Buying a Volkswagen Transporter – Your Ultimate Guide

Your Ultimate Guide to Buying a Volkswagen Transporter

Welcome to our Volkswagen Transporter sales where finding your perfect VW iconic vehicle has never been easier. As one of the most trusted dealerships for VW vans and campers in Bristol and throughout the UK, we offer an extensive selection of models that are sure to impress, including classic campers, transporters, and VW vans that we can convert for you. 

Our user-friendly search tools make it simple for you to find exactly what you’re looking for within your budget range while providing peace of mind through our detailed listings, high-resolution photos, videos, and vehicle histories. Our team of specialists is always available if you have any questions or if you need assistance arranging test drives. If you can’t find what you are looking for, then give us a call at 0117 963 8916 and let us know, and we will see what our network of suppliers and contacts has in stock.

Don’t hesitate; get in touch with AP Autocare today, your VW experts.

1. Find Your Dream Volkswagen Transporter

Finding the ideal VW van requires careful consideration of various factors, such as passenger and seat belt capacity, storage space needs, budget constraints, and whether new or used vehicles are preferred. When you have established this, it becomes easier to narrow down your options within the Transporter models that best suit your requirements. By taking this approach, you can ensure they find a vehicle that meets all their expectations without compromising on quality or affordability.

To pinpoint the most suitable for you, utilise our search filters to refine your listings based on the VW make and model you are looking for. 

Defining your budget is crucial when you’re searching for the perfect match for you and your needs. Keep this in mind as you navigate through your search options and consider what works best within your means. Remember that quality often comes at a premium, so be prepared to invest wisely if you need to.

2. Find Transporters Near You or Across the Country

When searching for a VW camper or van using an online marketplace, selecting the right condition and vehicle attributes is crucial. You can opt for new vehicles or pre-owned ones that are either used or certified pre-owned. The choice will depend on your budget and preferences.

Your preferences and viewing checklist can include:

  • VW Transporter Model
  • Engine Size
  • Manual gearbox
  • Automatic Gearbox
  • Cruise Control
  • Solar Panels
  • Front Double or Single Seat
  • Rear Seats
  • Rear Additional seating space
  • Living space specification
  • Extra space for storage
  • Awning options (if any)

You can simplify your search for your perfect Volkswagon Transporter by saving your favourite listings and vehicles. 

You should be careful when buying a vehicle from a person rather than a garage, and there are critical checks you must do before any money is exchanged. You can find out more here.

There are many companies out there that will do more detailed checks, including MOT history, valuations, detailed specs, and upgrades, for a small cost to check if the vehicle has been stolen, has finance outstanding, or has been written off.

GOV.UK has some free checks available, and you can find them here.

AP Autocare’s advanced search tools make it easy to find what you’re looking for quickly, and our VW specialists are always on hand with personalised recommendations tailored just for you and your needs. You will also be safe in the knowledge that all the required checks have already been completed and that it has undergone a full safety and mechanical check before being listed with us.

Some of the checks we carry out include:

Engine sensors and engine management lights, engine oil, water, clutch, brakes, exhaust, and lights, including fog lights, will be checked for rust, including wheel arches and other common areas where rust occurs. 

3. Explore The Volkswagen Transporter Models 

The VW Type 2, now known as the Transporter, has been around since its introduction in 1950. With six generations under its belt, this iconic van continues to captivate car and VW enthusiasts worldwide. Which one suits you best? Find out by exploring each generation of these legendary vehicles!

The T1 Splitscreen (1950–1967) is a classic car that boasts an iconic “bread loaf” shape with a split front windscreen. Its timeless design has made it highly sought-after by collectors worldwide.

The T2 Baywindow (1968–1979) is known for its unique bay window shape and air-cooled rear engine. Its popularity as a camper van speaks volumes about this model’s appeal among enthusiasts of all ages. If you’re looking to add some character to your road trips, consider investing in one today!

T3 (1979–1992) is a cost-effective option that offers versatility for both daily drives and leisure. Its boxy design makes it a popular choice among those looking for practicality without sacrificing style.

