Best van finance deals

Looking for the best van finance deal? Here are eight top value vans of different shapes and sizes, so you can find the best one for you

Gavin Braithwaite-Smith
Feb 22, 2021

There’s never been a better time to pick up a used van, with ever more sophisticated options available for an affordable cost. Gone are the days when vans felt and drove like wardrobes on wheels. Today’s vans are comfortable, efficient, powerful and loaded with the kind of kit you’d associate with a family car.

If you want to upgrade your existing van or you’re looking to plunge into the commercial vehicle arena for the first time, we’ve pulled together a list of some of the best van finance deals across a number of different body styles.

We have everything from a small but perfectly formed compact van, to an electric option that’s ideal for a business looking to reduce its carbon footprint. If you’re not quite ready to plug-in, you can select from a range of economical diesel vans that won’t take a big chunk out of your bottom line.

Keep reading to see our selections of the best value small, medium and large vans, along with our top crew cab, pick-up, minibus and electric van picks.

Best vans on finance

1. Peugeot Partner

Best small van

Used deals from £11,495
Monthly finance from £268*

The Peugeot Partner van, introduced in 2019, is one of the best small vans you can buy. Although it shares a platform with the Citroen Berlingo, Vauxhall Combo Cargo and Toyota Proace City, the Peugeot’s stylish 'i-Cockpit' interior with dials that you look at over the small steering wheel, gives it the edge over its rivals. It doesn’t look or feel too dissimilar to Peugeot’s range of passenger cars.

There are standard and long versions available, along with a range of different configurations. The Asphalt edition features comfort seats, enhanced smartphone connectivity and a pivoting writing table, which makes it ideal if you spend a lot of time in your van.

Alternatively, the Grip edition features increased ground clearance, 16-inch wheels with mud and snow tyres for extra grip, underbody protection and enhanced traction, making it a great choice for tough terrain. There’s even a Crew Van for up to five people and a Professional version for a 1,000kg payload and an ability to carry two Euro pallets.

2. Ford Transit Custom

Best medium van

Used deals from £11,900
Monthly finance from £269*

The Ford Transit Custom is Britain’s most popular new van and winner of many awards. It’s not hard to see why, because the Transit Custom is just the job for a variety of work purposes. In fact, it’s hard to fault.

Because the current version has been on sale since 2013, there are lots to choose from, meaning low cash prices and affordable monthly payments. There have been changes over the years, including a significant facelift in 2018, but all versions are great to drive, practical and efficient.

It even has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating to its name, which isn’t something you can say about many vans. Up to a substantial 1,355kg payload is available, depending on the model, along with a maximum load length of 2,921mm. A more efficient mild hybrid version was added to the range in 2019, while rugged Active and Trail versions arrived in 2020.

3. Mercedes Sprinter

Best large van

Used deals from £19,995
Monthly finance from £389*

Meet the UK’s second most popular van: the Mercedes Sprinter. That’s no mean feat, given the fact that the Sprinter is a large van in a top 10 that’s dominated by small and medium commercial vehicles.

It’s not hard to see why. Although you’ll pay a little more for a Mercedes-Benz, you’ll appreciate the excellent build quality, efficient engines and strong image associated with the three-pointed star. This is why businesses are prepared to pay a premium over the large Ford Transit.

It’ll be a while before the current Sprinter, introduced in 2018, becomes particularly affordable as a used purchase, but the model on sale from 2013 remains a superb choice. Most used examples are powered by an efficient 2.1-litre 'CDI' diesel engine developing 130hp. The cabin is a class act, while there’s a long list of safety equipment to keep you out of trouble.

4. Vauxhall Vivaro Doublecab

Best crew cab van

Used deals Limited stock

The Vauxhall Vivaro Doublecab plays second fiddle to the Ford Transit Custom in the battle for medium van supremacy in the sales charts, but there are a number of factors working in its favour. It’s built in Britain, so it should appeal to patriotic buyers, although it was developed alongside the French Renault Trafic.

