A Buyer Guide for Camper Vans

Buying a camper van can sometimes be a bad 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 get way so it has to be like a second home. Below I am going to 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 take into consideration that there may be some repairs and also 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.

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 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 recognised vendor.Pay Pal 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 sort of guarantee on work done.
  • Most dealers will have done a 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

  • 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 a HPI check to make sure 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.
  • Make sure 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.


    • Cam belt should be in good working order they are usually changed around 60000 mile ask when it was changed.


    • Pipes and hoses should be in good order 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.
    1. Take the oil filler cap off and look inside the engine head. Signs of white residue suggest a blown head gasket.
    2. Take the oil dipstick out. Signs of white residue suggest a blown head gasket.
    3. If when test driving the engine the water level in the radiator expansion tank has gone down a lot, there is a chance this water has gone into the engine, hence a blown head gasket.
    4. 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,the roof and the wheel arches 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 an accident.


  • Gearbox should be free from oil no leaks.
  • CV joints should be in good order no cracks on rubber
  • Prop-shaft should have no play in it at all if it is loose it could need new bearings,the same rule goes for drive shafts on front wheel drive vehicles.
  • Check oil level on differential box and see if it is noisy when driving.
  • Be certain that there is no play in steering and no noises when turning steering wheel.

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Micheal Allen Author Campervan And Caravan [http://campersales.info/]