Now that summer’s right around the corner, there’s no better time to pack up your home and travel the country in an RV than right now. Not only is it a great way to travel, but if done the right way, it can also be very comfortable. Plus, if you plan to use it a lot it’ll save you money in the long run.
However, purchasing an RV can be daunting. Nobody wants to overpay for anything, but especially an RV. In order to ensure you get the best price, here are some simple tips to follow:
Know Exactly What You’re Looking For
Before you even step on to an RV dealership lot, make sure you know exactly what kind of RV you’re looking for. Spend a good chunk of time researching RVs online and keep a list of anything you know you definitely want in your RV. Know the size you’re looking for and the amount you’re hoping to spend. Having this list handy while shopping will help you to stay focused and narrow your search.
Keep Your Search Small
Unless you’re willing to travel cross-country to pick up an RV, keep your search radius small. In fact, it should be no more than 200 miles from your area, give or take. Searching outside the area will give you a false sense of the market in your area.
For example, RVs may be more expensive in your city than they are in another city in America. But again, if you’re willing to travel far and wide for the perfect RV, then feel free to blow your search wide open.
Buy Used, Fix Later
Everyone has non-negotiables when it comes to buying a new car (or in this case, an RV), but remind yourself you can add things down the road. For example, if you find a used RV at a great price that is the exact size you’re looking for, but it doesn’t have an entertainment center, buy it anyway. An entertainment center is something you can easily install at a later date.
Make Sure to Factor in Insurance
When purchasing an RV, make sure to factor in insurance. RV insurance usually costs around $2,000 a year and protects you should you get in an accident or the exterior of the RV gets damaged. Make sure to also do your research when choosing an insurance company to ensure you get the best deal.
Know When to Buy
Like car dealerships, RV dealerships run on a yearly or monthly schedule. Because of this, dealers will be more likely to cut you a deal at the end of the year if they haven’t met their sales quota. In this case, you’ll probably get the best deal on an RV if you buy one when it’s cold outside.