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What are some tips for purchasing a VW camper van?

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Purchase a VW camper van by scouring vehicle listing sites such as CarsforSale and AutoTrader.com. Edmunds.com says having an automotive budget ensure a focused search on affordable vehicles. Take the van for a test-drive, and get the car’s history report and service records before enlisting a mechanic of the make to inspect it.

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Configure your search on CarsforSale by specifying Camper Van in the Vehicle Type section, and select the van’s features you prefer based on the filtering options on the site. Use a tool such as the True Market Value on Edmunds.com to determine the price that buyers of a similar vehicle are paying in your locality. When test driving the van, check the condition of the primary controls, readouts and electronic gadgets, and listen for noises that could signal problems with the vehicle.

A history report from the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System or Carfax can help you narrow your list of vehicles to those that are free from accidents or a checkered past. The van's service records helps you determine whether the owner services it on schedule, while a prepurchase inspection helps rule out or identify potential problems with the van, which may be costly to repair. Edmunds.com suggests avoiding vehicles that appear to have major repairs such as engine overhauls and negotiating the price of the vehicle by having a high limit to avoid exceeding your budget.

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