Mercedes-Benz Vans UK Ltd has launched a new Approved Used Van Programme designed to further support customer needs, including an enhanced warranty from Allianz Partners.

The scheme provides customers a 24-month warranty on Mercedes-Benz vans up to four years old, in what is believed to be a first in the industry.

In addition, vans between four to six years old will be covered by a minimum of 12 months’ warranty with the option to upgrade to a 24-month warranty.

Covering the whole of the Mercedes-Benz van range, the programme is designed to support the customer decision to purchase an Approved Used vehicle and to ensure that owning and operating a Mercedes-Benz vehicle is as stress-free as possible.

“We’re proud to be launching a new 24-month warranty across our Approved Used Van Programme in response to the changing demands of our vast range of customers,” Mick Glover, Head of Used Van Remarketing at Mercedes-Benz Vans UK, said.  “With the support from Allianz Partners on our Approved Used Programme, we are proud to continue keeping businesses moving and fulfil the needs of hard-working van drivers on the road today.”

Liz Grindell, Head of Warranty and F&I at Allianz Partners UK, added: “By working closely with Mercedes-Benz, we are enabling them to expand their warranty cover for van owners, offering an unrivalled range of options that boost customer confidence in the quality of its Approved Used stock.”

 Three top tips to spot online used vehicle scams

Reports have emerged from mycarcheck.com of a marked increase in online used vehicle scams.  There are three telltale signs of a con in particular:

  1. Is the price of the vehicle substantially less than other similar models?
  2. Does the number ring out or go to voicemail, prompting you to ‘email the seller’?
  3. Are you then offered a vehicle that is abroad but ‘can be shipped to you’?

“The sheer volume of online scams is off the chart this summer, Mark Bailey, the head of mycarcheck.com’s owner, CDL Vehicle Information Systems, said.

“The staff at our Glasgow call centre speak to used vehicle buyers every day, often when they’re about to transfer money, so our finger is very much on the pulse when it comes to the latest scams.  From early this year we saw a significant rise in fraudulent online adverts, but from May onwards it really ramped up – not only for the usual cars, vans and bikes, but for plant and agricultural vehicles too.

“Sophisticated con artists, often operating in organised criminal gangs, can create scam adverts very quickly and on an industrial scale, even setting up whole fake dealer websites.  At first glance, they look realistic; they cut and paste wording from genuine adverts and add features like make and model searches to appear more convincing.

“If you encounter any of the above, and certainly all three in order, it should serve as a red flag that you are being lined up.  The best advice remains: if in doubt, walk away.”

With information from the police, DVLA, insurers and finance houses, mycarcheck.com holds comprehensive data on every vehicle on UK roads.

To view the Approved Used Vans range from Rossetts Commercials, click here.