The Knowledge: Location location

The needs of van users are varied, and it stands to reason that these needs vary as you travel around the country; what an urban delivery firm needs is very different from what a rural forestry company might require.

WHAT DO BUYERS WANT IN DIFFERENT AREAS?Stuart Pearson COO BCA UK Remarketing

BCA’s Stuart Pearson highlights what buyers are after in different locations

DELIVERY HATCH
Side-loading doors are almost essential for urban delivery drivers if they are working on cramped streets with poor access. The ability to get a load out of the back of a van without having to throw open a large rear door saves both time and effort finding a big enough space

SENSORY AID
Parking aids are useful additions, so proximity alarms and reversing cameras are valued by buyers who need to nip into and out of spots at the side of the road, or in tight residents’ parking bays. These will also cut down on the risk of damage to a vehicle.

URBAN CLEANLINESS
There are obvious and clearly defined business benefits for low or zero-emission commercial vehicles working in congestion-charging zones, for example, or vehicles carrying out short distance, stop-start duties perhaps in an urban environment.

RURAL RUGGEDNESS
Although a full-time SUV might be a step too far for some rural companies, vehicles operating in more rural areas might benefit from 4×4 capability for those odd occasions when the weather kicks in, or for those occasional forays off road.

PICK-UP POPULARITY
Double-cab pick-ups are a familiar sight in a variety of roles for farming, agriculture and forestry out in the countryside. The open-back ease of access is a bonus in such jobs, but less useful in urban areas where security is a more important requirement.

But does this need for different vehicles translate into a variance of used van values? Not necessarily, because there are many more factors at play. The tightening of emissions legislations and the forthcoming introduction of clean air zones in major cities will definitely have an impact on residual values.

“This will certainly place a premium on LCVs meeting Euro6 standards because these will be exempt from charges,” said Stuart Pearson, COO of BCA Remarketing UK.

However, this doesn’t necessarily translate to a buoyant local market for Euro6 vehicles in urban areas, or for pick-up trucks in rural ones.

“There is no data to support an improvement in used values of pick-ups sold in one part of the country over another,” says Andy Picton, Glass’s chief commercial vehicle editor.

“The more basic spec on a workhorse pickup would typically suit work in the countryside. However used examples in good condition are few and far between. I am guessing most of the country set would purchase a new model from a franchised dealership, with the savvier ones locating themselves near or next to an agricultural dealership.”

 

EMISSION RESTRICTIONS

As it stands, five UK cities will join London in having clean-air zones in the next two years in a bid to improve pollution levels. The respective councils launched consultations at the end of June, in a bid to discover what locals think before bringing the charges into force in 2020.

“Clean-air zones will come into force in Birmingham, Derby, Leeds, Nottingham and Southampton by 2020 and London has the recently introduced T-Charge for diesel vehicles and an Ultra Low Emission zone planned for 2020,” said Stuart Pearson, COO of BCA Remarketing UK.

Currently only Birmingham is considering charging private car and van drivers, with the other four cities set to penalise larger vehicles such as lorries, trucks and buses.

 

LONDON’S CHARGES

LONDON T-CHARGE
● Present – 8 April 2019

  • £10 a day, Mon-Fri 7.00-18.00
  • Insidethe C-charge zone
  • Pre-Euro4 petrol/diesel

 

LONDON ULEZ
● 8 April 2019 – 25 Oct. 2021

  • £12.50 a day, 24/7
  • Inside the C-Charge zone
  • Pre-Euro4 petrol and Euro6 diesel vehicles

 

LONDON EXTENDED ULEZ
● 25 October 2021 onwards

  • £10 a day, 24/7
  • Inside North & South Circular
  • Pre-Euro4 petrol and Euro6 diesel vehicles