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How to get a great deal on a used motorhome

Written by Fiona

March 02 2022

Anyone would want a good deal, especially when considering a huge investment such as a house or a car. If you’re planning on buying a motorhome soon, you need to be ready since it can also be a costly investment. 

You might be able to save on the price if you go for a used motorhome that’s still in good condition. Essentially, if you consider factors such as depreciation, financing, maintenance and other related costs, a motorhome that’s around three years old typically may cost approximately half the price of a new one. 

When checking out a reliable selection of used motorhomes, you might want to prioritise reputable providers such as Wilderness Motorhomes For Sale and others as a good starting point. 

Furthermore, here are a few valuable pointers to consider if you’re looking for a good deal on a used motorhome.

Research about used motorhomes 

Above anything else, you need to do your homework if you want to get a good deal on a used motorhome. You might be able to find information online, such as on websites or online forums where motorhome enthusiasts eagerly share advice and tips for purchasing used motorhomes. 

You can also look for a nationwide directory of local clubs, rallies, or shows for brands of motorhomes to learn more about the specific make and model you want. The price tends to vary from one area to another, so it’s best to set a search limit to a specific range. If you go beyond that, you’ll get a messy overview of the market in your area. 

Compare and contrast the prices

If you’re looking for a used motorhome, give yourself some time so you can find the best deal.

Make an effort to check out as many prices as possible from online and local dealers in your area before making a move. Avoid settling for the first dealership that fits your ideal budget or the first price tag.

Determine your specific requirements 

Most people who sell or trade-in their motorhomes are searching for an upgrade or a newer model. It’s one of the reasons there are so many used motorhomes for sale.

So, if you’re planning on buying a used motorhome, try to figure out the features you want. Remember that some used motorhomes usually have a better value than others, depending on the intended use and situation. As an example, an older, high-mileage Class A motorhome can be a burden for long-haul travellers but can be the ideal choice for those who go on drives infrequently. 

More so, a good tip to keep in mind is if this is your first motorhome, rent one for a week first to see if it fits your lifestyle and needs. That way, you can assess what to look for when checking out motorhome models.

Test drive the vehicle 

Before inspecting or test-driving a used motorhome, inquire about the vehicle’s overall condition, history, warranties, titles, repair and maintenance records, and the reason it’s being sold, among other things.

When you go for a test drive, make sure the seller or dealer has all of the vehicle’s mechanical systems turned on and charged before you arrive. Request a test drive while the seller is present to answer any questions you may have. It is also a good idea to allow the seller to drive so you can experience how it feels to be a passenger.

Test-drive the vehicle on various roads, particularly at high speeds on an open highway, and look for an empty parking lot to see how it handles tight situations. Watch out for any noises or other issues you might not be aware of while behind the wheel.

Learn about the most common problems

A motorhome parked and unused for an extended period may necessitate costly service. In most cases, you may need to replace components such as your battery, fuel pump, belt, brakes and tyres.

Leakage in the roof and other seams, which can be costly, is another issue you need to prepare for. If you have the time, inspect and drive a motorhome while it’s raining to check for leaks and get a sense of how the vehicle handles extreme weather.

Also, when inspecting a used motorhome that has spent time in cold climates and hasn’t been properly winterised, look for possible burst pipes and other leaks in its plumbing system. 

Take a step back if you need to

Don’t hesitate to walk away if you find it challenging to negotiate the best price for a used motorhome. If the seller or dealer cannot adjust the price to your available budget range or you find issues with the vehicle, you’re free to leave at any point in the process. R

emember that walking away can be a powerful negotiating tool in some cases until you can find the ideal motorhome for your upcoming camping adventure.  

Final thoughts 

Once you’re ready to invest in a used motorhome soon, it’s crucial to be familiar with ways to help you get a great deal. You’ll find the right used motorhome that best meets your specific requirements at an affordable price range by keeping these helpful tips in mind throughout the selection process.

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