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Tips for selling your campervan: campervan advice


Are you ready to bid farewell to your trusted campervan or considering upgrading to a newer model? Selling a campervan can be a complex process, and knowing the ropes can make all the difference

But don’t worry... we’ve done it all before, and, in this comprehensive guide, we'll use all our experience to walk you through everything you need to know about selling a campervan, from valuable tips and market insights to the best time of year to make your move.

We'll also touch on some essential advice for those looking to buy a campervan for their next adventure on the open road. So, let's embark on this journey together and make your campervan sale a smooth and successful one!

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Words by Iain Duff


What to know when selling a campervan

Auto Campers MRV campervan

(Photo courtesy of Auto Campers)

Before you embark on the journey of selling your campervan, it's crucial to be prepared and informed. Research the market to understand current trends and pricing for campervans similar to yours.

Clean and inspect your campervan thoroughly, addressing any minor repairs or maintenance issues to maximize its appeal and value. Gather all relevant documentation, including service records and ownership papers, to build trust with potential buyers.

Do campervans hold their value?

One common concern for sellers is whether campervans hold their value over time. Generally, campervans do retain their value well, especially if they are well-maintained and equipped with sought-after features.

However, it's essential to be realistic about depreciation, which can vary depending on the make, model, age, and condition of your campervan.

What is the lifespan of a campervan?

Campervans, like any vehicle, have a finite lifespan. However, with proper care and maintenance, they can last for many years. On average, a well-maintained campervan can provide reliable service for around 20 to 30 years.

Regular servicing, addressing issues promptly, and keeping the interior and exterior in good condition can extend its life significantly.

How long will it take to sell?

The time it takes to sell your campervan can vary based on factors such as demand, pricing, and the condition of your vehicle. While some campervans may find a buyer within a few weeks, others might take a few months.

Be patient, and consider adjusting the price or marketing strategy if needed to attract potential buyers.

What is a good time of year to sell?

The timing of your campervan sale can impact its success. The best time to sell a campervan is during the spring and summer months when outdoor activities are popular, and people are planning their vacations.

However, since campervans are in demand year-round, you can still find buyers during other seasons.

Selling to a dealer

Selling your campervan to a dealer can be a convenient option if you prefer a quick and hassle-free process. Dealers may offer a lower price compared to private sales, but they handle all paperwork and can provide an immediate transaction.

Selling privately

Selling your campervan privately may take more effort, but it can potentially yield a higher selling price. Create compelling listings with detailed descriptions and high-quality photos to attract potential buyers.

Be prepared to negotiate and arrange test drives for serious enquiries.

Tips on how to create your listing

When creating your campervan listing, highlight its unique features, recent upgrades, and any extras included.

Use the primary and supporting keywords like "selling a campervan," "sell my campervan," and "campervan sales" in your online listing to improve its visibility.

Selling through an agent

If you prefer professional assistance, you can engage an agent specialising in campervan sales. Agents can handle marketing, negotiations, and paperwork on your behalf, but they may charge a commission for their services.

Selling at an auction

A BCA vehicle auction

(Photo by Warners Group Publications)

Auctions can be a dynamic way to sell your campervan to the highest bidder. Research local auction houses and online platforms that specialise in campervan sales.

Keep in mind that the final selling price may vary, and there's a chance of getting less than expected.

Other useful tips to know

There are many factors that will affect the price of your hire vehicle, including:

  • Be honest and transparent about your campervan's condition and history.
  • Consider offering potential buyers a test drive to showcase your campervan's performance.
  • Respond promptly to enquiries and maintain open communication with potential buyers.
  • Be prepared to negotiate, but also know your minimum acceptable price.
  • Stay vigilant against potential scams or fraudulent buyers and verify payment methods securely.

Where to list your campervan for sale

The Harrogate motorhome and campervan show

(Photo courtesy of Peter Vaughan)

Once you've prepared your campervan for sale and are armed with all the necessary information, it's time to showcase your campervan to potential buyers. Here are some of the top places in the UK where you can list your campervan for sale:

Out and About Live

Listing your campervan on our website allows you to reach a targeted audience of enthusiasts who are actively looking to buy or upgrade their vehicles. Make sure to include captivating photos, a detailed description, and the primary and supporting keywords to optimise your listing for better visibility.

Online classified websites

Websites like Gumtree are popular platforms for selling vehicles in the UK. These websites have extensive reach and can connect you with potential buyers in your local area and beyond.

Campervan forums

Engaging with campervan communities through forums can be an excellent way to find interested buyers. Many members actively look for campervans for sale and may prefer buying from fellow enthusiasts.

Social media groups

Utilise Facebook groups and other social media platforms dedicated to campervans. Look for groups with a significant number of members interested in buying and selling campervans. Always check the group rules before posting your listing.

Local newspapers and magazines

Some people still prefer traditional methods of searching for campervans for sale, and local newspapers and magazines with classified sections can be a great way to reach this audience.

Auction websites

If you're open to selling your campervan through an auction, consider using websites like eBay or BCA. Auctions can attract competitive bidding, potentially leading to a higher selling price.

Word of mouth

Don't underestimate the power of word-of-mouth marketing. Let your friends, family, and acquaintances know that you're selling your campervan. They might know someone interested or spread the word within their networks.

Remember to be responsive to enquiries, provide honest answers, and maintain a professional demeanor throughout the selling process, regardless of the platform you choose. By selecting the right places to list your campervan, you'll increase your chances of finding the perfect buyer for your cherished home on wheels.

Note: Always be cautious when sharing personal information and conducting transactions online. Prioritise safety and consider meeting potential buyers in a public place or bringing along a friend or family member during viewings and test drives.

Buying a replacement campervan

A CMC Hembil Tour campervan

(Photo by Peter Vaughan)

After successfully selling your campervan, buying a new one can be an exciting endeavor. Start by setting a budget and identifying your must-have features and specifications. Research various makes and models that align with your travel needs and preferences.

Consider browsing reputable dealerships, online platforms, and attending motorhome shows to explore a wide range of options. Take your time to compare prices, inspect vehicles thoroughly, and, if possible, arrange test drives to ensure a perfect match for your next home on wheels.

Final thoughts

Selling a campervan requires preparation, patience, and the right approach. By understanding the market, pricing, and using effective marketing strategies, you can increase your chances of a successful sale.

Remember that each selling method has its pros and cons, so choose the one that aligns best with your priorities.

And if you're ready for a new adventure, these tips can also come in handy when you're in the market to buy a campervan.

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