Box Trucks for Sale (332)

At Truckpages we always list tonnes of used box trucks for sale, this is because box trucks are widely regarded as a cornerstone of transportation in the UK.

However, they are not right for every business, here are some of our ideas on how best to utilise your box bodied vehicle.

It may be that your business would be better served with a curtain side truck which would give you added flexibility – or perhaps a more specialist type of box truck, like a Luton body or a refrigerated box truck.

Indeed, you can buy highly specialist box bodied trucks that are demountable or even have a curtain on one side and rigid box on the other.

The fact remains that the white box truck is one of the most common trucks on the UK’s roads – not quite the same as a white van man – a white box truck man!

In recent times the dimensions of box trucks have become more standardised. This is thanks to the tightening of the type approval system for a new truck build which resulted in a smaller number of large body builders making a narrower choice of box body lengths for each chassis manufacturer.

Used Box Trucks & Vans

This means that finding an extra high, extra low extra long or short box bodied truck is becoming increasingly difficult. They do exist, but would probably have required in individual test when new.

Used Box Truck for SaleTypical Used Box Truck for Sale - Here a DAF LF150 in white - just about the most common box truck on the UK's roads
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DAF
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LF55
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Lot No: 115 4x2 - 8.8M - Bakery - Box MoT: 2022-02-28T00:00:00 .VAT on Hammer: Y. An Additional Buyers Fee of �100 + VAT Applies to this Lot PE10XBG
For Auction at Protruck, Belton, Doncaster on 2022-02-02
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Iveco
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Eurocargo
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Iveco Eurocargo 75E16 E6, Euro 6, Automatic Gearbox, 20ft7" GRP Box Body, Rear Wide Lath Shutter Door, 1000kg DEL Column Tailift, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, Electric Windows, Very Low Miles, Excellent Condition.
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Box
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DAF
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LF
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2016 (16) DAF LF-150, Euro 6, Manual Gearbox, Fitted 20ft GRP Boxvan Body, rear Shutter Door, Column Tailift, Factory Fitted Immobiliser, Digital Tacho, CD Player, On-Board Computer, Multifunction Steering Wheel, Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Roof Deflector, One Owner, Excellent Condition,...
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Box
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DAF
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LF
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2016 (16) DAF LF180, 21ft5" GRP Box Body, Rear Shutter Door, Column Tailift, Roof Deflector, Manual Gearbox, Euro6, (AEBS) Automatic Emergency Braking System, (LDWS) Lane Departure Warning System, AX-Tec On -Board Axle Load Indicator, Four Way Reverse Camera System, Factory Fitted Immobilisor,...
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Box
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DAF
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CF
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2015 daf cf 250 euro 6 4x2 18 ton on air 8 speed manual 26ft grp box with tuck away tail lift
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Box
Make
Mercedes
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Atego
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For Auction at CVA Boundary Way, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on 2022-02-01
Lot No: 3078 *HEMEL* CREW CABA/C, REAR VIEW CAMERA, ROLLER REAR DOOR, TAIL LIFT MoT: 2022-08-31* Price is Plus VAT * * Seller: DIRECT COMPANY* Weekly auctions featuring stock from Doncaster, Hemel Hempstead &...
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Box
Make
DAF
Model
CF65
Location
Lot No: 101 4x2 - 7.6M - Demount - Box, - Tuck - Away - Tail - Lift MoT: 2022-10-31T00:00:00 .VAT on Hammer: Y. DIRECT MAIN AGENT FJ13XFR
For Auction at Protruck, Belton, Doncaster on 2022-02-02
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Box
Make
Mercedes
Model
Atego
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2015(65) Mercedes Atego 816 , Manual, Euro 6, GRP Boxvan, Column Tailift, Low Kms, tested 7.5t GVW
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The History of Box-Bodied Vehicles

Where was the box van developed?

The box van was developed in the United Kingdom

How are Box Trucks Developing?

As with everything, the box class will keep evolving as new and innovative ideas are implemented, but here are some of the most notable and recent innovations to the class as a whole. One of the innovations which has made life much easier for drivers of box vans, and more efficient for those operating box vehicles, is the inclusion of an electronic tail lift. These facilitate the loading and loading of the box vehicles allowing for time and effort to be saved by the driver. These also tend to add an extra level of security to the box class vehicles. Another interesting development, the trend towards manufactures designing and building their own box bodies.

