Join Date: Oct 2021
Location: Fife, Scotland & Vendee, France
My Motorhome: I drive...Burstner Ixeo 590 IT Time Sovereign
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We bought our first m/home [online from a Dealer in Essex] at the end of April whilst we were still in lockdown, and had it delivered to us in Scotland [inbound traffic allowed, outbound trips still forbidden at that time], so the first drive was when it was taken of the low loader [see Avatar photo].
We did get a PDI via an Independent Caravan Engineer who did a scrupulous inspection and picked up minute problems, which the Dealer agreed to fix.
The m/home was low mileage, but there was not much service paperwork to show what routine work had been carried out, so that has been an unknown, and we have spent around £500 on 'making sure' by having the aircon regassed, the brake fluid replaced, Leisure and Vehicle Batteries replaced [Dealer paid for PDI, Cambelt & Water Pump change] etc.
The presence of service history would reassure me. The starting of the vehicle from cold would be another point. An independent engineer inspection would be vital. The driving position would give me enough of a feel, and I would probably be happy to sit in the passenger seat whilst the owner drove, so that I could concentrate on listening to the engine, feeling for vibrations through the dashboard etc, without having to concentrate on the driving itself, looking at the Rev Counter to get a feel for the engine at various speeds. If I was happy at that stage, I would probably ask for a short drive during this Test Drive, accompanied by the Owner, say, to the next dual carriageway exit or traffic island to feel the handling.
Any reluctance by the Owner to allow the inspection and/or drive and I would walk away. There may not be hundreds of vehicles for sale, but there is more than one ...
And if the 'someone else is arriving in 1/2 hour' message is given, my reply would be 'Don't let me stop you, then', because I would want to spend more than 1/2 hour checking the vehicle condition, the layout, imagining how it would work for us, as well as the mechanical side