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I got a van for much cheaper than I've seen equivalent models for sale - should I be worried?

I bought a van that seems cheap for the miles that it's done. It’s a 2005 Vauxhall Vivaro with 95,000 miles and the MoT was just done. I got it for £1500. The van has had a new engine and I've done a HPI check. All seems fine but I can’t find another van for as cheap as I got mine. They start at around £2700. The temperature gauge is not working, but I can live with that. Is this a dodgy deal?

Asked on 4 May 2018 by Jacob

Answered by Dan Powell
I imagine the low price reflects the fact that the engine has been replaced. Do you have proof the engine is brand new, such as receipts or paperwork? If not, it's probably second hand and has covered far more than the 95,000 miles you've been told. I'd be more than a little worried about the faulty temp gauge and would ask the seller to fix this before you collect the vehicle. Would also recommend having an oil change done every 10,000 miles.
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