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.
Check the duration of the current MOT. The MOT may show advisory defects that require attention in the future
Check the service and repair history of the van
If the van has a timing belt, has it been changed recently? If not this is a must
New tyres can be expensive. Check for wear and damage.
Oil leaks on the floor, in the engine bay or on the bottom of the engine
Condition of bodywork for rust. If any dents the vehicle may have been in a collision
Check windows and windscreen for chips or cracks
Check all lights, wipers, horn heating etc
Check all doors open and close correctly. Check all locks work correctly
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 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.