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What's the best van to transport motorbikes on a limited budget?

I'm looking to spend £3500 - £4500 on a van to transport two motorbikes, as well as the potential to throw the surfboards in and go camping in too. I will be insulating the back post-purchase. I was looking a Ford Transit originally but now I'm unsure with all that is on the market. I'm only going to be using the van for up to 10,000 miles per year. Do you have any recommendations on which van and engine I should look for and what I should be wary of when purchasing as I'm a first-time buyer?

Asked on 19 August 2019 by James

Answered by Dan Powell
Your budget will limit your choices to (mostly) 10-year-old vans with 100,000+ miles. The Ford Transit will probably be your best bet, as there are lots on the used market. This means you can shortlist the best vans that have a fully documented service history:

The best Transporters will be snapped up by VW enthusiasts and camper conversion firms. This means second-hand prices are notably higher than the Transit, but you might be lucky and find a mint T5 for £4500:

The Mercedes-Benz Vito will easily carry two motorbikes, but rust will be an issue with 10-year-old models:
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