When you decide to own a motorhome, one of the biggest challenges you will face is whether to buy a new or a used one. Few people don’t care about whether the motor home is new or old. However, have caution as these type of people may be ignorant to the pros and the cons that come with each motorhome. It is for this reason that we want to spend a few minutes looking at the pros and the cons of buying a new motor home versus a used one.
1. The cost
Many people believe that it is expensive to buy a new motorhome than a used one. This is far from the truth. A used RV will need that you save enough money. Once you buy it, you need to have some issues fixed. The cost of fixing the issues may be prohibitive. You may end up spending more money compared to buying a new one. In fact, this is what makes the question of buying a new motorhome versus used one debatable. It is true that a used RV is cheaper and you will pay low insurance premiums. But there are other issues which the previous owner may not disclose to you. These issues will drive the cost higher. Also, a used RV is subject to less depreciation compared to a new RV. But it may be much difficult to get a motorhome that will give you the kind of service you want.
2. The Warranty
It is true that there is no motorhome that is perfect. Motorhomes whether new or used come with their own problems. These problems must be fixed before you put the units on the road. The former owner of an old RV may have fixed the issues for you. It will save you from the hustle of fixing them. But this is not always the case. A used RV may have hosts of other issues which may need that you dig deeper into your pocket to have them fixed. The unit will not come with a warranty because it is not transferable. So, you must find a way of fixing the issues. But a new motorhome comes with a factory warranty. Any emerging issue during the warranty period will be fixed by the manufacturer. It saves you from unnecessary costs.
3. Features and upgrades
When you buy a new motorhome, you get to choose the features you want. Right from the chassis, you can have your new motorhome designed and customized to your needs. The manufacturer will adhere to your recommended floor plans. They will also customize the cabinetry to your requirements. This is not the case for a used RV. For a used RV, it may be difficult to carry out structural changes. The things you may be able to upgrade are the TVs, the DVD players, and air conditioning appliances.
Buying a motorhome may look easier. But you need to do some research about them before you decide whether to buy a new or a used one. The use to which the RV is to be put to and the financial situation you are in should be the main considerations.