Here’s an fresh interesting find in Portland, OR that showed up for sale on The Samba a couple hours ago. This mostly stock looking van is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with a salvage title, rebuilt 2.1L engine, manual transmission, 137k miles and newer, computer, brakes, starter, distributor, air flow meter and tires. This model features A/C along with power windows and locks, though how well they worked was not specified. Seller claims they are a vehicle hoarder and their Westy must go. All yours for only $13k. Craigslist Link
Personally I would be concerned with a salvage title, however if this didn’t have a branded title the seller could ask for at least $6k more, and probably get it. If the frame is straight, there’s no rust, no leaks (in, or out) no electrical quirks, it’s probably good to go, especially since it was reported salvaged over 20 years ago. Here’s the VIN if you’d like to check it our for yourself. ( VIN WV2TBO252LH061910 ). If anyone in the area goes to see this, I’d love to hear about it. What do you think it’s worth? Leave your wisdom in the comments below, or head on over to the discussion about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google +.
Yeah, I know they can totally work out.. But it’s just how Salvage works. You pay waaaay less. It’s a HUGE risk.
A Salvage is an automatic near half full value deal. Hopefully someone won’t fall for it. We gave a lot if shady over valued Westys in PDX, clearly no exception.
I had a salvage 1991 Nissan Maxima when I was in my mid 20s. Put over 100k miles on it, only maintenance aside from oil and brake pads was having to rebuild the transmission, which definitely wasn’t cheap. I realize the Vanagon is a completely different vehicle, but if the frame is straight, it doesn’t leak in or out, and there’s no electronic bugs, it might be a decent find for the price. But of course you’ll have trouble selling it again if it craps out and you don’t want to fix it.