Top 10 RV Buying Tips
10. Establish a budget prior to starting your
search so you'll have a clear price range in mind. Be realistic.
Don't forget to factor in fuel and insurance costs. New Class A motor
homes can range between $75,000 to over a
million dollars, so it's important to know your personal financial
9. Identify your family's personal space and
activity needs and find an RV type that can accommodate these.
Virtually all RVs have multiple floor plans available which help
customize the RV to sleep as little as 2 to as
many as 8. Consider if you would like to tow your RV with a truck or
other vehicle, or if you would like a
motorized RV such as a motor home. Many RVers who drive motor homes
bring a smaller vehicle in tow.
8. Look online to find RVs for sale from
dealerships and private parties near you. A lower price could be worth
the drive. When you search at an online classifieds site, broaden your
zip code search to include an area farther
out than you think you might drive. A lot of RV dealerships offer
special packages which fly you out to buy the RV
and then you can drive it home.
7. Research NADA values to make sure you are being
offered a fare price. Nada Guides is the most commonly
suggested RV pricing guide, but pricing varies widely depending on the
extra features the RV has included.
6. Inspect all the nooks and crannies of a
potential RV to ensure its quality and cleanliness. The little things
could become real headaches later. Most new RVs are covered by factory
warranty the first year. But watch out for
details in your warranty such as the requirement that you return the RV
to the manufacturing plant for fixes.
5. Use a reputable escrow firm to exchange goods
between you and the seller to avoid scams. RV Search recommends
Escrow.com to help prevent fraud and insure a smooth transaction.
4. Consider renting an RV similar to the type you
would like to buy and take it on a short trip. Then you can
truly see how it meets your family's needs. Cruise America, Freedom
Roads, and El Monte RV Rentals are three great
places to start your rental search.
3. Find out if the vehicle comes with a warranty
and if so, what it covers and for how long. This can be a real
money-saver on unexpected repairs. If not, consider purchasing an
extended warranty such as Continued Service Plan
by The Good Sam Club.
2. If more than one dealer in your area has the RV
you want, get price quotes from all of them. The more they
compete for your business, the lower the final price you pay. Just like
buying a car, don't be afraid to haggle the
1. Find a trusted, qualified RV mechanic to check
the vehicle over before you buy it. You don't want to find out
after the fact that it needs major repairs.
Shop for a new RV at http://www.rvSearch.com,
where you'll find over 30,000 RVs for sale. Article courtesy of RV
Search. Written by Christina Bullock.
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