How to create the perfect advert on Commercial Motor used trucks in 4 simple steps


The perfect advert can help you sell your used tractor unit, rigid, trailer or van faster and for more money, so it’s worth investing some time into. Here are 4 tips to help you create the ideal ad.

1. Show it off

It’s important to add good quality images which showcase the exterior and interior of your vehicle. From as little as £35 + VAT you can post 10 images on You should also take full advantage of the free video uploading functionality on all listings. It doesn’t have to be much, just a quick walk-around filmed on a smartphone will enable you to show your buyers exactly what you’re selling.

2. Include detail

As well as the standard vehicle specifications such as the make, model and year, include any appealing optional extras such as a special trim, sat-nav or air-con. Also add any relevant extra information about the vehicle you’re selling. The number of previous owners, your reason for selling and any modifications may all be of interest to potential buyers. The more specs and info you can provide, the more search terms your listing will be shown under.

3. Be honest

Be honest about the condition of the vehicle and include any defects you’re aware of. For every truck there is a buyer, so being frank about the condition will help the right buyer find your listing.

4. Be clear & concise

Be clear and concise. Don’t use block capitals, avoid cliché’s such as “great for age” and “priced to sell” and keep away from vague terms such as “good runner”. We’ve found the perfect length for an online listing to be between 50-100 words.

Following these steps will ensure that your used vehicle has the best chance of selling quickly and for a good price. So now you have the know-how, what are you waiting for? Tens of thousands of users browse Commercial Motor used vehicles each month, looking to buy used tractor units, vans, rigids and trailers. List your vehicle today.

Canter proves it's got the bottle for LPG deliveries

Hampshire heating oil and gas supplier HBS Fuels has taken on two new FUSO Canters to deliver bottles of LPG in a 30-mile radius from its Stockbridge base. Supplied by Marshall Truck & Van, the two 7.5-tonne Canter 7C15 units with Comfort day cabs were acquired using Mercedes-Benz Finance.

Both feature 3.0-litre 150hp diesel engines providing 370Nm of torque, and are fitted with dropside bodies from Solent Bodybuilders of Fareham, as well as 1,000kg DEL tail-lifts.

The new trucks will take on the duties of two older Canters dating back to 2006 and 2009, working alongside another 2015 Canter. The two older Canters are, however, being kept on as back-ups and for lighter work.

“The Canter is very versatile and the ideal size for our distribution operation,” said HBS Fuels operations manager, Steve Walker. “These trucks aren’t charging up and down the motorways, and they don’t do big mileages – the 2015 vehicle, for example, has only done 56,000 miles. But they are out all day on country lanes, and make multi-drop deliveries to plenty of farms and caravan parks, as well as residential and other commercial properties.

“The Canter is well liked by our drivers. It’s comfortable and easy to drive, not least because it’s smaller and more agile than most 7.5-tonners, with an excellent turning circle. The vehicle’s compact footprint and manoeuvrability are a big advantage in this part of the world,” he added.

Walker also highlighted the payload capacity of the new Canters, which can handle up to 3,250kg, allowing the firm to move up to 38 full gas bottles weighing 85kg apiece. “You wouldn’t get anything like that many bottles on the other makes of 7.5-tonne truck we’ve tried in the past,” he stated.