Professional buyers continue to look for straight and clean vans that represent a good quality retail proposition. Of course, this is also exactly the sort of vehicle that the non-trade buyer wants for his own business and competition can lead to some exceptional values being recorded for the best quality stock.
Direct entered vans from a 'Good Home' – blue chip fleet and lease sources, rental companies, finance houses, government and local authorities - continue to set the pace and prices in this sector continue to be strong, providing vehicles are well presented and in above average condition.
It has to be noted, however, that there is a relative shortage of Panel vans in presentable condition and prices for 'Clean' examples are regularly outperforming guide values. As always, the most useable configurations will always attract the most interest – side loading doors, low level loading, bulkhead retainers and high-roof – and interior ply-lining is a must.
Demand is a bit off the pace for tippers and dropsides after many months of outperforming other sectors, while minibuses are generally selling strongly. Car-derived vans have enjoyed a renaissance in recent weeks and the 4x4 and Pick-up markets are exceptionally busy.