Businesses ‘increasingly turning to used vans’


More and more corporate fleet operators are looking to purchase used vans during the tail end of the recession, according to vehicle seller Aston Barclay.

The firm has revealed that demand for light commercial vehicles from its site in Westbury has seen a marked increase in the last few months, with demand now exceeding supply.

David Scarborough, Aston Barclay’s national sales director, said that this may show that companies are now looking to make investments following a period of frugality at the height of the recession.

He suggested that used vehicles therefore provide a useful option for those firms whose finances are still depleted because of the economic downturn.

Mr Scarborough added: “Companies are predicting a slight change of fortune in the 2010 economy, so many are gearing up their transport needs accordingly.”

Figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders last month suggested that registrations of new vans are also stabilising, with purchases in November 2009 down only 0.8 per cent on those recorded the previous year.

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