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What are some tips for purchasing a used recreational vehicle?

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To buy a used recreational vehicle, or RV, an individual should conduct research beforehand to know what to look for, run the vehicle's history and have a mechanic inspect it. Prospective buyers should use a combination of online advertisements and local sellers when looking for a used RV.

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It's helpful to research different types of RVs before shopping for available models. This narrows down the search and allows the person buying the used RV to know exactly what to look for. The individual should make a list of preferences, such as a make and model, year, mileage and size of the RV. Setting a budget and sticking to it is also important. When reviewing advertisements for used RVs, the prospective buyer should check the price to be sure it's realistic for a vehicle of that year and condition.

It's possible to checking the history of an RV by using the vehicle identification number, or VIN. Some vehicle history reports require paying a small fee, so the buyer should contact the seller before checking the history to make sure the RV is still available. The buyer should also ask as many questions as necessary to find out the history of the RV, and then take it for a test drive.

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