Lots of RV buyers opt for a used model as a way to save a little bit of extra cash. But looking for a reliable used RV can be a little nerve wracking: it may feel like you just have to trust the person selling it to you, which isn’t a great business practice. That’s why Ryan’s RV Town has provided you with some tips for shopping for a used RV without having to worry about buying a rig that’s not worth the investment. If you’d like to check out some premium used models, then stop by our location Everett, Washington and ask one of our staff to give you the complete tour. We’re near Seattle, serving Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver.
Why Buy Used?
Maybe you’re still deciding whether or not you should be a new RV or a used RV. Most people assume the only good part about getting used is the price. It’s true that you’ll pay significantly less for a used model, even if it’s still relatively new, as depreciation can hit a vehicle like a sneaker wave and suck it into an ocean of reduced value. This can be frustrating for the original owner, but great for you.
But the benefits don’t stop there. Used RVs can be ideal for first time owners because 1) they can pay them off faster and 2) they allow you to experiment and learn on a rig that you can afford to experiment on. If you’re trying to better understand basic maintenance and driving skills for an RV, you don’t want to do so on a $100,000 motorhome. You can also research any issues that have come up for other owners, so you know what to expect or if you should stay away from a model altogether.
Know What you Want
When you’re looking around for an RV, there are some universal considerations you’ll want to keep in mind. Just as you would for a new RV, make a list of priorities. Start with all of the absolute necessities, but don’t rule out some preferences just because you don’t have to have them. Obviously, making sure you have enough sleeping arrangements is important, but you should also prioritize a comfortable living arrangement if that’s important or certain amenities if you think it will make your camping trip more enjoyable. You may not get everything, but you may be surprised by what you do get.
Do an Inspection
When you’ve located a potential final choice, start with an inspection. You can do a bit of this yourself by simply eyeballing the state of the RV. You’ll want to look for excessive wear, water damage, sun damage, signs of accidents, or anything else that might become a bigger issue later. If you get closer to definitively choosing an RV, take the time and expense to get it checked by a professional, especially if there’s a drivetrain. A technician will tell you if there are any mechanical issues that you can’t see and if you should look for something else.
Finally, don’t be afraid to ask the tough questions. A reliable dealer should already have vehicle history ready for you, which should include maintenance checks and repairs as well as accidents. If they can’t answer your question right away, don’t assume they’re being shady but make sure they eventually find an answer. If it seems like a commercial or private dealer is being evasive, it may be a sign that you’ll want to shop somewhere else.
Buying an RV, no matter what the condition, can be overwhelming and you won’t want to mess things up and be stuck with a rig you won’t like, so make sure you’re working with reliable and experienced dealers like you’ll find at Ryan’s RV Town in Everett, Washington. We’ll make sure you get what you need from your next used RV. We welcome all current and future RV owners from Seattle, Tacoma, Bellingham, and Vancouver.