November's Used Van Hero

LCV Used Marketplace commentary

Andy Picton

21 Nov 2017, Blog Post

Attendances at auction across the UK have remained buoyant over the last month, with buyers continuing to search for the best stock on offer.

The average LCV auction sale price increased by a further 2.1% in October and now stands nearly 15% higher than at the same point last year. The average mileage of those sold increased by 685, but is still 2,545 miles lower than 12mths ago. Of those sold, 84.4% found new homes at the first time of asking – the highest for the last year.

The used market continues to power ahead with the near 11,000 units sold at auction during October, up 2.7% on September and 14.9% up on the same point last year. With demand continuing unabated for good quality stock, any straight examples serving the construction industry, home shopping or small sole trader/SME have been sold for ever-strengthening prices with vendors enjoying excellent conversion rates.

Blue utility Caddy vans remain a regular sight at auction, as does the Citroen Berlingo 625 Enterprise and the current shape Transit Connect. The best examples of the latter two especially when offered in a metallic colour, received plenty of interest continuing to perform to Glass’s values.

The medium panel van sector remains the most popular with over 36% of all sales taking place here, with 2-4yrs old stock proving the most sought after. The Custom, Transporter, Trafic and Vivaro continue to sell in the biggest volumes, with crew van and Kombi variants continue to sell for huge premiums.

Demand in the large panel van sector saw prices for dropsides, tippers and Luton vans firm, whilst the continued increase in internet shopping has seen values for tidy, large panel vans – particularly, the previous generation Transit 280 and 350 - with sensible mileages, surge.

The market for 4x4s continues to improve as does the average sale price, which now stands at £9,888, up £274 on September and £96 on October 2016. Volumes of both the Nissan Navara Tekna and the Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian remain high and feature in the top 10 list of models sold last month.

About the author

Andy Picton

Andy PictonChief Commercial Vehicle Editor

Having worked previously for Barclays Asset Finance and LeasePlan in the commercial vehicle sector, Andy joined Glass’s in 2002 as part of the Commercial Vehicle team working closely with manufacturers, leasing and insurance companies, traders, dealers and auction houses. He was promoted to Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor in 2016 and manages our industry-leading team of valuation experts. He loves football, music and obviously commercial vehicles.