VanlifeTrader is a modern, easy-to-use marketplace for buying and selling campervans. Our own vanlife started six years ago when we converted an old Sprinter and traveled the country for almost two years. A few moves and several van builds later, we found ourselves with the opportunity to take over VanlifeTrader and help connect van buyers and sellers all over North America. We had used VLT several times to sell our own conversions, and we feel lucky to help others do the same, hopefully with as much success as we’ve had in the past.
How it works
Buying a van
Follow these simple steps and find your dream home on wheels.
1. Create an account
Click the tab from the drop-down menu on the top right that says “Create An Account.” Pick a username and password, and get your free account!
2. Decide on your budget and ideal specifications for your future campervan
After deciding a reasonable price range, you can start to make a list of your most desired features, i.e. indoor shower, shore power vs. solar power, number of seats with seatbelts, etc.
3. Narrow your search and find the van you’d like to buy
Using our various search options, you can narrow down your options to only show the vans that meet your specific needs.
4. Reach out to the seller via their contact page on the website
Once you agree on a price with the seller, you can arrange the title, money transfer, and van pick up (we recommend using escrow.com).
Selling a van
Ready to sell your rig? Create a listing and get your van in front of more potential buyers than anywhere else on the internet.
1. Decide on a listing price for your van
To decide on a reasonable price for your van, we recommend perusing our other listings for comparable vehicles to get a feel for the market, as well as considering the money you’ve put into it/how fast you need to sell. Check out our resource page for suggestions on how to price.
2. Photograph your van
Using your camera or smartphone, snaps some high quality pics of your van’s interior and exterior (for tips on how to get the best pics, check out our photo guide).
3. Create an account
Create an account via the tab on our site’s homepage, decide which listing package you’d like, and fill in all the info about your van.
4. Keep an eye on your inbox
Keep an eye out for messages from potential buyers in your email inbox (check that spam folder!) and Instagram messages.
5. Agree on a price and delivery method
Once you and your buyer agree on a price, you can arrive for the title and money transfer, and van pick up (we recommend using escrow.com)
How do I have a safe van purchase transaction?
Vanlife Trader does not participate in sales transactions. We leave this up to the buyers and sellers to navigate. However, if you feel a third party is needed, we recommend using our partners at www.escrow.com For a small fee, Escrow helps buyers and sellers have safe transactions by holding funds and titles until each party does their part. Read more in our resource on safe transactions!
Do you provide financing options?
Yes! We partner with a bank that loans money for campervans. Van Loans
What kind of insurance do I need for my campervan?
Campervan insurance is a tricky and evolving industry but there is finally a solution! For more info, read our Blog post about Roamly Insurance `
How do I buy a van I see for sale on your Instagram?
Contact the seller through their listing on our website or via their Instagram handle (linked in post or story).
What types of vans/campers are acceptable to sell on VLT?
If the vehicle has an engine and a build (or potential for a build), you can list it!
How much is it to list on VLT?
We have two options for sellers, Basic ($49) and Premium ($99). You can purchase additional boosts for social or onsite once your listing is live.
How much are social media posts?
We have two options for social media posts. Social Boost ($150) which is a post on our Instagram and Facebook feeds and stories. The second option is a story only post ($65).
When will my van be posted on social media?
3-5 days from the time of order.
Do you take a commission when my van sells?
Nope! Just pay to list and the rest is yours to keep.
How do I mark my van as sold?
Dashboard > “My Listings” > “Mark As Sold”
Will you help me figure out the value of my vehicle?
For liability reasons, we cannot help you value your van. We recommend searching SOLD listings for comparable vehicles to get a feel for the market, as well as considering the money you’ve put into it and how fast you need to sell. For more info, check out our Blog post about Benchmark Auto Appraisers
Do I need an Instagram account to have my van posted on social media?
No! We can post any van for anyone, regardless of social media involvement.
My listing expired! How do I renew it?
Head over to your “My Listings” page. You should see your expired listing under the “Expired” section and a button to renew. You can edit before or after renewing and choose between a Basic or Premium renewal! We keep expired listings on the site for 6 months, so if your listing has been expired for longer than 6 months you will no longer be able to renew it.