If you’re still preparing your checklist of things to look out for, ask about, and consider when looking at used vans for sale, here’s some of the most important things you can add to your checklist;
- Looking rusty?-if there is any rust present on the body (try checking the wingmirrors, sills, below bumpers, under the wheel arches, around door frame, corner of ..), press on it gently. If you can hear a cracking sound when you do so, it’s an indication that there is corrosion below the rust. It’s often little things like this which can be a sign of much bigger underlying faults – a quick internet search will help you determine many more.
- Test drive, test drive, test drive – it’s extremely unwise to purchase a van without taking it for a test drive first. Although the exterior of the van may look unscathed, and although everything may appear to be functioning ok, how the van will fare you truly does lie in the driving experience. If the dealer/owner won’t let you test drive the van, look elsewhere – it’s an indicator that something isn’t right.
- Ask away- prepare a set of questions you’d like to ask the seller/dealer before you get buying – they could be anything from questions regarding the service history, to what’s included in the price, to if you can inspect the van – anything at all that’ll settle your mind. If the person selling you the van dodges questions or doesn’t give you the answers you need, look elsewhere – it may be an indication that they’re trying to hide a serious fault with the car.
Remember – always take your time when purchasing a used van, and never feel pressured or rushed into buying anything that you aren’t 100% happy with. Happy van shopping!