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Disposals: Used market round-up

The used van market is on a roll, according to disposal experts at CAP and Glass’s, with this year proving even better than last year so far.

The lightweight end of the market seems to be doing best of all.

According to a Glass’s spokesman: ‘Across the lightweight marketplace, encouraging sentiment sees used vans – young or old, big or small, straight or dented, with high or low miles – all picking up sensible bids when offered for sale at auction.’

Demand for the Citroën Dispatch, Fiat Scudo and Peugeot Expert continues unabated, with the best examples across all ages gaining the attention of both trade and retail buyers who continue to pay top money for those supported by full documentation and sensible mileages.

Ford’s Transit Connect continues where it left off last month, attracting especially strong interest.

In order to satisfy high levels of customer demand, dealers will consider all used vans, even where condition and mileage are outside normal parameters. LX models powered by the 90bhp unit in silver with a side loading doors are most prized.

The Volkswagen Caddy also proves a star performer at auction.

Over at CAP, a spokesman said the 2.0-3.5 tonne gvw sector was currently starved of clean late-plate product which has led to price stability, in particular for models such as Ford Transit, Mercedes-Benz Sprinter and Iveco Daily.

He said: ‘The best performers are sub-60,000 mile, 100bhp six-speed gearbox stock, when offered with enhanced specification including air conditioning and metallic paint.’

Smaller vans such as the Citroën Dispatch, Peugeot Expert and Fiat Scudo have also enjoyed a resurgence of interest, repeating a similar trend of last year, while a new premium sector is emerging with LWB high-roof derivatives of vans such as the Ford Transit Connect.

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