Any recommendations for websites etc. to sell a Campervan?

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  1. juwlz

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    Hi folks

    We need to sell our Campervan, having upgraded.

    I've set up a website detailing the 'van*, associated with a temporary email address that we can delete once we don't need it any more. I also have a nice short, friendly tinyurl address that we can reference in any small classified-style advert to give people more details on the 'van.

    Apart from things like Auto Trader, does anybody have any recommendations of good, effective sites / publications for selling a 'van? (We're in Berkshire, so suggestions of local papers in Scotland probably won't be very effective!)

    Thanks
    Julie and Andy

    * I hope the link doesn't violate any forum rules. If it does, it can be removed! ;-)
     
  2. Loujess

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    It might not suit you but we bought our first van on Ebay. Risky, I know, but we got a good deal and it suited us. If you advertised your van there, you could set a starting price so that it doesn't go for less than you would be willing to accept. There is also pre-loved.

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    Try www.preloved.co.uk. The site is down at the moment but should be back soon. It costs nothing to advertise. I sold my daughter's caravan on this site a couple of years ago.

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    It seems to be up again, I can get it anyway.:thumb:
     
  5. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

    Johns_Cross_Motorhomes Trader - Motorhome & Accessory Sales

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    Nice website:thumb: well done. Try as the others have said.

    Small world I live in Finchampstead:Smile:

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    When we bought our MH it was off Ebay off a lovely couple in Doncaster we had a caravan to sell, which incidently we bought off Ebay from a lovely couple in Cambridge.

    We put our caravan up for sale on Ebay and quickly sold it to a lovely couple from Sunderland.

    Were we lucky, I do not think so most people are suprisingly straight and honest it is a small percentage of the population that try and ruin a good thing for everyone.

    Just excercise a little care And Ebay opens up a huge market place and incidently it cost us just £14.00 to sell a £5500.00 caravan

    Good Luck Alan and Lynda
     
  8. juwlz

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    Sold it!

    Rather after the event, but better late than never ...

    Just thought I'd let you know the outcome of our selling endeavours. We decided to advertise on Autotrader's website and in the magazine (for a fee), and on Preloved.com (free, but not allowing a web address - although you can pay to add that facility) just before Easter.

    Having set up a temporary (gmail) email address for the purpose, we were able to set up an automatic reply to any incoming email, thanking people for their enquiry and linking them to the website we'd set up, so that they could get more information straight away, even if we didn't see the email straight away to reply personally. This worked well for preloved, but not for Autotrader, as the reply goes to Autotrader rather than to the person enquiring.

    We had more enquiries more quickly via Preloved than we did via Autotrader's website. We didn't get any enquiries at all via the magazine.

    In the end we sold it for a good price within a week of advertising it to the first person to enquire via Preloved.

    The 'van is now in its new home ... in Spain!!

    Thanks for all the suggestions - especially the one to try preloved.com, of course!

    Julie and Andy
     
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    That's fantastic. We will be selling our old one soon so thanks for the tip about preloved.
    Lucille
     
  10. juwlz

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    The website is key

    Lucille

    I don't think it would have worked anything like as well if we hadn't created the website first.

    It's very easy to create a temporary googlemail address (so that you can get rid if the spammers get hold of it, and also keep your personal details to yourself). Don't forget that once something's online, it's online for good! Even after you think you've deleted it, it will still be in search engines' caches, etc. Don't put your address on the website or even in your autoreply!

    Google Sites is really easy to use to set up the website, and googlemail can easily autoreply to your enquiries, and autoforward to your normal email address so you don't have to check the special one separately. (If you want to reply personally to any enquiry, I'd advise replying directly from the googlemail email account though, again, to maintain your personal privacy. The autoforwarding is just to save you having to check another account.)

    Julie
     
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    I bought mine last year off ebay and consider I got a good deal out of season. When I was looking around at campervans on offer for sale, I always checked on http://www.gumtree.com in my local region, and in the London region. Free to advertise.
     
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    Well done Juwlz!:Smile: It is refreshing to see someone who has taken the trouble to learn how to use the internet intelligently. So many people just bumble around without taking the time or trouble to learn how to use the vast array of facilities that are available.

    Google has provided a huge number of facilities that can easily be learned and used. I happen to use Google Chrome as my default browser, considering the browser to be far better than MS Internet Explorer. Many professionals share that view. I do, though, have most of the other major browsers installed so that I can test web site pages that I write, to ensure that they are compatible with all of them.

    For those who don't know what the free facilities are, simply go to www.google.co.uk and look for the line at the top of the page that says: Web Images Videos Maps News Shopping Mail more

    Then click on More. This will open a page that shows all the stuff that Google offers. It is free and fun to use. Gmail is one of them, of course. Once you have opened an iGoogle account (free) you can then access all the other programmes. Anyone with average intelligence and reading ability should be able to master everything offered.

    It is nice, too, to get feed-back from successful sales. For what it's worth, I bought my last two old Hymers from eBay. I do look at Autotrader as well. I shall add preloved to my list now. I have checked it in the past.

    David

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