Is there an optimal time to buy or sell a Volkswagen Vanagon? Vanagon listings are cyclical, mirroring the housing market. From about November to April, the majority of the classified Vanagon listings are for parts. Nationally, parts and pricing appear to be about the same. An example; original pre-owned Vanagon Carat 14 inch alloy wheels have a national average of $400 for the set of four, with tires.
The Northwest region typically has some of the highest prices for quality Vanagons, while the Bay area, Phoenix, and Southern California are more moderately priced. A quality Vanagon will have a straight body, good paint, good bumper trim, and a detailed service history including written proof of any engine rebuild, head gasket or water tube repairs. If the engine history can not be verified, the sale price must be adjusted appropriately. These Vanagons without history are a risk to purchase without the expectation of paying for some compression tests and future work. There appear to be more of these "shell Vanagons" for sale compared with verifiable Vanagons.
Denver_vanagon If you are prepared to purchase a correctly priced Vanagon that has not had any engine work (you've seen the ads, only "xxxxx" original miles, one owner) there are always excellent opportunities if your willing to pay. Purchasing a "shell Vanagon" and putting in all new mechanicals (Subaru or VW) is the safest method of ensuring the future reliability of your new Vanagon. And with that high cost comes the pleasure of owning it from mile number one. While this is option may be more costly, the final price is still cheaper than buying a new car.
It's unclear why certain regions are hotbeds for Vanagons, on the road and in the classifieds. This may have something to do with how many Vanagons were originally shipped and sold within the region. When a quality Vanagon is listed for sale, it will normally last but for a few days. Certain colors always sell fast too (Red, White, and Silver). The length a Vanagon has been listed in the classifieds might act as a quality metric. The only common thread of hot Vanagon regions is that each has an R.E.I.!
Only "Vanagon" keyword in title, with photos were searched for the classified post listings.