces, emergency services etc. so while some may be driven hard, they all get well looked after, or so I’m led to believe…
‘White fleet’ MoD stuff is leased so the maintenance will be whatever the lease company provides. And they will have been flogged.Posted 1 month ago
Indeed cash strapped services are well known for maintaining vehicles to the nth.
Ever seen cop car workshop on Dave.
Won’t catch me buying ex police or ex ambulance. It’s mostly end of life junk with the occasional gem from up the country police station that hasn’t spent it’s weekends full of drunkards spewing over the interior or chasing louts across fieldsPosted 1 month ago
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