Mileage

Redwineracing

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Sep 7, 2019
Looking in to buying an ex ambulance as a base vehicle.
What would you think of buying a vehicle with over 400000 miles on the clock?
Thanks Martin
 

BigStevie

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Ambulances... from first hand experience they’re worked very hard, obviously. Worth keeping an eye on Merthyr auctions, they get all types of interesting vehicles going through, not just ex nhs ambulances. Check out suppliers of ex mod vehicles too, been some interesting ex nato stock about in recent year.
 

jjturner

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Also worth checking autotrader for specialist body types as odd things popo up occasionally.
2 ones I saw after I bought mine was a sprinter surveillance vehicle with a whisper generator (5k on its own) also saw a 7.5 ton rigid body converted by the police and already registered as a Motorhome by them... As it had some bunks in it and a shower.
 

Crafter

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I looked at several ambulances and fridge vans before I bought my crafter but was put off all of them... why would anyone buy a van with 400000 miles on it unless it was extremely cheap?...surely everything from the bearings up will be approaching end of life?...also with ambulances there is serious amount of unnecessary weight in redundant wiring and hardware. For me it was the smell of the ambulance too that put me off!!
 

sparrow

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Leamington Spa
Mileage is age dependent.
I would rather have a 4 year old van with 250k on the clock than a 10 year old van with 50k on the clock.
The 4 year old van will have had a much easier life, as it's simply been up and down motorways, where as the 10 year old van will have been starting and stopping all the time with the associated wear.

400k is too much though.
 

Roadrunner

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Glengormley
Mileage is age dependent.
I would rather have a 4 year old van with 250k on the clock than a 10 year old van with 50k on the clock.
The 4 year old van will have had a much easier life, as it's simply been up and down motorways, where as the 10 year old van will have been starting and stopping all the time with the associated wear.

400k is too much though.
100% correct,many cars i bought from pensioners with low miles but down the years gave endless trouble with sticking brakes ,brushes stuck in alt,split tyres and wheel bearings gone due to water ingress and pitted.
 

acecard

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Sep 8, 2019
Agree with Roadrunner and sparrow. 400k around town with the nuts revved out of it attending emergencies and racing back to A&E day in, day out will be vastly different to 400k up and down the motorways. Although saying that, I imagine an ambulance fleet needing to adhere to quite a stringent maintenance schedule, so that might be a positive?
 

Roadrunner

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Yes and my last car bought for £10 at 7 years old ran 314.000 miles 15 years boot to the board but well serviced by me,sold for £200 and n/plate £250,good return im thinking,but the it was a soda.
 

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