What different types of box vehicle are there?

There are many different types of box bodies, and their development over the years shows how dramatically the face of industry in the UK has changed.

One of the earliest types of box van is the Luton Van. These vans had and have a distinctive lip hanging over the cab which can be accessed from the main cargo area and contains functional space for storage of products. This was developed in order to store the high volume low mass products that were produced in Luton at the time.

This type of body is instantly recognisable and is still in use today, in lots of models including the Ford Transit and Mercedes Sprinter vans. You will find all of these types of used box trucks for sale here at Truckpages.

Benefits of owning a box truck for your business

Security

One of the main advantages of owning a box bodied vehicle over its direct competitors like a curtainsider or a flatbed truck is the increased security for your goods that the box vehicle provides. The rigid sides of the Box which enclose your goods make it much more secure than its competitors. This is not only because it hides your load from view, but also because the solid walls of the box provide a much more challenging obstacle to overcome than the almost total lack of protection that a flatbed offers or the fabric of the curtains on a curtainsider.

Weather Protection

The rigid sides also come with another advantage, they make sure that the cargo is not exposed to the mercy of the weather. The solid sides, once again, provide a much greater level of protection to the goods as the chance of water coming into contact with the goods is decreased. Furthermore, it allows you to create a relatively stable atmosphere within the box, if you so choose, this could be useful for high-value goods or goods that require a certain temperature to keep effective.

A Box Truck is a Mobile Billboard

A further advantage is the opportunity to showcase your brand on your new vehicle. The sides of a Box Truck are the perfect location for you to display your brand. This not only gives your current customers the idea that you have a professional operation, but also serves as a moving advertisement attracting new customers.

Your trucks, when roaming the streets, come into contact with hundreds, if not thousands, of potential customers and you could take advantage of this potential exposure through the prominent display of your brand on the side of your truck.

What are the possible pitfalls of owning a box bodied vehicle?

There are problems associated with owning a box bodied vehicle. However, most of these can be mitigated with proper planning and attention to detail. An unfortunate consequence of the rigid sides that provide so many of the box truck’s benefits is that they make it extremely difficult to change the load order during the delivery route if there is a change in schedule.

This has the effect that, the driver and back-office staff must pay particular attention when deciding upon the route and loading the cargo into the truck. Another possible problem is that if the load is even slightly too big for the box, it will not fit. This is in contrast in some extent to a curtainsider but in stark contrast to a flatbed where you have a bit more wiggle room.

Choose the right material

Box bodies can be constructed out of a range of materials, from aluminium to Glass Reinforced Plastic (GRP) – many use a combination of these materials.  Aluminium is lighter, but more difficult to repair, whilst GRP can have any dents and scratches filled and painted over.

Flooring too is important.  Opt for a lightweight aluminium checker plate floor for lightness, or go for more traditional hardwood, such as Keruing.

Check the lashing points

It is important that all loads are secured, but differing loads require differing securing points.  Palletised goods can be safely lashed to the floor using floor mounted lashing rings (these can be recessed) whereas a taller load or series of boxes may well require the use of securing bars.  These are spring loaded bars that can be inserted into special grooves all the way along the length of the box body.

Box Body Internal Loading Points
Box Body Internal Loading Points

Box Truck Tail lift Technology

Box Trucks often rely on tail lifts for loading and unloading goods.  This sounds straightforward, but there are three different types of tail lift.

Column Tail Lifts

In the UK we have traditionally used ‘column’ tail lifts.  The columns run up the rear of the box truck using cables or chains and a hydraulic motor which then raise and lower a platform which is stowed as a tailgate when not in use.  These are cheap options and work best when the box van does not load from a loading bay.  If this is the case, look for a tuck-away tail lift.

Cantilever Tail lifts

These lifts are similar to column lifts, since they are stored like a tailgate behind the truck when not in use – indeed, the tailgate can be designed to be long enough to cover the whole of the rear aperture which means the box van does not require a rear door.  With a tail board of this size, it is possible to drive a car onto the tailgate for lifting into the truck.  These tail lifts are operated using a series of hydraulic rams, rather than columns and chains.

