“From a slow start, there has been an increasing level of interest that has reached a point where very few halls are not packed with an enthusiastic audience,” says George Alexander, chief commercial vehicle editor at Glass’s.
Within the used light-van sector, Citroen Berlingo and Despatch models with less than 50,000 miles sell well, as do clean examples of Ford Fiestas, Vauxhall Corsas, and late-year VW TDI Caddys.
Regarding used panel vans, older, pre common-rail diesels are the least popular, except when in clean condition with turbo-charged engines.
Other strong sellers include Ford Connect; T80 to T190 and LWB T350 Ford Transits; low mileage Toyota Hiaces; and high-specification Renault Trafic and revamped 3.5-tonne Masters.
A further indication of this sector’s popularity is the recent launch of Manheim Auctions’ Simulcast interactive van auction service which allows online buyers to watch on their PCs live images of a Manheim auction hall with full auctioneer’s commentary and bid on vans in real-time.
It is the first time an interactive commercial vehicle auction service has been made available.
One model bound to prove popular in future auctions is the near 70mpg Citroen C2 Enterprise 1.4HDi van.