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Peugeot’s sparky little Bipper – the small van that thinks big
With few Fiestas and Corsas to be found, small vans like the Peugeot Bipper offer better priced alternatives

THE good new for anyone wishing to sell their vans goes on and on.

Due to a dip in sales of new vehicles in the troubled days after 2008, stock is short, so most vehicles on the used van market are finding homes easily and are making good money.

Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans continue to attract buyers

George Alexander, chief editor, commercial vehicles at Glass’s Guide, told Business Vans that both light and heavy vans are in short supply.

On light vans, he said: “Early indications are that the New Year should quickly find its stride, which will see LCVs continuing their run of good fortune as supply continues to outstrip demand.

“Although buyers are keen to get their hands on low mileage Ford Fiestas and Vauxhall Corsa vans over the closing months of the old year, there were few to be found. The obvious alternative to these comes from Fiat Nemo, Peugeot Bipper and Fiat Fiorino models where numbers are higher and prices lower.

“Citroen Berlingo and Peugeot Partner vans continue to attract buyers, with the best low mileage types commanding bids that equate to Guide with an especially keen following for crew-cab variants.

“Now to be seen in slightly greater numbers, there is good demand for Transit Connects, with the best stock up to four years old selling comfortably to Guide.

“Any Trend or Limited vans with sensible miles find little trouble in attracting bids to Guide. Of late, there have not been that many VW Caddy/Caddy Maxi lots to be seen at auction with a proportion of those that did surface struggling a little. Despite the prices paid for Caddy SDIs being lacklustre, Kombi variants are highly sought after.”

Class acts like late shape Vauxhall Movanos, or Renault Masters are attracting much more attention from dealers

At the heavy end of the used van market, up to 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight, Alexander said: “Demand will readily mop-up any small van bought solely for Christmas duties that is now unceremoniously disposed of. Peugeot Expert and Dispatch vans are proving popular with the L2 variant performing best. Both current and previous models are in demand with each tidy example going to Guide.

The chronic shortage of large vans at auction has meant the best models are attracting great attention from end-user buyers…

“Tidy VauxhallVivaro, Renault Trafic and Nissan Primastar models continue to sell to Guide Trade when offered with warranted miles, their age seemingly being no deterrent. Against the others, Renault’s Trafic receives a modest premium.

“All clean and tidy 3.5 tonners on late plates continue to perform well. The chronic shortage of large vans at auction has meant the best will sell to Guide with the nicest, most powerful models attracting even greater attention from end-user buyers.

“Latest shape Renault Master, Vauxhall Movano, Nissan NV400 and Iveco Daily are each now enjoying a far higher standing within trade circles as their undoubted merits are, at long last, acknowledged by dealers needing to find 3.5 tonne stock.

“The volume of Mercedes Sprinters appearing at auction remains especially low, which has resulted in firmer prices for models such as MWB High Roof 313s that sell to Guide without issue. Mercedes Crafters also enjoy a healthy level of trade sentiment which ensures that even an earlier example with high mileage will always get a sensible bid.”



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