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Used utility vehicle: what are the points to check?

The Auto Plus team gives you some practical advice before buying a used utility vehicle.

Do you do a lot of tinkering and want a vehicle that can also accompany you during your leisure time? Find the shoe for your foot among utilities ! Accessible to all, much more comfortable and easier to drive than before, they have everything simplify your life. However, there are some basic principles to know before embarking on the adventure.

A different gray card of the car

Pour the grey carda light utility is a vehicle intended for the transport of goods weighing less than 3.5 tonnes under load (PTAC). It is marked N1 in box J (vehicle category), and CTTE (van) in box J.1 (national type) on the registration certificate. Two-seater company cars are included.

The technical control is done every two years

As for a car, the technical control of a utility is done every two years from the fourth birthday. For resale, the last examination must date from less than six months from the date of purchase. Added to this is a control of polluting emissions (CO2 for petrol, opacity of diesels, etc.), to be carried out between the 11th and 12th month following the CT.

Maintenance similar to that of MPVs

About the interview small utilities, the recommendations are modeled on those of the recreational vehicles, with a service every year (or every 15,000 to 20,000 km). With vans, the delay can reach two years (or 30,000 to 40,000 km). If you drive little, focus on deadlines in time, not mileage.

Better to choose a first-hand utility

Being vehicles often used by pros in difficult conditions, utilities may have suffered. Better to investigate the craft’s past and choose a first hand with an up-to-date maintenance book rather than a rough fifth hand. As working tools, many of them have been pampered by craftsmen who cannot afford to break down. Conversely, “express” delivery vans, which are often abused, should be avoided.

Pay attention to the clutch

In addition to the classic checks (smoke, leaks, jolts, etc.), pay attention to clutch condition (chatter when starting, skidding when accelerating), particularly stressed by short journeys and heavy loads. And, to learn a bit more about past usage, take a look at the condition of the driver’s seatrevealing the frequency of ascents/descents in the vehicle.

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Monitor the status of the rear doors and cargo area

Control therear doors, in particular the hinges as well as the threshold, often tired. Also take a look at the loading area : presence and condition of the protections, traces of impact on the bodywork panels.

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