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April 25, 2017 at 12:15 PM

Buying a new van might seem like a good idea to some people, but the truth is, a used van can still be reliable and save you a lot of money.

If you are thinking about buying a used van, here are tips to help you find a second van that is right for you.

Do a thorough research

The best place to start looking for a used van is online. Try to compare prices of similar models and find the model that is ideal for you at a price that is friendly too. Doing some research online will also help you to determine the approximate amount of money that you need to buy a good van. In addition, you will also learn about the different models of vans available.

Buy from a reputable dealer

It’s always in your best interest to make sure that you are buying from a reputable van dealer. Austen trading has been in this business for almost two decades now. This means that you can trust them with your money. If you choose to buy from a private dealer, it’s very important that you do some checks to make sure that the person you are dealing with is legit.

What kind of work was the van doing?

The truth is it is not easy to determine the kind of work that the van was doing previously, especially if you are buying from a broker. In this light, it is very important to consider buying vans that were being used by companies. It’s easy to find out the kind of work that a business van was doing. Again, if you prefer a private dealer, make sure that you know what the van was used for before buying. 

Test drive before buying

The best way to ensure that the van you are buying has all the features that you are looking for is to test drive it. This is also the best way to determine its reliability. 

Mechanical checks


When test driving the van, you should also perform some mechanical checks. The following are some of the most important things to consider when carrying out mechanical checks.

  • Brakes – The best way to check the brakes is to try an emergency stop.
  • Mileage – Make sure that you check the mileage of the van before buying. Also, ensure that the interior of the van is in good shape.
  • Tyres – Make sure that the tyres of the vans are not worn out. The tyres must also be road legal.
  • Engine – It’s also important to have a quick look at the engine. Only buy the van if the engine is in good shape and has been used wisely.
  • Gears – While you are out for a test drive, it’s in your best interest to check how efficiently the gears change.
  • Lights – All the lights should be in good shape otherwise do not buy.

Tags: Vans buying tips
Category: Buying Guide