Buying a used RV presents an excellent opportunity for RVers to defray some of the many expenses associated with owning a rig such as gas, maintenance, insurance, lot fees, taxes and licenses. But how do you purchase a used RV that will help you save money without causing you to inherit someone else’s four-wheel headache? Here are some tips for acquiring a previously owned RV that is just right for you.
- Know what you want: Determine first what you are looking for in an RV. Ask yourself questions such as how frequently you will be driving. If you plan to drive often you may prefer a high-mileage, “Class A” type of vehicle.
- Do your homework: This is the next step after knowing what kind of RV you are looking for. Scour online and offline ads, publications, trade shows and local dealerships. You may even consider renting a RV before you decide to buy.
- Determine the fair market value: Once you’ve chosen a RV you like, you can easily determine its fair market value by using the National Automobile Dealers Associations (NADA) Guides for RVs. Simply visit the site, enter the make, model, year and other details for a used RV and get an estimate of its fair market value.
- Find out the RV’s history: For around $25 you can purchase a vehicle history report from several online sites including rvchecks.com and autocheck.com. You can do so by visiting these kinds of sites and entering the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and simply ordering the report. The data that will be provided will include accident history, whether the vehicle has been rebuilt or was stolen as well as recall notices.
- Inspect the RV: Make sure that the vehicle you are considering purchasing is safe to drive. Make a checklist for yourself and include items such as the condition of the vehicle’s tires, brakes, engine, steering wheel, etc.
- Check for structural problems: Look for water damage, holes or cracks in the walls or floor, leaks, etc. Also, check the condition of the propane tank and its hoses.
Finally, our RV awnings Inland Empire sees many happy RV owners each year eagerly heading out on the road in their rigs. Some of these RVers are in new rigs while others have purchased pre-owned RVs that have become their second home. This spring, whether you have a new or used RV, consider RV awning replacement in San Diego from our company.