Nearest And Best Dealer To London

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  1. mwark

    mwark Read Only Funster

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    Hi again,

    I'd like to go and have a look at a large selection of motorhomes. Can anyone recommend a dealer with a large selection near London?

    Initially I was convinced I wanted just a converted high top, lwb, van but slowly I'm coming round to the idea of a purpose built vehicle such as Hymer or Hobby (just for e.g.). As long as they are under 3500kg (license restriction).

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    Judge Mental Funster Deceased RIP

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    I live in sarth london and while there used to be a few, none now that I know of and i could never recommend any of them anyway!lol

    Guess wheres the best place to buy a german van..... Germany! if you want to see a good range in one spot just go to a big show.....
     
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    Actually, I will try to go along to this on Saturday:
    http://motorhomeandcaravanshows.co.uk/summer/day-tickets.php

    But I am very much considering flying out to Germany and buying a used vehicle there and importing. Seems to be a lot cheaper than buying in the UK.

    I have about 7 weeks before we leave so I'd need to get this process started soon.
     
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    The Southern Motorhome Centre usually has a good range of stock. They are based at Taplow near to Maidenhead, so not too far out of London. I have bought two motorhomes from them in the past and have been very pleased with their service.
    Brisey.

    http://www.southernmotorhomes.co.uk/
     
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    We bought our first caravan from Cranham Caravans http://www.cranham.co.uk/
    who seem to have a good stock of motorhomes. I certainly could not recommend the dealer in Gomshall Surrey where we bought our motorhome but you may have better luck with them.
     
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    A very tight schedule to meet! :censored: To source, buy, go get and register a van!

    DVLA in itself can take forever....They get a triple A star for hopelessness IMO:)
    Call DVLA now for an import pack

    I use a good German dealer experienced with exporting PM me if you want details....personally would not rush as it may go all wrong. mate of mine went round 4 dealer last week and ended up buying again from them..

    Eddie
     
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    With a quality used Motorhome from a reputable dealer the world is your lobster my son.
     
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    What about Webbs Reading? We visited there recently and although we didn't buy, they seemed helpful and knowledgeable. We also visited Southern Motorhomes at Taplow but were a little discouraged there as there was a lack of specific answers to questions regarding payload etc and the salesman suggested there was no need for a test drive, so not entirely comfortable about this dealer.
     
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    Well we are a drive down the M25 but we are a nice lot to deal with although I say it myself !!

    Peter
     
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    Having just done Germany and imported a van last month, I would second this.

    My new reg plate came through today which is exactly 4 weeks since I landed it in the UK.

    But yes, you're cutting it fine.
     
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    How much do you save on average doing this? And if you do import, who deals with an problems? Excuse my ignorance. An is it possible to import used vans?
     
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    Savings vary depending on exchange rates. But I'd guess 15-20% and often you're getting a better built product. Hard to say with mine as I've never seen one for sale in the UK. If you import yourself- you're stuck with dealing with any problems. But then you do have a 'cushion' to manage this. But judging by some threads on here - even buying new from a dealer in the UK is no guarantee.

    You're better off buying used in most cases (older than 6 months old) as you won't be liable for tax in the UK. You may be able to reclaim from Germany after a period of time but you'll suffer paying two lots of tax.
     
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    Good to know! Do you mind me asking who the dealer was, or was this a special case vehicle?
     
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    Hymer-Zentrum Dhonau. Just outside Düsseldorf. Highly recommended.
     
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    Great. I have friends living in Dusseldorf so that's actually the best location. Thank you.
     
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    Try the website
    Mobile.de
    For an idea of foreign prices
     
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    I've not done it yet, but have been doing a lot of research on the web. The savings, to me, seem enormous. Greater than £10k for a new vehicle in my case (my plan).

    I did visit the motorhome show in Kent this weekend and have pretty much now settled on importing a vehicle.

    I started a new thread on this:
    http://www.motorhomefun.co.uk/forum/threads/importing-hobby-vantana-k60.109987/

    Thanks
     
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