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What Questions Should I Ask When Buying a Cargo Van?

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Investment in a work van is an important component of running an organization. You’ll want to ensure van durability, solid fuel economy, an affordable replacement part cost, convenient availability of qualified mechanics and the ability to maximize your cargo van’s uses.

Let’s take a look at a few questions you can ask when you’re ready to make a van purchase to ensure you’re equipped with a vehicle that’s the right fit for your organization.

How Much Should I Pay for a Work Van?

The first thing you’ll want to consider when examining a work van purchase is how much you can expect to pay for a vehicle. This will vary depending on your decision to buy a new or used model. There’s no one-size-fits-all solution to buying a used or new vehicle — it’s highly dependent on your organization’s budget, functional needs and room for downtime to conduct repairs and maintenance.

Take into consideration these factors to help you decide which is best for you:

  • New vans generally offer very little mileage and use, and include all original components. But they also generally come with a much higher price tag and may need to be financed.
  • In contrast, used vans offer cost savings in the way of a lower upfront price, and can often be purchased in full, but may end up costing you a fair amount in the long run, depending on how they were maintained by their previous owner.

When beginning your price range research, be sure to visit the Kelley Blue Book or Edmunds. Both are great resources for new and used automobile values. On these websites, you’ll be able to obtain quotes by inputting van brand, model and condition to make a more informed purchase when shopping around.

Do You Have a Vehicle History Report?

If you’ve made the decision to purchase a used vehicle, a great barometer for its condition is a vehicle history report. Several online agencies, including Carfax, are able to generate this report from a vehicle identification number, or VIN.

A vehicle history report can give you a detailed overview of whether the car has been in any accidents, point to recorded service incidents and show what states the automobile has received a title in. Ask for a report from the dealer or individual before buying a van. If one is not available, try to get the van’s VIN to research its history.

Are Any Warranties Available?

If you’re purchasing a used vehicle from a dealership, make sure you get details about any warranties the vehicle may be equipped with. Having ample protection against component failure can help reduce the likelihood of incurring excessive repair charges.

Need Add-On Equipment for Your New Vehicle? Contact Advantage Outfitters, LLC

Advantage Outfitters is a retailer of quality equipment that can increase the convenience factor, resale value and safety of your cargo van fleet. We offer roof racks, ladder racks, equipment storage and van flooring — all products that are intended to upgrade your van operators’ experience. Our online store offers easy, convenient ordering and fast shipping directly to your facility for self-installation.

Contact us today at 866-925-4844 to learn more about the excellent equipment we have available.


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