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Ok, im looking at using some recently aquired funds to go self-employed, So im going to need a suitable vehicle.

It will only be used mainly for transporting myself and a few light tools and components around, However may occasionally be used to transport a few heavier items around (Very doubtful though, only if the petrol cost is lower than the cost of a courier.) and will also be used for sales rep work(Hence why i dont want an early 90's boxy van, has to look like a fairly modern fleet vehicle - even if its actually 10years old!).

So im looking for a cheap second hand van (Im not looking to buy right now though, will be a month or so atleast). I dont want anything big, just a small car derived van. Looking to spend sub-£1k if i can. However, i may consider financing upto £3k in the not-too-distant future.

Preferebly something a bit more modern looking, not a boxy builders workhorse. Have been considering a '95 astra van


But does anyone else have any suggestions?.
 

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does it have to be a van?

why not look into estate cars, some big haulers for cheap cash about.
 

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Get one of the newer (R sort of plate) VW Caddy. My mates got one and it's never let him down. Diesel aswell...

Easy for about a grand..
 

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I had an Escort van for almost 10 years and it died of old age :D a grand ain't gonna get you much and certainly not from a dealer i'd say get one from an auction. if you don't know anything about cars then ask a mate that does to go with you, best of luck with being self employed :hangloose
 

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does it have to be a van?

why not look into estate cars, some big haulers for cheap cash about.
Have considered an estate car, but was hoping to use the extra space on the side of the van for sign writing to help advertise.

Although i suppose there is always the option of blacking out the rear windows in an estate car.
 

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Have considered an estate car, but was hoping to use the extra space on the side of the van for sign writing to help advertise.

Although i suppose there is always the option of blacking out the rear windows in an estate car.
any decent signwriter does the best with what the customer has so I wouldn't worry also you can use one way vision film on the outside so it looks sign written on the outside but inside you can still see out, does that make sense? :crazy: like the adverts they have on phone boxes, when you need it doing I have a mate in Leigh that's almost as good as me :D
 

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ive just got a cracking little kangoo on a v reg for £1100..........it drives like a car, and the boy loves it!!

have a look on www.gumtree.com .......it has a lot of stuff from aussies going home ;)
 

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steer well clear of diesel vauxhall,they are junk.include renaults in there as well.fords are ok but peugeot partner/citroen kangoo and the bombproof run forevever c15 are brilliant workhorses.caddys are tough but comand bigger bucks .get insurance quotes before you disregard an estate car.
 

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Mr.AJ said:
Ok, im looking at using some recently aquired funds to go self-employed, So im going to need a suitable vehicle.

It will only be used mainly for transporting myself and a few light tools and components around, However may occasionally be used to transport a few heavier items around (Very doubtful though, only if the petrol cost is lower than the cost of a courier.) and will also be used for sales rep work(Hence why i dont want an early 90's boxy van, has to look like a fairly modern fleet vehicle - even if its actually 10years old!).

So im looking for a cheap second hand van (Im not looking to buy right now though, will be a month or so atleast). I dont want anything big, just a small car derived van. Looking to spend sub-£1k if i can. However, i may consider financing upto £3k in the not-too-distant future.

Preferebly something a bit more modern looking, not a boxy builders workhorse. Have been considering a '95 astra van


But does anyone else have any suggestions?.
Punto diesel vans are brillent good on the juice and power steering

Also as its been said before a citroen c15 van are great we had one for years the wife used it for her stable yard and ran it out of oil twice and it still kept going we only srapped it when she tried to tow a trailer[21/2 tonnes around the yard] and ripped the whole back end off it
It was funny to see the rear valance and whole back bumper aong with the tow bar still attached to the trailer

The van was a k reg with 160k so we weighed it in for £75.00

Shes now got a 03 punto van which we paid £1480.00 plus vat for with full history and 67k

The c15 seems to go cheep on Flee-bay

Vans must be better than a tatty old estate car any day
 

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The best 'small' van by a country mile is a Citroen Berlingo. It ain't won van of the year award 5 times by accident, and is a 'proper' van, not some car derived effort. How many do you see on the roads? There is a clue ;)

It's the Transit of the small van world :) £3k should get you a proper good one too.
 

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My vote would be for the SEAT Inca/VW Caddy van. loads out there,dead cheap,reliable,good build quality,and not French or Italian. ;)
 
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