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10 THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A VAN There are plenty of decisions to be made when buying a van, some more obvious than others. Before you purchase, it’s worth considering more than just engine capacity and price.

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here are 10 things you should

a petrol engine, especially if you’re not car-

sensitivity to load distribution and better

think about when shopping

rying a lot of weight. This is before you take

unmade road capability.

around for a new van, from

into account the fact that petrol engines are

comfort to purchase price to

often cheaper to service as well, so be sure

One side door or two?

standard safety features. Here’s

to do the sums before you decide.

Most vans sold in Australia are specified

some handy information to use

with a single left-hand side door and, in

4WD or RWD?

many circumstances, this makes perfect

There are a number of advantages and

sense. But if you regularly operate in

Petrol or diesel?

disadvantages of both four-wheel drive and

areas where parking is scarce, two doors

The low-rev/high-torque power delivery of

rear-wheel drive, and a good salesperson

will provide a lot more parking flexibil-

diesel engines makes them better suited to

will be able to explain the difference and

ity, as you can stop close against a wall

most commercial vehicle applications. They

recommend a van with a powertrain that

or another vehicle and unload from the

can also use a lot less fuel compared with

best suits your business.

driver side. If you’re working in alleys or

as a starting point.

quiet backstreets, you’re not really at much

a petrol engine, helping offset their usually

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higher initial purchase price. But if you keep

In general, 4WD usually offers slightly lower

increased risk by working offside. A glazed

your van for the typical 4–5 years and you

fuel consumption, lower load-in heights and

left-hand door makes reversing easier and

do less than around 15,000 km annually, the

more internal room, while RWD typically

definitely much safer. Dual doors also have

advantage starts to swing back in favour of

gives you better traction, more payload, less

a higher resale value.

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