Dealer spe­cials round-up

Dealer spe­cials of­fer dis­tinc­tive looks and great spec at at­trac­tive prices. Find out more in our com­pre­hen­sive guide

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WOULDN’T IT BE great if you could buy a ‘su­per-plus’ ver­sion of a de­sir­able car­a­van, one that’s been made even more ap­peal­ing with the ad­di­tion of ex­tra good­ies for an af­ford­able all-in price? Well, you can, thanks to the wide­spread avail­abil­ity of dealer spe­cial edi­tions. These are ranges pro­duced by deal­ers across the coun­try, in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the UK’S lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers.

Op­tions ga­lore

A dealer spe­cial edi­tion is based on a best-sell­ing en­try level or mid-mar­ket range, fea­tur­ing a se­lec­tion of fac­tory- and deal­er­fit­ted op­tions to boost the spec. You’ll see dif­fer­ences in­side and out, and the range will have its own dis­tinc­tive name – so if you’re the kind of per­son who cares about what you pitch up in on-site, you won’t be rock­ing the same look as ev­ery­one else. Added-value items typ­i­cally in­clude Al-ko’s ATC, a so­lar panel, ex­ter­nal mains and gas bar­be­cue points, ex­ter­nal ac­cess to in­te­rior stor­age ar­eas, pleated blinds and an al­ter­na­tive soft-fur­nish­ings scheme. A tempt­ing pack­age like this could be worth up to £2000, but many dealer spe­cials re­tail for just a few hun­dred more than the stan­dard model. Some might say they don’t need all the ex­tras on a dealer spe­cial, and that they could fit the ones they re­ally want them­selves, sav­ing a wad of cash. That’s true, but bear in mind that a man­u­fac­turer and dealer work­ing to­gether will have ac­cess to ac­ces­sories and equip­ment at bulk-buy prices. If you do man­age to source what you want for a good price, who needs the has­sle? With a dealer spe­cial, you sign on the dot­ted line and drive off with an even more de­sir­able car­a­van.

What cus­tomers want

An­other objection could be the fur­nish­ings, which might not be to ev­ery­one’s taste. But deal­ers of­fer­ing spe­cial edi­tions have a good idea of the kind of look their cus­tomers will want. Think of it this way. Buy­ing a dealer spe­cial gives you ac­cess to some of the fea­tures found in a higher range, with­out hav­ing to shell out a few thou­sand pounds to take the step up. To help you make your choice, in this guide, we’ve rounded up some of the UK’S lead­ing dealer spe­cial edi­tions, ar­ranged by the man­u­fac­turer of the base van.


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