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

Postby Mocki » 02 Nov 2017, 22:26

First van, 20 mins ( 15 of which were looking at a different van which was crap , and the one I bought was parked behind it and turned out to be a t25 )
Second van found me, friend of family was selling and asked if knew anyone that wanted one
Third van I had known for a few years, I’d worked on it a few times , and when it came up for sale I bought it
The one I have now, turned up for sale on the classified forum here , I had been on the look out for a 2.1 velle gl with power steering , central locking and a moon roof in the right condition and price for about 5 years , and this one fitted the bill. I only had to fetch it 250 miles too....

It’s take 5 years so far to get it how I want it ......
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Ant-t » 02 Nov 2017, 22:30

Took about 6 months for me, I read up a lot and looked at loads online and went to see about 5 which I drove but were not the van for me. The investigation really helps when looking and I'm glad I bought my van, I like the auto homes conversions and I've enjoyed adding to and improving my van. They're great freedom machines but also, as above, have the potential to be quite annoying :D
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby bigbadbob76 » 02 Nov 2017, 22:45

Bought mine on a whim, spent 6 months welding it,
Buy in haste, repent at leisure.
I don't regret it cos I've learned new skills and enoyed the ride but I wouldn't reccomend anyone else go that route. :lol:
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Karen&co » 03 Nov 2017, 06:45

Our first van I bought blind from Ebay (don't judge me!!) I'd wanted one for months, done lots of research into types etc, looked at lots from a distance and found our van about 45 miles away. Went to look with hubby, seller gave us the chance to pull out and I drove it home :)

Second van we found by accident driving to Warrington to look at one having lost our first to fire, the van was parked on a garage forecourt about 5 minutes from home on the way to Warrington. Warrington van was lovely, but hubby was vary wary of another air cooled so I popped over after work to see the one on the forecourt and they didn't really seem to know much about the vans, it was ideal so test drive and it's ours :)
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby ryantrooper » 03 Nov 2017, 07:48

26 years.

Not entirely true. My grandfather bought it from new and i bought it off him in March after he was told he could no longer drive it.https://photos.app.goo.gl/Yg1TSCO8dLloPtxk1
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby bigbadbob76 » 03 Nov 2017, 09:21

ryantrooper wrote:My grandfather bought it from new


And looked after it well by the look of it Ryan. :ok
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Millymollymandy » 03 Nov 2017, 15:14

There seems to be a great mix of determination, luck and late night eBay purchases!
I'm sure the right van will turn up sooner or later- I just hope it's sooner :D
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Citizen Smith » 05 Nov 2017, 09:31

My van came to me as well.
My pee artist mate bought it for £2.5K and I gave him £500 after he went on holiday in it with his fairly recently married wife and messy uncontrollable Dulux dog and spent a week camped in a pub car park too Pee'd to drive it home and bent a rim when he did. Never even got to the seaside and abandoned it in the garden for a six months :roll:. Once home his wife (poor cow) wouldn't have anything more to do with it - lucky me :)
To be honest I never wanted a rear engine van as I felt the engine was where the bed needed to be but in the event I guess I was wrong as it suites us fine.
Can't say I'd recommend serendipitous purchasing though as you could be very old before one turned up. Sadly there are a lot of unscrupulous people flogging them on at massive mark ups. A bit like what went wrong with the classic car scene :roll: .
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Dubworth » 09 Nov 2017, 16:51

Looked around on and off for a year, saw a lot of bodged up and terrible examples. Even travelled to Edinburgh to buy a van off ebay that I was promised was solid and good. Upon arrival was very apparent it was full of bog, painted and patched up with emulsion and underseal so thick it could be hiding some horrible, horrible things. Needless to say I gave the seller a good telling off and walked away with my deposit back in my pocket. Eventually found one a few months ago, a little more than I intended to pay but bodywork, mechanicals and interior were all very good so jumped at it.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Oldiebut goodie » 09 Nov 2017, 18:56

Thinking about my last van now rather than 1st! Currently delving into considering lwb T6 ones to replace the big old Merc bus, no worries about rot and paintwork on a new one :) but some of the interiors are ghastly.
1st one took all of 5 minutes, used to walk past it walking the dog every day and a for sale sign appeared. Had a look underneath etc and made an offer and became its custodian the next day.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby Moonrakers » 09 Nov 2017, 19:19

It's not a lengthy process buying any older vehicle if you have the budget that allows access to the better examples - you'd only need to view a couple of £8-12k T25's to find a lovely ready-to-use unmolested example. The less the budget, the more difficult it's going to be - sub £5k examples will often be fairly horrible for various reasons and real care must be taken. It is not uncommon for someone to buy a 'bargain' camper and then find themselves spending more on making it right than if they'd just bought a good one in the first place - it is frighteningly easy to spend £5k on bodywork and paint alone, let alone mechanical work.

I won a van on eBay while slightly pissed but it wasn't anywhere near as good as advertised so I waked away from the daft sellers and even demanded they return my train-fare. A week later I saw another advertised on this site, and that was the other way around, better than expected, so I brought it straight home. It was top-dollar but worth every penny for the trouble-free ownership and lovely condition.
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby kevtherev » 10 Nov 2017, 07:25

Stumbled across it for sale on a motorhome forecourt.
Wasn't actually looking but was considering one.
Well used, but in an honest condition.
Offered the vendor a £1000 less than advertised.

I drove it home.. 13 years ago, and still have it now
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Re: How long did it take you to find your first van?

Postby sarran1955 » 10 Nov 2017, 18:56

Hello,

10 years ago I drove past my local 'garagiste'.. where there was a nice orange Dutch registered T3, so I inquired..

Not for sale, customer repair.. :(

But have a look at the one down the bottom of the yard.. :)

500€.. with the engine in 3 boxes.. :roll:

Aircooled Bliss.. 8)

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

Postby OXI » 11 Nov 2017, 00:28

My first t25 took 5 mins to buy. A friend in work was selling. It was converted from new, just 5000 miles and totally immaculate. The best engine too, so I bought it right away...

It was a 1982 2.0L Aircooled and I bought it in 1987.

And then I joined club 80-90 in 2000ish (maybe 2001?) and never looked back. When I joined club 89-90 there were about 200 members. These are great vans. :)

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

Postby Mark Foss » 17 Dec 2017, 23:32

1st van 2 hours. Got a phone number, made the call. Printed off the 80-90 checklist. Fell in love instantly! Bodywork, bodywork, bodywork! Van ticked all the boxes. 1 owner full VW service history. Still have it after 10 great years. It needs some work now but nothing drastic. Best thing I ever bought.
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