Camper vans have always been popular and every year, it seems like more and more people are searching for camping vans for sale. Buying a van is a great experience, but it can be quite difficult. This short guide gives some indications about where to get a VW used camper on sale or for cheap and will provide information for if you want to restore a camper yourself or if you want to buy a ready-made motor home (i.e. a fully restored camper).
Buying a camper for restoration
If you are looking for a camper to restore yourself, then there are a few places you can go where you can get a real bargain. Keep your "caveat emptor" (buyer beware, i.e. you ask all the questions!), head on and use your usual common sense in car buying and you should be able to secure yourself a good van. Restoration specialists Many restoration specialists and van garages buy vans for breaking and then, leave them in their yard once they've got the worth out of them. If you want a particularly shell like van and have the money to make sure that it is done up properly, then take a trip to some of these garages and ask them if they would be willing to sell you one as a project. Van auctions Similarly, great deals can be acquired at van auctions. You can usually get hold of the auction catalogue a good few weeks before the auction date and this will give you a chance to get yourself around the different vehicles, and check out the ones that would be most interesting for you. Also, check out sites like Ebay which have project vans online for sale all the time, but make sure that you are protected and do not pay for anything until you've seen it.
Buying a ready restored camper
Buying a ready or fully restored camper means that you can jump straight in and enjoy the freedom of your van without having to worry about restoration. You will have to pay a larger price tag for this luxury, but you could be lucky and find a great deal on a van that it would have cost you more to restore yourself. Owners' clubs Owners' clubs are gold mines for van buying because if someone pays to belong to a club, the chances are that they have looked after the van well. They will also not want to sell anything 'dodgy' due to their affiliation to the club. Dealers It is possible to buy fully restored vans from specialists and often, you can even choose the way the van is restored. You 'reserve' a van and give the specifications.