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What's the top 5 signs in an advert online?

Discussion in 'Buying and selling help' started by DrowningBitByBit, Nov 15, 2019.

  1. DrowningBitByBit

    DrowningBitByBit Member

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    I'm searching... and much as I'd like to find the perfect van 10 minutes down the road, I realise that I'm likely to be travelling to see vans here, there and (hopefully not) everywhere.

    I've read the threads about buying a van, but my question is, going on what you can see on an advert alone, what are your top signs to immediately give a van a miss and not bother taking the time to go inspect it?
     
  2. cbus

    cbus Well-Known Member

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    "Rare"
    "Reluctant" or "sad to sell"
    " Bali".

    All indicate an owner not well versed in kombis and likely overvalue their rustbucket X 10.:rolleyes:
     
  3. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    A shiny paint job but no “in resto stage” pics
     
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  4. Mr Beckstar

    Mr Beckstar Well-Known Member

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    “Fully restored” and “very minor rust in door”
     
  5. prone

    prone Well-Known Member

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    Rust in the usual spots
     
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  6. Luckyphil

    Luckyphil Well-Known Member

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    Could do with a tune up
     
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  7. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    All the above:p. If there is no history with the sale of these very old buses it's just a 'flick' for profit:(.
    Provenance is King :) or resto thread.
    Cheers
     
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  8. DrowningBitByBit

    DrowningBitByBit Member

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    Ha! Yes, I've seen every one of those online in the last 24 hrs, which is why I'm lazing around at home today and not setting off at the crack of dawn to go and look at a van.

    Okay, so 'history' and 'restoration details' move up to the top of the importance list.

    Thanks for your input! :cool:
     
  9. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Originality is at the top for me.

    Obviously a fully restored documented bus is at the top but the $$$ is way up there.

    I can do some mechanical work but I can’t do body work.
    So rust free is important.
    Way more than paint.

    The 2 busses I own are both unrestored originals.

    One is a T3 and the paint and mechanicals are good.
    Gotta love the bang for buck in T3’s

    My Bay is an unmolested survivor.
    It is a 9 seater micro
    Paint is flat but I can tell every weld mark and repair. Not many.
    It has every seat, knob and cover it left the factory with.
    I know it hasn’t been f&cked with.

    It will stay this way.
     
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  10. paul77

    paul77 Well-Known Member

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    Selling unregistered but not much work required for roadworthy.
     
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  11. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Care is also needed buying a van from interstate.
    Most campers are a “modified” vehicle and can require an engineers certificate.
    In particular, this can be an issue when buying camper van from interstate with no past registration history
     
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  12. Mellow Yellow 74

    Mellow Yellow 74 Active Member

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    My mechanic says it has a Porsche engine
     
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  13. TeeBee

    TeeBee Well-Known Member

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    I fell for that one, unfortunately! :confused:
     
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  14. DrowningBitByBit

    DrowningBitByBit Member

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    Yup, instant veto for "unregistered" and I'd prefer not to go interstate, but seeing as I live right next to the QLD/NSW border, that would rule out anything south of me so I might need to be a bit flexible with that.
    Although if I'm still looking in six months time and a perfect van comes up in Perth, then a 4,500 km inaugural trip back to QLD might become more attractive :p
     
  15. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    What are you after?
    Tin top or camper?

    tin tops from interstate are less hassle
     
  16. DrowningBitByBit

    DrowningBitByBit Member

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    Probably a camper. I'm fairly tall and the luxury of being able to stand up in my old wedge (a high top) while I cooked breakfast was wonderful. But a tintop might become an option if all the backpackered poptops are just too far gone.
     
  17. KahunaKombi

    KahunaKombi Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Pictures do not tell the story of a thousand words :confused: .... ask for more of specific areas but still only a personal inspection will confirm or allay your fears :eek:
    Ask members on here if they know the vehicle.
    If seller is reluctant to provide a roadworthy certificate or have an independent party inspect the vehicle then I'd treat as tread with caution.
    Interstate buying is no biggy as I'm in Sandgate area Qld and have travelled to Toukley NSW, Orange NSW, Bowral NSW & Nowra NSW to inspect buy and drive home .... haven't had any issues with the any of the 4 cars on the trip home or with passing rego.
     
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  18. Whitie

    Whitie Well-Known Member

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    "Thousands spent no time to complete" generally means the job is too big
     
  19. Barry

    Barry Well-Known Member

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    Or someone bought the wrong parts, got the sh!ts and is moving it on
     
  20. Syncro27

    Syncro27 Well-Known Member

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    You cant totally discount the unregistered thing as many vehicles are now on Club Permits - not because they are un-roadworthy basket cases, but to save money. I think all of these club permits can not be transferred to anyone - let alone interstate.
     
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