Best second-hand vans

We've rounded up the best second-hand vans for a range of requirements and budgets, from less than £8,000 up to £35,000

Sam Naylor
Jun 28, 2021

Second-hand vans aren’t as common as used cars in the UK, because the first owner is usually a business that will often keep the vehicle until it becomes uneconomical to continue running it.

This means that you don’t see the flood of good-quality used vans on the market that you might with a car of the same age. Yet that doesn’t mean that you can’t find decent used vans - far from it. You just need to know where to look. There are still thousands for sale here on BuyaCar, with huge savings compared with new models.

If you’re running a business, chances are that you want to keep costs down as much as you possibly can, so a second-hand van can be a great way to save on the purchase of a much-needed workhorse. If you’re a private buyer wanting a really practical vehicle, meanwhile, you can also save plenty of money by choosing a used van.

Just because vans are work vehicles, that doesn’t mean they’re all used and abused. There are plenty of vans in great condition around, as many owners do take care of them and the constant use is what these models are designed to do.

We wouldn’t have issues buying just about any van used, because they’re designed by the manufacturers to be reliable and tough pretty much above all else. This is what businesses look for when buying, so it makes sense for van makers to make their vans as sturdy and reliable as possible.

Below we’ve picked out some of the best second-hand vans for a range of budgets, so read on to find out more about each of our picks and to see which model best suits your needs.

Best used vans

1. Renault Kangoo

Best second-hand van for up to £8,000

Used deals from £8,995
Monthly finance from £189*

With a limited budget of up to £8,000 you’re mostly going to be looking at small vans like the Renault Kangoo. This is the entry point to the van market, as it’s based on the Clio supermini, but as there’s still enough room in the back for a Europallet, the European standard for pallet size.

The Kangoo makes a lot of sense for cities since it’s so small and easy to park, and there’s even an excellent electric model - though that’s about double the price of the cheapest diesel version. Both are available in standard wheelbase, or the longer Maxi version (pictured above).

The Kangoo is great to drive, efficient and the interior is pretty good for a cheap van. It’s comfortable and good for motorway trips as well as smaller roads. Smart looks mean it’s popular with private drivers as well as business buyers.

2. Ford Transit Connect

Best second-hand van for up to £10,000

Ford Transit Connect front three quarters view

Used deals from £10,496
Monthly finance from £253*

If in doubt about which van to pick, choose a Ford Transit. The range goes from the smallest Transit Courier, through the Transit Connect, Transit Custom (below) and ends at the normal Transit, which is a large panel van.

All of these vans are brilliant - great to drive, efficient, reliable and spacious. The Transit Connect is no exception and for less than £10,000 you can get into a lower-spec diesel model. There are also petrol versions that are better for short trips and use in the city.

The Transit Connect is comfortable, easy to drive and has plenty of modern tech, with a pleasant interior that you won’t mind spending lots of time in. It’s one of the most enjoyable vans to drive there is, too, so if you're a keen driver, it's a very good option.

3. Ford Transit Custom

Best second-hand van for up to £12,000

Used deals from £13,194
Monthly finance from £265*

If the Transit Connect is a little too small for you, then you can spend a little more for the Transit Custom, which is a medium-sized panel van. For around £12,000 you can find a couple of short wheelbase models, though increase your budget a bit and you can find the larger versions, too.

The Transit Custom is one of the best vans to drive of its type, thanks to the punchy diesel engines, slick manual gearbox, decent steering and great driving position that gives you a commanding view of the road.

It’s also dependable and there are Ford service centres all over the UK, so it’s easy to maintain. There’s lots of room in the back, plus many options when it comes to carrying extra passengers with a second row of seats.

4. Vauxhall Movano

Best second-hand van for up to £15,000

Used deals from £14,495
Monthly finance from £299*

If you’re on a tight budget but need a massive panel van with as much space as possible, the Vauxhall Movano is a decent shout - it’s one of the biggest vans in the UK, but is available from less than £15,000 second-hand.

You can even find examples with the longest wheelbase and highest roof height at this kind of budget, which means you get a lot of space for your cash with the Movano.

It’s also worth seeking out the Nissan NV400 and Renault Master as these are rebadged versions of the same van and offer just as much value for money, reliability, space and choice of lengths and roof heights.

5. Peugeot Boxer

Best second-hand van for up to £20,000

Peugeot Boxer front three quarters view

Used deals from £16,995
Monthly finance from £338*

The Peugeot Boxer is another large panel van of a similar size to the Movano above, and like the Vauxhall it has some sister vans; in this case, the Fiat Ducato and Citroen Relay.

The Boxer is a huge van and in L4H3 form, with the longest wheelbase and highest roof height, has 17,000 litres of space in the back. With a budget of £20,000 you’re not limited on what’s available - you can choose from a wide range of low-mileage vans in whatever form matches your needs.

The Boxer is reliable, easy enough to drive, well equipped and looks smart, plus it’s economical. It’s not the most comfortable van around, as a Transit is better to drive and smoother, but the Boxer is a dependable workhorse and brings low running costs.

6. Mercedes Sprinter

Best second-hand van for up to £25,000

Used deals from £20,980
Monthly finance from £493*

With a healthy budget of up to £25,000, you should consider the excellent Mercedes Sprinter. It’s one of the biggest vans around, with loads of load space and many different configurations of roof heights and wheelbases.

This kind of budget is enough that you will have plenty of choice, plus you’ll be able to find models around two years old with not many miles on the clock. The Merc’s smart looks mean that it’s often chosen by businesses that want to stand out from the crowd when they arrive for each delivery.

The Sprinter is a fantastic van not just for carrying, but for actually spending time in. It’s one of the more comfortable large vans and is good to drive, with a comfy driving position and punchy engines that also deliver good fuel economy.

7. Volkswagen Crafter

Best second-hand van for up to £30,000

Used deals from £17,795
Monthly finance from £396*

An alternative to the Mercedes Sprinter at the higher end of the large van market is the Volkswagen Crafter. Like the Mercedes, it’s available in a variety of lengths and heights, and with a budget of £30,000 you’re not limited on which version you can buy.

The engines in the Crafter are strong and economical, and there are four-wheel drive versions too. The Crafter is good to drive, comfortable and the cabin is very smart, so it’s great for long-distance deliveries.

In fact the Crafter from 2017-on is one of the most advanced vans of its type when it comes to tech. Some of the more advanced safety kit wasn’t included as standard, so look out for models that were specified with this by the first owner.

8. Volkswagen Transporter

Best second-hand van for up to £35,000

Used deals from £17,490
Monthly finance from £396*

It’s certainly possible to find a Volkswagen Transporter for less than the £35,000 budget we’ve got here - especially as the Transporter is a smaller van than the Crafter above. Yet the Transporter is popular with private buyers, who love its link to the classic VW bus.

It’s available in Combi form for carrying passengers, but the van version is a very good way of carrying a family plus all their luggage including bikes and more, as there are versions with extra seats. It has a smart interior, comfortable ride and efficient but punchy engines.

The Transporter is probably the most car-like of all the vans on this list, so if you’re looking for something to drive every day and have a big budget, it’s worth considering buying a really well-looked-after Transporter that suits your needs.

*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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