buy from a dealer or private sale.

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  1. ann01

    ann01 Read Only Funster

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    Hi, my first post. I am looking to buy CI carioca 694 probably second hand. Handing over a large sum of money to a stranger seems a little bit spooky, what are the pit falls of buying from a private sale, and do you think a carioca would be a good buy for a complete novice.
     
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    Swings and round abouts really..

    You may get a good deal privatley... but there again a dealer will normally offer some warranty..

    And if he didn`t and I was handing over a lot of my hard earnt cash then I would go else where..

    Privatley unless there is the remainder of manufacturers warranty.... Take some one who does no the in`s & out`s of a motorhome... and give it a thorough going over and see every thing working...

    And do the usual checks HPI, see the original sales invoice to see if HP was taken out or a loan secured on the vehicle..

    And knock them down a few quid.. :Wink:

    Good luck.. :thumb:
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Preferable to knocking them on the head with a brick and running off with it.

    Many dealers seem to be crooks at heart, on the whole most people aren't. Anyone with a well cared for MH they've owned a while is likely to be totally decent folk.

    You've just got to be vigilant and sensible.

    Any motorhome is OK for a novice, it's not rocket science running one. You should see some of the people in here that manage it.
     
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    ann01 Read Only Funster

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    Lol Brian, thanks for that.
     
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    i bought mine privatly,no problem's :thumb:
     
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    I bought mine privately and am now selling it privately. it is a far better way to cut out the middle man and get better deals.
    It has its pitfalls, you need to know what your looking for in terms of damp etc. CI's are a good van and our first was a CI. but do check around locker doors for damp as they can be prone to it.
    I suggested on another thread that if you find one you like, why not find a service engineer vie the NCEA to do an inspection prior to buying and then an AA check as well?

    you would pprobably cover yourself more than if you bought from a dealer, some are just rank.
     
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    movan Funster Life Member

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    Hi Ann, I think Brian means ME...:Rofl1:

    I bought mine through a dealer as I really didn't/still don't have a clue about the technical aspects and no man to ask for advice..... I have to pay for everything I have done (unless a certain member is present at a meet)... so the security of a dealer was a bonus.

    Are you a woman alone? If so, look forward to meeting you... there are a few of us now who keep in touch.

    Joy
     
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    Like most problems, its worth breaking it down a bit. with motorhomes, it probably comes down to price,there is a big difference between paying £2000 for an MH on ebay, and £20000 for one advertised elsewhere.
    One of the minor problems, is the matter of paying......bankers drafts are unreckognisable to most people, so are out......with a bank transfer, it delays the time of payment and collection...too much trust is needed, then there is cash.....yeah right, 20 or 30 grand in your back pocket going to collect an MH, would be "slightly" risky.

    Although a good enough mechanical type, ive very little knowledge of MH's, and how to test for damp, look for rotten structure, test floors for strength etc etc....there is simply too much to do, so we went for a dealer.
    With a 12 month warranty (not insurance backed) on vehicle and hab area, I reckon a dealer would be mad to sell a pup.
    I acn see why people would want to sell private, and also buy private, but if you do, the benefits are offset by the increased risk i would have thought.

    Sites like this, are a boon to new buyers, if they join a forum and see someone posting for 6-12 months or so, then they will feel more comfortable buying from them, I also think that if we supported dealers more, we could get better deals,......and cut out some of the criminals who operate in the "private" sales market.
     
  9. Drew

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    If you are the sort of person that feels confident and know your subject then buying private is cheaper and no different that buying from a dealer. If you want peace of mind and don't really know your subject that well then it is a lot of money so I would choose a dealer BUT be careful not all dealers are the same. Check out the dealership and haggle on the price and what extras you can get. If you aren't absolutely happy with the deal walk away there are loads of MH's out there and the right one will come along at the right price and on the right terms.
    Happy hunting

    :thumb::thumb:
     
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    Dealers

    We have had 2 MH through the same dealer and in the prosess of our third, You get the peice of mind and the (3 year) warrenty some other dealers may differ.

    But one little added bonues is you always get a free coffee and biscuit off them if they at any of the shows, which saves you a small fortune "Have you seen the price of drinks at the shows" :Rofl1:
     
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    I also don't have a clue as to what goes on under the bonnet, but lucky for me I do have a man that can. lol.
    I do have time off from work in the winter and would like to be brave enough to venture out on my own in the motorhome, have you ever?
    I did go on a singles holiday last year to greece, it was really good fun. I would recommend it to anyone on their own.
    Does this site have meetings up north at any time.
     
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    Thanks, that sounds like very sensible advice.
     
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    I am thinking of going to the nec next week to have a look, might be worth it just for the tea and bicci's
     
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    Hi Ann we bought our from a private seller and saved loads just take your time and if there is anything that niggles at you then walk away. Also buy a damp meter you can get them from diy store or caravan store but the best damp meter is your nose if it smells at all then walk away.
    As for meets with fun up north there are some if not a proper rally then just some of us getting together for a night or two. My wife Lorraine has driven our mh no problem as she works at school she take it away with our daughter when im working.
     
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    Basically new vans at the NEC but your welcome to chat to Mark or Lawrence on the Pilote or AutoTrail stands and pick their brains.

    They will be wearing blue Johns Cross shirts:thumb:

    Peter
     
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