Buying a new motorhome isn’t always a straightforward business and, more often than not, there are lots of things to think about. If you’re buying new, sometimes your dealer will be able to help you out and ensure that all is signed, sealed and delivered, but if you’re someone who prefers to buy privately or second hand, it can be a daunting experience. Here’s a checklist of things to remember before handing over the cash and driving away:
Thorough Exterior Inspection
Make sure you go over all the bodywork at least once. Enquire about cracks or dents as they may just be superficial, but make sure you know what you’re working with. Equally, if there are any signs of rust, ask whether the motorhome has ever been treated: its best to know before you buy.
When going through the interior, make sure you’re looking hard for faults or problems and not just admiring the trim! Try the radio, air conditioning, cooker and water supplies and test out a few different combinations of seating. If you’re buying second hand and you start to move things around, you’re almost certain to find something that doesn’t quite work. It’s not a problem as such, but it may be a bargaining point.
Paperwork and Mechanics
Finally, take a look under the bonnet and make sure all the key checks are done. You don’t want to drive your new motorhome off for the first time without any oil! Then, of course, it’s down to the paperwork: take your time before signing anything, but make sure you work out registration details, MOT, tax and motorhome insurance. It would be illegal for you to drive off without any of these things in place.
When you go to pick up a new motorhome, it’s always worth making a complete checklist of what needs to be done. It’s difficult to return a second hand motorhome, so ensure you’re completely happy with the condition and all the paperwork is sorted before you take it off the drive!