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Buying a Campervan or Motorhome

Buying any campervan or motorhome is a tricky task. There are so many factors to consider and so many different vehicles available, particularly in the second hand market. Campervans tend to hold their value well and some do go on forever if they've been looked after correctly. The choice of base vehicle is important - something reliable and easy to drive is essential, while the availability of spare parts may also be a factor.

The checklist page lists some of the factors you may want to consider when purchasing a van. Above all though is the comfort factor - can you see yourself living inside a particular van for any length of time? Is there enough room for everything you will be taking? Of course, if your van is only going to be used for short breaks then storage isn't such a factor.

Good sources of information are the motorhome magazines {list}. These do tend to focus on the high end of the market though and don't have very many smaller vans in the classified sections. [Caravan trader] can also have some good buys, although the internet does offer a much wider choice. Ebay usually has a huge selection and some good bargains can be found if you are prepared to travel to view a vehicle. Ebay is also very good for parts and can often have some custom vans too. Ppreloved is another good site for classified adverts and there's some helpfull information in the forums if you can find it. There are many motorhome dealers around who generally have a good selection of new and nearly new motorhomes for sale.

Prices do vary depending on the season - an autumn campervan needing a little work can be a great saver. Average prices on ebay for a 1980s VW Westfalia tend to be around £2500, newer ones slightly more. Old Type II Kombi vans can be really expensive and tend to be overpriced for their reliability and size. With any other manufacturer than Volkeswagen prices seem to be a little lower. Motorhome prices do vary dramatically by age and facilities but a nearly new van can cost anywhere upwards of £35000.

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