Key trends in the used CV market
Used light vans
- Currently at auction, 0808-plated Ford Fiesta vans, even with high mileage, perform strongly against Guide as do Vauxhall Astra Club models, particularly 100bhp and 120bhp lots. Similarly, the best Vauxhall Astra Envoy and LS models command Guide Trade without too much difficulty.
- Demand for Vauxhall Combo has improved over recent times, with more buyers opting for the smaller 1.3 CDTi power unit. The larger engine is regarded as a bonus.
- Even older vans like Ford Courier 50 and Ford Escort 55Ds are attracting buyers and, where mileages are sensible, prices are to Guide Trade.
- Despite there being no shortage of Volkswagen’s SDI and TDI C20 Caddys, there is seemingly a buyer for them all.
- Although the LWB vans sell fairly well, both trade and retail buyers prefer SWB format.
- Market sentiment for the latest small load carriers, such as new-shape Citroen Berlingo 625X L1 1.6HDI 75bhp on 0909 is on a high and pushing prices well into Guide.
- Likewise, the first new Renault Kangoo Compact vans (SL17dCi 85+ model) sold through auction last month achieved especially strong prices.
Used panel vans
- Current low volumes of latest-shape Citroen Dispatch, Fiat Scudo and Peugeot Expert vans mean the prices continue to reach Guide.
- Demand for sound examples of old-shape Citroen Dispatch and Peugeot Expert on 2005-06 plates has held firm with Enterprise models continuing to fetch a small premium.
- Renault Trafics and Vauxhall Vivaros continue to attract a loyal following of eager buyers who have pushed prices higher of late.
- Volkswagen Transporters and Mercedes-Benz Vitos still head the field, although the latest Ford Transit T280 has no shortage of admirers.
- Ex-utility, low-mileage Ford Transit T260/280s on 04/05 plates are currently seen as prime stock, with Guide Trade being paid consistently.
- Latest-shape SWB models perform even better and at auction, even those in poorer condition or with higher mileages are achieving Guide values.
- Demand at auction for 3.5-tonners continues to improve, with all clean stock managing to make good money; scruffy lots are still passed over.
- Vauxhall Movano, Renault Master, Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato panel vans, which previously had been especially sensitive to market numbers, are currently achieving better results.
- With the imminent arrival of a ‘barbeque summer’, minibuses are back in favour with executive styling and late year models making most headway. Volkswagen Caravelle and Shuttle buses attain jaw-dropping heights at Volkswagen Closed sales and at open market venues. But high-spec Ford Tourneo and Mercedes-Benz Vito Traveliner steal the show when presented in "A1" condition.
- The warmer months also attract greater interest in the nicest examples of conventional 12-, 15- and 17-seat minibuses. Engine power rating, condition, mileage, colour and trim will all affect the outcome.
- As the prospects for the construction industry slowly improve, so interest and prices have risen for single cab dropsiders and tippers, yet used buyers select only the best.