T4 (1990–2003) is a front-wheel-drive vehicle with contemporary styling that has become popular for camper conversions. Its sleek design makes it an attractive choice among car enthusiasts looking to customise their VW.

The T5 (2003–2015) is a contemporary design that incorporates refinements for enhanced comfort and handling. This model offers an exceptional driving experience thanks to its sleek style and advanced features. With its modern touches, it stands out from the crowd as one of the most sophisticated options on the market today.

The T6 update has brought about significant changes with the introduction of new technology and styling. This latest iteration is sure to impress those who value innovation in their vehicles.

The Volkswagen Transporter has been around for over six decades, and there’s no denying its versatility. Whether you’re looking to use it for commuting, for work, or for something more luxurious for leisure, we can help match you with the perfect VW van model that suits your needs best. Contact us today at 0117 963 8916.

4. Classic Volkswagen Transporters

Owning a vintage Volkswagen Transporter provides an opportunity to experience automotive history firsthand. Our collection can include rare classic VW models such as:

  • 1967 21-Window Samba – A Rare Collector’s Item
  • 1974 Camper Sundial – A Prized Pop-Top Westfalia with Unique Graphics
  • 1978 Vintage Camper Van – Adventure-Ready

Discovering an original, untouched classic transporter is no easy feat. Our extensive network of connections has allowed us to locate often rare VW vans that we preserve for future generations. Let us help you find your dream VW today.

5. Vanagon and Type 2 Transporters

The Vanagon (T3) and iconic Type 2 models have become popular choices for converting into camper vans. Some key features include:

Volkswagen Type 2 Baywindow (1968–1979)

  • Bayfront window with panoramic view
  • Rear-mounted air-cooled flat-four engine
  • Popularly converted into campers

Vanagon (1979–1992): A Classic

  • Modern water-cooled engine
  • Enhanced handling and comfort
  • Camping in a spacious interior

The Type 2 and Vanagon models are sought after for their vintage styling and camper potential. We can acquire exceptional examples like Westfalia campers to restore or preserve them. Let us assist you with finding your ideal VW campervan! Our team is dedicated to helping customers find the perfect fit. Contact us today.

6. Buy With Confidence: 5 Tips

Buying a used Volkswagen Transporter from us means complete transparency. Our listings provide all the necessary information for you to make an informed decision. We ensure that our customers have access to accurate and detailed details about each vehicle we have for sale, and we like each customer to have a test drive before they buy. Rest assured knowing that there are no hidden surprises when buying through us!

  • Features and Condition Highlights
  • Detailed High-Resolution Images From All Angles
  • Full Vehicle History Reports With Ownership Records
  • Vehicle Inspection Reports Available Upon Request
  • Make a list of the ESSENTIAL features your transporter must have. You will fall in love with your vehicle, but buying it must be against your list, not emotions!

Our detailed listings and VW expertise ensure that you can purchase with confidence from us. Don’t hesitate to reach out if there’s anything we can help with.

7. Volkswagen Transporters For Sale: Reasons You Should Buy One

We strive to offer fair pricing on our VW Transporters every day to make it possible for you to get your hands on used VW Transporter models at an even better price point than usual. This might even be a VW van that you want us to convert so you can have your campervan for camping trips any time you want.

Keep a close eye on our stock so you don’t miss these exciting opportunities when they arise, or just give us a call today at 0117 963 8916.

Ultimate Guide To Buying A Volkswagen Transporter - AP Autocare Ltd

8. Take the Wheel

To discover your ideal Transporter, we recommend taking it for a test drive. At AP Autocare, we encourage test drives to experience our vans firsthand. Take advantage of this opportunity and take action today. Find the VW van of your dreams and give us a call!

Experience a test drive with us by scheduling an accompanied visit to us in Bristol. If we don’t have what you’re looking for in stock, then we will use our suppliers and contacts in the business to find you the campervan you are looking for or a VW panel van that we then convert to your living and sleeping specifications, storage spaces and needs.

We’ll take care of everything, so you can focus on making informed decisions about which cars are right for you.

