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New or Second-hand?
So let’s say you’re after a campervan. Perhaps you’re a first time owner, maybe you’re looking to upgrade a previous model or perhaps rekindle an old flame after a few years off the road. Buying is a big deal and campervans don’t come cheap, so it’s important to make the right call in deciding whether you buy a new model or opt for something second-hand. What’re the pros and cons of both, and how can you make sure you’re getting the best value for money?
Buying new is probably the easiest, safest and most risk-free way of purchasing a campervan. Your dealer will usually give you a price not far off the list price (which you can check and confirm online) for any particular model so you can be reasonably confident when you’re being overcharged. You can shop around freely, also, knowing you’re always buying the same product so you can ensure you’re getting the best price available.
Be careful of confusing or potentially misleading warrantee packages and credit purchases, however, this is where dealers do stand to make their money: it’s not to say that all offers are bad offers but analyse anything you are offered very carefully.
There is, of course, a premium attached to new campervans and most models depreciate as soon as you drive them off the forecourt. Because of this you might be able to pick up a bargain in the second hand market and save yourself plenty of money.
However, the quality of second hand models is really variable so a test drive and a lot of comparison with other models is vital. Use review websites and check the valuation guides for rough prices but don’t be surprised if you find lots of options way above and below the ‘set’ prices. It’s important, also, to check out the campervan insurance prices for various second-hand models, it can affect your premium if your campervan is particularly old or well used.
Overall a second-hand campervan is the cheaper option but there are many more variables to consider than new. With a new package you very often can be sure of what you’re getting – a second hand model might be cheaper but there’s definitely more risk attached.
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