The question of whether to buy a used or new RV is one that’s been around for ages. There are pros and cons to each, but it’s up to you to decide what features matter most. There are a few questions to ask yourself before you begin your search, and Courvelle RV is here to help you each step of the way.
Either way, RVs aren’t cheap. The most frugal of travelers can still end up spending tens of thousands of dollars on an RV, and if you want something more luxurious, you can easily spend hundreds of thousands. Never fear, though. There is an endless number of RVs that are perfect for every budget and need. You’ll first need to decide on what style, model and make you want. Then we can decide – new or used?
There are a lot of great things about both sides that will help you in choosing the best RV for you. In this blog, we’ll give you all the information you need to make the most informed choice.
New or used RV – Help!
Let’s start with new RVs. The main attraction here is that no one has ever lived in a new RV before. The odometer is fresh and everything is (ideally) in perfect condition. No maintenance issues, all the features are shiny and new. This can be very convincing and enticing, especially if you don’t want to follow through with many upgrades on a used model. And, the RV should still have that new RV smell we all know and love!
A new RV will be exactly what you want, too. You’ll spend the time searching for the exact make, model, year, and even color before signing papers. You won’t have to mess with remodels, painting, reflooring, reupholstering, etc. It will all be the way you want it. There’s something to be said about this if it fits in your budget.
As mentioned earlier, a new rig means no one has lived in it. You won’t find stains that you missed in the initial walk through months down the road, and you won’t have any odd smells or any other surprises that pop up over time.
Choosing the new RV side also means your RV will be under warranty for some time, which guards your investment and makes repairs as easy as possible. They’re also the most updated on technology – USB charging ports, massive TVs, and pre-installed solar systems.
Lastly, if you walk into a potential rig and it feels like home, it’s a good indication that you’ve found your home on wheels. This doesn’t happen to everyone, so that’s why many people act on that feeling right away. As long as you choose to take extreme care for your rig if you want to buy new, do it! The decision is yours, and don’t let anyone stop you from attaining your dream RV.
All these features do sound rather great, but let’s not forget one of the most important aspects of committing to such a large investment – money. If your budget is a major factor in your decision, buying used can save you loads of cash. Buying used can save you more than that – it can save you mountains of money. But, you must be sure you’re ready to take on any problems or characteristics of a used RV.
Things to consider when looking at used RVs
Used RVs and trailers still won’t exactly be cheap, but they’ll easily be less expensive than their new counterparts. New RVs depreciate around 10 percent the minute they’ve driven off the lot, so buying used automatically saves you money.
There are other ways you can benefit from buying a used RV, besides saving lots of money. The previous owners may have already repaired any problems or issues they’ve had, and they may have even conducted a bit of premeditated maintenance in case something was about to happen. It’s also normal for them to have added any homey touches, like more storage, spice racks, or an extra mirror in the bathroom.
When shopping used RVs, be sure the rig isn’t too old. Some parks and campgrounds have restrictions on age. If you plan to visit luxurious resorts, be sure your RV isn’t too vintage. And, the older an RV gets, the more wear and tear it accumulates, which can mean multiple and/or expensive repairs down the road. If you don’t want to waste the money you saved from buying used immediately on repairs, do a thorough walkthrough and look for any water damage or mold along any walls and inside cabinets.
If you decide to buy a used RV, be sure you go to a trusted RV dealership in your area (or even out of your area) that you know will be honest with you. The most important thing is yours do your research before settling on anything at all. If you don’t, you might end up with a rig that doesn’t fit your needs or a payment that simply isn’t worth it.
Don’t forget – you can always contact us should you have any questions or concerns when shopping for a new or used RV. We have a large inventory, and we might have the RV of your dreams sitting with us now!
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