You know what you want when you go shopping for a car - whether your top priority is plenty of space, lots of luxurious touches, or something guaranteed to turn heads, there’s a plethora of models designed to fit your exact requirements.

But buying a van is different, and so many of them can seem so alike.

So to help your choice, focus on these factors:

1. What type of van or pick-up do you need?

The choice can be pretty bewildering. Don’t be tempted to go for the biggest van you can buy if it’s then impossible to get it right to your customers’ doors. And do you need a covered load area or would it be easier if your van was a flatbed or pick-up type?

2. Get to know the market.

Quality used vans is a competitive sector - but you might find offers which seem too good to be true. Shop around to get an idea for the suggested market price for the van you’re interested in, and if you’re offered one for much less - be suspicious.

3. Buying private versus buying from a dealer.

A dealer gives you added legal protection in the event of any subsequent problems. But expect to have to pay a little extra for their expertise, assurances which come from them being a well-established business, and any warranty offered with the van. How much is this peace of mind worth? That’s your call.

4. Gen-up on your model.

It’s handy to do some online research about the van you have in mind. Websites not only give you the low-down on its features, but also the kind of experiences enjoyed by current and past owners, and flag up any possible issues you’d be wise to look out for.

5. See the van first.

Buying sight unseen comes with all sorts of pitfalls, no matter how well you might know the seller. You should also see the van at the address of the registered keeper - who should also be the person selling it.

6. Knowledge is power.

Know your rights as a buyer - and the 2015 Consumer Rights Act brought major changes in this area. Any van on sale must be fit for purpose and of satisfactory quality. You also have 30 days after purchase in which you can reject a used van from a trader or dealer if you find any fault.

7. Check the paperwork.

Cross-check that details of the van’s registration number and vehicle identification number (VIN) are identical to those on the V5C document (registered keeper’s details).

8. Take a test drive.

First, check you’re insured for it, but then you need to establish whether the van has been abused through being overloaded (axle knocks or squeaks), check where the clutch bites - near the top is a sure sign that it needs replacing - and check operation of all lights and other electrical equipment.

Find one of the best ranges of quality used vans in Liverpool and the surrounding area at Motor Range, with the added assurance of extended guarantees to help keep your business on the road. Or check out our new vans page to see what's available.