What to look for when buying a used van

Ford vans on Long Island are known as being tough workhorses, extremely reliable and built to take a great deal of punishment. These are essential attributes when the van is designed to spend their life on the highways and byways in and around the city.

This is all fine for those who are buying new, they know in advance that they are getting a vehicle that they can rely on for faithful service for years to come; but those that are in the market for a second hand van are faced with some challenges. Chances are the van was not cared for well if it was a company vehicle so the second buyer must ask questions about what it was used for in the past to ensure that you are not buying trouble.

Preparation is important:

Before you begin looking for a high quality used van take a moment to consider what size you need. Ford vans on Long Island come in a number of sizes and capacities so there will be one suitable if you are using it to move furniture or buckets and mops for a cleaning service.

The same is true for the engine; if you will be doing the bulk of the driving on the Interstate system at high speeds a larger engine is a better choice as it will be more fuel efficient.

Once you can picture the van in your mind it is time to begin the search. You do not have to rush; there are plenty of high quality used vans available from both private sellers and dealers. If you don’t know a great deal about vans try to find a friend who does, you do not want to be fooled into buying something based on price alone. Usual “cheap” means trouble which will end up costing you a lot in the future for repairs and unnecessary maintenance.

Making your decision:

Once you have had a good look at the various Ford vans on Long Island that are available, it is time to decide. Look for signs of damage and repair, check to see the doors close tightly then look at the mileage.

You can’t judge the van until you have driven it. Test all the functions; the brakes and steering in particular, consider trying an emergency stop and swerve the van from side to side and see the results.

When you are happy with what you have found don’t be afraid to negotiate the price, every dollar that you drive out of the price is a dollar that you can plow into your business.

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