Buying motorhomes may be like going swimming in the sea for the first time! Yes, beware of sharks comes to mind. So, are thinking of buying a motorhome for the first time? Because, you may be more than a little concerned, because what if you make a mistake? In fact, many people do just that, choosing the wrong layout or finding that its a bit longer than they thought! Some, even getting home to find it does not fit on the drive!
Talk about buyer beware, ouch, this can be a painful financial moment. So, we suggest that being careful may be an understatement! In fact, the strongest possible advice, has to be to do your research thoroughly. Because, the main reason is that motorhomes are typically a large expenditure item. Therefore, you want to get it right, hence this article is to point a few things out and help you! However, once you do get the hang of buying motorhomes, you will discover the real recreational world open up before your eyes!
Going forward, a few top tips will not go a miss. Firstly, relating to looking at that motorhome selection. Nothing prepares you for starting to look beyond online. In addition, there are may pointers that you need to consider. So, lets start with some that are listed below;
- Research and research again.
- Do not let eagerness to get the better of you.
- Do not be over-hasty or let a salesperson influence your buying decisions.
- Remember a motorhome isn’t just about price and fittings.
- Many other things needs to be considered.
So, lets brake it down even further as that may be a very simple way to drill down on buying motorhomes.
- Fuel consumption especially if you see yourself away a lot.
- Depreciation what will it be worth when you have put miles on the clock?
- Now what about reliability what is the motorhome warranty?
- How can I dispose of the motorhome is it easy to sell?
Look At Different Makes.
May we suggest that you don’t try and do all things at once or base a decision upon a single motorhome. Some people make an instant decision because the sales person warns, that they will miss this one. We only have one at this price, we maybe able to get another, but it will take weeks. Right down to the sale ends tonight! Hearing those words sounds like those sharks are onto you! So, why not instead, put some serious time to one side and research the market. Ask yourself what are your options?
Think it all through thoroughly and why not critically assess your own real requirements. There are many real key factors, none more so than the size and type of motorhome. Make sure that you do understand the motorhome jargon it will help you. In fact, let us point out now that all motorhome buying tips, should include advice from professionals! Experienced, trained motorhome people who do not need to sell you anything.
So, where do you find such people? Simples, motorhome owners, they are the best source of information out there. You will find them on forums and owners clubs. Even popping along to that motorhome show, they will be there in numbers. In fact, most are a very friendly bunch and will be delighted to explain the good, the bad and the ugly point, Also, having done the rounds, make sure you understand things such as:
- Are you happy driving a large coachbuilt motorhome?
- Would a modestly-sized motorhome fit the bill?
- Have you considered a van conversion?
- How often will you use your motorhome?
- How many people will be in the motorhome?
We mentioned before about driveways. So, have you got that tape measure out? Do you have somewhere to store your motorhome? Is that driveway or garage big enough to accommodate it. Also, remember to check parking issues, some local councils might have restrictions on driveway parking of motorhomes. No white van man and no motorhomes as well! Also, when you park your motorhome neatly on the drive and block your neighbours view. How is that going to go down! All of these storage factors, do not turn up until you are on the way home in your new pride and joy!
As with many other issues, best be clear in your own mind before going to buy one. Also, being wise after the event is all well and good. However, do you know your technical limitations? Maybe worth having a second professional opinion, a qualified engineer or the AA inspection. Thus, this may give you peace of mind in your purchase.
The very best advice we can possibly give, is to enjoy looking for a motorhome! Even when starting out buying motorhomes, looking at the makes and models, will provide an insight. You will get that picture of looking out to sea, from your lounge window. There, will be no hotel bills on your next holiday! So, do not spoil the experience due to not understanding the technical issues, get help.
If you happen to be mechanically minded, then that going to be fine. If you’re not, go for experience to guide you through some of the technology. In fact, a good dealer handover will not go a miss. But, what is the payload? What is the MOIR? How, much habitation equipment can you take? Finding and understanding these specification and dimensions, may affect your eventual decision.
Prepare your funding options in advance, this idea looks to make sense! Maybe, you need to think through how you are going to finance your purchase? Be a little cautious about using that retirement kitty. Having this point thought well through, will make a difference to you. In fact, you may well find that it is more efficient to use one of the various funding options. See, our motorhome finance article and search online for motorhome loans. Also, dealers should be able to offer HP or lease purchase etc. So, look into your options, potential funds providers and have a clear mind of how to pay. Also, make sure anyone offering finance is FCA regulated (Financial Conduct Authority).
Private Purchases or Buying from Dealerships.
Not wishing to sound bios either way again, there’s no universal answer here. However, that “buyer beware” flag has been raised, So, buying a used vehicle privately might offer you savings. However, against that, you will not have post-sale dealer support or service! In fact, you may pay a little more in terms of the price, buying through a dealership. However, you will have that legal protection of your rights and post-sales support.
In the End it is Your Decision!
Whilst we have discussed a number of points about buying motorhomes there are other issues. Enjoy selecting your motorhome and have fun with it! We go back to say just this, remember to do your homework before purchase. By all means listen and learn about the finer aspects of buying motorhomes. However, in the end it is your decision and choice so make the most of it!