February 26, 2012 19:00 ET

Swinton Warns Motorists Against the Pitfalls of Purchasing a Used Van

MANCHESTER, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 26, 2012) - Swinton, the UK's leading van insurance broker, is warning van drivers to be aware of the risks associated with purchasing a used van.

Recent figures show that the wholesale value for used vans increased by 1.1% at the start of the year, while the overall average age of such vehicles also increased from 59 to 61 months.

With the value of used vans on the rise, sales of them are expected to surge over the course of the next few months.

However, while the process of purchasing a used van may seem straightforward, inexperienced buyers can sometimes fall victim to seller scams.

With this in mind, Swinton is urging motorists to remember the following points when buying a used van:

  • Purchasing from a dealer offers increased buyer protection, as they are legally obliged to sell vans that are free from defects
  • Do not be afraid to inspect the vehicle - check the main engine block for oil leaks, the tread depth and general condition of the tyres, dashboard warning lights and other electrical equipment
  • Consider having the van professionally examined before you buy it, through a motoring association, private company or garage
  • Do not take the sellers word - a history check on the vehicle can reveal undisclosed details, such as whether it has outstanding finance attached to it, or whether it has previously been written off by an insurer
  • Be aware of illegal activities such as 'clocking' - whereby the miles on the milometer are wound back. Check that the digits align properly and examine the dashboard screws. If in doubt, do not buy

Phil Moss, Commercial Vehicle Manager at Swinton said: "When it comes to buying a used van, it is important that buyers take the necessary steps to protect themselves. Being prepared for potential issues that could arise after the sale will give the buyer peace of mind - and prevent costly cheap van insurance claims at a later stage."

For more information please contact Mairead Rodden or Lucy Gordon at SKV Communications on 0161 838 7770 or email firstname.surname@skvcommunications.co.uk

About Swinton:

  • Swinton Commercial is the dedicated commercial insurance division of the Swinton Group
  • Swinton Commercial was awarded Commercial Lines Broker of the Year 2008 and is a finalist at the British Insurer Awards 2009
  • With 553 branches nationwide Swinton is the UK's largest high street insurance retailer
  • Unlike many other companies in the financial services industry, Swinton is committed to keeping its branches open for business, and part of the community
  • Swinton provides a one-stop-shop for the insurance and related needs of its clients, offering home, car, caravan, business, holiday, motorbike and even classic car insurance
  • With a dedicated team of advisors on hand at every branch to search a panel of insurers to offer quality cover at competitive rates

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