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Old 04-28-2008, 02:07 PM
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Default Where to find used Sprinter vans?

Would like to know if FedEX or UPS sells their used vans and if there is a place on the Net, or brick and mortar place to fing them I'm interested in a 158"WB Dodge with the lower ratio transmission, thanks.
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Old 04-29-2008, 06:53 PM
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Gene,

Years ago UPS would sell their used trucks to the public, but now with events like 9\11 they turn them into scrap metal when they reach their end of life. I'm a UPS computer tech and have seen them get crunched first hand. It's too bad. I'm sure they would rather sell them but it has now become too much of a liability. Not sure what FedEx does. Their Ground fleet is "owner operator" so they may sell them since the company doesn't own them.

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Old 05-01-2008, 04:16 AM
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autotrader within 100 miles of atlantic city NJ:
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/search...sfyc=&systime=
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ce=&cardist=99

If I had the cash, I'd buy this one for my family ASAP:
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ce=&cardist=87
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Old 05-02-2008, 03:19 PM
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Orman/Scout78,

Thanks for your reply to my intial question with regars to used UPS/FedEx Sprinters. It's totally understandable that those companies feel it's a liablity to resell used Sprinters. But to me, a UPS truck will always be the 'Big Brown truck'. Also, why can't the paint scheme be removed on, UPS or FedEx, used Sprinters? It's only a paint job and if it costs a $1000 to remove and repaint at a Maaco I'd be surprised:confused you'd think that by reselling the used vehicles they could support their bottom line, and, recycle a vehicle in demand

I did'nt know that the FedEx ones are 'owner operator' type rigs. Again, a complete repaint should'nt expose either company to any 'after sale liabilities' IMO.

I did speak to my mailman a few months back about old mail trucks since they have such a low loading height= easier on the back with a ton of camping/fishing gear. He said the same, after sept 11 they were no longer available used.

Thanks Al, those are a bit out of my budget....$10k is in my cash range. I did go out yesterday to a local Homdel Dodge dealer who had 2 Sprinters on his lot. A 'shortie' 144" wheelbase for $22k w/70k miles, and a 170" WB for $30k w/24,000miles.

I had read on here previously that some folks favor the 158" WBase with 16" tires for best fuel economy/space. Is this the case or do I want to go the longer 170" Wbase route? I'd like to use the Sprinter as an 'Expediter vehicle' and when not using it for possible work, then as a recreational vehicle.

Any and all views on this welcome. Eventually I could retrofit it to a WVO system when the money came available. Colorado Al why that particular Sprinter?
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Old 05-03-2008, 09:55 AM
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I'm looking for a 118" mini van for my family. That's the smallest sprinter made, a little bit larger than a VW Eurovan.

Dodge Sprinter 118
Length: 197 in. Width: 76.1 in.
Height: 93.1 in. Wheel Base: 118 in.

VW Eurovan:
Length: 188.5 in. Width: 72.4 in.
Height: 76.4 in. Wheel Base: 115 in.

Unfortunately, I don't have the cash at this time.
Here's another:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Dodge...m330232754029&
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:01 PM
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I do not understand why 9/11 has anything to do with selling used vehicles.

And I do not understand why UPS or USPS would feel the need to crush them instead of sell them, what possible liability could arise from the sale of a used vehicle?

Jeff

EDIT ==> Sorry to go totally off topic. Still curious about the answers though.
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Old 05-03-2008, 08:32 PM
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I do not understand why 9/11 has anything to do with selling used vehicles.

And I do not understand why UPS or USPS would feel the need to crush them instead of sell them, what possible liability could arise from the sale of a used vehicle?

Jeff

EDIT ==> Sorry to go totally off topic. Still curious about the answers though.
A confident walk and a clipboard in your hand will get you into many places. Imagine if you had a delivery truck with a world famous delivery name on the side. I bad guy could get into a lot of limited access places and cause incredible damage.

Come on haven't you ever watched "24"?
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That's BS. Anyone can buy a used van and paint it to look like a UPS or FedEx truck. Why wouldn't they just paint the vans prior to sale? Clearly they have the resources to paint their vans, they do it for new ones, painted with their logo etc. Why not paint them white again when they're done?

http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/popup?id=4154733

Anyhow, I think UPS trucks are specific only to UPS and they are not able to resell them for safety reasons (what reasons, I don't know).

Fedex uses trucks that are not specifically manufactured for them, so they are allowed to resell them. However, you're going to have a truck with high miles on it. Beware.
A lot of the fedex drivers are independents who own their trucks (esp fedex ground drivers).

http://macon.craigslist.org/bfs/636641391.html
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Old 05-05-2008, 03:44 PM
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Colorado AL I appreciate your post, as well as the others. I'm curious why you want the smallest Sprinter vs more room in a longer whellbase? Is there a difference in fuel mileage? Insurance? what is driving your interest in the smaller one, I'm curious

I was told at the nj Holmdel dealer that the 140" and 170" were the only models being made from 2008 on. I was curious why the 158" wheelbase was discontinued, but being a Dodge(y) dealer he had no clue and did'nt seem to care

Thanks for your links, they're very helpful since I'm working off a computer that is on the fritz more than working these days
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Old 05-05-2008, 04:12 PM
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Those 'fake company vans' just scared the heck out of me:eek Go figure what the drug cartels are up to in Mexico, and 'our' all knowing government encourages their 'foreign vehicles' on our roads

Even the guy 'selling' his FedEx route, I mean, if i went down there and handed the guy $70k cash do you think he'd give a shiite to vet me? I think this Country has major issues to deal with when it comes to commercial vehicles. Thank God we have great Public Service folks in Law Enforcement that are on the ball and carefully watching out for all of our families with eagle eyes
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