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Susanalan

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Hi, looking for a bit of advice. I have a 1981 t25 tintop campervan that I am going to be selling. Can anyone advise the best way to go about this? I am having to sell due to a bereavement. It is in exceptional condition. Thanks in advance :)
 

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Avoid fleaBay and Autotrader, the time wasters and scammers will drive you bonkers. The T3 (type 25) is very sought after so I don’t think you will have much trouble getting a very good price for it especially if it is not rotten. Being an 81 it could be air cooled petrol or water cooled petrol or Diesel, the 2 litre air cooled engine is the enthusiast favourite with the 1.6 air cooled something of a liability, in it’s day the CT was a disaster. The 1.9 water cooled can give some serious headaches (quite literally) and the 1.6 Diesel is dreadfully slow but is popular with fuel of the Devil enthusiasts who like popping a 1.9 VEP TDI Passat/A4 AFN code engine in and with this they really move as with a few tweaks they make 130 BHP and huge torque that can easily shatter the gearbox.
 

Susanalan

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Avoid fleaBay and Autotrader, the time wasters and scammers will drive you bonkers. The T3 (type 25) is very sought after so I don’t think you will have much trouble getting a very good price for it especially if it is not rotten. Being an 81 it could be air cooled petrol or water cooled petrol or Diesel, the 2 litre air cooled engine is the enthusiast favourite with the 1.6 air cooled something of a liability, in it’s day the CT was a disaster. The 1.9 water cooled can give some serious headaches (quite literally) and the 1.6 Diesel is dreadfully slow but is popular with fuel of the Devil enthusiasts who like popping a 1.9 VEP TDI Passat/A4 AFN code engine in and with this they really move as with a few tweaks they make 130 BHP and huge torque that can easily shatter the gearbox.
Thanks for the advice. It is very much appreciated. I had thought that fleaBay and Autotrader wouldn't have been a good idea. It has a 2l Subaru engine fitted. The body work is as new as it has had anything rusted replaced and has had a full respray and underseal. The interior has also been fully refitted to a very high standard - all seats recovered, new units, sink. Electric hook up, leisure battery, charging points, diesel heater etc. Since having all of this work done it has not been used!! It would be like a new van for someone. I am in Scotland, near Edinburgh. Am I best to advertise on forums and in specialist magazines??
 

Mmalkie

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Hmmm...

I recently sold my 1983 T25 using Autotader & fleabay (end of May / beginning of June), & while it took a bit of time (3 weeks) I got exactly what I was looking for from it. (Note - between the x2 sites I had over 4,000 views, but only actually ever got x2 contacts about buying it !)

Being a member from North of the Border myself, & if you're after a 'quick-sale', I think it may be worth while trying to contact a few of the hire companies, to see if they were interested in buying it, as some do specialise in the 'retro-camper' look that many visitors seek out. I'm sure you'll have seen a few Red Tartan wrapped T25's running about on your travels. I'd also recommend getting on other VW Forums & seeing if you can sell it thru their sales pages (although some forums do have a requirement that you are a member for a set period in time / have posted a specific quantity of posts, before you can do so).

If you don't intend on selling using the x2 biggest sales forums, I would still do a bit of market research to get a realistic hit of what the market is at. I know fleabay was on average having between 40 - 50 T25's for sale every week thru May. I noted that across the age range (81 - 92), average mileage was circa 85k miles & average sales price was circa £8.2k

I'm not disputing that there were some north of £25k, but they were genuinely show-room condition / minimum miles / full nut & bolt resto- condition. Others however were simply tying to cash in on the 'stay-cation crowd' with campers that had been off the road for x3+ years / no MOT & in need of a full gut /clean, with the owners asking for £6.5k as a starting price or 350k miles, painted Emerald green with a roller, had Porsche twist alloys, asking for £9k !

Ultimately, be realistic / genuine / honest about the van / the work done, etc. Set yourself a lower limit price that you won't sell below & then put £1-£2k on top of that & put it up for auction, always hoping for more ! Failing that pick a fixed price advert & DO NOT put O.N.O. on the add (brings out too many cheeky feckers who want a grand off !). The Scooby retrofit will appeal to some but scare many away ! Use your pictures wisely (Always include a shot of the speedo, showing the mileage / don't have x12 images that are effectively a 360 degree view of the outside & nothing else)

I also 110% recommend that you DON'T sell it to a family friend / someone who stays down the road & knows where you live, as it often ends in tears / people coming back & whinging in your face if something breaks / goes pear-shaped, or bragging about buying it from you, then selling it on for £3k more !
 
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