Secondhand vans ‘could have a hidden past’

JonathanSeptember 14, 2012

Van leasing customers can rest assured that their vehicles have no dubious past history.

In these difficult economic times, it is often the case that businesses can ill afford to spend start-up capital on purchasing brand new vehicles, especially when finance is often hard to come by.

Sometimes firms look instead to pick up a van or two on the secondhand market, but new research has suggested that could be a risky option so contract hire could be the most effective way of acquiring a vehicle.

A new study by HPI found that the ever popular Ford Transit is the most stolen light commercial vehicle in the UK, closely followed by Mercedes Sprinter and Mitsubishi L200, so those people who want to purchase one of these should be extra vigilant.

“Thieves will be looking to sell vans on to innocent buyers, so the general public and van dealers must be on their guard,” said Daniel Burgess, managing director for HPI.

However, buying a stolen van is not the only pitfall that that can catch out businesses trying to save a bit of money.

Many other vans are clocked, cloned, written-off or still on finance, reveals the vehicle information expert.

Mr Burgess concluded: “One in four vans checked has something to hide, but used van buyers can avoid risks by simply carrying out an HPI Check, which will uncover the vehicle’s history and confirm if there is anything untoward about the vehicle that needs investigating.”

Of course, businesses could avoid all of these troubles by opting for a van leasing scheme.

The Ford Transit 300 short wheelbase Diesel Fwd Medium Roof Van Trend TDCi 85ps version can be acquired from as little as a £276.53 month and that comes with no lingering worries about the quality of the vehicle.


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