ldv minibus campervan conversion

 Check the van you are buying before you buy

This is a brief check list for when buying a panel van to convert into a campervan conversion, but you may also have other criteria which you have uncovered in your own research.

Some vans may have a common defect or component that doesn’t wear very well.  These checks may take a little time but could save you thousands in future garage repairs.

  • MOT

    Check the duration of the current MOT. The MOT may show advisory defects that require attention in the future

  • Service History

    Check the service and repair history of the van

  • Timing Belt

    If the van has a timing belt, has it been changed recently? If not this is a must

  • Tyres

    New tyres can be expensive. Check for wear and damage.

  • Oil Leaks

    Oil leaks on the floor, in the engine bay or on the bottom of the engine

  • Bodywork

    Condition of bodywork for rust. If any dents the vehicle may have been in a collision

  • Windows

    Check windows and windscreen for chips or cracks

  • Electrics

    Check all lights, wipers, horn heating etc

  • Doors

    Check all doors open and close correctly. Check all locks work correctly

  • Underside

    Look under the vehicle if possible and look for any leaks, rust or any other damage


If you know anyone with mechanical knowledge bring them along with you for advice.

Alternatively for extra peace of mind you may want to pay for a thorough inspection.

Vehicle Inspection
The AA can carry out an up to 206 point check to see if there are any problems with the vehicle. Costs vary depending on vehicle type and size

Vehicle Data Checks

It is sensible to get a data check before any money changes hands.  This service can show if the vehicle has any finance outstanding or if it has been stolen.

My Car Check
This site can provide a host on information for as little as £1.99
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