Interesting CL ad just popped up.
1997 E250-based campervan. They are ugly but I really like cabover bed arrangement; it frees up a ton of floorspace. 1997 has OBDii which is on my must-have list. And if ugly==cheaper then I am all for it.
It appears to be in fair condition and priced at $5k. If it’s in functional shape I’d go look at it.
So I follow my own first rule: ask the seller if the vehicle is a non-salvage title in their name. The answer:
I bought it 2 weeks ago, 2 days after I bought it a bigger RV became available that I call home now . I have not registered the van as of yet. I have a clean title for it though.
No, if it’s not in your name you don’t have a clean title for it. I already own one vehicle I can’t register because it was not in the seller’s name. Luckily that one was a $100 chinese scooter that I still blast around the property with and will be able to use in states that don’t register 50cc scoots.
I do think the seller is probably telling the truth:
I bought it 2 weeks ago, 2 days after I bought it a bigger RV became available that I call home now . I have not registered the van as of yet.
and I could ask to see his current RV if I went to see it, but I am not going to risk it.
Update: since the seller seems to be a good guy (and a ‘dweller) I went back and forth with him a bit to explain the problem. He understands now he doesn’t really own the vehicle until it’s titled. He will relist if/when it is titled in his name. I’ll be watching for it.