Buying a Catering Van Doesn't Have Gas Certificate

by Maria

Hi, great site,thank you! We've put a deposit for a fish & chips van & all seems great except there is no gas certificate. Owner has said that he will call the man he uses to come out to us and he will pay towards the cost of it. Is this usual? He also said it would cost about £200-£250.

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Jun 04, 2014
by: Dawn

I have a Fish and Chip van and the gas certificate only cost £85 for 6 months so shop around


Jun 04, 2014
LPG Certificate
by: Kevin

I purchased a jacket potato trailer with no certificate about 6 months ago. It is a bit of a novelty as it is in the shape of a giant potato. The local council have been more than helpful and I set to work making improvements. I made a fridge and the whole unit is totally self contained, LPG and 110 Ah battery. To get the gas certificate 2 isolator taps, a pressure test point and the hose had to be replaced. Total cost for work including certificate for one year was £250 which I thought reasonable considering time and cost of parts.

May 25, 2014
by: Anonymous

Thanks for the advice. Got it's tested before we bought the van! All working, with certificate.

May 24, 2014
chip range
by: Anonymous

hi also make sure that the engineer is qualified for fish/chip ranges (mobile) they have

I think it maybe
comcat 4 lpg


May 15, 2014
Get LPG Van Tested Before You Buy
by: David

Hello Maria,

I would have the buyer get it tested before you part with any money to buy the van. The van should come with a valid LPG certificate and you can also ask to see previous gas safety test record. This will let you know when it was last tested by whom, when etc.

Make sure that all LPG appliances have also been tested and if there are any electrical appliances they will also need a P.A.T/Electric test. Take as much due diligence as possible to avoid further cost at a later stage. Someone recently told me that they brought a catering van without a LPG test certificate and it cost them another £1000 to get it passed as there was a lot of faults.

Best of luck and let us know how it goes.

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