If you’ve made up your mind about buying an RV, you’ve already taken one step further towards realizing your dream of owning the open road. However, before you buy, it’s important to know the factors which are most important to you, such as cost, purpose and driving style.
Buying an RV is a long-term commitment and investment, which is why it’s important for you to know these few specifics before laying down the cash. Like any big purchase, the RV of your dreams can cost a pretty penny, but this guide will help with this potentially pricy, but worthwhile investment.
Things to Consider Before Buying an RV
You’ve committed to purchasing your RV, but now what? Why are you buying an RV? Where do you plan to travel with the RV? Would you tow a trailer behind your RV? These are all questions that need answers before making your purchase, and vehicle research can be intimidating. Knowing the answers to these questions can help finding the best RV for you much easier.
Which Features Are Best for You?
As with anything in life, it’s necessary to distinguish your wants from your needs. An RV that would have everything you want would be expensive and impractical, so narrowing down your needs would result in the perfect RV that would fit your budget. The great thing about RVs is that they are customizable to the smallest bit; add and remove things according to your likes and dislikes or wants versus needs. Do you need a sleeping area or a large sitting area? What about both? The choice is yours, so long as you have the money to support your project.
Types of RVs
There are generally two types of RVs: a homeowner and a towable.
A homeowner is an all-around RV that could work as your second home for when you are on a vacation. Its biggest advantage is that it drives itself, and you don’t need a separate vehicle to tow it. However, homeowners are a bit on the pricier side.
A towable, on the other hand, needs to be towed by a separate vehicle, but it has most of the same amenities you would find in a homeowner. The requirement of the extra vehicle is the only downside to a towable, but if you already own a heavy-duty SUV or pickup, it’s most likely the choice for you.
Everything About New RVs
If you’re opting for a new RV, you’re getting something that’s the latest in the market with all the latest features. You will be paying more upfront, but rest assured that only a few people will have what you have.
Pros of Buying a New RV
- New model RV with the latest features
- The RV will most likely be covered by a warranty
- No need for immediate repairs or maintenance like oil changes, tire changes etc.
- Choose all the features you want on your RV – customize as you see fit!
Cons of Buying a New RV
- Features may cause the sticker price to climb faster than you expect
- Some RVs come as-is and don’t allow customization
- A new towable RV may require further investment in the form of a tow vehicle
Everything About Used RVs
When you set out to buy a used RV the possibilities are endless. You could find a great deal on a near-pristine RV or you could come across a money pit. You never have the complete idea of the wear and tear on the vehicle you intend to buy. If you have some basic mechanic knowledge you can really turn a good deal to a great deal with a few key repairs. Finding the perfect used RV can take hours of research, some elbow grease and a little bit of luck, but it remains a viable option for some shoppers.
Pros of Buying a Used RV
- You’ll likely save a considerable amount of money
- You can put money you save into necessary or even cosmetic repairs and upgrades
- Previous owners may have made upgrades or provide insights into the RV’s history
- Cheaper insurance premiums
Cons of Buying a Used RV
- Previous owners could choose to not disclose problems with the RV
- Could overpay for the used RV
- Repair costs may add up
- No warranty coverage
Buying an RV At an Auction
Buying an RV at an auction is just one way to go down the used RV road. The auction format offers several unique benefits that other used buying methods don’t have. One of these is the possibility of winning a vehicle at an even lower price than retail!
If the auction format piques your interest, consider browsing Copart’s extensive RV inventory. You can find everything from vintage Airstreams to slick late-models. No matter your preference, you’re sure to find something to match your tastes.