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steverob55

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T6 Cali On Order
Hello, I'm in the research stage of my camper journey. I hired a T6 conversion in August & am ready to buy but where to put my money? I've viewed a few conversions, and am seeing a couple more very soon. I can't stretch to an Ocean but the Coast is in the same ballpark as a lot of decent conversions. I've specced up and I only want a couple of options - window in canvas, fogs, privacy glass so not getting near the Ocean cost.

I like the idea of a Cali for the factory build quality, the dealer network backup, residual value. I like the idea of a conversion for the personalisation I can have, ability to modify in the future.

I am concerned about the potential price increase on the Cali that might be coming. Am talking to a couple of local dealers now to see what prices I can get.

So, yeh, navigating the minefield!!
 
Volkywagen

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I've just seen your post on the T6F!
Try the search function in the top corner also, very helpful and im sure you will find what you need
 
2haw

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You should buy the Coast, if you don’t get on and still fancy a conversion, you will get most of your money back. Not sure you could do it the other way round, you may loose more on a conversion?

If you are able to resist and can keep the options to a minimum, I can’t see a 50k Coast loosing much at all.
 
66tim99

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T6.1 Ocean 150
Hello, I'm in the research stage of my camper journey. I hired a T6 conversion in August & am ready to buy but where to put my money? I've viewed a few conversions, and am seeing a couple more very soon. I can't stretch to an Ocean but the Coast is in the same ballpark as a lot of decent conversions. I've specced up and I only want a couple of options - window in canvas, fogs, privacy glass so not getting near the Ocean cost.

I like the idea of a Cali for the factory build quality, the dealer network backup, residual value. I like the idea of a conversion for the personalisation I can have, ability to modify in the future.

I am concerned about the potential price increase on the Cali that might be coming. Am talking to a couple of local dealers now to see what prices I can get.

So, yeh, navigating the minefield!!
Does Drive The Deal or Autoebid discounts make the Ocean affordable?
 
Kevin Beal

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T6 Ocean 199 4 motion
A California will hold its value currently "Slightly better",however with the conversion you get in my opinion the same if not better quality to your own specific specification...I would certainly look at converting if I sold my California
 
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steverob55

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Lincolnshire
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T6 Cali On Order
Does Drive The Deal or Autoebid discounts make the Ocean affordable?
Drive the Deal are, on the face of it, offering about 8%. Still just out of my reach.

Speaking to a dealer today he offered 4%. Mentioned Drive the Deal and told me that often the price offered the dealers can't actually match.

Has anyone used them?
 
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steverob55

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T6 Cali On Order
You should buy the Coast, if you don’t get on and still fancy a conversion, you will get most of your money back. Not sure you could do it the other way round, you may loose more on a conversion?

If you are able to resist and can keep the options to a minimum, I can’t see a 50k Coast loosing much at all.
Thanks, it's so hard to decide. I'd only want 2/3 options, nothing crazy.
 
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steverob55

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T6 Cali On Order
A California will hold its value currently "Slightly better",however with the conversion you get in my opinion the same if not better quality to your own specific specification...I would certainly look at converting if I sold my California
Obviously depends on the conversion! Some are pretty poor. Seen some good ones, but worry about if the company goes bust, the safety aspect of cutting holes in a Transporter.
 
Kevin Beal

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Yes I should have said that it depends on the conversion obviously a well researched quality conversion I am referring to would be as good if not better than a California in my opinion...It may be controversial on this forum but I really don't rate the California quality .
 
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steverob55

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Yes I should have said that it depends on the conversion obviously a well researched quality conversion I am referring to would be as good if not better than a California in my opinion...It may be controversial on this forum but I really don't rate the California quality .
I am checking out a couple of converters in a week or so - Needingworth (who sell All Season's Leisure vans) and Cambridge Campervans.

Is there a specific area of Cali's you think are poor?
 
Ch1pbutty

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I am checking out a couple of converters in a week or so - Needingworth (who sell All Season's Leisure vans) and Cambridge Campervans.

