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.
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.