The VW Beetle is nothing short of iconic. It’s also great for modifications. Many people buy them with the aim of turning them into a sleek ride – and there are some magnificent examples around if you look hard enough.
However, if you are tempted to get involved with the VW Beetle family, there are a few things you need to watch out for. We thought we would take this opportunity to show you what you need to know before you make a purchase. Let’s get stuck in straight away.
Do your homework
First of all, you can’t start buying something and expect to get value for money if you don’t know anything about it. Even on the second-hand market, VW Beetles – new or vintage – can be expensive, but that doesn’t mean you will get a great deal. It’s essential to understand how the camper vans work, and how to spot a dud from a deal. There is plenty of literature out there, and you have years of knowledge to draw from. There’s also an enormous amount of websites that have been set up by enthusiasts. You can expect to find plenty of Beetle festivals, too – the perfect place to pick up some excellent tips.
Learn how to renovate
If you’re planning to buy a second-hand vehicle and make some changes, make sure you know what you’re doing. As we have mentioned, old Beetles tend to be expensive as they are very much in demand. So, you don’t want to invest a lot of money to tinker around and make a mess, or break things. Practical experience is necessary, but as long as you know some of the basics, you can also find a Beetle renovation expert for your makeover. As long as you know the right questions to ask, you will find the right person for the job.
Find a parts dealer
Finding a VW Beetle is one thing, but finding the parts you need for maintenance is another entirely. It’s easy enough for more modern versions – your local Volkswagen servicing centre will be able to sort you out. But, for older models it can be incredibly hard to get the parts you need. Make sure that you don’t bite off more than you can chew when it comes to getting your Beetle. If you can’t get the parts, you may never even get to drive it!
Watch out for rust
If there is one big issue with buying an old car, it’s corrosion. And, this is especially true for Beetles, and a rusted Bug is almost as iconic as the vehicle itself. Bodywork isn’t too much of a problem – there are plenty of replacement panels out there that you can find. But, if there is rust in the heater channels, spare wheel wells, and front and back bumpers, it’s going to be more of a problem. It’s not impossible to fix, but you or your bodywork specialist will need to be handy with a welder.
The Beetle is a classic car, and it’s an easy drive. But, if you go for something that needs a lot of work, it’s going to cost you a lot of your time – and money. If you don’t mind long projects, however, you will enjoy the process. And, the day you drive your new-yet-vintage Beetle out of the garage will be a proud one indeed. Best of luck!