I plan to do 30,000 + miles per year - should I buy or lease a van?

I need a van that looks professional, smart and modern. Love the Volkswagen range but budget may not stretch to a new model. It needs to be converted for fish sales, which will cost about £6000. The Renault Trafic is an option and Ford look the part. What would you recommend? Will be doing 30,000 + miles per year. I'm not looking at secondhand. Resale value will be minimal. Should I lease or buy on HP?

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If you're doing high mileage then I'd recommending buying outright, as most lease deals will have strict mileage limits that might not suit your working life. Personally, I'd search for a pre-reg van as these can offer big savings that could cover the £6000 you'll spend on the conversion. Pre-reg vans are effectively surplus stock, sold cheaply as “ex demo” or “delivery mileage” vehicles with savings of up to 30 per cent.

The Ford Transit Custom is one of the best medium size vans on the market: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/ford/transit-cus.../

But I'd also consider the excellent Toyota Proace as this is backed by a five-year 100,000 mile warranty: vans.honestjohn.co.uk/van-reviews/toyota/proace-20.../
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