Part Exchanging Your Van
Part Exchanging Your Van
It is now the time of year when deals on vans are to be had, especially here at Swiss. We are currently offering great rates on all van part exchanges; so if your van is showing signs of age or you are looking to boost your business image with a new van, now is a better time than ever. On our website, we have an easy to use van part exchange form where you can simply enter your van number plate and we will get back to you quickly with a part-ex value for your van. Click here to get started or read on for a few tips on part exchanging.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Part Exchange.
One great advantage of part-exchanging for a new vehicle is that you can do away with potentially time-wasting and difficult-to-handle private buyers. Whether you like it or not, selling a pre-owned vehicle privately is not a breeze. Often, you have to direct potential-buyers to your home to look at the vehicle and maybe take it for a test drive. These actions could pose some degree of risk to you and your home as there is a possibility that would-be buyers are not exactly “buyers”. Also, you don’t have to spend money on fees to advertise your vehicle for sale.
One disadvantage of part-exchanging is that you cannot dictate that price that you want as dealers have overhead expenses to consider too. However, another advantage is that if you are short on cash or just want to keep hold of your cash your current van can act as the deposit.
It is often said that part-exchange price should not be your primary concern nor should the price of the new van you would like to purchase. What should be your main concern is the price difference between the prices of the old and the new van. A discount on the new vehicle is futile if your part-exchange valuation is way below its current price.
Tips on Part Exchanging – Common sense stuff.
You just don’t drive into a dealer and have your vehicle valuated. Here are some tips in order to get the best part-exchange price for your vehicle.
Have all the paperwork sorted and collected. This includes your ownership documents (V5C logbook), current MOT details, servicing records and all other invoices for work done on the vehicle. Make sure that the service history of the van is up-to-date and concurrent with the manufacturer’s service record. In case the servicing isn’t current or if you lost the service record, look for a reliable and trustworthy garage to do the job.
If there are any damages on the van’s body, have it fixed if your vehicle is fairly new. If the van is quite old, the repair could cost more than what you could recoup through a higher part-exchange value.
Do not forget to have all sets of keys ready, including spares.
Clean the van, inside and out. A washed, waxed and vacuumed van looks fresh and well-cared for, making it more attractive to buyers.
If there are accessories, point these out as these will add value to your van. Make sure you take everything personal out of the van, even CDs as old Pink Floyd albums sadly don’t add to the value of your van.
What to Do Next
Once you know which van you would like to buy, find a trustworthy and reliable dealer or retailer to do valuation. Request a quote and consider all the finance options presented to you. This is also the time to request for a test drive.
Are you considering getting a new van through part-exchange?