Tuck-Away Tail lifts

This type of lift for a box van can a complex folding mechanism which means that it can be stowed under the box body when not in use.  This means that the truck can be reversed up to a loading ramp without having to worry about damaging the tail lift or lowering it to load up.

Tuckaway Tail Lift
Column Tail Lift

 

Tuckaway Tail Lift
Tuckaway Tail Lift

 

Cantilever Tail Lift
Cantilever Tail Lift for a Box Truck

Box Body Manufacturers

Since the introduction of European Whole Vehicle Type Approval (EWVTA) the number of manufacturers of box bodies has fallen.  As a result, the large body builders have increased in size and the truck manufacturers themselves have taken to selling trucks from the factory ready-bodied.

For standard box bodies, this makes perfect sense as there is only one backside to kick if the new truck you are buying is wrong or delivery is delayed.  If you need something particularly high, low, short or long, then you will have to look to a body builder and you may even have to have the new box truck approved individually at a testing station.

The problem does not arise with second hand box trucks for sale, but it is good to know the more successful brands of box bodies.

Midlands-based JC Payne is an experienced body builder, in business since 1926 and can build box van bodies from 10 feet to 30 feet in length.

Alloy Bodies have been building box bodies in Manchester for over 50 years, currently making some 50 per week.

Bevan Group are also based in the Midlands and have been building box bodies for over 40 years are now located in Wednesbury in a purpose-built 17,000sq ft factory.  They make standard box bodies plus their aerodynamic teardrop shaped Bevan21 streamlined box body.

Latest Box Trucks News

Volvo Trucks Brand Seals the Deal

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Electric Renault Truck in Ten Year Finance Deal

One thing we know about electric trucks is that they are expensive.  It seems that Renault have decided that longer finance terms are the way to mitigate the upfront pain so have supplied a 16-tonne D Z.E. to Warburtons on a ten-year deal. Renault Trucks Guarantees the customer that the batteries will still be good at this time. So perhaps this could be the model for all electric truck deals in the future? Warburton's Renault D Z. E. Electric is on a 10-year contract The Warburton’s Electric Renault Truck Specification The vehicle, striking in Warburtons orange livery and proudly stating…

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200,000th DAF LF built in the UK

Not only are DAF runaway UK market leaders in truck sales, they are the only business that assembles trucks here.  Leyland Trucks is the PACCAR-owned facility that makes almost all right hand drive DAF trucks in the world. So, it is great news that the company has announced that they have just seen the 200,000th LF chassis roll off the production line. DAF LF number 200,000 rolls off the production line at Leyland Trucks. In front of cab from l-to-r: Peter Jukes, Leyland Trucks Operations Director, with Matthew Clayton from DAF Dealer Lancashire DAF receiving the vehicle keys from Leyland…

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First All-Electric Renault Truck Bought in UK

It’s all very well truckmakers designing and producing battery electric vehicles, but they need to actually sell a few, otherwise it’s just an exercise in R&D. It seems that Renault have got the ball rolling in the UK, despite the numbers involved not setting the world alight at this stage. Renault Trucks Range D Electric 16 Tonne Electric Bread Van Warburtons, the UK’s largest bakery brand, is introducing the first Renault Trucks D Z.E. 16t.   Equipped with box body with rear side door and tail lift by PPS Commercials, this distribution model will join Warburtons secondary bread fleet carrying around…

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Semi-trailers with solar panels – No Brainer?

Now this makes perfect sense.  The surface area of a semi-trailer is huge and it spends its whole life outside in the sunshine.  In countries that has such a thing as sunshine. With an increasing number of trucks due to be rolled out with hybrid power, it makes perfect sense to recharging these vehicles on the move with solar power in addition to regenerative power through braking. Putting the installation costs and costs of potential damage to one side, surely every box and refrigerated trailer should have this type of system fitted? Scania's Solar Research Semi Trailer Scania’s Research Partnership…

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What is the Best Make of Box Truck?

(Updated January 2022)

There is usually no straightforward answer to this question, for example, some manufacturers may make excellent Box trucks at the top of the weight range, but their lighter weight models are less well thought of - perhaps they are too heavy or not engineered correctly for the duty cycle.

Remember too, that there are only seven or eight major truck manufacturers that market their trucks in the UK. DAF Trucks are the outright market leader, so you would usually expect them to top this poll for all categories. However, this is not always the case.

