There is really a lot to learn when you’re buying used RVs for sale by owner. Whether you’re buying them from a dealership or an owner, these few fundamentals are very important to know.
First of all, you want to know what is the approximate value of your RV. How does the approximate value relate to their asking price? Every once in a while, you find an RV priced well below blue book. When you do, you have to ask yourself why? Is it because this RV has a refurbished title, or because there are mechanical defects for it? These are the first two issues that I would check out, and if it has a lower price and does have existing negative issues, then I would suggest that you buy it because it will be pretty cheap for you to buy.
You will also want to go over the place. If there is anything wrong with the RV, you want to know about it before you make an offer to buy. Sometimes, you will find problems that you didn’t even know existed. If you still want to buy, see if you can get a discount on the price for these existing problems. Often the sellers will give you a price break when you find things that need fixing or repair. If you decide that the RV has a lot of problems you don’t want to fix, then don’t buy the RV, move to the next one. By doing this, you’re going to spend less money in repairs. This is important, because if your RV is a diesel, a diesel mechanic charges almost twice as much as a regular mechanic anyway. It doesn’t take very long for repairs on diesel RVs to become very expensive.
The last important point is to try to buy RVs from owners and not from dealers. Often, buying RVs for sale by owner will save you 15 or 20%. Buying from an owner is probably not any riskier than trying to buy from a RV dealership. Make sure that you are getting a good deal, and that you’re not just being sold on the idea of owning an RV. Every seller is different, their reasons for selling are different also. Make sure that you can negotiate for a good price. Even if you have to spend 20 or 40 extra hours searching or RVs or Motorhome for sale by owner that are decently priced, it is worth it if you can save for $5,000.