I once owned a 1986 Westy with a salvage title and it for what it was, it ran and drove great. I think the main worry with any salvage title is whether or not the frame is straight. There are endless other things to worry about, but most of them are visible, unless it went for a swim at some point. At any rate, here’s what looks to be a good deal on a Westy with a salvage title on the East Coast. This van is a 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission, 116k miles and nice list of maintenance and upgrades over the past few years including: newer transmission, clutch, axles, brakes, tent canvas, 100W solar panel, power inverter and 16″ Audi wheels. It’s also got some Yakima wide body brackets installed on the pop top with 4 towers, 2 bars and a cargo cage. It Not much is known as to why the title was branded, but the vehicle history report shows an accident in 1995. Considering this vehicle has been running and accumulating miles for the last 20 years, this is likely a good bet if you’re looking for a low priced Westy, though keep in mind the title will always be salvaged which will make it harder to sell. There’s the free Auto Check report provided in the listing, but if you wanted to do you own homework, the seller provided the VIN (WV2ZB0253GH071183). Find it up for auction in Asheville, NC ending Wednesday the 19th at 7am PST. eBay Link
A Note To The Seller: Go get a fresh alignment and share the details with potential buyers. Maybe add some pictures of the undercarriage as well.
A Note To Potential Buyers: Make sure this rig tracks straight at highway speeds. Ask when it last had an alignment. Check underneath for rust, blown out bushings and other possible issues. Check for cracks in the pop top near the rack brackets.