Price of new motorhome.

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  1. GWAYGWAY

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    Is the price of a new MH cheaper in the country of origin, ie Chausson in France Hymer in Germany, or are they the same in most places? Cars were but it seems not any more.
     
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    Global economy diktats ..
    All the big players have long since caught on within the walls of Europe..
    There are examples of where you can get vehicles cheaper in the home country Tatra springs to mind ( but then, who would want a Tatra ! ..Ohh.. All the Jaguar owners I spose !! LOL !!! )
     
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    You also have to be sure to compare like with like. Local specs differ enormously according to local markets and things that might be considered basic here in UK may be an extra in another country
     
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    I have looked at this quite a lot recently and there doesn't seem to be a huge difference in the base price of a new vehicle in its country of manufacture.
    Currency fluctuations will make the biggest difference. I have noticed that used prices seem quite a bit cheaper.

    I also have the impression that a negotiated cheaper deal is easier to get for 2 reasons - more competition, and the fact that as you will be taking the vehicle back to the uk the supplying dealer is less likely to have to deal with any issues!
     
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    When I looked at the specs for the model I am considering I found sod all fitted extras or fittings, a £1000 fee for delivery and PDI????? on top of a £45000+ cost. I do not want to pay for that, Maybe wait a few months and get the model I want second hand where someone else has paid all the costs and even put a gas bottle in it. I didn't think europeans would pay for that and could even pick up from the factory.
     
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    But the cost of delivery and PDI from factory to dealer is always passéd on to the customer. It's a flat charge whether dealer is a few hundred miles or 1000 from factory I believe, same goes for cars.....how do you save that cost by buying used, it's part of the cost....you could say the same thing about VAT

    Maybe if you pick it up from factory you don't pay...but generally everyone pays! 45k and your worried about a gas bottle?:)

    What I find astonishing is why prices jump between 20/30% crossing the channel! And additionally UK dealers seem to ignore the exchange rate mechanism which should work to our advantage and add it to there all ready overinflated prices....

    Differential between RHD and LHD is approx 1500 so why is that panel van campers cost £10,000 + more here:whistle:

    They don't call the UK treasure island for nothing!lol
     
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    Another thing maybe to consider when buying from abroad is how you will manage for after sales support.
    Dealers are unlikely to offer any kind of warranty back up on a van they have not supplied
    We recently found this out with our own van - the first question the dealer asked when we called them for help was "did you buy the van from us?"

    If you bought a new car you'd expect to be able to take it to any dealer in Europe and get the same level of service

    The same may not apply to MH's

    Best of luck
    Robert
     
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    Have never had a problem with dealer support in 20 years of importing. Even if it meant getting work done and reclaiming cost..that's why it's important to chose the right dealer and ask the "what if" questions

    Remember the chassis/ van side of things and all the potentially troublesome bits like heating/refrigeration etc..covered by european wide warrenty.

    Attitudes here stink. Buy a van from dealer A, move house, dealer B does not want to know if you didn't get it from him in the first place..UK market in the dark ages
     
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    I think thats a bit of an understatement :(
     
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    Are UK spec available on the 'otherside' ? ie Right hand drive, for special order or do the factories only supply them to the UK what about Jerseyl etc.
     
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    I remember when I had my Chausson, the fridge went funny working sometimes or not, I phoned Marquise Preston re an appointment to fix under warrantee (Discover where I bought it had gone bump) first question they asked what make of MH not what type of fridge, when I said Chausson they said cant take it in for 6 Months they was that busy ?. I got a mobile man to come he got it fixed in no time so guess who does my yearly hab checks. Pete
     
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