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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-08-2012, 09:04 Thread Starter
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Vehicle Checks when buying overseas?

Consideration... I am thinking of buying a pretty expensive van in a private sale... but I am very nervous as how the heck am I supposed to know if everything works or not??!

Its a lot of cash to hand over to a private seller where there is no come back.

Appreciating that buying through main dealers would be less risky are there any organisations that, for a fee, will check vehicles over mechanically and habitation wise??

Short of taking someone with me I wonder if there is a motorhome equivalent of an AA check overseas... any ideas?

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ADAC ? I think it would be worth calling them.

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yeah thanks for the heads up... is that the German version of the AA?

I think the issue is that most will check the motor but for the home part really we need a motorhome specialist.

I wonder if Hymer in Europe would offer a vehicle review for a price... a bit like the MOT / habitation check.
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I would be VERY wary of any AA type inspection giving you what you want. A lot of years ago I was employed by the AA to do examination of second hand cars for members.

The tick box that was mostly used the most was "acceptable for age and mileage" which doesn't really tell you much does it?

The other issue for me would be how much skill and experience does the examiner have with motorhomes? They are VERY different to cars which is their bread and butter. How many car examiners would understand the significance of 'a bit of damp"?

Just be sure that you are getting what you think you are getting for your money in respect of any paid for examination.

Good luck, and make sure you look at this van with a very critical eye rather than through rose tinted spectacles.

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It's who you share the journey with (even if like me, it’s in a caravan!)
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We can all get 'caught' even the more experienced owners. But sometimes you have to trust in your own appreciation. Presumably you are buying in Germany because it's better value than the UK.
Even buying from a large and reputable dealer does not mean everything is covered and most dealers only pass on what the public has traded into them.

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We stayed at the stellplatz of two huge dealers in Germany at Easter.

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Both had vast and very efficient workshops and I'd be very surprised if they did not offer a habitation check service- along with others like them.

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