We know that buying a vehicle, new or used, can be so stressful. There are tips and tricks that can be exploited when buying, especially with Mercedes Sprinter vans. Regardless of whether you use them for commercial purposes or for pleasure, it is important you know what to look for Luckily for you, we have provided a quick and easy guide on buying new and used Sprinter vans.
The feeling of buying a new van is incredible. From the fresh, clean body to the smell of the interior, it’s difficult to beat. But no matter its intent, one does not just walk into a dealership, pick the first Sprinter they see and drive away. Here are the steps you should take to ensure you have the right one.
- Know your budget
If you have a number in mind, stick to it. It is the primary goal of a salesperson to upsell you on your dream van, so it is important that you don’t stray. Haggle with the dealer until you get the best possible price that you are both happy with.
Thankfully, we have the internet. Research all your different options before purchasing a new Sprinter. If you’re buying a van for your business, you need to know if it will serve its purpose correctly. Can it fit all your tools? Can seats be fitted?
- Ask questions
Use questions to get every last drop of information out of the salesperson. You need to feel absolutely confident that the van you are buying is the van you want. Ask technical questions to see if the salesperson knows their vans too, that way you could get a better price from them.
Sometimes, you can get a better deal from a used van than a new one, and often you won’t be able to tell the difference. However, with a pre-owned van, you may not know what you’re getting so it is important to find out as much as possible before making your purchase.
- Check the body thoroughly
When looking for a pre-owned van you should look for dents, scratches, chips, worn tires and chipped windows. Also look for any indications that it has been in an accident.
- Look under the hood
For those that know what they are looking for this is easy. Check that the belts and hoses do not have any cracks or wear on them. Look at the engine block for any leaks or signs of corrosion. Pull out the dipstick an check the oil level. Inspecting the timing belt for wear is important, as a snapped belt can cause serious damage to the engine if not replaced in time.
If you don’t know what you’re looking at, head on down to Sprinter Gurus. Their specialist technicians can identify any issues with the vehicle and tell you whether its worth buying or not.
- Test drive the van
This is crucial in determining whether the van runs properly when on the road.
- Check the service history
Looking at the service maintenance log will notify you of any past issues or problem that the Sprinter had. This information is important when making your decision.
There are always numerous factors to consider when purchasing a Sprinter van. One thing that you can be sure of is the reliability and capability of a Sprinter. If you purchase a van and are in need of a service or any repairs, visit Sprinter Gurus to ensure that your Sprinter is taken care of.