Can’t find a van!

Sep 25, 2020
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I am getting really frustrated trying to find a panel van to convert, it seems like the world and his mother is doing the same. I am looking for a Ducato/Boxer/Relay/Sprinter. Any suggestions for where I can look beyond the obvious, Ebay, autotrader, E and M, the AA?
I should add I have a modest budget, hence why I assume there is a lot of competition.
 
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Nanniemate

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Check out the auctions that deal with the disposal of lease hire vehicles. but you may have to be a trader to get access to some but vehicles do often change hands without leaving the site.
 
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One of the reasons you can’t find a van suitable for conversion is the upsurge in online sales causing a huge demand in delivery vans.
It could take a while finding one that isn’t shot to pieces at a reasonable price. You could be better off buying a decent second hand one off the forum classified section.
Phil

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Sep 25, 2020
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Thanks, I will keep an eye on there too. Online sales requiring deliveries on top of reduced production at the top end of the market due to lockdown has definitely made the search more difficult.
What will be, will be!
 
Jun 28, 2020
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What age?

Many vans do 50k a year so will be high milage after 3 years.

However buying a low milage van that's 15 yo is imho just as dodgy...

I would look at 10 years 100,000 mile point were I looking again..

Which I might be next week!!😭😭😭

Cheers
 
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Hi, that's exactly what I am looking for! But all the ones I can afford are being snapped up really quickly. A case of being in the right place at the right time!

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Jun 28, 2020
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Just thought you didn't mention gumtree.

That's where I got mine from.

Cheers James
 
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have you considered a vauxhall movano or renault master they arnt bad vans did take me a while to find mine though
 
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Chaser brought an ambulance. High mileage but at least he knew it was genuine, not been to a mileage correction facility. Just saying what’s on the speedo might not be true.

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I have a movano than performs on par with a broken microwave .....!!

Just avoid the 2.2!!!

Cheers James

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Jul 2, 2019
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Hiya my van came from copart ,ive spent a bit on it but weve ironed out all the bad bits ,they always have plenty of choice , best regards pampam

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Chaser brought an ambulance. High mileage but at least he knew it was genuine, not been to a mileage correction facility. Just saying what’s on the speedo might not be true.

I wouldn’t touch an Ambulance with a barge pole.

They get thrashed all day, every day, started from cold and thrashed, thrashed then left to idle for an hour outside a patients house. Driven to hospital where they idle for hours. Thrashed to the next job and repeat, 24/7.

The only advantage is they are often part converted.

It would be interesting to compare mileage to hours.
 

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I wouldn’t touch an Ambulance with a barge pole.

They get thrashed all day, every day, started from cold and thrashed, thrashed then left to idle for an hour outside a patients house. Driven to hospital where they idle for hours. Thrashed to the next job and repeat, 24/7.

The only advantage is they are often part converted.

It would be interesting to compare mileage to hours.
And yet often do seriously high miles and have to be ultra reliable.

I can guarantee they are less thrashed than any ex courier van etc
Especially since the drivers of them are usually scraping idiots who thrash vehicles around off the road surface every other day.
 
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