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New or Used RVs? Ankeny IA

Before you launch your RV search , make sure you have your financing lined up. Prices vary quite a bit, depending on whether you go for new or used. While loans can be arranged at most RV dealerships, if you're pre-approved with a bank, you might be able to negotiate a better interest rate from the dealer. The Smiths bought a used RV but the Jones' purchased a brand new heavy. Which recreational Vehicle is best for you?

Karl Chevrolet
(515) 645-3600
2901 SE Delaware Ave
Ankeny, IA

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Rivers Edge Auto Sales
(515) 288-2075
4285 NW 2nd St
Des Moines, IA

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Capital City Motors
(515) 282-7555
211 NE Broadway Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Tracy's Auto Alley
(515) 288-4290
4675 NW 2nd St
Des Moines, IA

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Martinson's Used Cars
(515) 266-2412
4004 E 14th St
Des Moines, IA

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Oh-Car Ltd
(515) 247-0900
3814 6th Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Truck City Inc
(515) 261-7383
1500 NE Broadway Ave
Des Moines, IA

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Secure Motors
(515) 244-3390
4290 NW 2ND St
Des Moines, IA

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Baileys Auto
(515) 246-1234
355 NE Broadway Ave
Des Moines, IA

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World Of Wheels
(515) 243-2292
4425 NW 2nd St
Des Moines, IA

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New or Used RVs?

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New or Used?

Looking for RV love in all the right places

Before you launch your RV search , make sure you have your financing lined up. Prices vary quite a bit, depending on whether you go for new or used. While loans can be arranged at most RV dealerships, if you're pre-approved with a bank, you might be able to negotiate a better interest rate from the dealer.

Like cars, RVs depreciate quickly. Since most RVs lose 40 percent of their value in the first year, you can save quite a bit buying used. One study found that buying a three-year-old RV cuts the costs in half. More surprisingly, a well-maintained two-year-old RV is already broken in and actually needs less repair work than its off-the-lot counterpart. And it runs more smoothly.

Between local and state classifieds, free trade magazines and consignment lots, there's no end to the number of used RVs available. If you're new to the world of RVs, bring along a seasoned pro to help you assess the vehicle and ask questions. Buying used usually means a few items will need repair, but you need to be able to tell the difference between a quick $100 fix and a month-long repair that requires a second mortgage. If you keep an itemized list of the potential repairs, you might be able to negotiate a better selling price that will offset the costs of repair.

Because low-mileage RVs are in demand, they often sell quickly. So if you find one that suits you and is in good condition, you'd be wise to make a decent offer quickly.

Takin' it to the Streets

Buying an RV is like buying a car and a house, all rolled into one. You need to do a test drive, but you also need to open all the doors, flush the toilets, lie on the beds, turn on the stove and see if you can reach the overhead storage without a ladder. In addition:

  • Look at the owner's service records
  • Get an RV mechanic to inspect the vehicle and give you a repair estimate

Buying New

Ah, that new RV smell. For some people, half the fun is ...

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