Areas to check when buying a Bay-window
(68-79) Volkswagen van!

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1969 Bay-window
1974 Bay-window

The strength of the VW van is legendary and began with the earliest Split Window vans and continues until this day. This buying guide deals only with the Bay-window van produced from 1968-1979. Many areas will relate to the earlier Split Screen vans but when dealing with the earlier vans, please seek expert advice as I have not (yet!!!) owned a Split van.

The inherent strength of the VW van is why so many have survived until today with the youngest vans (Bay-Windows) being at least 22 years old and the oldest survivors touching 33 years old. Just think, when was the last time you saw a 30 year old Transit van compared to the daily passing of an old VW??

The mechanical strength and simplicity of design should make the purchase of a van easy but the reverse is more true. Due to the fact that by now, most vans have had a few owners and many much more, there is a good chance that someone will have scrimped on the routine services in the belief that the vans are so strong, that they can take the punishment. This might not have been a problem for the owners at the time, but for the potential buyer, trying to determine if a van has lead a hard life is were the detective work begins as you can never under estimate the cost of repairing a thrashed, crashed and abused van.

Choose carefully with an open mind, a VW van, camper, microbus or pick-up can give years of rewarding service with low depreciation, low running costs and high enjoyment, ending up part of the family.

Before buying a van, always spend as long as possible looking around at what's about. Go to shows, even stop owners in the street for their views but don't rush into a purchase unless you come across a 1 owner, low mileage, un-marked, full service history van, in which case, sell your granny to get it!!