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frankief

small van purchase - advice required

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My old banger car has failed the new MOT and I was thinking about getting a second hand Berlingo or equal small van.

Not to live in! ☺️ but useful for taking bikes out to countryside at weekends, general visits to tip, and will come in useful when moving from one rented hole to the next until HPC ever happens.

I'm thinking of:

Tax - seems to be £225 based on emissions as these are mostly diesel and high mileage.

Test - seems to be similar price to car, but is it more thorough?

Insurance - this is where I have no idea, would I be on 'commercial rates'? At moment being a careful boomer in a good post code I am only paying £250-300 for an Astra or equal.

Anybody done this or considered it and has the numbers worked out? Any experiences?

 

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1 hour ago, frankief said:

general visits to tip

If you're in a van this will be classed as trade waste

Berlingo multispace or equivalent will be OK in this regard

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1 hour ago, chronyx said:

If you're in a van this will be classed as trade waste

Berlingo multispace or equivalent will be OK in this regard

Yes, i'm just looking at car-derived vans nothing near transit size.

I think my local council issue permits for residents with small vans who can make one visit a month or something like that. At the moment it's free of charge ☺️. The site has ,of course, been privatised and is run by some foreign company with oppressive security gates and ANPR cameras.

 Fly tipping locally is on the rise. This could be because local tradesmen with a name on their van are turned away at the gates or receive some sort of fixed penalty if they don't comply with the rules.

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Insurance will be the similar (but it can be very hit and miss), MOT the same, the thing to watch out for with insurance is you very rarely get third party cover to drive other/peoples vehicles like you would with car insurance ,it`s also worth trying the specialist insures such as Aidrian Flux especially if the van is a second vehicle as you might be able to get a limited mileage policy .just say you are using it for leisure activities such as mountain biking canoeing ..etc 

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On 26/08/2018 at 16:27, frankief said:

Yes, i'm just looking at car-derived vans nothing near transit size.

Pedant mode/ not all trants are large, there is the Connect range /Pedant mode

if you dont need a van chassis for tax or work reasons, then personally i would get the non van version of the car derived van, ie the Ford tourneo, Berlingo car etc classed as a car, and seats can easily be removed for the van use, and its basically a Ford connect. 

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On 27/08/2018 at 21:13, Monkey said:

Pedant mode/ not all trants are large, there is the Connect range /Pedant mode

if you dont need a van chassis for tax or work reasons, then personally i would get the non van version of the car derived van, ie the Ford tourneo, Berlingo car etc classed as a car, and seats can easily be removed for the van use, and its basically a Ford connect. 

It's funny, for tax reasons tradies go for the most car-like trucks (Double cab), and for tax (and tip runs) non-tradies go for the most van-like cars (Multispace, Tourneo)

 

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