Cheap van deals

From high-capacity haulers to compact models based on superminis, there’s a huge range of vans available on BuyaCar

BuyaCar team
Jan 28, 2022

If you're looking for a cheap deal on a van, chances are going for a used model is likely to be your best shot. Cheap van deals are pretty easy to come across on the used market; relatively low-mileage models can be found with affordable monthly finance payments.

Whether you need a van for delivery jobs, to transport your goods to retailers or as a self-employed tradesperson, we have thousands of used vans available here on BuyaCar, with prices starting from £4,995 or £201 per month for smaller compact models, or from £10,995 or £423 per month for larger vans.

The variety of vans on sale now has grown massively in the past few years. The introduction of hybrid and electric models has begun, and while many drivers will still feel that a strong and dependable diesel is still the way to go, if you'd rather reduce your emissions and avoid paying the ULEZ in central London, we have cheap deals on electric vans available, too.

Alongside the extra choice, the sheer number of vans on sale is huge. While the number of new cars sales has fallen since the pandemic began in 2020, van sales bounced back quickly to somewhere near pre-pandemic levels. So if you like so many others are in need of a new van, you have the chance to go for a cheaper used option and save some cash.

Best cheap van deals

1. Ford Transit Custom

Ford Transit Custom front three quarters view

Used deals from £11,995
Monthly finance from £572*
Loadspace 5.95m3
Payload 1,090kg
Fuel economy 43mpg-46mpg

The Ford Transit has been on British roads for more than fifty years now, and for most of that time, it has been by far the most popular van on the market. In 2021, Ford sold more Transits than it did any other model, and the Transit Custom was the biggest-selling model of the year - car or van.

That means there are of them available on the used market, so you're going to be spoiled for choice when it comes to picking the best Transit Custom for you. If you're looking for the lowest monthly costs, finance deals start from less than £300 per month on BuyaCar, while you can splash out a bit more if you're looking for a newer or more upmarket version.

It’s a brilliant-all rounder with strong and powerful diesel engines and two different wheelbases. It’s also one of the safest vans on the market, with a Euro NCAP rating of five stars out of five. However, legroom for front passengers isn’t great - something to consider if you regularly travel three up with tall people.

2. Volkswagen Transporter

Used deals from £13,990
Monthly finance from £0*
Loadspace 5.8m3
Payload 993kg
Fuel economy 47.9mpg combined

The Volkswagen Transporter is popular among private buyers as well as businesses because of its dependability, and its history as a quality commercial vehicle. It's a distant descendant of the Type 2 vans that included the iconic VW Camper, so there's some heritage there too.

But even if you ignore that and just look at it as a van, it’s one of the best around. Build quality is a step above most others in this segment and it comes equipped with powerful and frugal engines. The range-topping 204hp bi-turbo engine gets the Transporter to 62mph in a rapid 8.6 seconds too.

In-cab storage isn’t on par with some marques, most notably Citroen or Peugeot. But it’s a small price to pay for an otherwise excellent product. A revised version of the T6 – known as the T6.1 (pictured above) – was introduced in early 2020.

3. Peugeot Partner

Used deals from £6,999
Monthly finance from £330*
Loadspace 3.3m3
Payload 856kg
Fuel economy 44mpg-69mpg

If you’re after a newish van for as little money as possible, the Peugeot Partner has a strong appeal. In short, it’s comfortable, costs pennies to run thanks to frugal engines, and there’s also a three-seat option. The interior is flexible too, and it can travel 12,500 miles (or two years) between services.

It is noisy inside, especially at motorway speeds. But 2017 models start from £330 a month, which is highly attractive if all you’re after is a utilitarian cargo mover – and after all, what else are vans for?

4. Vauxhall Vivaro

Used deals from £11,790
Monthly finance from £400*
Loadspace 5.6-6.1m3
Payload 975kg-1,458kg
Fuel economy 50.4mpg - 60.1mpg

The Vauxhall Vivaro has been built in the UK since its inception in 2001, with the third generation version introduced in early 2019.

This is slightly smaller in dimensions than the previous model, but its payload has increased. Depending on the version you go for, it can lug up to an extra 200kg – which is pretty impressive. Engines are either a 1.5-litre or a 2.0-litre turbodiesel and range from 99hp to 180hp. There’s also an all-electric Vivaro-e, the longest-range version of which can manage up to 205 miles on a single charge.

