Best pre-registered van deals

Buckle up for some big savings on small, medium and large vans – with the best pre-registered van deals

James Wilson
Apr 6, 2022

A van is often a ‘need to have’ rather than a ‘nice to have’, making finding the best pre-registered van deals all the more important. If you are a business owner, for example, saving several thousand pounds on the list price of a van can mean the difference between making a decent profit and going into the red.

Finding the right van is hard enough, never mind finding the best deal, as the list of features needed by van drivers can vary massively. An inner-city flower delivery service could be best served by a short, thin electric van. Meanwhile, a firm that constructs agricultural buildings may need a long, tall diesel van with enough seats for six or seven people.

Then there are landscape gardeners who could use a van with a load bed that can be tipped electronically so they can empty soil and sand easily, without having to manually shovel everything out. Whichever type of van you need, finding the best deal could make all the difference, so keep reading for the best pre-registered vans that are practically new but could save you thousands.

The vans we've included are predominantly panel vans, which are the most common type of van. They come with seats upfront and sizable storage areas behind them. The shortlisted models range in size, with small, medium and large vans to choose from. Van prices are normally quoted excluding VAT, as they are expected to be used by businesses. As such, if you are a private buyer, you will need to add 20% to the prices.

When hunting for nearly new van deals, it can be wise to look for newly introduced models. For example, the Nissan NV250 is a relatively new small van and so can be priced very keenly to tempt drivers away from more established rivals. On the other hand, vans that are soon to be phased out can be great value, with lower prices needed to entice drivers to pick one of these over the brand new versions. Keep reading for some of the best used vans that you can buy nearly new and pre-registered.

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1. Nissan NV250

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Nissan is relatively new to the compact panel van market but its small van is well worth considering, as the Nissan is based on the same platform as the Renault Kangoo, which has been in production for quite some time. Aside from anything else, that means drivers of the NV250 can rest assured that the components that go into the Nissan are tried and tested.

There are a number of body styles available, including short and long wheelbases known as ‘L1’ and ‘L2’. L2 versions are available with rear seats (taking the total up to four) while L1 models aren't. The cargo area and maximum payload change depending on the wheelbase. L1 models have 3,500 litres of space in the back and can carry up to 650kg, while L2 models have 4,600 litres of cargo space and can carry up to 800kg.

There can be some fantastic savings on pre-registered NV250 models - some versions, such as the NV250 L1 1.5-litre dCi 94hp Acenta can be found for as much as £4,000 less than their list price. Another selling point for the Nissan NV250 is that all versions come with a 100,000-mile, five-year warranty, which is better than average, with most vans including a three-year manufacturer warranty.

2. Vauxhall Vivaro

Used deals from £19,500
Monthly finance from £591*

The Vauxhall Vivaro is classed as a ‘medium-size’ van. It sits in a space between compact vans such as the Nissan NV250 and much larger vans like the Mercedes Sprinter. For many, this middle ground is the perfect mix of space and usability - especially when you have a choice of more seats or more cargo, depending on wheelbase and bodystyle.

The Vivaro does have one unique selling point that none of its rivals can claim, and that is the fact it is built in the UK, which might make it the favoured option for some van drivers. Plus, being British does help with attractive deals and offers as this Vauxhall is not shipped halfway across the world to get to your driveway.

As an example of the great pre-registration deals available, you can expect to pay around £20,000 for an entry-level Vivaro Edition model that has driven less than 50 miles. What makes this impressive is that list price for a new version is close to £25,000.

3. Ford Transit Custom

Used deals from £28,990
Monthly finance from £0*

The current generation of Transit Custom first arrived in 2012 but there have been a number of updates since then to help keep Ford's medium-sized panel van competitive against rivals - one of which is the Vauxhall Vivaro above. Pre-registered models will come with swanky tech such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, which make taking business calls on the move very easy.

Unlike some alternatives, the Transit Custom can be specified with three rows of seats, meaning up to nine people can be transported including the driver. This kind of arrangement is popular with minicab drivers, offering lots of passenger space compared with conventional people carriers. There are also ‘double cab’ models with two rows of seats and regular ‘van’ models with just one row.

Surprisingly, practicality isn’t what helps make the Transit Custom shine, as all modern-day vans are really quite practical. What helps the Ford stand out is that it is relatively enjoyable to drive. Some models are available with a trick piece of engineering called an LSD (or limited-slip differential) which helps maximise grip when driving on slippery surfaces. Normally these are found on performance cars or serious off-roaders, but here it can be helpful for those who have to deal with muddy lanes, bumpy work sites or other tricky terrain.

4. Vauxhall Combo

Used deals from £16,295
Monthly finance from £470*

The Vauxhall Combo has a long history in the UK, namely being the weapon of choice for postmen and postwomen up and down the nation - plus many plumbers, electricians, plasterers, gas engineers etc. The latest version was launched in 2018 and marked a significant step up from the model which came before.

