Sell My Motorhome!: A Guide to Getting Yours Sold Quickly and Fairly
If you own a motorhome, you own something most people can’t get enough of—holiday on demand.
For a few days or weeks each year, you own the road. You and a growing number of motorhome owners in the U.K. who share your passion for the caravan life.
In fact, you’re so passionate about the motorhome lifestyle, you’ve decided to upgrade. You’ve always had an out with the old, in with the new mindset. But what do you do with the old?
We can help you figure that out. But first, stop asking your friends “how can I sell my motorhome?” and read our guide.
Apply Elbow Grease
The first item on your agenda is a good cleaning.
It may sound like common sense but it’s not uncommon to find at least a few manky motorhomes for sale.
Start with inside and clear out cabinets, closets, under seats, etc. Empty the fridge clean with soapy water, and a brush, if necessary. Leave the fridge door open and air it out afterwards.
Next, vacuum everything. That includes carpets, upholstery, and curtains. If you find stains, do your best to remove them. Take the curtains down and run them through the washing machine.
Don’t forget the windows!
And don’t forget the odours. No one wants to buy a motorhome with a lingering pet, cooking, or smoking odour.
When you finish with the inside, gather your vehicle shampoo and polish and make the outside of your motorhome shine. Apply alloy protector to your alloy wheel rims so that they look brand new.
We know you love your motorhome so much you practically live in it. The new owner won’t have an interest in your collection of random cutlery or your favourite comic books. Unless of course, your comic books are of the vintage variety.
Therefore, remove your personal goods. Thank you.
A clean and tidy motorhome will command a higher price than one full of rubbish.
Get a Habitation Service
Hopefully, you’ve kept up with your annual motorhome habitation checks. For owners not familiar with habitation service, it’s a check of your motorhome that ensures it’s safe to take out on the road.
The basic annual habitation service includes thorough checks of the following:
- Electrical systems
- Gas systems
- Water systems
- Fire safety systems
Part of the bodywork examination includes a damp check inside the motorhome.
The ideal reading is between 0-15%. Anything between 15-20% needs further investigation. If your motorhome tests above 20%, you have an issue with water ingress
Any evidence of water ingress needs immediate attention!
The basic service check doesn’t usually include servicing of appliances, air conditioning, or solar panels.
Don’t forget to request the damp check and service report before leaving the workshop. Not having a damp check may mean you don’t get the best price for your motorhome.
Does Everything Work?
The best way to sell a motorhome is with all systems working. Even if you’ve been on a recent adventure and everything performed find, give all systems a thorough check.
This is especially critical if you’ve chosen not to have a habitation service.
Start with the oven and the fridge. Test gas and electric for both. If you detect any faults, figure out the repair cost and decide if it’s worth fixing.
Check systems that use water such as the toilet, shower, and sink. Make sure the water heater works!
Speaking of water, make sure the grey water outlet is in good working order. If any of the grey water services are missing covers, replace them.
About the toilet—empty the cassette. Then give it the normal chemical treatment. Enough said about that!
Check your door and compartment locks and replace any that are broken.
Do a lightbulb check. This might seem trivial. Remember, even the small details matter if you want to move from worrying about when will I sell my motorhome to I sold it!
Once you’ve determined everything works, it’s time to figure out what your motorhome is worth.
Can I Sell My Motorhome for £100,000?
Your biggest question right now is how much your motorhome is worth. That’s a great question! And the answer depends on several factors including:
- Base vehicle
With such a large range of motorhome types, not to mention the variance in condition, there isn’t a formal valuation guide. Even if you went back to the original dealer, you’ll find they won’t have much in the way of written information.
One thing that is certain. Your motorhome today is not worth what it was the day you drove it home.
Don’t let that fact get you down. Instead, work with someone who buys motorhomes and let them help you understand the value of your coach today.
You’ll give them the details about your motorhome’s mileage, age, and current condition. In turn, they’ll tell you what it’s worth to them. Hint: Unless you own a Palace 90 G, it’s probably not £100,000
Once you have a valuation, you’ll have a better idea of what you can expect when you officially declare it’s for sale.
There’s one more thing to check off your to-do list. It’s gathering your paperwork.
The Legal Documents and More
Selling a motorhome is like selling any other vehicle. You’ll have several documents to hand over to the buyer.
Before you turn over your keys put the following in a folder:
- Valid MOT
- Stamped service history book (if you purchased the motorhome new)
These documents give your buyer confidence in you as a trustworthy seller. One of the documents, the V5C—your vehicle registration—is required when you sell.
Aside from the legal documents, it’s thoughtful if you also include any warranties and instruction manuals. Any buyer, whether it’s a private buyer or a dealer appreciates having as much information about the motorhome as possible.
Ready to Sell Your Motorhome?
You’ve cleaned it, repaired it, and had it professionally checked out. You have an idea of what it’s worth too. You’ve gathered the legal documents and found your manuals.
Everything is in tip-top shape and now it’s time to answer the question of the day.
Am I ready to sell my motorhome?
If the answer is yes, then we’re ready to buy. Contact us today and let’s have a chat!