Want to see a vehicle from all angles? Our walk-around videos are the perfect solution and are on our website for each vehicle we have available. 

We understand that nothing compares to test-driving your potential new VW van, and that’s why our goal is to make it as easy and enjoyable as possible so that you can find exactly what you’re looking for with ease.

9. Accessories and Upgrades 

Make your Volkswagen stand out from the crowd with custom accessories and upgrades. Our extensive range of options will help you create a truly unique ride that reflects your individuality.

  • Chrome Accessories 
  • Campervan Conversions
  • High-End Audio, Electronics and Multimedia
  • Interior LED Lighting and Upholstery Choices
  • New windows to replace panels
  • Exterior protection and wraps—we’ve got it all

Why settle for a generic van when you can make it truly yours with our quality accessories and upgrades? Our team of experts will install them quickly and professionally so that your customised transporter reflects who you are. It’s time to show off what makes you unique!

AP Autocare Buying a Volkswagen Transporter Summary

We are delighted that you have chosen our ultimate buyer guide for the truly iconic vehicles, which are the Volkswagen vans that will fill your life with much joy. Our comprehensive search tools, model guides, buying tips, and custom options will help ensure that you find the perfect VW Campervan for camping trips, work, and daily commutes.

Join the global Volkswagen Transporter family by starting your search for your dream VW Transporter today. Our constantly evolving stock of VW vans ensures that you’ll always find something new and exciting to look at. Let AP Autocare help make owning a VW an unforgettable experience. 

We offer a full range of services at an extra cost, including Pendle performance remapping, fitting diesel heaters, solar panels, wind-out awnings and awning rails, cycle racks, tow bars, bodywork and styling, pop-tops for extra sleeping space, and full camper conversions. Please contact us today to discuss your VW camper van needs.

Get in touch with us today at 0117 963 8916 and speak to one of our VW experts, who can help you choose and source the perfect van for you and your needs. 


Volkswagen Transporter Conversions, Repairs and Servicing Bristol

VW Conversions, Repairs and Servicing in Bristol

AP Autocare is the go-to destination for Volkswagen Transporter owners seeking expertly crafted campervan conversions, pop-top installations, professional repairs and servicing, or campervans for sale. 

The VW community has trusted our team for many years, as we have provided excellent and high-quality campervan services in Bristol and the surrounding areas for many years. With our extensive knowledge of VW Transporters, Combo Conversions, and conversion layouts, we guarantee quality repairs and quality products that leave you satisfied every time. Visit us today, or give us a call at 0117 963 8916, we’d love to hear from you!

Are you looking for reliable conversion companies that specialise in customising VW Transporters or creating bespoke campers? Look no further than our team of experienced VW technicians in our advanced conversion engineering centre, who are dedicated to providing exceptional service and quality craftsmanship through our wide range of services. Our expertise extends beyond routine servicing and major repairs; we can help turn your dreams into reality by transforming your vehicle into something truly unique! Learn more about what sets us apart from other shops when it comes to delivering complete solutions for all things related to the iconic Volkswagen brand right here in Bristol, UK.

Volkswagen Transporter Conversions

Our experts specialise in transforming standard VW Transporter vans into campers or recreational vehicles. Our custom conversions can include a range of features tailored to your needs and preferences. Contact us today at 0117 963 8916 for more information on how we can help you create the perfect vehicle, outstanding conversion, and dream camper for all your adventures!

To gain extra headroom and sleeping space, consider installing a pop-top roof. This option is perfect for those who want to maximise their living space without compromising on style or functionality. Plus, it’s an affordable way to add value to your camper!

We can add extra windows for light, ventilation, and views when you’re on your travels, and these will make your campervan conversion look and feel beautiful.

Custom Cabinetry, Kitchen Units and Storage Solutions

To create a versatile and functional living space, consider installing fold-out beds, rock-n-roll beds, swivel seats, and modular furniture. These features offer endless possibilities for customisation while maximising your available square footage.

Our conversions offer you self-sufficiency on your travels with electrical, freshwater tanks, water systems, and solar panel installations.

