New or second-hand?

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  1. Kryten

    Kryten Read Only Funster

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    Hey peeps!

    I'm still motorhome-less atm and am looking to hopefully get one later this year (once I've paid my car loan off! :RollEyes:) but would like to know what you all reckon...

    Should I go for a new one or second-hand? Obviously, if money was no object I'd like to get a nice brand new shiny one but is it really worth doing that, given that it will lose value immediately after driving it out of the showroom!? :Sad:

    The one major thing I like about going for a new one is the fact that I could get it at 0% finance! :Smile: I will probably end up going for a really old cheap thing first to see how I get on.
     
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    Do you homework and look at lots of vans there are plenty of low milage 2nd hand vans out there
    Make a list of what you want in a van then make a check list so you can see which vans tick the boxes
     
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    If your on a budget, secondhand every time. :Smile:
     
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    This really is an impossible question to answer. Obviously a used one will be a good deal and you will save a lot. There are some very good very low mileage vehicles around, even some at 20 years old still have loads of life left in them, but, at that age, mechanicals start to wear and you can expect some sort of ongoing maintenance.
    New vans? Well, you lose at least 20% of the value as soon as you put the key in the ignition ( Vat) If you can take the hit, thats great. We did and it doesn't bother me, we intend to keep the van till it falls apart, or I win the lottery ( so, forever then!) But, you get to order the spec you want and you know exactly how its been used. No mot's for 3 years and no ones used the toilet!

    We started looking for used vans but couldn't find the spec we wanted so went for a new one. Bit more than we wanted to spend, but you can't take it with you!

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    We bought our first mh new, but traded it in last year for an older one with a different layout and a few extras that we felt were good to have. So we'd say buy second-hand/pre-loved rather than buying new........let someone else take the hit.

    It's not until you spend time in a particular van that you realise there are things you don't quite like about it. It's a big outlay and some on this forum have said in the past that it can take three vans to get it right:Doh:

    Having said that we did well on our trade-in when we bought our current van. Take plenty of time looking over as many as you can before taking the plunge. Happy hunting!

    Bill
     
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  6. Kryten

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    Thanks for the input/advice so far peeps! :thumb:

    Yeah, I think I will probably go for second-hand one for starters to see how I get on with it, then it shouldn't be too much heartache to change for a different style until I find one that fits. Then in a few years I could opt for a new one when I'm happy with a style that I like. I could even trade in the old one! :Smile:

    My only probably is I always seem to act on impulse and I will probably end up buying the first thing I see!! :Eeek: Everytime I check out the mh ads, I say to myself, "ah, look that's just the one for me!!" :RollEyes: Hmmm...I need someone there to hold me back!! :Laughing:
     
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    Aaarrgghhh! No! Don't buy on "impulse"......you'll end up regretting it:RollEyes:

    Margaret:Smile:
     
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    I agree. Lots of research needed. We only spent 13 years with older vans before we bought new,
    Allan
     
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    Second hand every time for me, if I won the lottery which I won`t as I have never done it.:Rofl1: I would still go for used, heard too much about the problems with new ones, to waste my time going there, anyway older ones are better built, wood instead of plastic etc.

    Have a good look around what is out there, even if used it is still a lot of money ,if you can afford not to make a costly mistake. I am on my second one, only because I decided to go bigger, same build and base vehicle though, it took me some time to find what I did want.

    Pays your money take your choice.

    Good luck.
    Margaret
     
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    Yeah thanks for the advice. :thumb:

    I know one shouldn't buy on impulse and I will try my best not to, but it's such a temptation when everyone you look at seems to be 'the one!' :Blush:
     
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    Remember as soon as you drive that brand new van off the forecourt its second hand
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    severely depreciated in resale value!!

    Buying used -your not carrying that depreciation.
     
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    NEVER EVER buy without thinking "how much can I sell this for" if I NEED/WANT to


    you know it makes sense
     
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    Just as an after thought, I sold my first one for more than I paid, and I didn`t buy it cheap either, some models hold their price well and others increase.

    Margaret
     
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    :thumb::thumb:The advice I was given before buying included not to get overly concerned with the mileage on a motorhome. How many nights used is much more important if you can find out. I have seen low miles but tired insides due to it being used like a caravan. Short drive to site and not moved for weeks but lived in. Overall condition is what matters not low mileage in my opinion.
    Cheers
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    We bought a 15 month old A class a few years ago and it had the original buyers receipt still in the paperwork and we had paid over £20k less than he had new :Eeek: (and we bought from a dealer so goodness knows how much the guy lost altogether). Our current Hymer maybe old but it does everything our other vans have and it cost a lot lot less than £20k. And we get a lot more " smiles for miles" and it's costs considerably less to service etc. second hand every time for me:thumb:
     
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    Thanks for the replies again peeps! :thumb:

    Yes, I will defo be getting a second hand one (unless I suddenly find I've inherited a multi-million pound fortune! :Laughing:).

    The only two things I liked about getting at a new one was the 0% finance option, which would save me thousands in interest (but I guess I would lose just as much as soon as I drive it away :RollEyes:) and the fact that nobody else has used it and abused it. However, I've listened to all your wise words and I think second hand will be my best option for now. :Cool:

    Bernie: Yes, I agree with the low mileage thing, especially diesel ones. As long as the mh hasn't been abused then they should be good for many many miles. I'm certainly not overly concerned with a mh that has high mileage.

    Margaret: Interesting point that you sold a mh for more than you paid. Nice one! :thumb: I'm interested to know how long you had it for and what type it was that held it's value so well?
     
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    I'm battling with a similar problem Kryten.

    We are looking for our first motorhome. We'll be buying secondhand and it's hard not to feel like I have to rush to buy before someone else get's that bargain van that's perfect for us.

    I am constantly telling myself there are plenty more van's out there, and it is better to be prudent and be really sure it's a worthy buy and if someone else get's in before me, well that's just how it is and I'll find another one.

    It's not easy to do but after seeing some great looking deals on the web then checking them out thoroughly in the yard only to find mold, or other issues I think I'm getting into the swing of it to the point that I think I'll get independent hab/engine checks on any potential vehicle as well as insisting on a weigh bridge check pre-purchase so I know what payload I will have to play with.

    Best of luck finding the right vehicle at a great price in a timely fashion!

    Cheers,
    Mark
     
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    It was VW Auto-sleeper Topaz, a small one but well built with a good name, I could have sold it 6 times over, folk came round the house and wanted it, but I sold it to the first guy who came months before, I never advertised it, this was folk who had seen it on the drive and wanted first refusal, they knew the price I was asking.I had it 14 months, it was 10years old and very low mileage, never a problem, the one I have now is still a VW Auto-sleeper just bigger, and still 3 pps have asked if I was selling it, no way it had 9,770 on the clock when I bought it, last October, I bought this one from a good dealer, the first one privately, with both I have all the paperwork even to the original bill of sale.
    Good luck with whatever you decide.
    They were / are both like new inside, low mileage and in excellent condition I couldn`t have asked for more, certainly haven`t had the wear. that is why good vans are sort after, it took me some time to find them.
    Margaret
     
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  19. Kryten

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    Thanks again for the info Margaret! :thumb: It sounds like you've done well.
    Gosh, it's not going to be easy to find a good one without breaking the bank is it? :BigGrin:
     
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    Thanks Mark! :thumb: Yeah, you too buddy. Take your time and get a good one.
     
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