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How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Millymollymandy » 02 Nov 2017, 10:25

Hi just a random thread as I am looking to buy my first van and I am apparently very impatient!
I have only been looking for just over a month but haven't seen one that is for me yet.
Just as a distraction from trawling the internet again I wondered how long you guys took to find your first van.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby LeeME3 » 02 Nov 2017, 11:15

Couple bottles of red wine, 15 mins on ebay, sorted!

As it happens it has worked out well for me. But on the whole I'd recommend a rather more considered approach!
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby lefty67 » 02 Nov 2017, 11:17

Same as above but beer instead of wine :)
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby moggymorgan » 02 Nov 2017, 11:22

I spent ages searching, be prepared to travel and be disappointed more than once. Bodywork is the important bit.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Ralf85 » 02 Nov 2017, 12:09

There are a lot of bodged vans out there. Take your time, look at a few vans and take someone with you who knows about the many problems that could be lurking below fresh paint. Also, before you buy, take it for a drive on fast roads, so you can be as sure as you can that the engine/gearbox are working fine. Happy hunting.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby fazzer » 02 Nov 2017, 12:28

I was looking for about 4 months had 2 t25s previously and both were knackered/rotten etc.Then the wife found one a mile away on gumtree and we've had it for 5 years pretty much trouble free.As said bodywork a big issue.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby T3luestar » 02 Nov 2017, 13:23

I spent a while researching what conversion would be best for me and then a few months finding the right van. Then the next ten years regretting it!
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby 1664 » 02 Nov 2017, 13:59

First van about a couple of weeks.

Second van 18 months give or take.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby clift_d » 02 Nov 2017, 14:47

Ours was maybe the third considered, but I'd spent several months reading, researching, watching and learning beforehand.
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How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Da dan » 02 Nov 2017, 14:51

Nearly bought the first van but after the man dropped from £7500 to £5k without thinking then as I was walking I did say I wouldn’t even pay £2500 to which he said yes I started to run. Was very glad I did. Bought second van and very happy with it. He took me on a proper drive and would not go less than £6900 from £7500. But had done a lot and looked after it. Very happy. All in the process took about two weeks. I’m very impatient to


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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby DoubleOSeven » 02 Nov 2017, 15:35

Can’t remember how long it took, but you’ll know when you find it. Bought mine blind off ebay, without an MOT.


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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Porkscratching » 02 Nov 2017, 17:29

Once I decided which conversation / configuration it took many miles, many vans and a whole year. The one I settled on was purchased with my heart not my head. To be fair, my head knows little now and a damn site less then!

Heeps of good advice on here. Pity I wasn't aware of 80-90 then. It's said that patients is a virtue.

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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Sir Brixalot » 02 Nov 2017, 18:22

10 hours down the pub followed by 10 minutes on Ebay
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby captain Byrne » 02 Nov 2017, 18:23

Took about two months of looking. We bought ours knowing very little about T3's, but having had a few rust bucket cars over the years I knew where to look in terms of bodge-jobs. I came across ours on a website & got a one-way train from York to Milton Keynes. The guys I bought it from were extremely dodgy looking & I nearly walked away, but it was in ok nick & I liked the conversion so thought sod it, so I bought it. We were only going to use it for one European trip & we planned on selling it soon after our return. That was ten years ago! Since then we've spent a few quid on it but now selling it doesn't come into any equation whatsoever. I think once you get to know them, there's a draw which pulls you in & won't let you go. They are quirky, unreliable, slow and sometimes bloody annoying, but it's the coolest thing I've ever owned!!
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