What to Consider When Purchasing a Secondhand Exhibition Unit

A refurbished or secondhand exhibition unit could be an ideal solution for your business, particularly if you find yourself in the following situations:

– If you are planning on attending events in 2021 but you’re currently unable to reach your customers due to COVID restrictions; you can take your brand to them.

– Your budgets won’t stretch to cover a brand-new solution.

– You require a unit or vehicle to meet a tight deadline.

There are many different varieties of exhibition solutions available on the market, such as media structures, articulated trailers, exhibition units, lightweight articulated units, towable land rover units and simple options available for towing.

That being said, there are a few things that you need to be aware of, to ensure that you’re making the right choice for you; that is both fit for purpose and within your budget.

Research the Market

If you’re in the market for an exhibition vehicle or trailer, then it’s wise to browse a few different websites and talk to some specialist companies to assess what the going rate is for these kinds of solutions.

By doing this, you’ll get a good barometer of whether the cost of a unit is over the odds or not. With plenty of models and choice available to suit a range of purposes, it’s worth taking that extra time to find something perfect for your business needs.

Inspect the Unit in Good Daylight and Good Weather

The glow of streetlamps and rain can mask dents and scrapes in paintwork, which are certainly not ideal when taking your unit out on the road to promote your brand. Once you’ve found something that fits your criteria, be sure to ask if it’s possible to inspect everything in person.

Of course, the odd scuff is perfectly normal, particularly on older units, but it’s incredibly important to ensure that any batteries and inverters or any other features of the unit are working as they should do.

Striking a Deal

When you’ve agreed on a reasonable price, and you’ve decided on the purchase, it’s crucial, as with anything your business buys, to ensure that the terms are agreed in writing. A receipt should also be obtained for both your business and the one you’re purchasing from.

This should outline the details of the purchase, the price, terms of sale and both the seller’s and the buyer’s name and business address. It’s also important, if your purchase is an exhibition vehicle, that you obtain all necessary logbook information as you would with any vehicle.


If you’re buying your unit through a registered business, there really should be no concerns on this front. However, it really is worth repeating the obvious about paying during a private sale– the likes of which are available on sites such as Gumtree and eBay – and ensuring you’ve done your homework on the seller.

It’s also a good idea to pay through money transfer or even a business credit card, to ensure there is a paper trail of all transactions and proof of purchase.

For Sale: 3.5T Unique Glass-Walled Exhibition Unit


Vehicle Details

– Citroen Relay 35 L3h2 Hd1 130

– Van Engine Capacity: 2198 cc

– ECO Diesel Manual

At Versatile, we have a 3.5T glass-walled exhibition unit for sale. It’d be absolutely perfect for merchandise and retail sales, promotions and mobile displays. It was used originally as a mobile sales shop and fitting room for ecommerce deliveries.

The vehicle itself is a fully fitted retail unit, complete with slat walls, hanging rails, lighting rigs, a selection of modular furniture and a fitting room. The vehicle also contains side and rear access, to ensure a free flow of customers in and out of the unit, which is ideal when looking to make the unit Covid compliant.

The space is both flexible and versatile and is powered by inverters, which are capable of providing electricity to the space when there is no readily available power source nearby.

If this vehicle is not something that suits your requirements, then we have an extensive fleet to both hire and purchase, so we’re sure to have something that perfectly aligns with your needs.


Buying a pre-owned exhibition solution is not only a great way to keep costs low, but it’s also a great entry point for your business when looking to experiment with different options to get your brand on the road.

If you’d like more information on what we’ve covered, you’re interested in any of our services or if you’d like to learn more about the Citroen Relay we have for sale, contact us today.