Top Tips on Choosing a VW Camper for UK First-Time Buyers
For families who love to commune with nature, the idea of investing on a camper van sounds like a wise investment. Buying a camper van in UK, however, can be as complicated as purchasing a new home. This is even more, so when you are on the lookout for an iconic VW camper. Volkswagen is renowned for its versatile and unique looking campervans that have been in circulation for almost half a century now. Rich in history and the epitome of campervan standards, learning a few important guidelines on choosing one will help give more value to your money.
Top Considerations in a VW Camper Van in UK
Most of the VW campervans that you can find to buy in UK today are used or second-hand. Whether you are on the market for a 60s retro “Splitty” or the 80s “Wedge” or for the much modern Westfalia VW Camper, it is important to look on the vehicle’s interior and exterior condition, and also its features. This is even important when you decide to buy from a private individual.
Check carefully for rusts and leaks. Most VW camper vans have undergone re-touch measures to hide these issues away. At first glance, the campervan might look flawless and unblemished but always make sure to check under the arches, the joins of the vehicle, underneath the flooring and rear hood of the engine. Always take your time scrutinizing little snippets like a chipped paint or a warped area on the exterior of the vehicle. Paint bubbles will indicate patched holes or, perhaps, the presence of filler. Leaking must be carefully checked, too. Welcoming wind and moisture into your VW camper can spell disaster in the long run. Look for stained or faded interior walls as well as damp marks on the floor. If it is carpeted, make sure to check under this glitzy covering. Be reminded that leaks and rust can easily turn a vehicle into rubble.
Reputable and accredited UK dealers for VW campervans always provide ownership and repairs history of any vehicle they resell to the public. Nevertheless, it is important that you check the engine, tyres, exhaust built, steering wheel, and brake system. Always try to crank the engine on your own to check its sound. If possible bring a mechanic to scrutinize the vehicle for you. Mileage is an important factor, too. However, when it comes to a VW camper, a higher mileage can still be reliable when preventive maintenance is done routinely.
Aside from this, take note of underlying features like the layout and interior soft furnishings. A test drive definitely would be a wise move to check for overall comfort, especially when done with a mechanic at hand.
It is important not to buy on impulse. Try to do comparative analysis by checking for various options. There are wide-ranging sources of information available for you. From motorhome magazines to independent UK caravan traders, VW Specialists, and the Internet. Do remember that prices of VW camper vans can vary accordingly. The key is to do your research thoroughly for a much informed decision.
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