About Us

Over 60 years in the trade selling vans, cars and commercial vehicles!

We are a family run and owned company that are proud to have been serving our customers for over 60 years, we were founded in 1955 so this year it's our diamond jubilee year. You don't stick around for as long as we have by not offering your customers something special:

  • Great Prices Always
  • Clean Low Mileage Vehicles
  • Excellent Customer Orientated Service
  • High Quality Vehicles Always
  • A Friendly Face
  • Fantastic Reputation
  • Same Site for 46 Years

We make sure everything is covered when you buy from us including the following with every vehicle:

  • Free 6 Month Warranty
  • Free AA Breakdown and Recovery
  • Somewhere to Come Back To!

Make sure your next van is supplied by a name you can trust The Van Man!

Neil MacGregor

My wife and I spotted our new vehicle on the web .We made contact with Jane who invited us down to look at the vehicle plus others that they had on show. The vehicle we were looking at was an ex mobility wheelchair carrying vehicle. Her brother Simon was on site and he took us over the vehicle in it's entirety. After having had doubts as to whether the vehicle would go into my garage, Simon immediately said that he would drive the vehicle to my home address to see if it would fit. This he did and it did fit! Over all, the reception that we both received and the atmosphere of the office when completing the deal was one of complete "at ease" Both Jane and Simon are a credit to their industry and I would not hesitate in recommending them and their business to prospective customers if they asked for my opinion. Congratulations to you both and many thanks for a really pleasant experience (until it came to pay the bill !!)

Ross Carr-Taylor

Bought a Vauhall vivaro two weeks. Great van. Great staff and great aftersales. Thank you very much

Cliff Degraff

I have just bought a VW Transporter van from the Van Man, and I would highly recommend them, I have been well looked after by Jane and Simon, and nothing was too much trouble for them, I have had several phone calls and conversations with Jane and she is Brilliant, and always does her best to keep things moving and organised.

Simon Delivered my van to me after a 340 mile journey, which he had to get up really early for, he was polite and Knowledgeable and explained everything for me, many thanks to them for the great service.

Briony Woods

Outstanding company very professional. Had an unexpected fault on van shortly after I purchased. They dealt with this promptly and very professionally.

It was sent to VW for repair under "good will" I was given a car to use in the meantime.

I couldn't recommend these guys anymore. Great family run company. Honest and fair prices, they look after there customers I would definitely use them again.


Collected up my new transit connect from the van man yesterday, what a lovely family run business, from start to finish the staff there made the buying process simple.

They left me to look around all the vans at my leisure before helping me make a decision between two, they actually advised me that the cheaper one was best for me, I found this a most refreshing change from other experiences I've had buying cars and vans in the past.



Very friendly very good service. Simon kindly collected me from the station which not many people would do.

Jane is a million to one and I will come back again. Thank you!!

Geoff and Maureen Harding

Many thanks for your excellent service regarding the Volkswagen Caddy.

The service and expertise was greatly appreciated with no pressure selling. Best Wishes, Geoff and Maureen Harding.

Su Harrison

As a novice van buyer I found simon at the van man so helpful, I only knew a few things that we wanted in our van and when I popped in Simon didn't have what we needed, but he went above and beyond to find the right van at the right price.

Simon is easy to talk to and made me feel comfortable as soon as I met him and when we went on a test drive. Thank you the van man we will see you next time when we upgrade and thank you x

Adam Jarvis

I happened upon this superbly run family business by accident, and i'll never regret the decision to walk in.

Firstly the vehicles are in fantastic condition, every one of them, but the prices are very competitive so its a win win. Lastly, the service offered by these guys is a delight! Could not do more for me, and dealt with all the paperwork in a swift, comfortable manner. Simon was fantastic to do business with. Very satisfied customer.

T Silk

My wife purchased a Ford Connect van from The van man recently and was very impressed by the service she received and was also grateful there were no pushy salesman. The van she purchased was immaculate throughout! I'm so very pleased with it.

We would definitely do business with them again.

Many thanks to this family run business.

Polly Durrant

I would highly recommend Rettendon Commercial Vans (Van Man). This is a great family business, offering great service and value. It is hard to find businesses like this anymore, they will really do anything for you to help and are a great family team.

Jim Hurley

Excellent service , honest and transparent advice , friendly "family" feel to the whole operation felt I got a great deal on all fronts drove away with vehicle feeling very happy.

Would not hesitate to recommend to others

Thanks guys :)

Mark Jones

I have bought several vans and trucks from here over the past few years, every vehicle has met and surpassed our expectation. The staff at Van Man are both polite and very professional to deal with. For good value and quality second hand trucks/vans these guys are our first call.

We will be using them again.

Meet the team

Photo of Jane Mair


Jane, John's daughter, has worked at Rettendon Car Sales for 20 years. After 6 years working in a Japanese Bank in London, Jane decided that she would like to help her Dad in the family business. She has since got married and had 2 children and with the great help of grandparents, has been able to carry on working and doing the job she loves.

Jane generally deals with all the paperwork, sells vans here and there and spends most of her time advertising the vans. Jane will continue the family business which has been going now for 60 years with the help of her brother Simon.

Photo of John Mair


John moved to the site with his wife Pauline in 1971. At that time, Burmah were serving petrol here on the very busy A130. After selling cars here for many years, John started a long-lasting relationship with British Telecom.

We bought and sold over 5,000 vans from BT over the space of 20 years. We now continue to buy and sell quality low mileage vans and a variety of other specialised vehicles.

John is hoping to retire very soon at the ripe age of 78 but anyone who knows him, knows this will never happen!!! John is normally seen wandering around somewhere on the site but if you can't find him, he probably be in The Bell pub next door!

Photo of Simon Mair


Simon, John's son, has been involved for short spells with the family business over the years but has been a permanent fixture for the last 14 years, (with a year out in Slovakia with his future bride).

Sales, valeting, buying, driving and hiding in the workshop are his duties.

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