So how can we help to decide the best manufacturer of Box trucks for the UK market? Using the amount of information we hold at Truckpages regarding the popularity of the trucks, looking at the most popular trucks for each body type would usually show us the best Box trucks for the average operation. With this in mind we can definitely answer the question:

Who makes the most popular Box truck on the used market in January 2022?

In first place comes DAF with a great range of DAF Box trucks with 144 examples currently advertised on Truckpages.

To look at DAF's approach to the market, it's worth taking a look at their used tipper trucks are broken down by individual model groupings - to check the models out, click on the link to browse further.

Model Groups for DAF Box Trucks


Second place sees the Iveco Box appear on the podium with a choice of 52 currently availble at Truckpages as of January 2022.

The last podium place goes to the Mercedes Box with 40 examples currently advertised for sale at Truckpages as of January 2022.

The Winner! It's the DAF Box

DAF is The Most Popular Box Manufacturer in the UK Typical Used DAF Box Truck for Sale - Here a Euro 6 DAF LF210 rated at 12 tonnes GVW and the larger rest cab

And in second place - It's the Iveco Box

Second Most Popular Box Manufacturer in the UK Typical Used Iveco Box Truck for Sale - Here a Eurocargo 75E16 Euro 6

And in third place - It's the Mercedes Box

Third Most Popular Box Manufacturer in the UK Typical Used Mercedes Box Truck for Sale - Here a Euro 6 Atego 1523 15 tonner

Most Popular Makes of Box Trucks

DAF Box Trucks (144)

DAF are UK leaders in rigid truck sales in the UK so, as you would expect, there are always plenty of used DAF Box vans for sale in the UK used truck market.

We include all models and weight ranges, from the 7.5 tonne DAF LF box van right up to the 40 tonne DAF XF set up as a drawbar combination box truck.

The most popular DAF box van is the LF range - there are nearly three times as many used LF box trucks as there are CF versions - an XF box is a rarity in the UK, but more common on the continent.
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DAF Refrigerated Box Trucks (39)

DAF fridge trucks are a firm favourite amongst UK truck buyers.  Their build quality and reliability make them an ideal choice for local refrigerated transport.

When looking to buy a used DAF fridge truck, check over carefully the DAF chassis and driveline, but spend more attention on the fridge body and chiller unit.

Make sure that the body will cool to the required temperature both using the inbuilt donkey engine but also the overnight standby, (where fitted). If the body is multi temperature, dual compartment then test all sections for temperature and general condition.

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Iveco Box Trucks (52)

Around the 7 tonne gross vehicle weight, truck buyers are spoilt for Iveco box trucks for sale in the UK.

At this weight range there is the Daily 72C18, for example.  It is a vehicle that looks a lot like a van, but has a larger payload than most 7.5 tonne trucks.  Its relative size makes it acceptable in the urban environment for local deliveries, whilst the great payload makes it highly practical too.

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MAN Box Trucks (23)

You can find MAN Box trucks for sale across three of the manufacturer's ranges in the UK.

The most common MAN box on the UK's roads and used truck market is the lightweight truck range, the MAN TGL.

The TGL of choice for use as a box truck is the 7.5 tonne, 180hp TGL 7.180.  For heavier box truck operation at 18 tonnes, operators will choose the TGM model - the 250hp 18-tonner is the most popular in this range.

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Mercedes Box Trucks (40)

As Mercedes trucks and vans are highly popular in the distribution segment, there are plenty of used examples of Mercedes box trucks for sale @Truckpages.

Expect to find Sprinter Box vans in the under 6 tonnes segment.  The lightweight trucks are covered by the Atego box truck range, whilst middleweight are covered by the Axor, Antos or Actros - depending on the year of truck you are looking for.

The Axor was discontinued back in 2012 and the Antos was only made for a short while, being replaced by a smaller-cabbed version of the Actros.
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Mercedes Refrigerated Box Trucks (19)

Mercedes trucks make great distribution vehicles - the three pointed star adds some brand kudos to an operator.  For this reason there are always plenty of Mercedes Fridge trucks for sale at Truckpages.

For lighter work, expect to be looking at the Atego fridge truck, whilst older versions of the Mercedes 18 tonne fridge truck are more likely to be an Axor with newer versions being Antos or Actros.
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