One of the most significant changes was the shape of the body, which is now much more square. As a result, the cargo area is more usable and the floor is nice and low, making it relatively easy to get bulky items in and out of the back. There are L1 and L2 variants - with the latter being longer by roughly half a meter.

All models can carry up to 1,000kg - which is quite impressive for this size of van. As for pre-registered deals, mid-range Sportive models can be scooped up from under £17,000, which is quite some saving off the near-£20,000 list price.

While most models are diesel-powered, there is the option of fully electric models. These are called the Combo-e and have a maximum range of 171 miles per charge. Electric vans are especially well suited to those who predominantly work in cities as plug-in vans can prove particularly economical in stop-start town driving compared with traditional diesel alternatives.

5. Volkswagen Transporter

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The Volkswagen Transporter is a stylish and high-quality van that is available in a bewildering array of different formats. Starting off the range is the standard Transporter panel van, which is offered in a range of different body styles and wheelbases, and with a range of maximum payloads. The different gross vehicle weights are identified by a ‘T’ number, such as T32, with T32 being the highest available and translating to 3,200kg.

Then there are Transporter Sportline versions (more sporty-looking models), Transporter Kombi (a combination of a van and a minibus), Transporter Shuttle (a full-blown minibus), Transporter Caravelle (an upmarket minibus) and last but not least, the California (effectively a campervan version of the Transporter). 

For a van to use commercially, a panel van, Sportline or Kombi model is likely to be the best choice. Panel van models tend to be the most affordable, with pre-registered deals for entry-level SWB (short wheelbase) T32 Startline models often coming in comfortably under £30,000.

6. Nissan Navara

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The Nissan Navara is a pick-up truck but if you purchase a model with a lockable rear canopy then it can function much the same as a smaller van, but with added off-road and all-weather ability. There is also the additional benefit that double cab models can easily be used as a trader’s sole vehicle for both work and personal life - even if they need to transport family regularly - thanks to having front and rear seats.

Pick-ups tend to be designed to be able to go off-road and the Navara is no exception. It has a rugged four-wheel-drive system to help keep things moving on slippery surfaces. On a less adventurous front, Nissan includes a 100,000-mile, five-year warranty on Navara models, which is better than the standard three-year warranty offered on many other pick-ups.

If you are worried about whether a pick-up can carry the same weight as a van, fear not, as the Navara can carry up to 1,160kg in the back. Plus, it can tow up to 3,500kg should you need an additional trailer to lug equipment around in. The current range of Navara models is dead easy to follow as there is only one trim - Acenta. You can expect to pay around £23,000 for a pre-registered Acenta model, which is good considering that the list price is more than £25,000.

7. Peugeot Partner

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As small vans go, the Peugeot Partner is very impressive - it goes toe to toe with the Vauxhall Combo mentioned above. Then again, these vans are built on the same platform so it is to be expected. The Citroen Berlingo and the Toyota Proace City vans also share the same platform, so if you don’t like the styling of either the Vauxhall or the Peugeot, you have third and fourth options to fall back on.

Peugeot has done a great job in making the interior of the Partner feel more user-friendly than ever. If you only saw a photo of the cabin, you could easily think it is the interior of a car rather than a commercial vehicle. There is a smart central touchscreen media system and on all but entry-level Professional Premium models there is a clever feature called ‘Surround Rear Vision’. This nifty piece of tech feeds live video of what is behind the van to a small screen mounted where a rearview mirror is normally located.

Numbers can be thin on the ground for pre-registered Peugeot Partner vans, but when they crop up there can be big savings. Well specced Professional models with a diesel engine can be roughly £2,000 less than the list price. Electric models are also an option and can save you even more, but you will need to be quick with these deals as they are rare.

8. Renault Master

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Last but definitely not least we have the Renault Master - the largest van on this list by quite some distance. It is a rival for other big vans such as the Mercedes Sprinter, Volkswagen Crafter and Ford Transit. In 2019, Renault revised the Master, introducing a much-improved cabin and more modern styling - with most noticeable changes at the front.

What Renault did not change was practicality. There are plenty of different body styles on offer, including long models, short models, tall models, those with seats for seven and even tipper models. Renault also revamped the diesel engine available with the Master, helping to boost economy, which is great for keeping running costs in check. The 2.3-litre engine is available with five power outputs - 178hp models are the most powerful and are a great option for those who expect to be lugging particularly heavy equipment around.

The Master is designed to be able to carry lots of weight but as a knock-on effect, the suspension can be quite bouncy when there isn’t much in the back. So, if you rarely carry much weight, it's worth considering which van is best for your needs. Savings of up to around £3,000 can often be found on the Master with the best pre-registered deals.

*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%

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