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2024 Van Buying Guide: 6 Simple Van Buying Tips You Need To Know

By Jodie Chay Oneill | May 22, 2024


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In our 2024 guide to buying vans, we lay out six key tips you should keep in mind when getting yourself a new van this year.

2024 Van Buying Guide: 6 Simple Van Buying Tips You Need To Know

In our 2024 guide to buying vans, we break down six key tips for anyone looking to purchase a new van this year.

So, you’re in the market for a new van but feeling a bit lost? Don’t sweat it; getting a new van can feel overwhelming, similar to buying a new car. But knowing your stuff can really pay off, especially when it comes to snagging the best deal possible.

The van market in the UK is booming. In 2019, there were roughly 3.9 million vans cruising the roads. Fast forward to 2020, and that number had jumped to about 4.5 million. With this growth comes a plethora of options, which can mean more time spent researching and more decisions to make.

Whether you’re a first-time buyer eager to test out the practicality of a van or a seasoned pro looking to expand your fleet, here are our top tips for finding the perfect van in 2024:

One Size Doesn’t Fit All:

It’s crucial to get the right-sized vehicle to meet your needs. Underestimating or overestimating can cost you big time. Whether it's crew vans, panel vans, or custom conversions, choosing the right size ensures you don’t end up with wasted space and wasted money.

Understand Payload and Load Space:

Payload refers to the total weight a van can safely carry, including passengers and cargo. Knowing your van's payload capacity is essential, especially if you're hauling heavy goods. Load space, on the other hand, is the storage area behind the van's bulkhead. Larger vans typically offer more load space, vital for transporting bulky items.

Cosmetics & Accessories:

Looks matter! Many van models now come in stylish colours and offer accessories like body kits and alloy wheels. Choosing a van that suits your aesthetic preferences can make you happier in the long run.

New Vs. Used:

Deciding between a brand new or used van depends on various factors, primarily price. While new vans come with the full manufacturer's warranty and assurance of quality, used vans offer cost savings. Understanding market fluctuations and considering factors like vehicle history and modifications are key when buying used.

Financing Your Van:

Financing your van allows you to spread the cost and manage cash flow effectively. Understanding different finance options is crucial, as is considering the tax implications. Leasing, in particular, offers tax benefits for businesses.

Consider Your Carbon Footprint:

With the rise of electric vans and increasing emission regulations, efficiency is paramount. Ensuring your van meets the latest emission standards, especially if you operate in urban areas with low-emission zones, is essential. Future-proofing your vehicle can save you headaches down the road.

Aftersales Support:

Finally, consider the aftersales support offered by the manufacturer. A comprehensive warranty can provide peace of mind, especially for new vehicles. Ensure that any specialist conversions are also covered under warranty to avoid unexpected expenses.

By following these tips, you can navigate the van-buying process with confidence and find the perfect ride for your needs in 2024.

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