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Guide to Buying Second-Hand Motorhomes in the UK

Considering buying a second-hand motorhome for your adventures? Read our simple guide on the main points to consider before making any purchase! Happy motoring!

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Buying a second-hand motorhome can be a fantastic way to save money and get more for your investment. However, to ensure you get a good deal and avoid potential pitfalls, you'll want to proceed with caution. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

Determine Your Budget: Before you start shopping, decide on a budget. This should include the initial purchase price, as well as potential costs for repairs, modifications, and any desired upgrades.

Research: Understand the different types of motorhomes available (e.g., Class A, B, C, campervans, etc.) and decide what suits your needs best.


Where to Buy:

  • Private Sellers: Websites like Gumtree, Preloved, and even eBay list private sales. These might offer lower prices, but there's typically less recourse if things go wrong.
  • Dealerships: Established dealerships can provide more assurance and may offer warranties. Dealers like Marquis, Brownhills, and Just Go are well-known in the UK.

Check the Vehicle History:

  • Ensure the motorhome isn't stolen. You can check this via the HPI check in the UK.
  • Look for outstanding finance on the vehicle.
  • Investigate its MOT history. This can give you clues about its past maintenance and any potential issues.

Physical Inspection: If possible, always view the motorhome in person.

  • Exterior: Check for dents, rust, and signs of water ingress. Examine the seals around windows and doors.
  • Interior: Look for signs of mould, damp, or unusual smells. Make sure all appliances work.
  • Mechanical: Ensure the engine starts easily, check for unusual noises, and verify that all lights and indicators work.
  • Tyres: They should be in good condition and not showing signs of uneven wear.

Test Drive: This gives you a feel for the vehicle and can highlight potential issues.

Verify Paperwork:

  • V5C Logbook: This will show you the registered keeper and any previous owners.
  • Service History: Regular servicing can indicate a well-maintained vehicle.
  • MOT Certificate: For vehicles over three years old.

Negotiate: Whether you're buying from a private seller or a dealership, there's often room to negotiate. Don't be afraid to haggle a bit!

Insurance: Before finalising the purchase, ensure you can get adequate motorhome insurance for the motorhome. Prices can vary based on the vehicle's age, size, and value.

Finalising the Sale:

  • Always meet in a safe, public location if dealing with a private seller.
  • Avoid paying in cash. A bank transfer is traceable and safer.
  • Once you've paid, make sure you receive the V5C logbook, or at least the green 'new keeper' slip from it. You'll need this to tax the vehicle and prove ownership.


  • Consider joining a motorhome club for advice, tips, and to meet other enthusiasts. The Motorhome and Caravan Club and the Camping and Caravanning Club are two major ones in the UK.
  • Stay on top of maintenance. Regularly check for signs of damp or other issues.

Enjoy! Now that you've made your purchase, it's time to plan your first trip!

By being diligent and informed, you can enjoy the benefits of a motorhome without the steep cost of buying new. Safe travels!


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