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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

"Very pleased with our purchase from Kent Motor Homes. Friendly and helpful service from Paul and the team. Van was in top pristine condition on day of collection and all went smoothly. Would recommend." Ange and Carol - Morden, Surrey
"My wife and I decided to sell our Swift KonTiki Motorhome and I spoke with John. He was very pleasant and easy to deal with and we decided to drive to Kent to show our van to them. Upon meeting John, his wife and son together with their delightful dog "Ollie" we agreed, in a very relaxed and unhurried or pressured way upon a figure to complete the transaction. Immediate payment into my bank, what could be easier. Very nice people to deal with - highly recommended." Tony West - Billericay, Essex
"Habitation check carried out today at KMC, Tom was so helpful and took time to explain and help me with all the questions I had. A very comprehensive service and check carried out. Went away with peace of mind and trust in the buisiness. All my dealings with them have been helpful and the staff bend over backwards to help you. Customer service at its very best, thank you KMC, cannot recommend you highly enough." Christine Dukes - Chatham
"Thank you for giving us a very positive experience and helpful advice and service when we had an emergency with our motor van (a fractured pipe in a locker). Both John and Tom went out of their way to help us. As a result we are now changing our service provider to KMC. Thank You" Mrs Ann & Mr Alan West - Chatham, Kent
"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
"Hi Hazel, just a short note to thank you for all your kind help and understanding on Saturday while we were choosing our new Motorhome. We hope that we weren’t too much of a pain and couldn’t believe that we had taken up over 3 hours of your time. We are extremely happy with the Fiat Autotrail Tracker that we settled on and can’t wait until the 19th to pick it up. Thanks again Hazel we couldn’t have done it without your help. See you on the 19th" Margaret and Brian Avery - Sutton, Surrey
"I would recommend anyone thinking of buying or selling a motorhome to come and see what this company has to offer. I have received first class service throughout my dealings with them. I can also recommend their motorhome servicing which I have used and found to be thorough and efficient. It is so nice to find a friendly local company who you can rely on" Mr David Tidey - Chatham, Kent
"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