Buying a motorhome is a big deal. Not least because they can be quite expensive.
So you really want to make sure you get the right motorhome. One that suits all your needs, and will prove a valuable companion on the road.
Motorhome experts may feel comfortable going down to their local dealer, and picking out the perfect model.
But for the rest of us, it can be a daunting experience.
Here, we’ve compiled a list of five top tips for buying a motorhome.
Figure out Exactly What You Want
This might sound obvious, but a lot of people don’t really know what they’re looking for, beyond one or two specific details.
They might know how many beds they want their new motorhome to have, but not how long or wide they would prefer the vehicle was.
We’d recommend making a checklist. Take an hour to write down everything you want your motorhome to have – and the specifications you want it to match.
You can split your checklist into two. One section for the ‘must-haves’, and another for the ‘nice-to-haves’ (for more luxury items, such as a TV and reversing camera).
(Quick tip – having a reversing camera may allow you to get a discount on your motorhome insurance!)
Have this checklist handy (possibly on your smartphone) when you go to take a look at motorhomes.
This way you can ensure you get everything you want.
Determine Your Budget before Looking at Any Motorhome
Never go to look at a motorhome you might consider buying before you’ve determined your budget.
Don’t even look online before you’ve decided how much you’re willing to spend.
You’ll only get excited about the most premium, luxurious models – and then find out they’re a little out of your price range.
It’s best to figure out what you can afford first.
If you’re buying a motorhome with your partner, sit down with them and talk through your financial situation.
Motorhomes are expensive. Especially new ones. You don’t want to spend more than you can afford.
Set a budget and stick with it. If you’re speaking to a dealer, tell them what it is, and that you absolutely cannot go above that figure.
If You’re Not an Expert, Listen to the Experts
Have a specific motorhome in mind that you’re thinking about buying?
Unless you’re a motorhome veteran, you probably won’t know everything there is to know about a particular motorhome, even if you’ve researched thoroughly.
So the best thing to do is read the reviews.
Professional motorhome reviewers can be found online, or in motorhome magazines. Read as many as you can on the motorhome you’re interested in before buying.
You might find they reaffirm your belief that it will prove to be a good choice. They might suggest one or two problems with the vehicle, but whether they bother you is another matter.
As well as the pros, you should also check out amateur reviews online. To get the opinions of people in a similar position to you.
Give It a Test Drive
From the outside, and even the inside, you might think you’ve found the perfect motorhome.
But that means nothing if you’re not comfortable actually driving the vehicle.
Larger models can be harder to handle, and some people would prefer to have something a little easier to control.
Or, you might have an issue with a particular shape of motorhome.
Regardless of what your concerns might be – it’s always best to give the vehicle a proper test drive before you agree to any purchase.
If it’s a new motorhome, this shouldn’t be a problem.
For a used vehicle, ask the seller. They shouldn’t have an issue with it
Also – it’s important to make sure that you’re legally allowed to drive a certain type of motorhome. Depending on the size, you might need a certain type of driver’s license.
Shop around for the Best Deal
Good advice whatever it is you’re buying.
But especially important advice when you’re purchasing something that is going to cost a lot of money.
If you’re getting a second-hand vehicle (as most people will – with it being the cheaper option) – then there will be a number of options out there.
So you should really consider shopping around to find the cheapest priced.
If you do find the model you want at a lower price than you originally found – ask yourself why.
Maybe there’s something wrong with it.
Maybe there’s something wrong with it that you don’t care about – such as a scratch down the side.
It’s your decision at the end of the day. If you’re willing to compromise on things like that to get a more affordable motorhome – go for it.
But be wary if a motorhome has any internal issues – i.e. problems with the engine. You might find yourself paying more to fix it, than you would for the more expensive option.
Each of these tips is sure to help you get the exact motorhome you want. So you can enjoy the wonder of motorhome living and travel.
But before you set off on your next adventure – get your motorhome properly insured. You’ll enjoy your holiday much more when your mind is at ease.
Call Comfort Insurance today on 0800 0304 206 for a free quote.