Buying an ex rental MH?

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  1. brassneck69

    brassneck69 Deleted User

    How would you guys feel about buying an ex rental MH?

    The one weve spotted has got 36k miles on it, on an 08 plate. Its a Swift Suntor 630L, and it ticks our boxes.

    My thinking is although i know its been used by different people, the chances are they were more mature, not boy racer, types so would of had a bit more care.
    Plus if i was buying it from a person id still consider it with the miles on it for the price.

    Any thoughts?
     
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  2. Ant&Debs

    Ant&Debs Read Only Funster

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  3. Snowbird

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    Hi,36000 miles on a comercial chassis is not even run in yet.All ex rental vehicles are maintained correctly,so no problems there. I would personaly prefer to buy a MH with some miles on it than one thats stood around and done nothing. There is nothing worse than the lazy motorhome syndrome.MH hirers take huge deposits,so anyone renting would be stupid to trash a rental MH.Anyway you can see any damage to the habitation area.Dont worry,if the price is right and you are happy with your find,go ahead.
     
  4. Terry

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    Hi I would be happy to buy one provided the price and condition was right.After all the niggly bits and bobs that are not right on new M/Hs will have fell off and been fixed :Rofl1::thumb:
    The engine may have had a little hammer but no more than white van man gives them :Rofl1: go for it :thumb::thumb:
    terry
     
  5. Tiderus

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    Hi,
    I bought a new 6 berth Apollo m/h in about 02 which was mostly finished from an auction at Warington (13k). I had to buy a few bits for it from the makers. As it was a long way there, the then manager met me half way , as he was comming my way on holiday. They built them for sale and the hire market, which was a major part of their buisness. He said they nearly went bust (have now) with the constant damage done by hirer's. But found a firm on the net which insured them for £65 a week. After which buisness picked up and they had also the repair work. I think its a good idea on the whole, but let your eye be your judge and your pocket be your guide. Probable an RAC inspection would be well worth while, and any faults would give you a lever for reducing the price. Also you'll have a very good idea of what its like.
    Rgd's G.
     
  6. DESCO

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    Personally would not be put off with buying an ex rental, but would make sure of the condition, same as any van. I know from seeing rental vans on site some get awful treatment, but so do some owned vans.
    I think it's the same as always when buying, check, check and check again, before parting with your hard earned cash.
    .............................If in doubt walk away, best rule.



    Dave:thumb::thumb:
     
  7. hilldweller

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    It's a juddergate vehicle driven by many possibly clueless people, take great care.
     
  8. old-mo

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    If you had seen this MH advertised privately and did not know it was ex rental,,, would you have still thought about buying it if all the right boxes were ticked and the price was right. :RollEyes:

    If the answer is yes get some one to come along with you and give it the once over, (4 eyes are better than 2).

    And go for it. :thumb:
     
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    I would echo that sentiment.. clutch could be on it's last legs .. or it may even have been replaced already.. pose the question to the dealer then see if he will give a mechanical warranty on major parts.. if not, personally wouldn't buy..

    jim
     
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    The milage is nowt but the way it has been driven would be less than careful on a hire vehicle. Gerbox, clutch problems are just around the corner. It is a juddergate vehicle probably has the scuttle problems as well. I wouldn't touch it with a bargepole unless the price allowed for new clutch/gearbox.
     
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    I would be very carful about buying ex rental bought my wife december last year a vauxhall corsa 4months old from main dealer within a week the gear stick fell off the car and the front nearside wing and bumper also came loose after vauxhall clearly state that all thier cars are checked with no hidden history I done check on car and found out out that it had been used as a school of motoring car with bsm within the first three weeks the car was in a front end major accident with three further accidents within the spase of four months I was lucky I refused to have the car back we had a brand new car at no extra cost to us
     
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    In March this year we bought an Autoquest 100 - 2007 with 32,500 miles on the clock - ex rental/hire vehicle and myself being a previous lorry driver/white van man had no worry whatsoever about purchasing such a vehicle at the right price and still with manufacturers warranty on the van side of things - I've been into peugeot and had the scuttle done, and engine cover fitted free of charge - all updates done and I can honestly say go and buy it you won't be disappointed its now done 34,600 miles and it hasn't missed a beat - and to make you laugh value my motorhome have offered me more than I paid for it so I am well chuffed, ok so it may have been driven by all and sundry, but they are not the type of vehicle to be driven like a looney - more of a chill out and view the scenery!! - I don't hang around in my car, but in the motorhome I just cruise, so go for it, at the end of the day its a van with a house on the back and vans are used to being thrashed!! :thumb:
     
  13. evans88

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    If it was anything other than a Fiat I wouild not hesitate to buy it if it is what you want and the price was right.

    But gearbox and clutch failure arising from "juddedrgate" are now legendary so, even if the components have been replaced, expensive repair bills may well lie ahead.

    There are some reports of component failure at very very low mileages (one as low as 1500 yes fifteen hundred miles) so if you are happy to take the risk then the best of luck.

    If you are not that familiar with the judder issue there are other forums to this where the issue has been discussed in glorious detail. My last count numbered over 5000 posts on here and elsewhere.
     
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    It's all down to money in the end, if its a decent price and it ticks your boxes then buy it.

    In fact because its ex rental thats the best reason to look for a big knock down on the price, use this as a negotional tool

    Do all the usual HPi checks though.
     
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