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Low-quality vans clog up auctions

USED vans in poor condition are 'clogging' up some auction sites, although this has not affected prices achieved for better late-year stock, according to Glass's Information Services.

George Alexander, chief editor, commercial vehicles, revealed some key trends in the used commercial vehicle market.

He said: 'For many of those working in the auction scene, business for used vans in January is continuing where it left off last year. Over the past weeks, some have commented on high numbers of poorer vans clogging certain sites, though there is little sign that this is eroding prices for better late-year stock'.

On the used panel van market, Alexander said: 'Typically, vans providing most interest in this sector came from the mid-weight ranges. Small Ford Transits, T260s and T280s, Volkswagen Transporters, Mercedes-Benz Vitos and any Japanese marques enjoy the best prices.

'Renault is now starting to release significant numbers of late-year Trafics, with one batch recently presented at auction making guide trade prices with ease. However, if too many were to appear on the open market, it is likely that their values would soon fall.'

Glass's adds that due to a shortage, any popular 3.5-tonne chassis sporting a Luton body can make especially strong money, with demand highest for the preferred longer body length.

Alexander said: 'Larger, powerful panel vans are in vogue and remain first choice with a good number of trade buyers. This has ensured the best examples from all marques will sell at the first time of asking.

'Mercedes-Benz Sprinter CDi models, even those with high recorded miles, are making good money, which is a feat envied by competitors. Particularly popular though is the Sprinter 313 CDi, where low volume keeps the trade buyers on their toes.' He said high volume obstructed the progress of the Ford Transit 350, yet despite this, clean low mileage examples are commanding indicated guide prices.'

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