Sometimes the process of buying an RV, motorhome, or travel trailer is stressful and overwhelming. Finding yourself in the middle of an RV lot with no end in sight is often where buyers end up. What’s more difficult is having a salesperson ready and willing to help, but you don’t even know what questions to ask. Worry not, RVers. We’ve put together an easy yet comprehensive guide to asking the right questions to your RV salesperson.
Find the right salesperson
Before setting foot on an RV lot, take some time to research each dealership in your area. Browse through their website, read online reviews from previous customers, and ask others on RV forums what their thoughts are on certain dealers. Once you’ve narrowed down your options to just a few dealerships, one of the best things you can do early in the process is to find a great salesperson to work with.
Finding the right RV when you have a pushy salesperson behind your back rushing you to make choices is a disaster waiting to happen. Find someone who is easygoing and trustworthy. It may feel impossible, but they exist! We understand that it’s their job to persuade you to buy that RV, but a nicer salesperson might be able to get you a better deal.
Remember: Being nice also goes both ways. No one wants to do business with a grouch, so try to be kind to your salesperson. Be polite and develop a great rapport with your person!
- Which are the best RVs for where and how I want to camp? Being aware of the types of places you want to park your RV or motorhome is key in getting the best experience from your camping adventures. If you don’t plan on camping and you’re simply using it to carry a toy, many of the amenities won’t matter as much. If you do plan on camping, making sure each place you’re staying can make up for those amenities you don’t have is also crucial.
- Does anything come with my RV purchase? Most RV purchases include varying degrees of routine maintenance or something similar, but you’ll want a full list of everything that’s included and for how long. For example, some RVs come standard with kitchenettes, but another manufacturer might not include that under a standard package. You’ll also want to ask warranty questions. Who chooses where the RV is serviced? Exactly what is covered under warranty? How long will coverage last?
- What size is best for my needs? If you have a family you plan to camp with many times a year, it might be worth getting a larger floorplan. However, if it’s just you and a partner, something smaller and easy to assemble is probably a smart choice. No matter the size of your family, the right salesperson will help you find the best option!
- Tell me about the RV’s history (if buying used). Buying a used RV is really a great way to save loads of cash, but knowing what the RV has been through is critical in making sure you save money. Buying used might not be worth it if the RV continues to have the same issue consistently. Knowing any maintenance issues ahead of time will help you get the best deal.
- What other fees aren’t included in the listing price? No matter what price the rig is advertised at, there will be more fees you’re required to pay, so it’s good to ask upfront to get a better idea of an exact cost. Make sure the dealer or salesperson doesn’t increase costs after you’ve chosen to purchase.
Not all dealers see potential buyers as money bags. But it’s important to stay aware of the tactics of those who do.
RVs involve so much money, and scammers are beginning to notice! When it comes to purchasing an RV, four rules will never change:
- If it seems too good to be true, it probably is.
- Never buy an RV until you see it in person.
- Never give out personal or banking information to a salesperson you don’t fully trust.
- If you’re buying from a private seller, know about the person before you do any business with them.
We hope this helps you along your journey of finding the right new RV for you. We know it’s exciting, but rushing into a purchase will only leave you with regret and in debt. Ensure you purchase one that will suit your needs. Don’t rush into buying an RV simply because it’s on sale or because it looks pretty. And with this list of important questions to ask your RV salesperson, you’ll find the RV of your dreams. For more great RV info, check out our blog!