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Marketwatch: Small vans suffer from weak new market

AN increasingly selective approach from buyers is hitting the market for used small and car-derived vans.

Allied to a fall in sales of new small and car-derived vans by 9% and 3% respectively, the used market is continuing to suffer. As a result, fleets looking to dispose of their vans at auction must ensure they are in good condition if they are to sell.

George Alexander, chief commercial vehicle editor at EurotaxGlass’s, publisher of Glass’s Guide to Commercial Vehicle Values, said: ‘This reflects the cautious outlook of those businesses which operate smaller vehicles and in particular the self-employed man who is in no hurry to buy a new van.’ According to Alexander, certain models are performing better than others in the auction halls.

Fiat’s Doblo Cargo retains a loyal following, while Volkswagen’s new shape Caddy is in demand thanks to limited supply.

But condition is key to certain models, such as older Ford Fiesta van, the Vauxhall Combo and Renault Kangoo. Demand for the Citroen Berlingo HDi remains stable, as long as the model has side-sliding doors.

In the car-derived van sector, there is strong money waiting for Vauxhall Astravans with miles covered under warranty, especially with the CDTi diesel engine and in either LS or Sportive trim.

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