Our Inspection Service is designed to give you a comprehensive understanding of the current state of your vehicle.  We spend up to 4 hours with your vehicle and inspect every system - we also do a substantial test drive to gather qualitative date and get an overall "feel" for the van.  While very popular with new owners, the service is also important for anyone who has not had comprehensive service on their vehicle in several years.  We also require (and will credit the cost) an inspection before undertaking restorations, full resprays or engine conversions.

The process generates a 4 page report with every system scored from a 0 to 4.  Zero meaning, whoa! that needs to be fixed before you leave all the way to 4 which is reserved for parts/systems that are new or very recently replaced.  A 1 designates the area should be addressed as soon as possible but the van can be driven in the interim.

Once the report is complete, you receive a copy of it and have as much time as you want with one of the members of the service writing team to understand and ask questions.  Our goal is for you to have as much information as possible.  We can also make the technician who performed the inspection available for in depth technical discussions if desired.

The inspection service is $289 for a 2WD Vanagon with a stock motor.  4WD vans are an additional $60 and vans with a non-stock motor are an additional $60.  

NOTE: Eurovan customers - our inspection service for Eurovans is to do the next factory recommended service.  During that process we can evaluate the van and provide the insights required.  This can cost between $500-1200 but usually includes several major service items (e.g. tune up).  Eurovan inspections do not generate the 4 page report, but he service writing team will summarize the condition of the van for you.

The Vanagon inspection covers the following:

Test Drive:

  • Signs of smoke at start up and while driving
  • Alignment issues
  • Steering looseness
  • Suspension feel
  • Various brake tests
  • Proper shifting of gears
  • Ease of shifting
  • Clutch pedal play: Condition of clutch tested for signs of issues
  • Proper idle
  • Acceleration
  • General ride report


  • Even wear: Cracks or damage
  • Proper pressure
  • Removal and inspection of rear drums, drum shoes-­‐ check for proper wear (adjusted properly)
  • Hydraulic wheel cylinders
  • Brake hardware
  • Emergency brake: Adjustment and condition of cable
  • Brake and Fluid Inspection:
  • Condition of fluid: Water content, debris and color
  • Front brake pads: calipers and rotors
  • Front wheel bearings
  • Front suspension components: Upper and lower control arm bushings, ball joints and tie rod ends
  • Steering rack, boots and mounts
  • Front Suspension:
  • Check all suspension components for signs of failure

Transmission (Automatic and Manual):

  • Check for leaking seals: Governor and trans output shaft seal
  • Check fluid level and condition
  • Shift through all the gears
  • Fluid level of trans axle and condition
  • Output shaft seals and CV axle shaft seals
  • Linkage adjusted and lubrication
  • Transmission mount
  • CV boots and clamps

Fuel System:

  • All fuel lines are inspected (We only use the best quality Good Year hose; no braided hose used here)
  • Supply lines, return lines, injector supply lines and all clamps
  • Fuel pump mounting

Cooling System:

  • Coolant pressure test: Any leaks in the system will show with this test
  • Coolant level
  • Proper coolant utilized (We do not use phosphate coolant)
  • Coolant hoses, hard pipes and all clamps
  • Coolant distribution and thermostat housing
  • Verify proper function of radiator fan coming on and at correct temperature
  • Verify coolant warning light is working properly
  • The sign for hard pipe failure is to remove the rubber hoses from hard pipe. We suggest doing this procedure when the cooling system must be opened to avoid the burping process


  • Check oil level and condition: Verify proper filter being utilized (important)
  • Check for oil leaks: Rear main seal, crank pulley seal, push rod tube seals, head gasket leaks, etc…
  • Inspect all belts
  • Hoses
  • Spark plug wire condition
  • Cap and rotor inspection
  • Spark plug inspection: This gives a lot of infomation if they are well worn
  • Fuel mixture reading test taken
  • Leak Down and Compression Test to determine overall condition of motor

Safety Features:

  • Emergency brake function
  • Lights
  • Flasher
  • Horn

Camping Systems (Additional $100)

  • All camping systems test and evaluated