Upholstery, Furniture and Fittings Repairs

Our upholstery, carpeting, insulation, and finishing touches make us the choice for many, as we offer deluxe conversions that will make you proud and love your new camper on every adventure or trip that you take.

For many years, we have been perfecting our conversion standards, conversion process, and craftsmanship skills to create exceptional VW camper conversions that cater specifically to your needs. Our camper conversions are cleverly designed with space maximisation in mind while still retaining the Transporter’s versatility for both adventures and everyday use. With years of experience under our belt, you can trust us to deliver an unparalleled level of quality in all aspects of our workmanship.

VW Transporter Servicing: What You Need To Know

To ensure that your VW Transporter or camper van remains in top condition, our workshop offers professional servicing using genuine VW parts and always adhering to the manufacturer’s specifications.

Our VW specialists are skilled in servicing vital components such as:

Engine and transmission

Brakes, Suspension and Steering 

Electrical and Electronic Systems

Camper Water and Sink Systems

As a proud owner of a Volkswagen Transporter, you understand the importance of maintaining its performance and reliability over time. With genuine VW parts from our workshop, you can rest assured that your vehicle will continue running smoothly while also preserving any warranty coverage for future repairs or replacement needs down the road. 

With the help of our sophisticated diagnostic tools, we can spot potential issues early on before they develop into serious issues later on, giving drivers peace of mind that their investment is in the hands of professionals who know how to handle these vehicles with care. Regular maintenance services provided by our team are essential to achieving high mileage numbers without sacrificing quality or safety standards at all levels. So why wait? Contact us today at 0117 963 8916 to schedule an appointment and experience firsthand what makes owning a Volkswagen such a joyful experience!

VW Transporter Repairs

If you’re looking for the best mechanical or body repairs on your VW Transporter or camper conversion, look no further than our workshop. Our fully equipped facilities are designed to accurately diagnose issues and restore your vehicle to its factory specifications with precision. We offer:

Engine and Transmission Repairs

Brake, Steering and Suspension Repairs

Exhaust and Emissions Repairs

Diagnosing and Repairing Electrical Faults

Bodywork Repairs

Bodywork repairs such as dent removal, repainting, and windscreen replacement are all essential services that can help restore your vehicle’s appearance. Don’t let minor cosmetic issues detract from the overall quality of your journey; invest in these important fixes with us today.

When it comes to repairing your VW Transporter, our expert technicians and cutting-edge diagnostic technology are unmatched. With our years of experience, we can quickly identify any issues that could arise and quickly resolve them, minimising downtime for you. No matter how big or small the job is, we’re committed to getting you back on track as soon as possible. 

Pop Top Roof Installation

We’re proud to offer expert installation of pop-top roofs on VW Transporters that provide additional standing room and sleeping space. This modification allows for quick conversion into a mini camper with ease. Our commitment is to deliver exceptional results every time!

Our pop-top roofs are:

Built with fibreglass for lightweight durability and insulation

Our products come in a range of raised heights to cater for your specific requirements.

Matching your VW’s colour scheme is now possible with our coated gel. This product has been designed to provide an exact match for any shade or hue imaginable. Say goodbye to awkward patches and hello to a seamless finish!

Our pop-top roofs are designed to be waterproof, provide ventilation, and be easy to operate. A pop-top roof product is a must-have for anyone looking for convenience when using their campervan, and its quick installation process makes it an ideal choice for those who want hassle-free solutions.

To ensure a perfect fit for your VW vehicle, you can trust our specialists to install it during your conversion. Our expertise guarantees that every detail is accounted for and seamlessly integrated into your camper design. The result? A tailored experience like no other!

Transform your transporter into a versatile and comfortable camper with the added interior space of our pop-top roof installation, a wise conversion choice for camper converters across the UK. Our expert craftsmanship ensures that the set-up is simple while providing you with exceptional quality.

