Our first choice for a new (USED) van was a diesel Sprinter. Next were gas Sprinters, Transits, and Promasters. We wanted a cargo van with a ten foot long bed and six feet of standing room. It had to have windows on the back doors. If you care, HERE is a nice write-up of the different models.
We wanted to buy used to save money. But not too used. We started fishing for a deal when we decided to sell A â€˜Tuin. We had to cast a wide net (all of Florida) as decent used cargo vans are scarce.
We did test drive some new models at first. Mostly because there were not many used ones nearby. The ones we drove had nice, high, easy rides, not what we are used to.
Asking my folks for an advance on our house sale earnings, we struck out to look at some of the used vehicles weâ€™d seen online. The commercial vehicle buying experience was new to us. Along with the usual small lots, we visited some large lots packed with all kinds of work vehicles inches apart (check out the google earth map at the bottom of this post to see one of the lots we visited). Not much chance of a test drive there. A few times we drove an extra hour or more to find that the vehicle had been sold.
For kicks we looked at a 2015 Ford Transit in Pompano Beach. It had been an Enterprise fleet rental, and it was still under warranty. But it cost a lot more than we wanted to spend. We pushed on to Miami, where two Sprinters were waiting for us. We called ahead to make sure they were there. When we arrived, neither was available. Aaarg. We went back and put a down payment on the Transit.
We love her! She has already taken us farther than Aâ€™ Tuin ever did. We have big plans for the White Whale. Sheâ€™ll be ceiled, walled and floored. Sheâ€™ll have a couch/bed and a galley. And she has lots of storage room. Introducing Ballena Blanca (white whale en espaÃ±ol). May she travel far.