Is there a specific area of Cali's you think are poor?
Roof corrosion can sometimes be an issue long term, but otherwise OK.
 
Kevin Beal

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T6 Ocean 199 4 motion
I am checking out a couple of converters in a week or so - Needingworth (who sell All Season's Leisure vans) and Cambridge Campervans.

Is there a specific area of Cali's you think are poor?
In my experience of ownership from new the mechanics of the van appear solid however its the interior that lacks the quality that I expected,for example the under kitchen cupboard doors don't close properly and the handles/catches fall off on every use,the beds are extremely uncomfortable ive spent hundreds on trying to get them comfortable,the plastic parts are all easily marked and scratched without any effort,the parts that look like aluminium are actually silver painted plastic and that rubs off without effort and reveals the plastic underneath,everything is just so fragile and not really practical for this type of vehicle looks great when new but soon looks shabby,im also convinced that the exterior paintwork is not good quality as it chips really easily,obviously this is just my experience of my van I may just have a bad one but not impressed..
 
66tim99

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T6.1 Ocean 150
Drive the Deal are, on the face of it, offering about 8%. Still just out of my reach.

Speaking to a dealer today he offered 4%. Mentioned Drive the Deal and told me that often the price offered the dealers can't actually match.

Has anyone used them?
I have an Ocean on order via DTD for £59k all in including options (12% discount) - will need to pick up from Eurovans in Crawley. Might be worth a call to them (DTD or Eurovans), whichever California you choose...
 
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steverob55

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Lincolnshire
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T6 Cali On Order
I have an Ocean on order via DTD for £59k all in including options (12% discount) - will need to pick up from Eurovans in Crawley. Might be worth a call to them (DTD or Eurovans), whichever California you choose...
That's amazing. Have they given you a delivery date?

That's amazing. Have they given you a delivery date?
Just seen your status that has a date on it!

How was the process of using DTD? I have plugged in a van and got an indicative price back. Not progressed further though. Do dealers then contact you?
 
Tracey2540

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Leicestershire
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T6.1 Ocean 199
Drive the Deal are, on the face of it, offering about 8%. Still just out of my reach.

Speaking to a dealer today he offered 4%. Mentioned Drive the Deal and told me that often the price offered the dealers can't actually match.

Has anyone used them?
We had quotes from Drive the Deal and AutoEBid. AutoEbid was a slightly better price and they were really good. Ours is being built this week :thumb
 
WelshGas

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In my experience of ownership from new the mechanics of the van appear solid however its the interior that lacks the quality that I expected,for example the under kitchen cupboard doors don't close properly and the handles/catches fall off on every use,the beds are extremely uncomfortable ive spent hundreds on trying to get them comfortable,the plastic parts are all easily marked and scratched without any effort,the parts that look like aluminium are actually silver painted plastic and that rubs off without effort and reveals the plastic underneath,everything is just so fragile and not really practical for this type of vehicle looks great when new but soon looks shabby,im also convinced that the exterior paintwork is not good quality as it chips really easily,obviously this is just my experience of my van I may just have a bad one but not impressed..
Well either you have a bad one or I've got a good one. But I don't recognise that description at all. After 6 yrs, 97k miles daily use and many nights away with extended trips to Scandinavia, Italy France and Spain I can honestly say the only change I've noticed is the discolouration on the gas burners from frequent use. Nothing broken, all cupboards work as they should and the aluminium edging still as it was. Not sure where the painted plastic is that you mentioned. Personally we find the beds absolutely fine without any expensive toppers etc;. But that's a personal choice. Apart from one or two mainstream conversions that cost as much if not more for the same base vehicle, not many conversions I've come across would have lasted so well.
 
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steverob55

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T6 Cali On Order
We had quotes from Drive the Deal and AutoEBid. AutoEbid was a slightly better price and they were really good. Ours is being built this week :thumb
Thanks for that.

How was the process? You got indicative quote then dealers contacted you? How long did that bit take? How long have you had to wait for build? Thanks!
 

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