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Questions to Ask when Buying a Used Motor Home

Posted in Used Motor Home on April 30th, 2007

When searching for your motor home, you need to be sure you keep your budget in mind. While doing this, also consider the age of the motor home and compare that with the selling price. If you are not sure if the price you are to pay is reasonable, it would be best to shop around from other providers of used motor homes to get a clear idea whether or not similar motor homes are selling at comparable rates.

It is also very important that you bring with you an expert auto mechanic in order to check if the engine of used motor home is still in good condition also to check the overall condition of the vehicle. What looks great on the outside could turn out to be a bad investment.

Ever consider buying in the internet?

As the age of technology makes internet purchasing easier and more appealing, consumers may dabble with the idea of buying via the internet. There are actually three types of sellers on the internet. Dealers who use the internet as their marketing channel, private motor home owners and eBay dealers. However, in buying online, customers need to be very careful during the bidding, you see unused vehicle sold online are being bid on by interested buyers but there are times when the online seller creates faux bidding in order to gain a great lumps of money.

I am not implying that all internet sales are shady. In fact, there are still trustworthy online providers that are very honest in their dealings. There are actually benefits derived from shopping online since you gain access a much wider selection of unused motor homes dealers plus while having the chance to engage in multiple price canvassing. This gives you the opportunity to search for unused motor homes that meet your qualifications and fall within the constraints of your budget. It is crucial to make sure that your expectations regarding the condition, features and options should all be put in writing as part of the agreement to purchase. You should also make sure to add, as part of your purchase agreement, that you reserve the right to have the vehicle inspected by an independent third party and your deposit should be refundable if the vehicle does not pass the inspection or if there are inconsistencies between the written expectations and the vehicle.

How much should I pay?

Price is often the most important issue on your mind when making this kind of purchase. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer of what you should pay toward your motor home purchase. There are factors that affect the prices of the unused motor homes like its age, condition, features, and availability. You can conduct searches on various traders and dealers to get a good approximation of what the asking price should be. You may also try to visit the NADA site and familiarize yourself with the average prices for used vehicles. The lowest retail price shown is equivalent to the discounted or the would-be market value of the vehicle. The wholesale and trade in value is measurably lower, and if ever there are any required expenditures that would be needed to restore the vehicle into its pristine condition then that should be deducted from the low retail price as listed in NADA. In using the NADA site, be sure to add some appropriate optional extras. The only problem is knowing in advance what optional extras and what was included as standard when the unit new. Be conservative when adding the options onto the base price.

What are the important parts to check when buying unused motor homes?

In buying a used motor home or any vehicle, it is important to conduct a thorough inspection of the vehicle. If you are not an expert in vehicles, then consult an expert. You also need to have a notepad or a checklist where to record your observations during the inspection process. This will make your inspection thorough, systematic, and at the same time you will be able to keep track of your findings.

There are multiple areas which you need to inspect like the chassis and the running gear which includes the tires, suspension components, the house or body of the motor home, air-condition unit, refrigerator, heating system, hot water heater leveling system and similar components. Other parts to inspect include the generator, batteries and inverter/converter if applicable. You also need to check the vital components such as brakes and tires and the life span components such as shocks, suspension components, hoses, belts and seals. For this reason, it really is in your best interests to consult a professional for inspection.