Post by hayleybishop on Apr 1, 2015 13:32:30 GMT 10
Hi there, We need to sell my grandparent's caravan which they bought new in 1969 (for $1390!!!) and it has been garaged when not on a trip all its life, and unused/garaged for at least the last 35+ years! It is a 1969 Valiant (by Viscount) Ambassador. It has an annexe but we need to pull it all out and make sure not rotten. It is very dusty/dirty (as you can see in the pics, 30+ years of it!!!) and needs a good clean inside and out but they always kept it immaculate and is in really good condition overall. We just pulled it out of the garage so I grabbed some initial pictures to do some research around what it is worth and welcome feedback. Does anyone here know the type of value this could fetch (looking for some educated advice/guidance) and where is the best place to advertise? We are located in Adelaide. If anyone is also interested also please let me know. Many thanks! Hayley email@example.com / 0417809040
Post by Don Ricardo on Apr 1, 2015 22:19:15 GMT 10
Welcome to the forum. That's a good looking caravan you have there. Looks like your grandparents have really looked after it.
Just to clarify, your van is a Valiant rather than a Valiant Ambassador. Viscount used three brand names for their caravans in the 60's - Viscount, Ambassador and Valiant, each representing a different price range and level of fit out and equipment, hence 'Valiant by Viscount' and 'Ambassador by Viscount'.
It's a bit hard to give you a value for your van because, unlike cars, there is no reliable price guide. What a van sells for depends on what the buyer is willing to pay and what the seller is willing to accept (a pretty obvious statement I know), which is influenced by a lot of factors. For that reason, the forum policy on valuations as set out in the Forum Guidelines is as follows:
VALUiNG CARAVANS The value of vintage caravans varies widely according to the age, scarcity, condition and desirability of the caravan in question. In the end, the value of a caravan depends on what one person is willing to pay another at a given time, based on their specific interests and preferences. For this reason we ARE NOT ABLE to assist in valuing caravans.
I'm not sure how quickly you need to sell your grandparents' van, but in terms of getting some idea of value, you could have a look at the prices similar aged and condition vans are going for on Ebay and Gumtree. Search for 'vintage caravan' on both. If you watch what's happening there for a couple of weeks, and see what sells and what doesn't, you will get some idea of how much vans are selling for. In addition some of the people on the forum who have recently bought or sold Valiants or similar type vans may be willing to tell you how much the vans went for if you send them a PM (Personal Message) and ask politely (which of course I am sure you would).
In terms of selling the van, you could advertise it on Ebay and/or Gumtree. You can also leave your post on the For Sale/Wanted section of the forum where it is now. Obviously, the longer you have to sell the van, the better the price you are likely to achieve. But you also do need to work out what the minimum price you and your grandparents are willing to accept (which comes back to doing a bit of research on Ebay and Gumtree).
Sorry we can't be very definitive about the value. You may get someone who is desparate to buy your van and is willing to pay an excpetional price or you may not.
On a tangent, I would be interested to know the serial number of the van if you wouldn't mind telling me. You should be able to find it welded on the A-frame. Knowing the number will help us on the forum in our effort to be able to date various Valiants that we hear about, and any potential buyer on the forum will probably want to know what it is anyway.
I hope the above comments will be of some value even if it's not a direct answer to your main question. Good luck with the sale in any case.
Post by hayleybishop on Apr 14, 2015 21:26:49 GMT 10
Just to confirm this IS SOLD. It went via eBay auction on the weekend. Cheers all for the help getting the word out. It is going to Tasmania and will have a lovely new home with some terrific people. My grandparents would be thrilled.