Camper Conversions

For those seeking an unforgettable adventure experience, we offer customised camper or standard conversions for VW Transporters and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Our team can create a unique design tailored to your preferences that includes everything from sleeping areas and storage spaces to cooking facilities and entertainment options. With our expertise in craftsmanship, you’ll have the ultimate vehicle for all of life’s journeys ahead!

Adding headroom with pop-top roofs

Kitchenettes with Sinks, Fridges and Stove Cooktops

Chair Conversions For Comfortable Beds and Seating

Water Tanks and Pumps for Self-Sufficiency

Solar Panels: providing off-grid power can be sourced through the use of fitted solar panels and electrical systems. Offering a sustainable alternative to traditional energy sources when off-grid on your adventures.

Built-in Cabinetry Storage Solutions

Curtains, carpeting, light fixtures, and decorative elements are all important finishing touches that can elevate any space. Don’t forget to consider these details when designing your VW interior!

Transform your VW into a campervan that offers home comforts wherever you go with our exceptional craftsmanship and creative designs. Our conversion for transporters will provide the perfect basecamp for all of your adventures.

VW Vehicle MOT and Inspection – What You Need To Know

To keep your VW Transporter or camper roadworthy and legal, we offer MOT testing services along with comprehensive vehicle inspections on an annual basis or before embarking on long journeys.

MOT testing ensures that critical safety systems are functioning properly by examining key components such as:

Brake Pads




We’ll ensure that your vehicle passes its MOT test by obtaining the necessary certification and performing any required repairs. Annual inspections provide you with peace of mind as they identify potential maintenance needs before issues arise. This way, you can stay on top of things without worrying about unexpected breakdowns or failures down the line.

High-Quality VW Parts and Accessories

To maintain the original condition of your VW Transporter or campervan, we offer an extensive range of genuine VW parts and accessories for your bespoke conversion. Our selection includes:

VW-approved Oils, Fluids and Lubricants

To ensure optimal performance and reliability for your VW vehicle, invest in genuine parts such as batteries, brakes, filters, bulbs, etc.

For those who enjoy the latest technology, VW offers an impressive range of multimedia systems, GPS navigation tools, reversing cameras, and electronics. These features are sure to enhance your driving experience.

Car Parts and Tuning Products

VW Leisure Battery

Diesel Heater

Fresh Water Tank

Rock-n-roll beds

VW Exterior Care: Protection, Cleaning and Detailing

Optimise your campervan experience with a range of accessories that cater to all aspects, including storage, power supply, water management, and cooking facilities. With these add-ons, you can ensure maximum comfort while travelling in style.

Your VW deserves nothing but the best when it comes to replacement parts. Our workshop ensures that only top-quality components are used for optimal performance and longevity. Additionally, we offer stylish accessories and clever campervan additions to enhance your Transporter experience even further. Visit us today!

AP Autocare Camper Heritage 

We have been serving the VW community in Bristol and its surrounding area, providing exceptional service that meets every need of our customers, for many years. With an extensive history behind us, we continue to deliver high-quality services for VW cars and VW campers.

The passionate commitment of our founder has made us a trusted partner for the VW Transporter community in Bristol. We’ve successfully converted and repaired countless Volkswagens over time. Our expertise is unmatched when it comes to enhancing these iconic vehicles.

Our dedication to providing exceptional workmanship and customer satisfaction remains unwavering as VW models evolve. We strive for long-lasting relationships with VW owners by delivering an outstanding experience every time.

Contact Us

To explore how we can tailor or convert your Volkswagen Transporter, maintain its excellent condition, or find the dream camper for you, reach out to us any day of the week. 

If you are looking for a team of experts who can help make your VW Transporter dreams come true, then look no further than our friendly and knowledgeable team, who will help you on your VW Camper Van Conversion journey. Our team will take the time to understand what you are looking for so we can recommend solutions tailored specifically to your needs, lifestyle, and budget. 

We are the popular choice for VW Camper Van Conversions in Bristol and the South West, or if you are looking to buy a VW Camper, we always have a range of campers in stock for you to view. 

Don’t hesitate to reach out today at 0117 963 8916 or use our Contact Us page, and we will help you find or build your dream campervan!