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Disposals: Healthy demand continues

While the exceptional highs seen earlier in the year cast ripples of concern throughout the industry, Manheim reports that a more even temperature has been restored which will see the LCV market healthy and strong through the autumn and winter months.

  • Car-derived van sector

    The car-derived van sector is strong and healthy with Vauxhall Combos proving popular – prices of £3,000 have been achieved for 54-plate, 1.7 DTi SLD models showing 60,000 miles.

    The 1.3-litre engine derivative has seen a strong show of hands from buyers despite predictions that most would only be interested in the 1.7-litre.

    While still a relative newcomer to the market, the Volkswagen Caddy’s popularity is undiminished and interestingly, while the SDI model still has a healthy following, demand is currently leaning towards the TDI.

    Ford Transit Connect SWBs are selling well and thus returning good residuals while the little Ford Ka petrol continues to pack a hefty punch with budget buyers.

  • Small panel van sector

    Volkswagen Transporters and Mercedes-Benz Vitos continue to rule the roost in terms of popularity and price achieved but Transporters are still far and away the most popular choice with buyers.

    Interestingly, the price difference between short and long wheelbase models has seen a dip with prices down by around £300.

    Vitos with the right spec are performing well in the percentage stakes against new models – for example, a 115 LWB model showing 42,000 miles on an 05-54 plate, with automatic transmission and extras such as air-con can reach as much £850 over CAP average.

    Vauxhall Vivaro and Renault Trafic values are holding their own, despite the regular supply of vehicles into the market.

    The Vivaro 100bhp derivative is currently proving the most popular, but with the right colour and spec, the 82bhp is also selling well.

    Small numbers of new shape Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Ford Transit van are now starting to be seen in small numbers and, as predicted, are proving popular on the buyers’ shopping lists.

  • Large panel van sector

    Low mileage continues to be the deciding factor in this sector with strong prices being achieved for models that comply.

    The LDV Maxus, while still to come to the market in volume, is achieving recommended guide prices while Renault Master vans are plentiful performing well on price – a 100bhp, MM35 on an 04-54 plate showing 50,000 miles recently sold for £6,000 – £300 above CAP average.

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