If you’re toying with the idea of buying a motorhome, you might be wondering when you should take the plunge. Is it better to buy at the start of summer? The end of autumn before winterising? Or simply when you have found the perfect motorhome?
While there is no ‘wrong’ time to buy a motorhome, there are definitely benefits to buying at different times of the year, depending on your travel plans, lifestyle, budget and more. To help you choose what is right for you, we’ve put together this guide to the best time of year to buy a motorhome. Let’s dive in!
One of the most common questions asked by those considering buying a campervan is ‘what is the best month to buy a motorhome?’ While this isn’t the only factor, different times of the year can affect things like price, availability of motorhomes and so on. Let’s dive into the benefits of buying a motorhome at different times of the year:
Summer months in Australia are perfect for those beachy adventures. What better way to experience them than with a motorhome! For this reason, buying a motorhome at the start of summer is a very popular choice for many new motorhome owners. An early summer purchase allows you to get the most out of your new home-on-wheels. And it makes a great Christmas gift for yourself!
Being able to pack up and hit the road right away means that you will also avoid having to pay winter storage costs. However, due to demand, these can be snapped up quickly. As such, we recommend if your dream motorhome comes on the market, don’t wait!
Winter is another top contender when it comes to the best times to buy a motorhome. It’s quite common for people to trade in their motorhomes after a summer of travelling. So you might notice a spike in pre-owned motorhomes on the market during this time. With plenty to choose from, this is a great time to start the buying process.
There can be many benefits to motorhome shopping in the autumn and spring. In spring, you may see a spike of motorhome owners trading in due to lifestyle needs, before the summer ahead.
In contrast, autumn may be a good time to strike a deal. After a summer of adventuring, owners may be looking to avoid paying storage costs for a vehicle they won’t get much more use out of. You may be able to reap the benefits of this when buying a motorhome at this time of year.
In general, if you’re in the market for a motorhome, there is no ‘right time’ to buy. Instead, it is more a case of when the ‘right one’ becomes available. These are a few other factors that will impact when is the best time to buy:
If your dream motorhome comes on to the market, you should go for it. Everyone’s idea of the perfect motorhome will be different. It’s all about finding a motorhome that suits your needs. Come up with a list of your non-negotiables in an RV. This will help you filter out the motorhomes that won’t meet your needs. That way, if a motorhome becomes available that does meet your personal criteria, you know that this is a good time to take the plunge.
Finding a motorhome within your budget is another big consideration in motorhome buying. The market can change quickly, so if you see what you’re looking for and it’s within budget, this is a great indicator that it may be the right time to buy.
Owning a motorhome isn’t just owning a vehicle, it’s committing to a lifestyle. Travelling from place to place, exploring from the comfort of your own home on wheels is a dream come true for many. But, timing can be everything. When considering the right time to buy, it’s worthwhile to consider if you are ready for the on-the-road lifestyle. Things like family, finances and the time you have available will play into this decision.
When you do decide to invest in the lifestyle, it’s a good idea to allow time between purchasing and hitting the road. If you are planning a larger trip or a big lap, why not start off with a few weekend adventures in your local area to make sure everything is set to your needs? This is also a great way to ease yourself into and acclimate, to this new lifestyle.
Once you have decided on the best time/vehicle for you, there are a few additional things to know before you buy:
It’s important that you do your research before buying a motorhome. It’s a big investment, so you’ll want to ensure you have all the information before you make your decision. For more information on motorhome buying, check out our guide to find out what to look for when buying a motorhome.
If you’re not sure if motorhome ownership is for you, why not try before you buy? At KEA, we understand how important it is to find the right RV for you. That is why we have created our try before you buy initiative. This allows you to rent a vehicle through our rental partners Maui, Britz or Mighty to try the lifestyle and different van conversion layouts. If you choose to buy a KEA motorhome within three months of your hire, we will refund you the cost of your motorhome hire for up to 7 days (does not include add-ons or insurance). Simple as that!
To help choose the right motorhome for your lifestyle, start by making a wishlist for your motorhome and look at your priorities. Do you want a campervan with all the mod-cons so you can spend time in the kitchen cooking campervan meals and relaxing indoors? Or do you prefer the cheapest campervan set up, so you can save your money for outdoor adventures? Making a list of what you want is a great way to help inform your budget as well as get an idea of what floor plan would suit your needs.
You never know when your ideal motorhome will become available. You could find what you’re looking for at any time. Get your finances in order and keep a close eye on the market to ensure you don’t miss out.
KEA has a network of RV dealerships all across Australia. Whether you’re in Queensland or Tasmania, we’ve got you covered. The KEA team are a wealth of knowledge when it comes to buying a campervan and can help with anything from layouts, the price of campervans, and so on. If you start a relationship with a dealer, they may even be able to look out for your dream vehicle for you. To chat with a KEA rep, get in touch with your local KEA dealer today.
Campervan and RV lifestyles are more popular than ever. As such, the motorhome and campervan market is booming with demand at an all-time high. If you’re looking to buy a motorhome - instead of waiting until the right time of year - focus on grabbing the best motorhome for you when it becomes available.
You can typically find great deals on motorhomes online. A few of the top online marketplaces include:
While there are plenty of options, there are risks of not buying with a certified dealer, such as
As such, it is always recommended to buy from a trusted and certified dealer. KEA motorhomes offer quality new and used campervans and motorhomes for sale across our Australia dealer network. The KEA website has all KEA vehicles, including KEA ex-rental campervans, for sale.
Owning a motorhome will give you a new lease on life, opening you up to endless adventures. But, it’s not for everyone. If you are still undecided on if motorhome ownership is for you, check out our guide on the pros and cons of owning a motorhome.
Deciding when is the right time to buy a motorhome can be a common concern when purchasing an RV. While there can be benefits to buying at different times of the year, it can be more beneficial to consider other factors such as your budget, lifestyle and - most importantly - when the right RV becomes available.
If you already own a motorhome and are ready to buy a new motorhome and trade in your existing motorhome, KEA can help. With over 25 years in the motorhome industry, KEA offers motorhome servicing as well as trade-in options. Chat with one of our KEA team today in-store or online to see how you can enjoy the KEA difference.