It’s not a secret that motorhome purchases are a big deal and they involve seriously large sums of money, often accompanied by a credit agreement or a finance deal. For all but the extraordinary few motorhome owners, it’s one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make and, because of this, it’s important to get it right. So, where should you turn for the best advice and how do you trudge through the marketing information and sales pitches to find out what really is right for you?
Finding the Right Sources
Manufacturer websites will display all the accurate technical information for the model you’re interested in, but probably shouldn’t be used for much more than that. Reviews and comments are best left to the independent associations and you’ll find good, high quality reviews on a number of online forums and consumer publications. It’s good to pick up on a few different sources to find out general opinion.
Making the General Personal
Whatever sources you look for, remember that they are providing general advice for the ‘average’ reader: that might well not be you. Often low budget models are given low star ratings and are slated for lacking quality or features, but if that is at the top-end of your budget then it might be worth five-stars in your book! Remember when digesting reviews what is right for you is the only thing that matters: reputation and general opinion are not the be-all and end-all.
Regulators and Independence
Manufacturers will exhibit bias in their marketing material, but on some products honesty and integrity are regulated. Motorhome Insurance providers and finance companies are regulated by the Financial Services Authority meaning there are good, independent rating agencies available and all their content is honest. What you see is what you get, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Researching your purchase well could save you from making a very bad decision, but before taking a review to heart, check its source, check who has written it and who might be regulating it. The independent opinion matters but as the consumer, the last word is always yours.