Can I Buy a Volkswagen Bus?

Volkswagen Bus

The Volkswagen Bus is well known in the automotive world, whether you’re familiar with the industry or just a casual observer. Its circular headlights and roomy interior made it an iconic vehicle for families and traveling groups of friends throughout its production. If you’re looking to buy a classic Volkswagen Bus, your options will be limited to private sellers or vintage car dealers. These unique vehicles have a lot of appeal, but their scarcity makes them difficult to find, and even more difficult to maintain. Still, the team at Volkswagen of West Islip has some suggestions on how you can get behind the wheel of a vintage VW Bus through purchase or rental.

Learn more about the history of the Volkswagen Bus and the upcoming Volkswagen Electric Bus with Volkswagen of West Islip below, or browse our new Volkswagen inventory to see how the Volkswagen lineup has changed for West Islip drivers over the years.

Buying Or Renting A Used Volkswagen Bus

If you’re looking to get your hands on a used Volkswagen Bus, then you have two options available to you in Huntington: renting or buying. Buying a used Volkswagen Bus will take some time. Finding the model you want in good condition will be difficult since the production of the van stopped in 2013. Additionally, maintaining it will be expensive since most parts will need to be custom ordered. Nevertheless, if you have your heart set on owning a used Volkswagen Bus you can find them online from private sellers or vintage car dealers.

Renting a Volkswagen Bus is also an option for Oakdale drivers. Renting allows you to enjoy the vintage style and unique versatility of this one-of-a-kind vehicle without having to worry about long-term maintenance. You can find a used Volkswagen Bus on car rental apps like Turo.

Whether you decide to buy or rent a Volkswagen Bus, you should be aware that there are multiple models available. You can see them all below:

  • Volkswagen Bus Tent
  • Volkswagen Camper Van
  • Volkswagen Hightop Camper Van
  • Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) MicroBus – (This is the classic 1960s model)
  • Volkswagen Type 2 (T2) “Bay Window” Bus
  • Volkswagen Samba-Bus or Deluxe MicroBus
  • Volkswagen Westfalia Camping Van

A Brief History Of The Volkswagen Bus

The Volkswagen Bus has had a popular history throughout its production life. When production began in the 1950s, the Volkswagen Bus was marketed as a people hauler; perfect for large families or groups of friends that were looking to get from point A to B in Sayville. As the second Volkswagen model to hit the mass-market – right after the Volkswagen Beetle – the Volkswagen Bus was named the Volkswagen Type 2. In the United States, the Volkswagen Type 2 was better known as the microBus or camper since certain models came outfitted with a camper interior.

The Volkswagen Bus ran from the 1950s to the 1970s with modifications to its engine and body design with each production year. The iconic circular headlights stuck around until the 1970s, when they were changed to rectangles. The 1963 Volkswagen Bus – also called the Samba – is the most recognizable model due to its popularity among cross-country adventurers and concert-goers in the 60s and 70s. Although the Volkswagen Bus disappeared from the US markets after the 1970s, it remained in production in other countries. By 2009 only one car manufacturing plant in Brazil was still making the Volkswagen Bus, but they eventually discontinued production in 2013.

The Volkswagen Bus remains an icon for its innovative style and design to this day. In a world full of pickups and SUVs, the simplicity of the Volkswagen Bus reminds some drivers of simpler times. The future is bright though. In October of 2017, Volkswagen announced the newest member of the Volkswagen family: the Volkswagen Electric Bus.

The Future Is Electric

While the Volkswagen Bus hasn’t been sold in the US since the 1970s, Volkswagen has confirmed that the classic van will be returning for the 2022 model year! Like generations past, the new Volkswagen Bus will break the mold by coming to showroom floors as an all-electric vehicle. While it’s still in the concept stages, this Volkswagen Electric Bus will inspire a whole new generation of Volkswagen owners. See what we know so far about the 2022 Volkswagen Bus below:

  • Dual motors will power the Volkswagen Electric Bus. They’re expected to generate 369 horsepower and offer all-wheel drive.
  • Two batteries are expected with the Volkswagen Electric Bus. The first will hold up to 48 kWh and offer a driving range of 200 miles. The second battery will hold 110 kWh and is expected to provide an even more impressive 340-mile range.
  • The 2022 Bus will receive the VW fast-charge system, meaning it should be able to charge up to 80 percent of its battery in just 30 minutes.
  • According to the Volkswagen Newsroom, each of the new Volkswagen Electric Bus seats can be spun around or removed from the cabin – even the front seats.
  • While it’s still too early to tell, the electric VW bus may offer autonomous driving technology according to sources like Car and Driver. You’ve never seen a road-trip vehicle like this before.

The styling of the 2022 VW electric bus is based on the well-known and loved design of the original 1960s model, although they’ve received a facelift for the electric-age. There’s no doubt though, the new Volkswagen Electric Bus has all the spirit and freedom the original model was known for.

Browse The Lineup At Volkswagen Of West Islip

Whether you have questions about the upcoming electric bus or if you want to explore our current Volkswagen lineup, our team is happy to help you! Explore our current Volkswagen selection in our online model showroom, then contact us to arrange a time for a test drive of your favorite model!

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