Due to COVID-19 restrictions in 2020 and beyond, the interest in British staycations has unsurprisingly risen sharply. As a result of this, interest has also increased for motorhome and campervan purchases - at the drop of a hat, you can simply load up, turn the key and head to whichever destination takes your fancy. It's very easy to see their appeal!
In fact, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles has seen a 36% year-on-year increase to their campervan webpages in 2020, with Google search terms up 53% and 41% for campervans and motorhomes respectively. And it's not just modern campervans that are rising in popularity - values of classic campervans, in particular, have continued to rise with help from burgeoning interest, the rise of restoration specialists and scarcity of good, solid examples of vehicles decades old.
With this in mind, Volkswagen Commercial vehicles has introduced a Motorhome Qualification Scheme to give customers confidence when buying a converted VW campervan.
The scheme represents the highest standards in the industry, with criteria for inclusion requiring converters to meet National or European Type Approval, pass the stringent National Caravan Council standards, have a three-year trading history, register on the Body Builder Database, and provide a minimum of £5 million liability insurance. Converters who meet all the standards required by the scheme will receive official certification to use on their website.
Nick Axtell, Specialist Sales Manager for Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, said: “As the number one manufacturer of campervans, we have a duty of care to our customers to drive better industry standards across the sector, especially at a time of huge growth. The scheme recognises the converters who have made an investment in developing and selling conversions based on our products, while giving customers peace of mind when it comes to the safety and quality of any product with a Volkswagen badge on the front.”
Do you have a classic campervan or motorhome? Let us know in the comments alongside any tips you might have for those just starting out on their classic journey with one!