How to Sell Your RV – The Basics

Want to upgrade to a new model, but don’t know how to sell your existing recreational vehicle (RV). Wondering where to start from? Don’t let the stress get the better of you. Follow the steps below to kick-start the process.

Give Your Rig a Show-Ready Shine:

A glossy exterior and spanking clean interior can make a customer fall in love with your rig at first sight. Shabbiness, on the other hand, can be a big put off for a probable buyer. A combination of high quality car shampoo, pest repeller and car-freshener is likely to do the magic for you.

Get the Documents in Order:

Documents can go a long way in winning over a buyer’s confidence in you, subsequently helping you to get a good price for your used rig. Check with your state’s department of motor vehicle (DMV) to obtain the complete list of all necessary documents. Most US states ask for a clean title, RV servicing and maintenance report, and the proof of passing a smog check. Obtain a vehicle history report (a document that provides a detailed history of a particular vehicle) to build credibility. Try to provide the user manuals that come along with appliances and accessories installed inside your vehicle.

Set a Fair Price Based On Objective Appraisal:

Your RV is priceless in your eyes, but this does not mean you can ask an absurd price for it. That being said, there is no point in letting it go for a price that is far below what it is actually worth. Refer to the website of National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), a provider of car research tools, to find out the ongoing market rates for used vehicles similar to the age, make and model of your RV. You will be presented with two sets of prices – the highest retail price and the lowest wholesale price. Settle anywhere in between these two figures. Banks and insurance companies also conduct appraisals of old vehicles upon request.

Figure Out the Best Way to Sell Your RV:

Do you want to go private or do you want to trust a dealer to complete the job on your behalf? Both modes have its unique advantages.

If you want to sell through a dealer, find one that has the experience of selling the type of RV that you own. Ask your friends for recommendations. In fact, direct feedback from an acquaintance is always the best way to find a reliable dealer.

If you want to sell your rig on your own, start by placing ad in a renowned RV website, but do not skip the few tried and tested tricks when showcasing your vehicle. For example, in the weekends, drive down to your nearest RV Park and distribute flyer ads containing information about your rig. Consider placing classified ads on a community newspaper. Above all, leverage the power of social networking – no, not in the virtual world, but in the real world. Let your friends and neighbors know that you have finally made up your mind to part with your beloved rig. Believe us, word of mouth works like magic.

Sometimes it becomes very difficult to kick-start a procedure simply because you do not know where to start. The above pointers answer the most basic query about how to sell your RV. Now that you know how to proceed, move ahead with confidence and steal a quick deal.

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