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6 Important Tips When Buying a Used RV in Canada

Nov 20, 2022 | Buyer Guides

Before you purchase a new car, you “kick the tires” and do your due diligence. This process is especially paramount when buying a used RV. An RV is an expensive vehicle and a living space, so you need to make sure it’s in good condition before you buy.

There are many things to keep in mind before you buy an RV and hit the road, like how you will finance it. As the best RV financing company in Canada, our team at Canada Powersports Financing knows the ins and outs of buying a used RV.

Here are six things to do before you buy your new recreational vehicle in Canada.

1. Don’t Buy Until You See It Yourself

It may seem obvious, but if you can’t see the RV in person, don’t buy it. This rule is doubly true if the previous owners won’t let you inspect the RV.

If a deal seems too good to be true and you can’t see the RV in person, chances are that it is. 

2. Look Out for Mold

Mold is a common problem for all homes, both mobile and immobile. When buying a used RV, mold can be hard to spot. Do a detailed search from top to bottom, looking for any signs of mold. Don’t forget to check the cupboards and cabinets and bring a flashlight along.

3. Check for Signs of Water Damage

Along with mold, water damage is one of the most common issues concerning used RVs for sale. Just like with mold, you’ll want to check the same problem areas near sinks, showers, and toilets.

While you can sometimes eliminate mold, water damage may require major repairs. 

4. Test Out the Roof

Don’t forget to hop on the top of the RV during your pre-purchase inspection. If water is likely to get in anywhere, it’s the roof. Check all the caulking to make sure water can’t get in.

You should also slowly walk around the roof. If any part isn’t sturdy, it may have rotted.

5. Gather Any Information You Can

A visual inspection or even a test drive can go a long way toward identifying any potential issues. However, you won’t know everything about the vehicle unless you have access to the maintenance records.

It never hurts to ask the seller if they can provide extra documentation.

6. Get a Professional Inspection

If you’re buying an American-made RV in Canada, it must comply with Canadian standards. For this reason, you’ll want to have a certified technician inspect your RV before purchase.

A professional inspection will spot any issues you may have missed and identify potential problems with parts you couldn’t inspect, like the propane, electric, and plumbing systems.

Finance Your RV Purchase

Buying a used RV is a big decision, so it’s always worth verifying it’s safe and worth the cost. Our team at Canada Powersports Financing is here to provide you with a quality RV at a fair price. Call us at (844) 531-0138 and take the first step towards your dream RV today.

Check out our blog for more tips when buying an RV.

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