Motorhomes, just like cars depreciate the moment you drive them off of the lot. If you’re looking to save some money on the purchase of a motorhome or RV, why not consider one of the second hand motorhomes for sale? By buying a motorhome with only one previous owner, you put yourself in a position to get the best of both worlds. First, you’ll have saved yourself from the largest depreciation dip that happens just after you purchase a new vehicle. Second, the motorhome with only one previous owner will be in good condition, and if you’re lucky not too old. In this guide we’ll give you some tips for finding the best used motorhomes for sale and how to ensure that the motorhome you choose will fit your needs for the long-term.
Finding Used Motorhomes
There are a few places you can go to find quality used motorhomes for sale.
- Online Directories
Pros: Good selection, ability to compare lots of models quickly and from your own home, easy price comparison.
Cons: Pictures can be misleading, it can be risky to buy a vehicle online so you’ll still need to look at the vehicle in person to do an inspection, asking questions takes time over email.
- Local Dealers
Pros: Ability to ask questions, compare several similar models all in one place, take one or more test-drives, financing is usually available.
Cons: Can be more expensive, more likely to get a pushy salesman who wants to talk you into a newer model, fewer options to compare at one time.
- Private Parties
Pros: Lower prices (usually), best way to get 1:1 information about past maintenance and repairs
Cons: You’ll need to visit several individuals to test drive multiple motorhomes before making a decision, financing is not available and there is no recourse if you change your mind after a sale
If you’re interested in particular brands, say Jayco motorhomes, then going to a local dealer that specializes in them can be well worth the trip. They can tell you of any used Jayco motorhomes for sale on their lot and can also be a wealth of information about the brand in particular. Dealers sometimes are able to offer extended warranties on used motorhomes as well.
To find the best motorhome, be sure to think about what your average trip will be like and determine how long you plan on owning this particular motorhome. If you want to go on extended trips with lots of family and want to own the motorhome for at least 7 years, your purchase will likely be significantly different than if you want to go on weekend trips with 2 people and want to trade up in a year or two. Plan carefully and you’ll find yourself with a great second hand motorhome that you’ll be pleased with.