There are many types on van on the market and choosing which is for you can be tricky. Each van make and model has it’s own specs and uniqueness, making it differ from another. Knowing what to look out for when looking for either a new or indeed and old van can be tricky.
If it’s a Volkswagen that you’ve set your heart on then then this is a popular choice and the love of these vans is shared by many. They are, as a whole, reliable vehicles and have many great features including spacious interiors and an enjoying drive. If you are thinking of a purchase then there are things to what out for and check for and we have listed a few below.
Clearly if it’s a new model you are opting for then you are covered by a good warranty and should try to get as best a price and add ons as the dealer is willing to be haggled down to.
If you are buying a used Volkswagen, particularly if it’s a classic, there are some things you should consider and you should never part with any money until you are sure you are making a safe investment.
Despite the passion and love an owner may show for the vehicle, it is important that they have also taken care of it and maintained it regularly. Things like oil leaks should be sort for and this can only be carried out when it’s not raining. Look on the ground where the van is parked and check for leaks. If leaks are present, you’ll need to know exactly what’s needed to remedy them, and the cost of this.
The floor pans and roof (if tin in particular) should also be checked for rust or damage. Fibre glass roofs should be checked for cracks and pop up roofs need to be verified as they can break easily- both the arms and fabric can get damaged.
Timing belts are also notorious for needing replacement and is very expensive to replace. In fact, the timing belt is one of the most valuable parts of the vehicle. If it has been replaced already then you should ensure you know when so you can determine how long it will be before you will need to replace this again.
Check all the electric parts to the van including lights and the wiring. Wiring can sometimes be manipulated and if so, there should be an understanding of why.
Chassis issues are also common. The two rails, jacking joints and outriggers should be rust free and whole. If patches are present ensure the quality of the weld and that rust is not jeopardising it.
It is as important that the van can run correctly as it’s looks are appealing to the eye so do ensure you make the above checks carefully before buying. If unsure or in doubt take advice from a qualified specialist who could guide you into making the right decision.