New vs second hand

Discussion in 'Motorhome Chat' started by White Rose, May 8, 2010.

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Which of these options fits your experience best

  1. Bought brand new MH - experienced no problems

    9 vote(s)
    9.8%
  2. Bought brand new MH - experienced minor problems, dealer fixed quickly

    18 vote(s)
    19.6%
  3. Bought brand new MH - experienced major problems, dealer fixed quickly

    3 vote(s)
    3.3%
  4. Bought brand new MH - experienced major problems, still outstanding after >3 months

    2 vote(s)
    2.2%
  5. Bought pre-owned MH (under 7yrs old) - experienced no problems

    45 vote(s)
    48.9%
  6. Bought pre-owned MH (under 7yrs old) - experienced minor problems, dealer fixed quickly

    10 vote(s)
    10.9%
  7. Bought pre-owned MH (under 7yrs old) - experienced major problems, dealer fixed quickly

    3 vote(s)
    3.3%
  8. Bought pre-owned MH (under 7yrs old) - experienced major problems, still outstanding after >3 months

    2 vote(s)
    2.2%
  1. White Rose

    White Rose Read Only Funster

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    I'm trying to post a poll - let's just see if I meet with success ...

    Hmm, I think it's worked, though I might have got it a bit wrong. This is to try to clarify my thoughts about whether to buy new or old. I keep getting the feeling that somehow buying second hand is safer, in terms of less disappointment with poor quality snagging, but that might just be because that's what makes people complain most vocally ....

    Thank you for anyone who contributes - I've just realised I was going to go back in and add the same questions for MHs over 7yrs but I can't edit the poll! Where's the smacking myself round the head smiley when I need it. I blame the wine consumed to celebrate my football team's promotion today ;-)
     
  2. Dawnbreak

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    What a interesting post and poll to do. Like yourself/ves had lots of nagging thoughts and doubts. We won't be purchasing until early next year but have been going round and trying different mh's out and dealers and makes etc........and for us no matter about peps shouting depreciation/taking the hit/niggles and everything else that one reads on here...we still come back to the same conclusion. We want new, we are very well aware of the above but it would not feel the same for us having known someone else has used it before. We have also come to the conclusion that for the thousands of mh owners out for, and the forums etc...it seems that it is a small percentage of people in relation to mh ownership.
     
  3. White Rose

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    Thanks Dawnbreak.

    I'd just wondered what I'd done wrong with 51 views but only one reply to the thread, I thought I must have cocked up my poll really badly! I didn't realise that people voting on a poll didn't actually register as a new reply, IYSWIM :Blush:

    Thanks to all so far - it's already looking interesting!

    ETA If you post a bit of info too, it'll help keep this thread bumped up a bit so the early birds/weekday posters might still spot it - ta!
     
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    God bless you.

    Without people like you I'd have had to pay out thousands more *and* spent months in dealers getting the van finished.

    Thank you.
     
  5. ourcampersbeentrashed

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    All our motorhomes have been over 7 years old when purchased, so we cant contribute to the survey however, we would never buy brand new.
     
  6. White Rose

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    Sorry - I really did want to go back and add that section on, I was just checking to see if what I'd done worked and didn't realise I couldn't edit a poll once it was submitted :Doh: Could you perhaps post your experiences here, using the same layout, just so we know?

    Hilldweller - I'm working on the principle that if I buy a previously-owned motorhome, I'm benefitting from the previous owners' knowledge and experience of what that particular van needs to make it most useable (ie they'll have done all the expensive, hard work additional stuff so I won't have to!). Though I suspect in reality I'll just spend weekends saying "why on earth did they fit that there"!
     
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    actually bought six months old with no problems and massive savings, let someone else put it right first and pay for it (putting it right and the depreciation).
     
  9. Johns_Cross_Motorhomes

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    ADVERT FOR JC DELETED AS :spam: Please behave!
     
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    Bought brand new because i am financialy able to buy outright, but wouldnt have done if i had needed credit. Had a couple of very minor probs that i sorted myself as i believe if you want a job doing right do it yourself. I intend to buy new again and going off numerous posts on here in the past i would buy from johns cross if they could source the van i wanted, as lost faith in my dealer and all reports on them that i have seen have been favourable. No connection etc just an observation.
     
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    It doesn't work like that on an open forum. YOU post your message to US, if you don't like what comes back then tough. As a relieved MP said on Thursday "If you can't stand the heat don't come into the kitchen".
     
