Choosing the right used van for a buyer's specific purposes involves determining exactly what the van needs to do and how often it needs to do it. The buyer should think about whether the van is for personal or business use and if it needs any special or custom features.
The first thing a buyer needs to know when finding the right type of van is if it is exclusively for business use, personal use or a combination of both. For example, if the buyer needs a van to take her children to school and special events, she likely wants a minivan with lots of seating and storage room. Alternately, if the buyer needs a van to deliver food from her business to clients, she needs something more like a cargo van with special refrigeration tools and an open storage space in the rear.
Other factors to consider are the van's fuel economy and safety features. Fuel economy is how many miles the car is able to drive on a single gallon of gas. If the buyer plans to drive the van extensively, then she wants a van with a good fuel economy. Even if the buyer doesn't plan to drive large numbers of passengers, she should still consider safety features such as airbags and braking systems.