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Exclusive: Demand for used vans shows ‘no signs of easing’ as prices rise again in June with Ford Transit leading fastest-sellers chart

  • Prices rose by 18 per cent in June
  • June was the 18th consecutive month for price rises
  • Auto Trader: Prices will balance out but not ‘anytime soon’

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Used van prices rose 18 per cent in June and demand shows ‘no signs of easing’, new figures show.

Data compiled exclusively for Car Dealer by Auto Trader show prices and buyer demand for commercial vehicles is at unheard of levels.

June saw used vans prices rise by 18 per cent – the 18th consecutive month where prices have risen.


Auto Trader told Car Dealer that while the market will eventually balance itself out, it ‘won’t be anytime soon’.

While prices are slowing down a little in June – 18 per cent versus 23 per cent in May and a record 24 per cent in April – they are still 18 per cent up year-on-year.

The average price of a used van stands at £17,114.

Last month, it took on average 32 days to sell a van – 63 per cent faster than June 2020, and 30 per cent faster than June 2019.

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Levels of demand in the van market have rocketed by 54 per cent in Q2 2021 compared with Q2 2019.

The data also revealed that 60 per cent of buyers are in the market for their first-time van purchase, and 75 per cent of visitors to the Auto Trader vans platform are looking to buy in the next three months.

Meanwhile, 50 per cent of van buyers are willing to use click and collect or home delivery options.

Auto Trader also said unique visitors to its vans platform increased by 33 per cent in Q2 2021 compared with the same period last year.

That figure rises to 44 per cent when compared with Q2 2019.

The most popular vans, based on advert views on Auto Trader in June, included a wide range of commercial vehicles such as the Mitsubishi L200 (454,213 views) pick-up, Land Rover Defender 90 Hardtop SUV (357,170 views), and the Vauxhall Combo small van (196,802 views).

This huge growth will ultimately balance itself out, but it’s unlikely to be anytime soon

Topping the 20 most popular list however was the Volkswagen Transporter with 1,147,902 advert views, followed by the Ford Transit Custom (1,005,168) and the Ford Ranger (991,764).

The Ford Transit, 2008-registration, was the fast-selling van in June, taking on average just eight days to shift.

2017-registered Vauxhall Vivaros were the slowest, however, taking on average of 92 days to sell.

The full list of fastest- and slowest-selling vans is below.

The used van market is even outperforming the already-strong used car market.

In an exclusive interview with Car Dealer last week, Cap HPI revealed used car prices are set to climb to three per cent by the end of July.

That means the used car market will have seen four months of price rises – a ‘black swan’ moment, said the firm.

Ian Plummer, Auto Trader’s commercial director, said: ‘The level of demand in the market has been exceptionally strong across all vehicle segments, but particularly so within commercial vehicles.

‘We began to see a notable upward trajectory in traffic to our van’s platform from very early on in the pandemic, fuelled no doubt by the boom in home deliveries.

‘However, following the reopening of physical forecourts in April and the economy reopening, that trajectory has accelerated significantly, with visits increasing 48 per cent in June when compared with 2019.

‘ONS data shows that we continue to buy around one-third of our retail purchases on-line, accelerated by lockdowns but now seemingly part of a more sustained behaviour shift.

‘On top of that, the latest YouGov data shows that business confidence is now markedly higher than last year.

‘Both these factors are now doubt continuing to fuel record levels of demand for commercial vehicles.

‘Coupled with ongoing supply challenges, this demand is having a dramatic influence on used van prices.

‘Although it’s eased slightly following the record 24 per cent year-on-year growth in April, the 18 per cent recorded in June still makes the 11 per cent increase in used car prices look conservative.

‘This huge growth will ultimately balance itself out, but after 18 consecutive months of price rises and no signs of the record van demand easing, it’s unlikely to be anytime soon.’

Ford Transit 2012

June’s fastest-selling used vans

1. Ford Transit
Year: 2008
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 8

2. Renault Trafic
Year: 2021
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 9

3. Citroen Berlingo
Year: 2013
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 11

4. Nissan Navara
Year: 2021
Body type: pick-up
Days to sell: 12

5. Mercedes-Benz Vito
Year: 2016
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 12

6. Ford Tourneo Custom
Year: 2019
Body type: minibus
Days to sell: 12.5

7. Ford Ranger
Year: 2015
Body type: pick-up
Days to sell: 12.5

8. Volkswagen Caddy
Year: 2011
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 13

9. Peugeot Partner
Year: 2013
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 14.5

10. Ford Transit
Year: 2014
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 14.5

Vauxhall Vivaro Mk2

June’s slowest-selling used vans

1. Vauxhall Vivaro
Year: 2017
Body type: combi van
Days to sell: 92

2. Ford Transit Custom
Year: 2017
Body type: combi van
Days to sell: 69

3. Volkswagen Caddy
Year: 2019
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 68.5


4. Volkswagen Transporter
Year: 2019
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 60.5

5. Mercedes-Benz Citan
Year: 2017
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 60

6. Ford Transit
Year: 2016
Body type: minibus
Days to sell: 58.5

7. Fiat Fullback
Year: 2018
Body type: pick-up
Days to sell: 56

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8. Peugeot Expert
Year: 2019
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 55

9. Ford Transit Custom
Year: 2018
Body type: combi van
Days to sell: 53

10. Citroen Dispatch
Year: 2017
Body type: panel van
Days to sell: 52

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James – or Batch as he’s known – started at Car Dealer in 2010, first as the work experience boy, eventually becoming editor in 2013. He worked for Auto Express as editor-at-large and was the face of Carbuyer’s YouTube reviews. In 2020, he went freelance and now writes for a number of national titles and contributes regularly to Car Dealer.

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