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Due to con­tin­ued high de­mand, T5s al­ways fetch good money. A ne­glected, high-mileage ex-builder’s panel van might start at £4000, but re­al­is­ti­cally a tidy ex­am­ple with a good ser­vice his­tory and fewer miles will be dou­ble this. The Shut­tle minibus is the cheap­est way to ob­tain a T5 peo­ple car­rier, and we’ve seen early ones of these with lots of miles ad­ver­tised for as lit­tle as £4000. Chances are they’ve had a hard life as a taxi, trans­port­ing peo­ple to air­ports, but so long as they’ve been reg­u­larly ser­viced, that shouldn’t put you off. The Car­avelle is dearer, with £8000 be­ing a re­al­is­tic start­ing price for an early model.

If you want a facelift T5.1, you’ll need to spend con­sid­er­ably more. Panel van ver­sions start at £13,000, but if you want a nice Car­avelle with­out too many miles then ex­pect to spend be­tween £18,000-£20,000. The same ve­hi­cle at a main dealer (there re­ally aren’t many for sale, so it might be your only op­tion) will be £30,000-£35,000. The ar­rival of the T6 in 2015 has made a small dent in nearly-new T5.1 prices, so if you are go­ing the main dealer route, re­fer­ring to the T5.1 as the ‘old model’ could prove fi­nan­cially ben­e­fi­cial. As you would ex­pect, Cal­i­for­nia campers hold on to their value. The min­i­mum you’ll need to ac­quire one of these is £30,000.

The only so­lace you can take is that if you spend strong money on a good ve­hi­cle with a good spec, you should get most of it back when you come to sell it.

The Shut­tle minibus, which has seat­ing for up to nine, is the cheap­est T5 peo­ple car­rier.

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