  12. White Rose

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    I think that's kind of true - whilst it can be immensely irritating to always have your posts replied to with the same message, it's perhaps important to bear in mind that asking a question and getting a reply on here is not just a one to one process. Whilst you might feel someone's reply is irrelevant or you have heard it all before, for someone else reading that same reply it could be the first thing they ever read on MHfun, and it might just really resonate with them.
     
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    Oh on that premise, which I totally understand where your coming from...and its got nothing to do with what comes back....I'm just fed up to the back teeth of having to justify myself........ so here are our thoughts on why "we want brand new"....we don't want to know that somebody else has slept in the bed...........we don't want to inherit other peoples......smell/sweat/odours..........we don't want to inherit other peoples urinal habits ie. splashback having gotten into plyboard etc....every 2nd hand motorhome we walk in has peoples own smells in them. Also wouldn't want to buy a 2nd hand one which could possibly throw up even more problems than the niggles a new one could or would........now I've had my reasons for new as had not posted before as didn't want to disrespect peoples personal reasons....but as you've opened the door for me......in your words Brian........."if you don't like what comes back tough".......and yes there is only one kitchen I'm going to get out of and thats your one"....... Others happily have a cuppa with whatever their views....and yes I do take on others view but somehow they don't seem to read to me quite as bullish......then again its all in the written word and ones interpretation of them.:RollEyes:

    P.s....If I get asked to leave forum because I have dared answer you back....fair enough.
     
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    not exactly funster spirit coming through. Maybe the result of some other spirit.:Smile:
     
  15. Dawnbreak

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    :Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1: No I wish.....lightweight me.....one glass of the old vino and I'm all wobbly..........no just p.......d off with having to justify. It just seems everytime I or someone puts about brand new......continually knock back from certain ?..........So I thought someone has to stick up for the likes of folks who only want brand new....so tralalalalalaaaaaa:Smile:.......me.
     
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    Not quite what you're looking for, but the same sentiment.:Laughing:[​IMG]
     
  17. vwalan

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    hi, would,nt it be nice to have unlimited finance .have the camper that you really want built with no expense spared .
    dowe have a small compact get into little villages one?do we have a 7.5 ton truck converted ?4x4?
    even if we had all the money in the world we need about 6 campers built into one .
    life is so difficult when you have so many choices.
    what ever happened to an old bedford ca with mattresses chucked in the back .
    or a early split screen vw .life is hard now ,too many choices .
     
  18. hallii

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    I thought long and hard before I spent my ill gotten cash on my latest (Second hand Hymer 522) M/H.

    I sort of wanted to buy new but after weighing it all up we went used (private sale).

    We saved a lot of money.
    All the niggles have been sorted out.
    We got a lot of extras that would have cost more.

    On the other hand,

    We got no warranty, (We do have another three years damp warranty though).
    I suppose someone else has used the bed but they do in hotels anyway.
    Same goes for toilet etc.

    Mine is clean and tidy and just like new (almost) even at three years old,
    no pets, non smokers, and no children. (Nothing against children you understand, but we have experience of the destructive capabilities of three grandchildren!).

    I suppose it's like everything in life, "yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice".

    Hallii
     
  19. johnpengers

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    It's all down to personal preference and of course money,Without giving it large we have had two brand new RV's but if we could nt of afforded it we would have gone second hand,before anybody comes back with "more money than sense" we both work hard and in my case a shitty job but the pay ain't bad so I want to see what I'm working for.
    We have been lucky in that the problems have been few and far between with both our brand new purchases and what did go wrong was put right by the dealers straight away,I can see where Brian is coming from ie faults and financial loss as soon as you get the thing out of the showroom but if youre not bothered who has slept in the bed or used the loo then thats fine:Rofl1:.
    Its all down to options and preferences and imho the most important,where am I gonna get the money for my next brand new RV ?:Laughing:
    Chill out and enjoy what we've got.

    Great thread by the way !

    Regards to all,John P.:thumb:
     
  20. ArenqueRojo

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    Different strokes... Thank heavens for diverse thinking:Wink:
    The thing that always interests me is the thought that the dealer should fix faults.
    Me, I always consider all warranties as waste paper. I buy on the basis taht anything that goes wrong is for me to fix and I don't mean take it to an "expert" and expect them to know what to do...If I don't understand it, I try not to buy it:RollEyes:
    Net result, I seldom feel dissappointed and very seldom have any problems with dealers - even when we bought the last two vans from Brownhills:Eeek:
    So when you do the next poll, lets have an option for they DIY brigade.
    Interesting poll though, thanks for thinking it up.
    Patrick
     
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