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Is buying a used LPG van, or new that needs converted, a good idea for fuel economy?

I drive 200 miles once a week from London to Devon and need to buy a van (used or new) that's smaller than a Citroen Dispatch. I have two children so it will need three seats. I'm looking at LPG in the hopes that it will cost less than diesel or petrol. What van would be good for fuel economy and value for money?

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There are no new vans sold with LPG as standard, which means you’ll have to pay between £500 - £2000 for a conversion or find a used vehicle with it already fitted. LPG isn’t something I’d consider as a used buy. The costs will be sky high if anything goes wrong and the LPG engine will still use petrol, which compromises the fuel savings over the long term. A drive of 200 miles once a week is more than enough for a modern diesel and something like the Ford Tourneo Connect or Fiat Qubo would suit your needs. Both are available with petrol or diesel engines:

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