Do you want to buy a second-hand van or minivan?
Here are a few tips on how to find the right vehicle and avoid problems.Choosing the right modelThere are two main categories: the lift roof van and the converted van. The first one goes under the high bars, and is more discreet, but the second one is more comfortable, often including a toilet (read our article Van or van: what a difference). Next, pay particular attention to the following points:budgetvehicle mileagemotorization and consumptionNumber of seats (i.e. beds, but also and above all seats with seat belts)layout (on a van, possibility to remove the bench seat, on a van, type of rear bedding)standard equipment (size of refrigerator, sleeping accommodation, water tank capacity, etc.)optional equipment (solar panels, stationary heating, bicycle rack, television set…)Avoiding scamsAdvertisements published on websites are sometimes dubious. When the vehicle is not visible before purchase, when the seller is anonymous and is in a foreign country, or when the price is abnormally low.Inspect the van carefullyBodywork, mechanics, fittings… Take a close look at everything, without forgetting the following points:Corrosion (especially underneath the vehicle, on the underbody and the exhaust pipe)Tyre wear, presence of spare tyre and puncture kitMileage matching with the advertisementTraces of infiltration, especially around sashes, in cupboards, etc…Hinges work well, no play in the furnitureTry before you buyAsk to drive the van (in the company of the seller), taking the same precautions as when you buy a car. Pay attention to the proper functioning of lights and driving equipment, engine, steering and gearbox noise… Also remember to check the plumbing and electrical equipment (which may include the roof opening, heating, and of course lighting).Ask for the documentsIt is understandable that a salesman refuses to send you a copy of his papers remotely. But during your visit, the presentation of the documents is essential. Certificate of registration (car registration document)Seller’s identity papersVehicle maintenance bookletInvoice for various maintenance, repair and purchase workTechnical inspection.