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Buying an Auto-Sleepers motorhome offers the reassurance of knowing that you’re dealing with an established builder. They’ve been around for over half a century and that suggests they’re doing something right!
Whatever motorhome you’re considering though, there are a few important points to keep in mind.
If you’re purchasing a motorhome from a quality motorhome manufacturer like Auto-Sleepers, then you have the reassurance of knowing that build issues aren’t likely to be a concern.
Of course if the motorhome is second-hand then you should be using all common sense inspection techniques to make sure that you’re buying a vehicle in good condition. That should be the approach you adopt whatever the builder because you don’t know how previous owners will have treated it.
You can reduce those risks by purchasing from an established quality dealer.
In the case of marques you’ve never heard of before though, a little extra caution is highly advisable. This isn’t any form of marque snobbery but experienced motorhome owners will tell you that not all builders necessarily apply quite the same standards as established names such as Auto-Sleepers.
So, research your marque thoroughly in advance if it’s one of the more obscure ones.
Look for DIY builds / modifications
Most motorhome owners will try to personalise the interiors of their vehicle. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that if it helps make it feel like home away from home.
There’s a big difference though between cosmetic decorative work and major enhancements. It may surprise you to know that many professional dealers will remove many customisations from motorhomes as part of their pre-sale preparation. That’s in order to ensure that the motorhome is as close to its original configuration as possible or to check they’ve been correctly installed.
If major changes have been made to the interior of a used Auto-Sleepers vehicle (or any other) that you’re buying from a private seller, you should examine carefully any DIY changes to the interior. If the seller’s unable to provide receipts showing that the work was professionally done, you may need to be doubly careful.
That can even apply to motorhome tyres.
The fact of the matter is that, just like with home DIY, not everyone is naturally gifted in DIY. Some DIY customisations and enhancements might be sub-standard in terms of the quality of the work and that might, in some areas even be dangerous.
Poorly installed enhancements might also have a negative impact on the value of your motorhome.
Therefore, check them thoroughly. If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, get someone who does to help. Alternatively, source your used motorhome from an established quality dealer of such.
Auto-Sleepers are a quality builder and as a result, they’re not typically considered as a “bargain basement” range.
What this means for purchasing from private sellers and perhaps some dealers too, is that if the price looks too good to be true then it very probably is.
In principle, a used motorhome could be priced very attractively for a quick sale and nobody doubts that the odd bargain might exist out there. Yet on the whole, motorhomes and particularly Auto-Sleepers, hold their residual values well.
The conclusion must be that if a used motormen is unbelievably cheap and hasn’t already been snapped-up then other buyers, professional and private, might be seeing something you’re not.
Once again, get it professionally checked if that’s the case!