The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a Chevrolet 15 Passenger Van is around the $28,835 price range for a 2011 model. This is for the 1500 Passenger Van with a regular wheelbase. The price rises to $29,815 when it is competitively equipped. The models that this was being compared to are the GMC Savana 3500 Extended and the Ford Ecoline Wagon.
The above vehicles are capable of being fueled with a gas/ethanol mixture and in the case of the Ecoline Wagon a Flex Fuel mixture. All three comparison vehicles have a V8 engine.
When it comes to horsepower the Chevy 15 Passenger Express model beats out the competition. It comes equipped with 310 while the Connect and Ecoline come in at 136 and 225 respectively.
If you are in the market for an older vehicle you definitely won’t have to spend so much money. For example a 1996 Ford Ecoline can be picked up for around the $5,000 mark. For a vehicle that is not quite that old you can expect to pay around $20,000 for say a 2009 Chevy Express Passenger Van with around 20,000 miles on it.
By taking the time to shop for a used 15 passenger van you could easily pick up a vehicle that has plenty of upgrades without having to pay extra for them. Of course, this will depend on what purpose you have in mind for the vehicle.
If the van is to be used as a transit van for paying passengers you may wish to purchase new or one that is only one or two years old. Don’t forget that you can deduct certain expenses on your business portion of your income tax return.
Before deciding which path to take you should sit down and work out a budget to see what you can reasonably afford. Look at which upgrades you require and don’t forget to include your insurance in your budget. This way you will end up with the right vehicle for work or pleasure, plus one that won’t end up costing you too much money.