Be kind to your van's roof says price guide

Date: Friday, June 15, 2007

You can have the cleanest and most powerful Vauxhall Vivaro or Renault Trafic in town, and reckon that what you've got will fetch a small fortune when you come to sell it second-hand. But beware, says price guide EurotaxGlass's.
If you've fitted a roof rack, been constantly loading and unloading ladders, and the roof has been badly knocked about, then your vehicle may end up being worth a lot less than you thought. “Any roof damage will be punished by a sharp reduction in price,” warns chief commercial vehicle editor, George Alexander.

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That's as true of other models as it is of Vivaro and Trafic in what remains a buoyant market for well-presented used light commercials; especially if they pack plenty of punch.

“So far as Ford Transit 260 and 280, Volkswagen T5 Transporter and Mercedes-Benz Vito are concerned, it's the higher horsepower examples that attract the greatest interest,” Alexander reports.

High-mileage Mercedes Sprinters are doing especially well, he says. “Recently a number of examples that had covered well in excess of 200,000 miles sold for the kind of money that other vans of the same age achieve with only average mileage,” he says.

No matter what the make or model, the common rail diesel engine is now king, says Alexander. “Older pre-common rail models are seeing a step down in value when they have to compete against fresher rivals,” he states.


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