If you have made the decision to purchase a motorhome, then you are no doubt entering a very exciting stage in your road tripper journey. Now you can say goodbye to temporary rentals and all of the hassles and inconveniences that come with them. You will now have your very own campervan that you can use whenever you see fit. If you wish to take a spontaneous road trip for the weekend then you can do so any time you choose. Having your own vehicle will free you up to truly take on the life of a road tripper, free to hit the road at a moment’s notice. Before you head to the caravan sales location, you need to keep a couple of things in mind.
There are many places from where you can purchase a motorhome, each with its own set of pros and cons. Make sure to look into each of them before you make the decision on which to go with.
The Licensed Dealership
There are many pros when it comes to licensed dealers. For one, any vehicle you purchase at one of these dealers is guaranteed quality. You will receive full papers on the vehicle including a history of repairs and damages. With an honest dealer, you can rest assured you are driving off the lot with exactly the vehicle advertised. Another advantage is that the larger dealers have a wide range of brands to choose from. You can spend hours at the dealership zeroing in on the perfect model. Lastly, with a dealership you have the advantage of requesting options for most models and continued servicing for a period of time after the purchase.
As for the cons, the main complaint when it comes to dealerships is that the prices are generally more or less set. Sure, you can often gain a little wiggle room in the process, but you aren’t going to get a massive discount at large caravan sales dealer.
The Individual Seller
All it takes is a quick scan of Craigslist or any RV forum to know that there are a lot of people out there selling their RVs. This leads to a number of major pros for buyers. For starters, with individual sellers you can often find rare models that won’t be on display at the dealerships. If you’re the kind of person that wants a cool retro RV then it will definitely be best to search the individual sellers. Another advantage is that with these sellers you can often get great deals. Some are in a rush to sell and end up letting their caravan go for much less than the original asking price. Never be afraid to bargain and haggle with an individual seller. Chances are you can drive away with a great deal under your belt.
When dealing with individual sellers, one thing you will want to be careful of is honesty. It is possible that you may come across some unscrupulous sellers looking to make a profit off a model that isn’t quite up to par. This is the major con when it comes to individual sellers. Unlike at the dealership, these models are not guaranteed and do not come with the same thorough inspection and vehicle history as required on the lots. Another thing to keep in mind is that what you see is generally what you get. There are no options or add-ons, and certainly no regular maintenance from an individual seller.
If you go onto any RV forum, chances are there will be a specific sub thread dealing with sales. On this thread there will be multiple individuals selling everything from equipment to full RVs. Oftentimes travelers trust these forums for purchases far more than places such as Craigslist. It is true that the traveling community is generally a friendly and trustworthy place where people look out for each other. With an RV forum, you have the same pros and cons as with other individual sellers, but with with much more trust when it comes to making an honest deal. You can find out on the forum who is in your area, what type of rig they have for sale, and consult with other forum members on the model and whether or not you should make the purchase.
There is no more exciting time in the road tripper’s journey than the purchase of your first RV. Caravan sales are booming all over the world as the hobby takes on large scale popularity. As long as you enter into your search knowing the model you would like, the specific needs you have for your caravan, and your budget then you should be fine. Just make sure to investigate all the potential sales sources and choose which one will work best for you.