It launched in 2014, before being replaced by a new Vivaro in 2019. The Vivaro Doublecab is the one to choose if you’re after two rows of seats, because there’s seating for six in exchange for a slightly reduced payload.

The Sportive model features Isofix mountings for child seats, so it’s ideal if you intend to use your van for family duties. A payload of 1,040kg is reasonable, especially when you consider the number of seats.

5. Isuzu D-Max

Best double cab pick-up

Used deals from £16,901
Monthly finance from £402*

Double cab pick-ups are extremely popular, successfully blurring the line between the commercial vehicles and lifestyle cars. Although the Isuzu D-Max sits more on the side of business than pleasure, it remains a popular choice within farming and equestrian circles. A substantial 3,500kg towing weight helps.

Launched in 2012, power was sourced from a strong 2.5-litre twin-turbocharged diesel engine until a more efficient 1.9-litre turbodiesel arrived in 2017. Further updates at the end of 2018 improved the interior and suspension, while all models come with a five-year/125,000-mile warranty, meaning that plenty of used models should still include manufacturer warranty cover.

Although it’s less of a lifestyle pick-up than the likes of the Volkswagen Amarok and Ford Ranger, the D-Max is a tough, workmanlike and robust alternative to the Toyota Hilux.

6. Ford Tourneo Custom

Best minibus

Used deals from £25,000
Monthly finance from £0*

If your perception of van-based minibuses is based on a ropey old smokey machine that took you on school trips, the Ford Tourneo Custom is likely to be a revelation. It’s so much more than just a Ford Transit Custom with some seats in the back.

Early versions are powered by an efficient and powerful 2.2-litre 'TDCi' diesel engine, although the later 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine is cleaner, quieter and more powerful. Eight- and nine-seat versions are available, along with a choice of short and long wheelbases, depending how much space you need.

In all cases, the passenger area benefits from comfortable seats and carpeting throughout, while the driver is treated to a car-like cabin and a driving experience to match.

7. Citroen Berlingo

Best budget van

Used deals from £8,457
Monthly finance from £186*

The Citroen Berlingo (2008-2018) is one of the cheapest vans on BuyaCar, so it’s ideal if you’re buying on a budget. Prices start from below £10,000 for a 2017 model, or less than £200 per month if you opt for PCP finance.

It shares much in common with the Peugeot Partner, and because it’s based on the Citroen C4 hatchback, it drives like a family hatchback, especially with a load in the back. Opt for the heavy duty version for a payload of up to 896kg.

There are two body lengths, along with an optional third seat. This allows you to carry two passengers, while the ability to fold the passenger seats means you can carry longer loads. The Berlingo was updated in 2013 and 2015, with each generation feeling slightly better than its predecessor.

8. Renault Kangoo ZE

Best electric van

Used deals from £14,000
Monthly finance from £0*

Although the electric van market remains rather small, you can expect it to grow as Britain gets closer to the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars and vans. Right now, the Renault Kangoo EV is one of the best. It’s also one of the most affordable.

Launched in 2017, the current Kangoo ZE offers a claimed 170 miles of range, although 100 to 200 miles is probably more realistic. This makes it ideal for urban duties and so-called ‘last-mile’ deliveries.

Although £300 to £350 per month - which is what you can expect to pay on PCP finance - might seem like a lot for a van with a 640kg payload, you will benefit from lower running costs than a diesel van will give you, so consider those savings, too. Depending on the industry you're in, running an electric van could do wonders for your image as well.

*Representative PCP finance - Ford Fiesta:

48 monthly payments of £192
Deposit: £0
Mileage limit: 8,000 per year
Optional final payment to buy car: £2,923
Total amount payable to buy car: £11,926
Total cost of credit: £2,426
Amount borrowed: £9,500
APR: 9.9%

BuyaCar is a credit broker, not a lender. Our rates start from 6.9% APR. The rate you are offered will depend on your individual circumstances.


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