What is Vanlife Trader?

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)


FAQ

Buyer Questions

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.

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).

Seller Questions

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 ($199).

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”

When will my van be posted on social media?

3-5 days from the time of order.

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.

Still Need Help?


Why Vanlife Trader?

200 thousand+

Instagram followers/shoppers

#1 online platform

for buyers, sellers, and builders

3-5 thousand

daily website viewers

20 thousand+

email subscibers

Succcess Stories

24 hours, that’s how fast my van sold! The website technology was easy to navigate, so the process of listing my van was quick and intuitive. Communication from VLT was top-notch! I wish selling all vehicles were as easy as VLT makes it!

Shannon McBride – Happy Seller