Breaking News at the Bus Depot!


We've moved to a larger location!

We've turned lemons into lemonade!  Our location of 25+ years was severely damaged by Hurricane Ida, so since we had to move anyway we found a nicer, larger location (a former supermarket) ten minutes up the road.  We'd outgrown the old place long before and merchandise was piled high in every corner, so the new digs feel positively roomy!  We're all excited about the new possibilities, and look forward to serving you more efficiently and increasing our selection as well. 


Pandemic related supply chain issues

Unfortunately the pandemic continues to rear its ugly head and is impacting product availability. We're doing everything we can to keep the goods flowing, but delays at the ports and the factories are beyond our control. (This is especially the case with made-to-order items; take the factories' estimated lead times on our site with a grain of salt.)  There may be a lag between when an item goes out of stock and when it updates on our site, but if there is an availability issue with something you order we'll do our best to inform you right away.  We know how inconvenient a backorder can be, and we want you to know that we don't take them lightly and do everything we possibly can to prevent them.

Skyrocketing container import costs have also resulted in inflation, and while we're doing our best to keep prices low some prices may change without notice. If you're planning a big project this spring, now may be the time to order what you'll need. It will be a hedge against inflation, and there will be extra time in case something is backordered. Make use of our Big Project Discount, below.

Big Project Discount

We're keeping the Big Project discount going, too.Get 5% off orders over $500 or 10% off orders over $1000, by using referral code PROJ500 or PROJ1000 on checkout. You can use this code today!  (See details below.*)


Lower Shipping Rates

We're doing our best to keep shipping charges low even while the carriers raise their rates. We've updated our shipping calculator with lower USPS rates for lighter weight orders and negotiated some volume discounts with the carriers. This is still a work in progress while we fine-tune it, and we've found a glaring error here or there, so if you get a shipping quote that doesn't seem right, please feel free to email Fred at and he'll requote you. 

Canadian Customers: All shipping rates now use either U.S. Mail or FedEx or UPS Air. Unlike UPS and FedEx Ground, these rates already include the customs brokerage fees, so you won't be hit with a huge surprise bill on delivery.  (Of course you will still be billed for the actual import tax itself, if any.)  Also, our toll free number now works in Canada.


Join us on Facebook

We're living on the edge - we've bypassed MySpace and AOL and gone directly to Facebook!  We have dozens of followers!  Follow us at to keep abreast of new items and specials, some of which may not be posted elsewhere.


What's next?

What can we do to improve your experience at the Depot? Please email us at, or message us on Facebook. We want to be your go-to for VW parts. 


Why the Bus Depot? 


Better Parts, Better Prices.

We import many parts directly from Europe, bypassing the middleman. That cuts costs, and brings you better quality products.


Better Selection. 

Eight times as many parts as the next
largest specialist - many of which are sold 
nowhere else in the U.S.  If you can't get it 
at the Depot, you probably can't get it.


Special Order Service. 

If we don't have it but can get it in Europe,
we'll special order it and import it for you -  
saving you the overseas shipping cost, 
import duty, customs fees, and hidden 
credit card foreign exchange fees. Not to  
mention assuming the risk if the item gets
damaged in transit, or simply never arrives.


Backorder Option.

Unfortunately backorders can happen on 
old VW parts. We all hate it. Most retailers 
just cancel those items on you. But we've 
got you covered. In most cases we'll ship
them separately (on our dime) when in.
Of course you won't pay for them until they ship (or can cancel if you'd rather not wait). 


Prompt Shipping.  

Most in stock orders ship the same or next business day via FedEx or USPS.  For rush  orders, we also offer optional Expedited service, door to door as fast as overnight.


Run by VW Enthusiasts,
for VW enthusiasts.

The Bus Depot grew out of our VW hobby. 
We drive them.  We got our start on the
first Vanagon List decades ago, and are 
still active in the online community. You're 
supporting a business that supports you.

  See Customer Service pages for policy info/details. 


*Discount details:  Big Project Discount can be re-used on every order that qualifies until the offer is pulled. Discounts are not valid on sale items (since they're already reduced), special-order or made-to-order items, gift certificate purchases, and certain dropship items that are noted on our site as not qualifying.  (However, the  non-qualifying items, except for gift certificates, still count toward the minimum purchase for the Big Project discount to kick in.)

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