To complete our look at the cargo van market, we’ve compiled wholesale (auction plus dealer-to-dealer) selling price data for fullsize vans of model year 2015. Results have been adjusted for mileage. Time period is January-April 2016. See below for graphs and commentary. Results have been split into two graphs for easy readability.

Ford’s Transit leads the market in this age cohort, with the 350 Extended High Roof diesel model edging out the Freightliner/Mercedes Sprinter 2500 170” High Roof Crew Van 2.1L by $899. The Transit’s average wholesale selling price of $28,279 is $14,006 less than the original published MSRP, for a one-year residual of 67%. Lower trim and spec levels of the Transit are heavily exposed to the daily rental industry, but the high volume of those versions has not negatively impacted pricing of higher spec versions of this model.

As for the Sprinter, unlike the Transit, one year-old models are still rare in the marketplace. As such, many versions of this model have not yet shown up in our data. The version that took second place in our graph is only a moderate spec level, and we suspect Super High Roof, Extended, and/or 3.0L diesel versions could bring higher money than the Transit 350 Extended High Roof. As more late-model Sprinters cycle into the secondary market, we will confirm. For reference, the Sprinter 2500 170” High Roof 2.1L’s average selling price of $27,830 represents a one-year residual of 68%.

In general, mid- to low-spec, gasoline-powered versions of these vans perform similarly, suggesting no make has a clear premium in this market. Raised roofs, extended lengths, and diesel power are the items that correlate to higher resale prices – but not necessarily stronger residuals.