There are many types on van available on the market and choosing that is for you can be tricky. Each van brand name has it's own specs and uniqueness, which makes 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 this is a popular choice and also the love of these vans is shared by many. They are, in general, 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 several below.
Clearly whether it's a new model you're opting for then you are covered by a good warranty and should try to get as well as a price and add ons as the dealer is willing to be haggled right down to.
If you are purchasing 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 the owner may show for the vehicle, it is important that they have also looked after 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 precisely what's needed to treat them, and also 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 appear roofs have 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 it is very expensive to replace. In fact, the timing belt is one of the most valuable areas of the vehicle. Whether it has been replaced already then you need to ensure you know when so you can determine how long it will be before you will have to replace it can.
Check all the electric parts towards the van including lights and also the wiring. Wiring can often be manipulated and if so, there should be an understanding of why.
Chassis issues will also be common. The 2 rails, jacking joints and outriggers ought to be rust free and whole. If patches can be found ensure the excellence of the weld and that rust isn't jeopardising it.
It's as important that the van can run correctly as it's looks are attractive to the eye so do ensure you make the above checks carefully before buying. If unsure or perhaps in doubt take advice from the qualified specialist who could guide you into making the best decision.