Every month, Glass's the used value expert chooses a second-hand van it says offers versatility, economy and outstanding value for money, and for August it has picked the previous generation of the Dispatch.
Andy Picton, chief commercial vehicle editor at Glass's, stated: “For someone looking for a sensibly priced, good, economical van with up to 1,200kg payload you need look no further.”
In particular, the company highlighted that later-year examples of the second-generation model, which was on sale from 2007 to 2016, are popular at auction, with many offered in a colour guaranteed plenty of interest. It added that the enhanced specification of the Enterprise model is actively sought out as it has air-conditioning, which is a must in the used commercial vehicle market, while the engines are reliable and durable and offer “great fuel consumption”.
Further plus points include the provision of two lengths and two roof heights, central locking with deadlocks, electric windows as standard and load volumes of 5.0-7.0m3.
Glass’s added that the vehicle also offered “low running costs, long service intervals, a good dealer network, competitive insurance, readily available parts, a well laid-out cabin and a good driving position”.
“The previous-generation Citroen Dispatch has a good following for the nicest examples on offer in the market place,” said Picton.
The model isn’t complete faultless, however, and according to Glass’s some variants have been known to suffer from electric power-steering issues, and safety features are not on a par with some of the newest competition available in the marketplace. Specifically, the company warns potential purchasers to check that the Trafficmaster satellite navigation system is functioning fully.
Glass’s says the ideal used Dispatch would be a 1,000kg 1.6HDi 90 L1 H1 model on a 2015 plate with 40,000 miles on the clock, retailing for £7,850 plus VAT.