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Which cheap, reliable second-hand van do you advise I buy?

I need a cheap, reliable second-hand van with a load area to fit 2.5 x 1.22 meter sheet timber.

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A long wheelbase Ford Transit Custom or Vauxhall Vivaro will suit your needs. The Ford is the better of the two, but is more expensive with 2014 models starting around the £10,000 mark. A 2014 Vivaro can be bought from as little as £6500. For our top 10 mid sized vans, see:

If your budget doesn’t stretch that far then you could look at the old Transit as these will easily carry sheet timber; however, these vans have a rather poor reputation when it comes to passing the MoT:
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