The success of purchasing a used motorhome requires some precautionary measures that should not offend the sensibilities and pride of an honest seller.
Never cash settlement
For transactions between individuals, the cash payment is permitted if the amount does not exceed 3000 euros. Failure to comply with this rule may result in a fine of up to 15 000 euros.
Remember above all, in case of future problems, it will be increasingly difficult to claim against the seller if there is no record of payment.
If he is honest, your seller will not feel offended if you ask him to present identification. You will be able to verify that this is the same name on the registration. If this is not the case and that it explains that the vehicle is that of a distant cousin or friend, go on your way.
Check the camper history
At least to know the seller and his vehicle, which you will inevitably already talked a lot if you have expressed your interest in the camper, ask to see the maintenance book (revisions must be regular in time or kilometers) and any repairs bills. If the seller is not able to present them, it is better to drop!
The final transaction must be the home seller
Even if the camper is stored in a shed in the countryside, it is better quietly finalize the purchase of the home seller. This will allow you to verify that the seller’s address is the same as that mentioned on the registration card.
No try, no buy!
If the vendor refuses to let you test drive by arguing that his insurance is prohibited from handing over to a “stranger”, go on your way.
Telephone numbers beginning with 0899 or 089. Never call!
Common on mobile phones, this scam invites you via SMS, and for various reasons (an “old” friend who is trying to reach you) to remember a number that begins with either 0899 or by 0897. Please note that these numbers are also used for ads.
First, there will be nobody on the phone to answer, which is already annoying. But what’s even more is that this single call will be charged more than one euro. These numbers are indeed premium rate numbers that easily enrich the wise guys who created them.