What To Check When Buying From Camper Van Craiglist
Buying a camper van can sometimes be a wrong decision, especially when you do not pick the right one, the reason for buying a camper is so you can use it for a holiday getaway, so it has to be like a second home. Below, I will add some guidelines of what you should look at before purchasing a camper van. You do not want to buy just anything or take the first option that you came across.
Two Important Things To Remember
Set your budget. Always set your budget to what you can afford and consider that there may be some repairs and tax and insurance.
Only buy if you are absolutely sure. Do not purchase the camper van unless you are absolutely sure that it is the right one for you. It is always better to get advice from a friend, a third party, or a professional mechanic.
Important Checklist If You Are Buying From Camper Van Craiglist
If you are purchasing from the internet, please check the following as a precautionary measure.
Make sure you arrange a viewing before purchase.
Arrange to have a test drive.
Never meet with the seller away from their home address; this way, you will know where they live in case you have any problems.
Never transfer money on the internet unless it is a secure, recognized vendor. PayPal or similar is always a good choice as they can offer some protection.
Always be sure they are a genuine seller and not just someone who is out to con you.
Buying From A Dealer
If you are buying from a dealer, be sure that they are a reputable company
Check that vehicle has a valid MOT.
Ask about service history and warranties
If you see any problems ask the dealer to rectify and offer some guarantee on work done.
Most dealers will have done an HPI check to see if the camper van has had any history of accidents or insurance claims. Ask them for a copy of this.
Buying From A Private Seller
Please make sure the seller is who they say they are
Check the address is the same as the one on the camper van documents
It is always wise to do an HPI check to ensure it has no outstanding finance or insurance claims.
Be sure that the vehicle is as described in the advertisement.
Take a witness with you in case of any problems with the purchase.
Ensure the camper van is mechanically sound. You can get a mechanic to go with you if needed.
Checking That The Camper Van Is Mechanically Fit
Check oil and water levels.
See if there is excessive smoke when you start the camper van.
Cambelt should be in good working order. They are usually changed around 60000 miles ask when it was changed.
Pipes and hoses should be in good order, with no leaks or cracks.
Make sure the radiator is not leaking and has no holes.
Check for a blown head gasket. Here are some ways of checking it.
Take the oil filler cap off and look inside the engine head. Signs of white residue suggest a blown head gasket.
Take the oil dipstick out. Signs of white residue suggest a blown head gasket.
If the water level in the radiator expansion tank has gone down a lot when test driving, the engine has gone down a lot, there is a chance this water has gone into the engine, hence a blown head gasket.
If lots of steam (rather than smoke) comes out of the exhaust when the engine is running and warmed up, there is a chance the head gasket is blown.
Take a little time to look over the camper van and check for rust and damage
Look at the sills, the doors, roof, and wheel arches to make sure there is no damage or holes.
Get underneath check for holes in the sills or bad rust on any of the chassis
Also, make sure that there are no bent parts that could have been caused by accident.
The gearbox should be free from oil no leaks.
CV joints should be in good order no cracks on the rubber
Prop-shaft should have no play in it if it is loose, it could need new bearings, the same rule goes for drive shafts on front-wheel drive vehicles.
Check the oil level on the differential box and see if it is noisy when driving.
Be sure that there is no play in the steering and no noises when turning the steering wheel.