Buying a VW Camper Van – What you need to know


Long associated with hippies and surfers alike today the Volkswagen Camper Van is making a comeback for family excursions based on economy and imagination but before you buy check out our tips on getting the best one for you

Buying a camper van is a tricky task so here are some words of advice from Camper Van owners.

1)                Ask someone who knows VW campers to look at it with you.

2)                 Don’t buy a shell as a renovation project if you’ve no practical experience and don’t buy a pristine show piece if you want to customise it.

3)                Know what you want the van for, one for you and a friend to take away for a weekend or one that’ll take a family around Europe for a month?

4)                Be prepared to pick up a manual and toolbox and learn about what really makes your van stop and go, otherwise get some very deep pockets.

5)                Familiarise yourself with common potential problems. There are some great camper van clubs & any questions are usually answered very comprehensively.

6)                             Decide on a budget. These are a great investment & prices are increasing all the time. There are lots of fully restored buses commanding large sums of cash and there are lots of rusting heaps that need love & attention.

7)                             Expect to spend hours scouring Ebay for parts and gadgets and don’t be afraid of doing some DIY.

8)                             Do your research, check out  a great resource on everything about VW campervan.

9)                             Learning how to weld will always be useful.

10)                        Buy the best van you can afford. Good ones are expensive, but a poor one will cost a lot more to restore. They need plenty of maintenance as befits any old classic vehicle, but the reward is to have an iconic form of transport that is classless, and that everyone desires.


Geraldine Herbert

7th March, 2016

Author: Geraldine Herbert

Motoring journalist Geraldine Herbert is the founder of wheelsforwomen. A jury member for the International Women’s World Car of the Year, she has been a motoring journalist for over ten years and is the motoring expert for Good Housekeeping Magazine and their “Women at the Wheel” section of You can follow Geraldine on Twitter at @GerHerbert1

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