July's Used Van Hero

Andy Picton

04 Jul 2018, Blog Post

For those wanting a reliable and economical van at an affordable price

The Vauxhall Combo is Glass’s Used Commercial Vehicle Hero for July.

Each month, Glass’s Commercial Vehicle editors hold a meeting to name the current Used Van Hero in the UK market – the model they believe offers versatility, durability and outstanding value for money.

Andy Picton, Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor: “The Second generation of the Vauxhall Combo was the vehicle of choice for a number of utility and courier companies for its shear ability to take everything life throws at it.”

WHY?

The second generation of Vauxhall Combo is still a popular choice in the auction halls with devotees citing the low cost, its frugal fuel economy and general all round value for money. Improvements to the suspension gave a better ride, whilst some styling changes gave it more of an up to date look.

WHEN WAS IT ON SALE?

The original Combo was the replacement for the Astramax and was launched in the UK in 1993. The 2nd generation model hit the roads in 2001 and was in production for 10 years, until a partnership agreement with Fiat in late 2011, saw Vauxhall rebadge the Doblo as the current Combo.

WHAT’S GOOD?

Good dealer network, great engines and transmission unit. Car-like to drive with great all round visibility. Wear and tear items are still relatively cheap.

WHAT’S BAD?

As always, check for a service history – the more complete, the better. Plenty of ex-utility vehicles available on the used market were limited or governed to 70mph, so check before buying, if that is a particular concern. The DPF could also be an issue if the van was not used regularly.

IDEAL BUY?

2011/61 plate Vauxhall Combo 1.3CDTi 1700 16v ecoFLEX with 60,000m

Retail value £3,385 Trade value £2,135

About the author

Andy Picton

Andy PictonChief Commercial Vehicle Editor

Having worked previously for Barclays Asset Finance and LeasePlan in the commercial vehicle sector, Andy joined Glass’s in 2002 as part of the Commercial Vehicle team working closely with manufacturers, leasing and insurance companies, traders, dealers and auction houses. He was promoted to Chief Commercial Vehicle Editor in 2016 and manages our industry-leading team of valuation experts. He loves football, music and obviously commercial vehicles.