Originally Posted by demac
Thanks for the feedback. This Golf was previously a 3 door car prior to being registered so I'm pretty sure there should be all the holes in the right places for bolting in the seats and safety belts..............................
All car derived vans, and jeep derived vans, were passenger vehicles before being converted to vans. (SOme manufacturers import vans now, to save on the expense).
The procedure for conversion is to cut the seat anchors out, to prevent seats being popped back in, (therefore you have to weld new seat anchors into the car, if you want to convert back) and destroy the seats and windows that are taken out. TOYOTA Ireland were cutting up and breaking up to €3m worth of seats and windows because of this instruction from Revenue.
The final instruction was for the rear floor area, behind the driver, to be made into a flat cargo area, i.e. cover the area that was the rear seat and footwell with a flat floor.
In short, if you get the van, trade it for a car. Conversion would be too expensive, and you will have a car that is worth nothing. Would you buy a van that has been converted to a car? I wouldn't, especially given vans get driven much harder than cars.