Inside there are plenty of car-like touches including a seven-inch touchscreen media system. And three trim levels to choose from – Edition, Sportive and the range-topping Elite.

5. Fiat Talento

Used deals Limited stock
Loadspace 8.6m3
Payload 1,079kg-1,249kg
Fuel economy 43.5mpg - 47.9mpg

No, don’t adjust your screen. The Fiat Talento looks much the same as the Vauxhall Vivaro above, mostly because they are pretty much the same. Well, apart from different grilles and badges. And the Talento is built in France, not Luton.

There are nine variants in total, including the crew bus mentioned here. This fits seven people, and it has bigger doors than rivals like the Peugeot Expert or Citroen Dispatch, which makes it easier for people to get in and out of. Engines are all 1.6 diesels with single or twin-turbos, and power outputs from 95hp to 145hp.

There are two trim levels – the entry-level model gets central locking, electric windows and mirrors, height-adjustable driver seat, Bluetooth, DAB radio and steering wheel controls for audio. The entry-level Combi is called Active, and adds a rear tailgate with wiper, passenger airbag and rear seats that fold or can be removed.

6. Ford Fiesta

Ford Fiesta Van front three quarters view

Used deals Limited stock
Loadspace 1.0m3
Payload 500kg
Fuel economy 76.4mpg

If you don’t need to haul huge loads around, a car-derived van offers most of the benefits of a small car (easy to park, good to drive, a car-like interior and seating position) but with a dedicated load area instead of rear seats.

Essentially, the Fiesta Van is much the same as the excellent Ford Fiesta, except that the rear seats have been ripped out. Go for the sport spec, and you get a sporty ST-Line bodykit and smart alloy wheels.

7. Land Rover Discovery Commercial

Used deals from £24,899
Monthly finance from £0*
Loadspace 1.856m3
Payload 900kg
Fuel economy N/A

Like the Fiesta above, this is essentially a car with the rear seats taken out. Land Rover is a luxury brand, so up front is the most luxurious interior you'll find in a van.

The payload of 900kg is massive in comparison to other SUV-based vans, and much much better than other car-derived vans like the Vauxhall Corsavan. Being a Land Rover, it has four-wheel drive, meaning that it has better grip in bad weather. It is also more expensive than other vans on this list.

8. Citroen Relay

Used deals Limited stock
Loadspace 13m3
Payload 1,525kg
Fuel economy Combined 45.6mpg

Citroen Relays can house a massive payload of 1,525kg. To put that into context, that’s nearly the weight of two Smart ForTwos.

The Relay is otherwise a very solid van complete with emissions-compliant and economical diesel engines. It’s reasonable to drive too, but the bigger high-roof spec vans don’t ride that well over bumps when there’s no load in the rear. It also can’t be had with an automatic gearbox.

Those seeking space without the price will find bargains for slightly older vans too. Some of the older models on BuyaCar start from  per month.

9. Nissan e-NV200

Used deals Limited stock
Loadspace 4.2m3
Payload 703kg
Electric range 106-174 miles

Electric vans aren’t just for the environmentally aware - there’s a good business case for them as well. Charging a van up from empty at night time outside your home costs (roughly) £1.50, and you’d need to spend (roughly) ten times that to get £100 miles of diesel.

Older Nissan e-NV200s (pre-2017) have an official range of 106 miles, however, post-2017 vans have a range of 174 miles. It also works just like a normal van, and it’s just as easy to drive too. Because of the electrical gubbins, they only come as automatics, and they work in near-silence too. We’re sure that a Nissan e-NV200 would be a breath of fresh air if you’re used to a clattery old diesel-engined van.

10. Toyota Hilux

Used deals Limited stock
Loadspace N/A
Payload 1,128kg
Fuel economy up to 40.4mpg combined

The Toyota Hilux is the most famous name in the pick-up game, and it’s easy to see why. It has been used in different applications for nearly 50-years, and sales accumulate to more than 18 million worldwide throughout its lifetime. It’s become a byword for resilience and dependability - so throwing your tools in the back shouldn’t be a problem for it.

Hilux models start from  per month on BuyaCar. These can be had with four-wheel drive, in a double-cab configuration, with less than 30,000 miles on them. Go for one with steel wheels to complete the go-anywhere utilitarian look.

*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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