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Buying Advice - Caravans & Motorhomes: Where to Buy


Buying from a dealer means you are given legal protection. Dealers are legally obliged to sell motorhomes of 'satisfactory quality', which basically means that apart from usual wear and tear, a used motorhome must be free from defects - except ones pointed out to you and those which should have been uncovered by an inspection (but only if one has been done) - and it must be in a roadworthy condition. The dealer must have legal title to the motorhome they are selling. And finally the dealer must describe the motorhome accurately, e.g. a motorhome cannot be advertised as having had one careful owner if it has actually had three.

When buying privately, as long as the motorhome is accurately described, you have no legal comeback if there are faults with the motorhome.

Dealers will give your motorhome a pre-delivery inspection before you collect it. You'll also be offered at least a few months' warranty on used models, which is something you're unlikely to get from a private vendor.

If you are you are unhappy with the motorhome you have purchased, return it to the dealer and, if he refuses to take action, you can contact one of the following organisations for advice:

Buying privately

This is usually the cheapest option, but it really is 'buyer beware' with a private sale.

The seller's only legal obligation is to describe the motorhome accurately.

You need to watch out for unscrupulous sellers who may try to pretend to be a private seller to off-load sub-standard or stolen motorhomes.

But don't let this put you off. If you're sensible, and do all the right checks, a fantastic deal could be waiting for you.

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