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Vans Back to top
AA Cars works closely with thousands of UK used car dealers to bring you one of the largest selections
of Vans on the market. All used Vans on the AA
website come with free 12 months breakdown cover and a free car history check.
Vans are some of the most practical cars on the road. If you need a vehicle for commercial reasons that will serve you for years to come, look no further than our list of used vans for sale.
Why buy a van? Back to top
Vans aren't typically bought for leisure. They're large, functional and above all practical. But that doesn't mean that there's no variation on the market. When buying a used van today, there is a great selection of vehicles that can offer you everything from impressive load lugging ability, to remarkable people moving space, to rugged multipurpose adventurer. Chances are if you are in the market for a second hand van, you'll be looking for a supremely practical vehicle that you're going to be using for commercial means. You're in luck, there's plenty on offer. Whether you're running a large and busy operation with a number of people, or if you're a one-man band and need a wagon for yourself and the tools of your trade, there are options to suit. You'll also be happy to know that modern vans have come a long way since their early days. This means more efficient engines – 40mpg is an attainable figure in some of the more economical diesels – better equipment, and an all round more comfortable drive. If you're in the market for something a little more family friendly, it's best you look at a people carrier or even a 4x4, but for the commercial workhorse, there are few better options.
Which van should i buy? Back to top
Probably the biggest differentiator in the van market is size. At the one end of the scale is the panel van, which can top the scales at a whopping five tonnes and pack a meaty 180bhp. At the other end are compact vans, such as the Peugeot Partner, which can offer you bags of space as well as passenger practicality with its five seats. One of the most popular vans on the market is undoubtedly the Ford Transit, which remains one of the best large vans out there. Thanks to it being such a popular and prevalent model, you're certain of finding one on the used car market for a great price.
What should I look for when buying used vans? Back to top
Your key concerns when buying a used van should be your practical needs. What will you be transporting with your van? Will it be people; will it be the tools of your trade? Perhaps it will be to move large pieces of furniture or goods. If you can pin down one primary task that you'll be using it for, you'll be better positioned to find your ideal used van. If you're looking for raw capacity and practicality, look for one of the larger panel vans featuring a tall cabin and wide loading space. It's also important to consider body length – not only for the luggage you will be loading, but for where you will be storing your van. If you don't have a large garage or long drive, make sure you don't opt for a very long van that you're going to have to park far away from your work or home. By the same token, if you're going to be storing work tools and other potentially costly goods, you'll need a van with good security. Ideally, it's best not to store valuables in your van, but sometimes you will need to. So, make sure you find a van that comes with an advanced locking system, a good alarm and even glazed windows. One of the key benefits of buying a second hand van – even a cheap used van – is that the previous owner is likely to have modified their van to include a number of these safety precautions already. If they haven't, factor in how much added budget you may need to add on these features. Whether looking for raw practicality and ability, or a smooth ride and comfort, there's a used van for sale that will fit your needs. Thanks to good variation, a number of different options and excellent value for money, you'll find the perfect van in no time.