RV Buying: Questions to Ask the Dealership

Buying an RV is a large investment and you want to ensure you get the best value for your money. But shopping for an RV can be overwhelming with all the different models and things to consider. An RV dealership can be a valuable resource for you. You’ll be able to chat with a staff member who knows RVs in and out. Asking them questions can be a great strategy for finding out everything you need to know. We made a list of questions to ensure you won’t forget anything. After all, information is power, so having plenty of it will help you make an informed decision. When you are ready to look at models, visit Bretz RV & Marine. We proudly serve those in Missoula, Kalispell, and Helena, Montana.

What Type of RV Best Meets My Needs?

There are so many types of RVs and RV features out there that the search can get overwhelming. It helps to narrow down your options off the bat. Spend some time thinking about how you plan to travel so that you can know what will (and won’t) be worth paying for in terms of space, features, comfort, style, and so on. Talk to the dealership staff member about the number of people who will travel in it, how often you plan to travel, your storage options, your comfort preferences, and so on. They know the ins and outs of many different RVs, which sets them up well to guide you to the best-fitting choices.

What Brands Do You Recommend?

Dealerships offer many brands and some are better than others. They’ve been selling the brands for so long that they know which brands most often visit their service department with maintenance issues or which ones end up needing upgrades to make them more comfortable. They can guide you to the right investment.

Beyond the brand quality, you’ll also want to ask about which brands are more popular. The more popular an RV brand is, the easier it’ll be to find a qualified mechanic to service it or replace its parts.

What Are the Standard and Add-On Features for the RV?

After looking at so many models, it can be hard to keep track of which features are on which RVs. You don’t want to assume it has a feature you want and end up disappointed with your purchase when you find your RV lacking. Know what you get with each model. Also, it’s helpful to know which add-on features are available for a given model. Maybe the RV is missing a standard feature that’s a dealbreaker, but you’d be able to install it as an upgrade.

What Does the Warranty Cover?

There are so many variations among RV warranties that you’ll want to get a clear picture for the given model that you are considering. Find out what is covered and for how long. It’s also good to ask about any extended plan options and think about whether you want to go down that route.

What Are the Fees Beyond the Sticker Price?

The price you see on the RV is likely not the price you are going to be paying. Other fees could include a dealership fee, taxes, and registration fees. Make sure you are getting the full picture so you can decide whether that model fits into your budget.

What Perks Does the Dealership Offer?

Each dealership is different, but many offer enticing advantages. They may be networked with travel-related organizations and can offer you deals and discounts with their partners, such as free camping sites or lower prices on tourist excursions. They may host social events, such as a meet-and-greet barbecue, as a way for fellow RV enthusiasts to network together. Others may offer parts replacement and service department options to help you keep your RV running smoothly. See if there are any ways the dealership can enhance your life after you buy the RV.

Here at Bretz RV & Marine, we enjoy cultivating lasting relationships with our customers. That’s why we work hard to provide you with a number of services, such as parts replacement. We proudly serve those in Missoula, Kalispell, and Helena, Montana.

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