This thread is just for personal opinions not hard core fact. Now we all know that a used van is only worth whatever you can get for it on the day but what is the true value of a new van? I will state that I have never yet bought (or leased) a new van I have only ever had the budget (means) to get used equipment. Now a bit of browsing shows that most small large vans such as Transits, Vivaros, Trrafics in the SWB can be had fully loaded with all the goddies for around £20'000 Over a finance period of 4 years (as long as you get a super good rate) then you are looking at less than £20 per day for a brand new wagon. Not only that but over this period you will most likely come away with free service, free warranty and a few other goodies like free road side assistance etc. Now at the end of this period you own the van free and clear, you will have some service costs and maintenance expenses but that's true of any vehicle. At the end of this you own the motor outright, a quick search shows that a 4 year old good nick transit can fetch £6-£7K so you have lost £13K off the purchase. Should you keep it longer, lets say 10 years, you can still get £3K back for it in top nick so it will have ended up costing you £1700 per year over the decade (£141 per month for the life of the van) Now the lease a new Transit can be had for just £250 per month, you get all the servicing etc thrown in as part of the bargain. You get a new motor every 4 years so your work motor always looks tip top. Downside, you never actually own the vehicle and most of the contract limit you to 10'000 miles per year. So to those lads driving swish new vans, do you recommend it, to buy or to lease? Do you think your choice was value for money and why?