Types of Van

We have used vans and commercial vehicles of varying sizes and specifications here at Van Monster, so we are confident that we will have the right types of van for you.

It is difficult to know where to begin if you haven't bought a van or commercial vehicle before. To help you make up your mind, here are some things you should know before beginning your search:

Kerb Weight

Kerb weight is a vehicle when it is seen in its standard specification condition. According to European Directive 95/48/EC, a vehicle’s kerb weight will take into account:

• A fuel tank that is 90% full
• A driver on board weighing 68kg
• Luggage of 7kg

Take note that any extras or accessories fitted after standard specification purchase will increase the weight and reduce payloads and towing weights accordingly.

Unladen Weight

A vehicle’s unladen weight is its weight without any goods or burden on board. This is the case…

• Inclusive of the body and all parts which are necessary to or ordinarily used with the vehicle or trailer when it is in operation.
• Exclusive of fuel, or batteries if the motor is electrically powered.

Gross Vehicle Weight (also referred to as Maximum Authorised Mass or Permissible Maximum Weight)

When focusing on driving licences, maximum authorised mass (MAM) highlights the maximum weight of a vehicle or a trailer.

This figure includes the maximum load that the vehicle or trailer can carry safely when in motion. This specific weight is sometimes referred to as gross vehicle weight (GVW), or permissible maximum weight.

You can find these figures listed in the owner's manual, as well as often on a plate or sticker fitted to the vehicle. A gross train weight (GTW) can usually be read on this plate or sticker too.


The weight that a vehicle can carry once the kerb weight, driver, passengers and any extras or accessories fitted after the standard specification purchase has been subtracted is known as the vehicle’s payload. In effect, the payload can be gained by subtracting a vehicle’s kerb weight from its gross vehicle weight.

Van Types

Small Van

Our selection of small used vans can carry a payload of between 500kg and 699kg, and includes:

• The Ford Fiesta Van
• The Peugeot Bipper
• The Vauxhall Astravan
• The Volkswagen Caddy

Medium Van

A payload ranging from 700kg to 999kg can be achieved on our collection of medium used vans. Our stock includes:

• The Nissan NV200
• The Peugeot Expert
• The Volkswagen Transporter

Large Van

Our large used vans are capable of achieving a payload in excess of 1,000kg. Examples of popular used large vans that we stock include:

• The Ford Transit
• The Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Browse through all of our van types online now or find a branch to get a closer look at the vehicles we have in stock. We are located throughout the UK, as well as in Dublin for those based in Ireland.

Don’t forget that all of our vehicles are sold with a Van Monster Customer Care package, which guarantees you free AA breakdown cover, free AA warranty and a 48-hour return policy.