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Essential Motorhome Buying Advice

The beginning of the motorhome season is the ideal time to go shopping for your new motorhome; during this period dealers get trade-ins for the new motorhomes they’ve been selling on and superb deals on both new and used models become abundant.

Ensuring you purchase the best motorhome for your needs is imperative however to avoid expensive and time-consuming mistakes.

So, without further ado, here are KMC’s top tips on how to find your perfect motorhome:

Write a wish list

Coming up with a list of what you need is the crucial first step. Your ‘must have’ list will feature things like the number of travel seats, bed lengths, a toilet, overall motorhome length and weight, payload, kitchen facilities, etc.

The ‘nice to have’ list will be things like TV, reversing camera, awning, etc. Keep these lists with you and refer to it and make sure any motorhome you’re interested in ticks off all the essentials.

Ask the experts

The choice of motorhomes on sale can be confusing, so ask an expert. Talk to dealers, friends and read up on advice from reputable publications online. Ask as many questions as possible.

Used or new?

Purchasing used could mean that somebody else may have taken the priority of making key changes and adding useful additional racks and storage zones. You may also get a dealer warranty of between six and 12 months as a bonus. Purchasing new means you get a full manufacturer and base vehicle warranty, but this comes at a much more costly price and there may be restricted stock of specific new models at hand.

Stay local

You may find the perfect motorhome, only to realise that it's being sold by a dealer a million miles away from your location. If that's the case, consider the cost and inconvenience of getting to and from the dealer for servicing and warranty jobs. If it’s an issue, ask the dealer if they're willing to work with an approved workshop nearer to you.

Ask about every detail

Most dealers will ask for a deposit, which is not normally refundable. The amount will vary depending on the motorhome and the dealer. NCC-approved dealers must adhere to a code of practice, so be sure to check if it is a reputable dealer beforehand. Most used vehicles come with six months to a year’s warranty, and the terms can be restrictive - if you're unsure, ask! Will a service be needed to accomplish the terms of the warranty? Where will the service have to take place? Ensure you don't miss a trick by asking at every opportunity!

Get a good deal

As is the case with anything you buy, ensure you haggle for a discount, with better trade-in value or accessory packs thrown in where possible. Don't be unrealistic about how far you can go, but don't sell yourself short in the process. Make sure you’re buying the motorhome you want rather than being persuaded by what simply appears to be good business.

 

Our Latest Testimonials

"Thank you very much to all at Kent Motorhome Centre, we are absolutely delighted with our new motorhome" Mr and Mrs G Thompson - Herne Bay, Kent
"From my first phone call to the team at the Kent Motorhome Centre, I knew that I had made the right choice. They had the exact motorhome that I was looking for and couldn't do enough to help. Every step of the preparation and the after sales service was dealt with in the most professional manner possible. I would thoroughly recommend this company especially with regard to the amount of money you are likely to be spending. Trust and confidence are the key issues that you will experience. We have covered many thousands of miles in our Autotrail Arapaho with no problems at all thanks to the Kent Motorhome Centre" Ian Collins - Sittingbourne, Kent
"Kent Motorhome Centre were the first company we went to for our Motorhome and didn't need to look elsewhere. They were very friendly, informative and with no pressure to buy. Nothing is to much trouble for the staff who will always put themselves out to accommodate you. We've had our motorhome for 2 years which has been serviced and maintained by them to our great satisfaction. If you are looking for a Motorhome look no further, you will never regret it." Ian and Dawn Anderson - Sittingbourne, Kent
"Dear John and staff, Thank you all for the excellent service I received last Thursday. It was a pleasure to meet you all as I found you all so friendly and helpful. The wife and I are so pleased with the Tracker and we had a good journey home.......I would recommend you to anyone that asks me where they purchase a motorhome from." Mr W Billington - Luton, Bedfordshire
"I have never felt the need to write a review before but feel that my recent dealings with the Kent Motorhome Centre definitely warrant my time and effort. I recently found myself having to sell my Autotrail Cheyenne motorhome due to ill health and investigated the internet to find the best way of finding a buyer. Unfortunately I was taken in by the promised benefits of a brokerage scheme from a company who told me that they would have no trouble selling my motorhome for me in less than six weeks and promised to pay me, £25000 when they had sold it. I took them at their word, but found that six months later (after they had convinced me to drop the price considerably, three times) that they had still not managed to find a buyer. With my faith in motorhome dealers severely dented I made contact with KMC to see if they would be interested in buying my motorhome outright. After a chat with John on the phone, I had an offer in principle subject to them viewing my motorhome. Two days later I took my motorhome to KMC, the deal was done and John paid the money directly in to my bank account. I had the payment for my motorhome in my bank before I had even left the sales office. Kent Motorhome Centre made the whole (personally very painful) process of having to part with my beloved Autotrail extremely easy and I just wish that I had contacted them in the first instance. Hindsight is a wonderful thing and I have learnt a very important lesson. " Mrs K Saunders - Dartford, Kent
"Purchased our motorhome from KMC in November. The team there were fantastic. They really helped us choosing the right motorhome for us. With so many motorhomes there we got very overwhelmed at the choice however they were really helpful in helping us narrow down our search. They really took a personal interest in us and provided us with options that we hadn't really thought of. Excellent customer service." George Bailey - Saffron Walden, Essex
"Having searched many motor home companies and checked out several private sellers we found Kent Motorhomes had a VW T5 that matched our requirements. We travelled the hundred or so miles and were made very welcome, The vehicle was unlocked and we were left alone to view it, no hassle no hard sell. Sitting down with John it was clear he was very knowledgable in his field and after some negotiation a deal was done. Collecting the camper a few weeks later we found everything in excellent order, the vehicle prepared and all tested to a very high standard. Should you as a potential customer be looking to purchase from Kent Motorhomes Ltd, you will we are sure be delighted at the quality service from this company." Andrew & Lynne Orchard - Romsey, Hampshire
"Thank you John and your team for your care and attention whilst purchasing our van. The water hose you sent on to us was much appreciated! The wine tasted good too!" Jan and Colin Lawler - Mersea Island, Essex