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March 16, 2018

Buying a second hand minibus

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Are you in the market for a secondhand minibus?

Buying a second hand minibus can be tricky. Similar to a taxi most minuses have not been parked idle in a driveway with the occasional outing to the local supermarket  Instead they out on the road transporting people from home to school and back or clocking up big mileage on group outings. With this in mind it pays to be vigilant when on the lookout for a second hand minibus. We have complied some key indicators to check and be aware of below.

Minibuses come in all shapes and sizes, have you decided on the size required or more important the maximum number of passenger that you will carrying. Deciding on this will help narrow down the search, keep in mind that buying a minibus with more seats than required will result in you paying a higher minibus insurance premium as brokers take number the number of  seats into the premium calculation

Typical things to look out for 

  • First Impressions : 

Like most things first impression count and keep these in mind during the decision making process.  Do you have a friend that is mechanically savvy if so bring him or her along as what looks good on the surface can have serious defaults hiding from view.  This may be impractical, but we would still advise when you think that you have found a family minibus get a mechanic to check it out. The mechanic will be able to carry out a comprehensive all round check of both body work and the mechanical parts.

Meet in car park

The seller has asked to meet in a car park, ask yourself why ? has the vehicle been stolen? Insist  on going to the owners home to inspect the vehicle

Too cheap to be true

Cheap normally equates to a bargain, but can also be you pay for what you get. Be aware the owner may be trying to offload a minibus that is a waiting disaster that will need constant attention and money spent to keep it up and running.

Fresh Paint

Paint can cover up underlying bodywork damage, ask yourself and the owner why was it painted.

March 10, 2018

Best Family Minibus For 2018

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Some call it a minibus, others say its micro bus, or even a van. Whatever the name, the various names are as a result of its uniqueness in design. They are basically vehicles with a seating capacity of 1 to 9 passengers. It serves more than just the ordinary uses of a car. From ferrying people to logistics/deliveries, minibuses have since been embraced all over the world. These people carriers  do not come cheap and it is worth comparing minibus insurance costs across different manufactures as this  may sway your buying decision.  

SMMT Ratings

The United Kingdom is on record as one of the manufactures and producers of some of the world’s best vehicles. The UK prides in engineering renowned minibus brands like; Fiat Talento, Nissan NV300, Vivaro, Renaults, Ford Transit, among others. Although the auto market is flooded with various models and makes, the choice to acquire an automotive depends on several factors. Some of these include; purpose of the car, social class of the buyer, financial ability, cost of maintenance, more, and importantly availability of a model.  

Which was the best family minibus in 2017? To answer this, we need to consider a number of factors such as user ratings, number of units produced per year as well as opinion of motor marketers and sellers.  In UK, the Society of Motor Manufactures and Traders (SMMT) reported that between January and July 2017, over 210,000 units had been registered. Indeed, the minibus business was recording some of its best performances given that these were just but statistics for a half year. 

When it comes to family minibuses that were ranked highly in terms of acquisition in 2017, majority of the UK based car dealer-websites including honest john featured centered on the Van-based MPVs. The Ford Tourneo Connect topped the list. This van is liked due to its comfort level and ability to serve as a family car. Endowed with a spacious interior, the Ford Tourneo Connect is ideal for a family and their luggage. The van has comfortable seats that are also adjustable by the occupants.

Buying decision factors

The minibus has a low suspension from the ground thus enabling children and people living with mobility disabilities to get in and out of the car with ease. Some come with a carrying capacity of five, while others have been fitted with seven or even nine seats, thus making it an ideal car for a typical family. 

Another advantage of Ford Tourneo Connect is the ability to fit into smaller parking spaces at shopping malls because of its sliding double-sided doors. The generous door space on both sides as well as the hind door makes loading and offloading cargo and other family groceries easier. More so, the vehicle’s average engine capacity makes it to consume comparatively lesser fuel despite covering longer distances. With the increase in the cost of living across world economies, every family would want to save as much as possible but still get the best out the family car in terms of efficiency.

Even though most family minibuses are not the best in aesthetics, the Ford Tourneo Connect proved to have high value in terms of return on investment. The minibus is also reliable for long distances, especially for families going out on trips, camping and wild tours/ vacations. With all these, indeed, the Ford Tourneo Connect had reason to be the best family van for 2017.