Purchasing a campervan can be a daunting task, so Caravansforsale has put together this guide to make sure you don't miss a thing in the process of buying your new explorer.
We know how important it is to get everything right, especially when you are spending a large amount of money on something, so we are here to help you out.
Make, Model and Layout
Think about the size of campervan that you require, how many of you will be using it and what you will be using it for. This will all contribute to the size and spec that you will need to look for.
How far will you be travelling in your campervan? If you are going to be spending a lot of time in your camper you may want to look for one with things like a kitchenette so you don’t have to worry too much about finding somewhere to stop with facilities.
Take some time in researching different makes. Look at any recurring problems surrounding particular models that you are interested in. Some designs or makes may encounter different issues along the way that have been recognised by current owners.
All campervans look different and offer different features so it’s worth having a good look around before setting your heart on one type.
Are you insured on your license to drive a camper van? These are all things to think about prior to purchasing anything.
Your budget is a major factor in the process of buying a campervan. Think about the amount you can afford to spend on a campervan. You need to remember that, similar to a car, a campervan’s value will depreciate over time so do not purchase one with a view to making a profit. When deciding on your budget you need to take into consideration that the campervan will need services and may require some repairs later down the line.
It’s also a good idea to factor in running cost to your budget, like fuel for example, so that you don’t have a nasty shock when you have spent all of your budget on the actual cost of the camper itself.
Check how much insurance costs on each campervan that you are considering as an option, it's always good to get an idea of these things beforehand.
If buying a campervan outright isn’t something that you are able to do, look around at available payment plans that would be affordable for you but remember never agree to a payment plan that you are unsure you will be able to fulfil.
New or Used
Buyign a used campervan will initially be cheaper than buying a new one but you need to remember that the amount you have saved may need to be spent on repairs later down the line. You may find a campervan in exceptionally good condition and not experience the need for repairs, so you need to weigh up the pros and cons of buying a used one.
If you do opt to buy a used campervan, take into account how old the campervan is. The older it is the more likely you are to experience problems later down the line.
Buying a new campervan will be more expensive in the beginning but they are a lot less likely to have any problems. You will also receive some kind of warranty with your new campervan and you will know there are no hidden damages to your new purchase.
There are pros and cons to buying both a used or a new caravan, so it’s usually an idea to write down everything you can think of to help you decide.
If you decide to buy a used campervan you will then need to decide whether you are going to buy from a private seller or a dealership.
Dealerships will often have some tempting deals on their used campervan selection and you will have the added bonus of being able to trust that the campervan’s condition is as described. You may also find that buying from a dealership may come with the benefit of having a warranty on your camper but always remember to check how long this lasts for.
If you choose to buy a new campervan you will also be able to buy this from a dealership, where you are able to choose the spec that you would like and any added extras you may be interested in.
Secondly, there is the option of buying from a private seller if you are opting for a used camper. You will need to be extremely careful when buying from a private seller and your checks on the campervan must be thorough to make sure there are no hidden damages that they haven’t included in the ad. You will also need to check for any documents on the campervan and make sure you feel happy and comfortable that the seller is genuine.
Again there are many pros and cons to both buying options, so write down everything you can think of to help you decide.
Never buy a campervan without viewing it first. Make sure you are happy with everything before signing any papers, especially if you are buying a used camper. Check that everything is in working order and that if you are buying a private seller that you have been made aware of any problems or issues that the campervan may have.
When viewing a campervan from a private seller you need to ask to see all the documents and any service history papers. From these documents, you will be able to check that the seller is the legal owner.
After you have seen all the appropriate papers and you are happy with them, have a look around the campervan and carefully inspect it for any issues that may cost you extra to fix. One thing that could be an issue is damp. You’ll need to look out for visual signs, such as watermarks, stains or bumps on the panels.
It’s a good idea to take a look under the bonnet, if you don't feel comfortable doing so then you can always ask an expert to take a look for you.
Once you have checked everything from top to bottom you can talk about the price with the owner. If you are unhappy with anything that is damaged or isn’t working properly you can negotiate the price with the owner.
Completing The Purchase
Now for the exciting part. Once you are happy with everything and have decided on your ideal caravan you will need to read through the purchase agreement carefully. The purchase agreement will outline any rights and responsibilities for both the buyer and seller, it will also answer any questions you may have on the agreement.
Make sure the current owner hands over all the documents for ownership and if you have a finance plan in place, check it over to make sure everything is as you agreed.
Be sure you don’t enter into any finance plans that you may not be able to afford in the future and look at any terms and conditions of any loan agreements.