Late-year models continue to perform best in the light panel van sector but a pecking order remains firmly in place that sees the Volkswagen Transporter and Mercedes-Benz Vito maintaining top position, according to experts at EurotaxGlass’s.
The trade appetite for the lower horsepower Transporter T5 and Vito 109 has recently weakened slightly, while prices for the higher 104bhp and 130bhp models remain firm, due to low volumes.
When offered in small numbers the Renault Trafic, Vauxhall Vivaro and Nissan Primastar perform strongly, with a small premium being paid for the French manufacturer’s badge.
Ford Transit 280 continues to be seen as an attractive proposition, with buyers paying top money to obtain any low mileage 100bhp MWB medium roof model.
There is the same preference for higher horsepower when it comes to the SWB, with mounting downward price pressures placed on the 85bhp model when offered in anything other than prime condition.
The latest 110bhp Transit is in high demand and will command strong money that comes uncomfortably close to a discounted new price.
Meanwhile over at CAP, experts are seeing a continuing shortage of panel vans that meet buyers’ ideal criteria, particularly at 3.5-tonnes gross vehicle weight.
A spokesman said: “In particular, clean Lutons and boxes have sold well, regardless of badge or drive-line configuration. Higher mileage has impacted more heavily than of late and leads to values moving back further.”
In the sub 2.0-tonne market CAP has seen reductions of between two and three per cent.
The spokesman said: “Usage, condition, colour and specification are paramount and standard factory finished paintwork along with side loading doors remain the safest option for maxmimum retail appeal.”