Where to look 👀 for a van?

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  • Where to look 👀 for a van?
  • Looking at getting a van in the next 18months or so

    Ideally seating for 5-6 so crew cab
    Reliable engine
    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 too

    Premier Icon rOcKeTdOg
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    Mashr thanks for the in depth reply 👀

    Also looking at van options, what’s good/reliable etc for my requirements at £8-10k

    Premier Icon howsyourdad1
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    Excellent emoji usage Flashy will be up in arms! 🙌

    Premier Icon zilog6128
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    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.

    Good idea zilog6128

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    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.

    What vans/engines are the ones too look out for?

    Premier Icon kayak23
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    Toyota hiace I was told, and that’s what I have.

    Premier Icon jamesoz
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    The Hi-ace was the most reliable we ran at our place 2006ish. Cheap to run too, £11 for an entire door mirror! Very long in the tooth now though. No idea about the pro ace, I assume it’s french in all but badge?

    trail_rat
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    No idea about the pro ace, I assume it’s french in all but badge?

    which at least means it wont rot for fun like the olde toyotas.

    Premier Icon thisisnotaspoon
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    Because the sort circuiting electrics will galvanically protect it.

    Premier Icon duncancallum
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    Top tip if its got a tailgate it’s less likely to have had heavy loads in as you cant get a forklift into it….

    Look for service history as per ring the local dealer up and see what you can gain ref history.

    Have a look at bca or copart auctions.

    Premier Icon duncancallum
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    Oh does it need to be a van

    Look out for ex mobility buses such as Merc vanios and Ford Tanya or what ever the factory bus is called

    trail_rat
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    Because the sort circuiting electrics will galvanically protect it.

    The what now ?

    You meant to write the galvanised body work will protect it I’m.sure.

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    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.
    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.

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    Where do you go to find the ex British Gas, BT vans nowadays?
    Keep thinking the little connects the Gas have would be a good buy.

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    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.
    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…

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    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.

    Premier Icon dirkpitt74
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    These look good – workshop in the back and table & chairs in the middle.
    Ex-BT mobile workshop & welfare

    Would make a decent day van – I’m sure you could get a bike/bikes in there some how.

    trail_rat
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    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 fields

    Premier Icon CheesybeanZ
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    Ex soco van won’t have had a hard life , I’ve bought a few out of ex police auctions .

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    I just want a nice clean crew cab van from a local business, like the Vivaro I picked up six years ago and which has been awesome.

    Even considered touting when I see vans of about the right age. Really don’t want to stump up the premium most van dealers demand.

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    I recognise 3 vans on that force vans…

    Especially that fiat ambulance….

    From memory that’s had at least 4 clutches n 2 boxes in it….

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