Buying a new motorhome or campervan second-hand is a great way to save a bit of money on a big purchase and you can really pick up some good deals on different models. Knowing where to start when searching the classifieds can be quite daunting so here’s our guide to help you out.
The quickest and easiest way to get started is online. The obvious auction sites might be a good place to get a feel for the sort of models and prices you’re looking at but it’s normally better to buy from a specialist motorhome or campervan site: the sellers on here are more likely to give you good, accurate information and the prices will be a lot more reflective of the market. Because of the nature of online adverts motorhomes do get snapped up quickly, though, so be prepared for a quick sale!
Print and Newspapers
Despite the speediness of technology, many people still prefer to advertise in local newspapers and in publications like Trade-It. Because, normally, classifieds in newspapers cost per word or column inch you’re likely to find less information on the face of things but sellers will be more than happy for you to get in touch over the phone or via email to find out more.
Getting the Facts
Whether you’re buying online or from an advert in print it’s really important to get in touch with the seller and, if possible, arrange a viewing and drive. Ask plenty of questions about details like reliability, servicing, motorhome insurance quotes and, of course, what price they’re really looking for. Always feel at liberty to negotiate and even if you’ve had a test drive you’re never obliged to buy. Sellers won’t take to time wasting particularly kindly but everyone has a right to walk away if the product or price just isn’t for you.
There are a lot of classifieds out there and there is a lot of information to take in but be focused, be specific and narrow down your options to a few viewings. Don’t buy anything without having a good look around first and don’t be pressured by difficult sellers – your money is yours to spend as you please!