These days, advertising the fact that you are selling your motorhome is extremely easy as there are a number of websites dedicated to advertising second hand vehicles including motorhomes, campervans and caravans. However, this doesn’t always mean that actually selling your motorhome is any easier; in fact, it can actually be much harder due to the fact that you have to compete for attention against thousands of other people also selling their motorhomes. So here Victor Millwell look at the difficulties you could encounter whilst selling your motorhome and how you can solve them:
Why are you Selling?
One of the most important things you need to understand before attempting to sell your motorhome is your reasons behind doing so, as they will ultimately affect the ways in which you need to advertise it. For example, if you have inherited a motorhome and have no need for it then you may be happy with taking one of the first offers you receive, meaning you don’t have to put much effort into advertising or marketing it. However, if you are relying on the sale of your current motorhome to help you afford a new model then you will need to work hard in order to ensure that you receive the amount you want for it. These days, everyone is looking for a great deal, so you will often find that they will try to talk you down on the price as much as possible – the key here is to try to stick to your guns and ensure that you are advertising your motorhome to the best of your ability.
Deciding a Price
As already mentioned, if you are relying on the money from the sale of your current motorhome then it’s likely you will already have a price in mind. However, even though it may make your life easier getting exactly what you want for your motorhome, the reality is that most people often end up getting less. Therefore, it’s important to try and gain a realistic idea of how much your motorhome is worth as well as how much you will receive for it. An easy way to do this is to look at similar models online and see what prices they are being put on sale for. Don’t forget to also think about timing: if you try to sell your motorhome in the winter months you will generally get much less for it than during the summer months when people are thinking about going on their next motorhome holidays and therefore buying new vehicles.
Advertising your Motorhome
Like all companies, websites that advertise used vehicles for sale need to make money, which is why they charge users to upload their adverts to their sites. You therefore need to keep in mind that the amount you are trying to sell your motorhome for will also need to cover the amount you will spend advertising it. If you really want to sell your motorhome quickly you may want to place adverts on a number of specialist websites as well as in local newspapers and magazines, however this could cost you a good couple hundred pounds. At the end of the day it’s all about Return on Investment (ROI): if the money you spend helps you sell you motorhome quickly and for the price you want then it’s well worth it!
Organising your Time
Selling a motorhome not only requires you to part with your money but also a considerable amount of your time, as you will need to answer phone calls, emails and queries from potential buyers. Even though this doesn’t sound overly stressful at first, having people call you on a hourly basis asking about the condition of your motorhome or trying to haggle with you can eventually take its toll. This is why it may be an idea to put aside a small amount of time each day in order to organise selling your motorhome, that way you won’t feel like it’s taking over your life. Don’t forget that you will also need to make time for viewings and test drives, as the last thing you want to do is scare a potential buyer away by being unwelcoming or trying to rush them!
Selling a motorhome takes a reasonable amount of time and effort, especially if you want to ensure that you get a certain price for it. However, if you keep this in mind and advertise your motorhome suitably then you should be able to sell it for a reasonable price in a reasonable time frame.