Buying a Motorhome – New or Used

More and more people are turning to motorhomes as a form of holiday ownership, and with so many to choose from, it helps to be fully informed. If you have made the decision to buy a motorhome, the first thing to consider is whether to buy a new or second hand unit, and before you do, here are some things to bear in mind.

New Motorhomes

A motorhome is a lot more than just a vehicle, and with every conceivable mod con installed, the price reflects that. For a large A-class motorhome, expect to pay in excess of £100,000, while the smallest would set you back around £75,000, which is not exactly pocket change. Some people buy a medium sized motorhome, and within a few years, they want to upgrade to something a little larger, which is fine, except the depreciation in value will be considerable. Typically, any new motor vehicle will lose from 7-13% of its value the moment it is driven off the forecourt, after which, the depreciation is small for the first year.

Second Hand Motorhomes

Because so many people upgrade, the used campervan market is busy, and if you are serious about getting the right deal, there are used campervans for sale that are tried and tested, and with an extensive selection of makes and models of all sizes, there is sure to be something suitable. A motorhome is designed to provide years of service, and if it is well maintained, it will still be in good condition after a year or two. The price will be much lower than a new model, and when you decide to upgrade, you will receive a good price for your unit. A second hand Motorhome, if purchased from an established dealer, would have a warranty and the vehicle would have a full service history.


When buying a motorhome, it makes sense to go for something a little larger than you require, as this will not only give you more space, it will also eliminate the need for an upgrade, as the family grows. There are many manufacturers and indeed types of motorhomes, depending on your budget and preference, and if you search online, there are dealers who have large parks, with units that are parked and unlocked, and you are free to browse for as long as you wish. A large dealer would have many motorhomes of all sizes, and when you find the right unit, they can even arrange competitive finance, should it be required.

A Smarter Choice

A used motorhome, in good condition is better value for money than a new unit, and it makes sense to pay less for something, even if it has been slightly used. A reputable dealer would never sell a defective vehicle, and if they have a website, it would have customer testimonials, which demonstrates the supplier is genuine.

More and more people are seeing the benefits of owning a motorhome, and by choosing the right second hand unit, you can save a lot of money, and become the owner of all your future holidays.

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