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It will be a couple months before I'm ready to purchase a used T250/350 high, hopefully extended, but I'm starting to watch the market closely now. Its difficult to tell how much volume there is out there, and I see a higher % of low roofs than anything.

But I have never shopped for a 1yr old vehicle before and I am not sure I understand the market too well. The first question I always have in the back of my head is "why are so many people selling at less than a year and taking such a loss?"

Second question is "does mileage really matter when we're talking about 8k vs 14k vs 20k?" I'm not even certain that mileage is effecting prices in any predictable way.

And third question is how much are these used Transits in demand, as in, will dealerships negotiate? Or is it one of those things where if I see it advertised what I want, best snap it up and don't try the old "hmm, lemme think about it" walk out trick.

Sorry if this isn't posted in the correct place, but it seemed to fit. And any advice car shopping experience has always been a much more open-ended process with lots of input from Edmunds, KBB, etc, if you know what I mean.

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If your financing you should also weigh the difference between used vehicle interest rates compared to new vehicle interest rates.
I am in the same position as the OP but looking for a different rig.

In regards to finance if you buy a current year vehicle with less than x miles you can still qualify for new car rates. I forget the mileage cutoff but talk with your local bank.

Patience is key to a search like this, also you must be ready to move when the right rig comes along. I would expand your search to the eastern half of the country, it's not much to fly out and drive home.

I forget your other question but there are a million reasons why people sell low mileage vehicles. **** happens, low mileage mint cars are pretty common. My last buy was a '12 Mustang I bought in '12 with 4k miles on it.

I am looking for a van with less than 10k on it, '15 or '16. The mileage does not make a huge difference in regards to value but I would like one that has not been driven too much.

I use Autotrader as my main search tool - you will find plenty of vans that suit your needs there.

My .02
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