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Hopefully more experienced members can help us. 

We are about to put our motorhome (2005 Hymer C494, coachbuilt) up for sale. How is it best done? We will advertise as a private sale but where? Any suggestions?

More importantly how do we guarantee that payment is made securely? Cash? Cheque? Please advise as we are newbies in this particular area. Any suggestions and tips well received and thanks in advance. Rescue.

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I saw this and copied it from another forum MHF I am sorry to say I cannot remmeber who wrote it but it is the best advice I have seen regarding this subject. 


Pay £16 for a 30 day CLASSIFIED listing on eBay. Don't select the 'allow buyer to submit best offer' as
its a flawed feature and lets be honest, nobody serious will offer without seeing it.
Lots of pictures (de-personalise), nice thorough description (use manufacturers spec, detail and price
any options, service history etc).
If you want to go the whole hog buy a £11 phone from Tesco and use that number (you don't even
have to top it up to receive calls!).
Accept payment via bank transfer (CHAPS is usually same day), cash (pay it into the bank before
releasing the vehicle) or Cheque (obtain confirmation from the bank before relasing).
Write a receipt "Private Sale. Sold as seen and inspected. No warranty expressed or implied", two
copies, signed by buyer and yourself.
Sounds like a lot of work, doesn't it? Probably two days in all, what with fencing the calls etc?
What if I told you that you'd likely get between £500 - £1500 per day for your troubles? Because that
is likely the minimum premium you'd receive vs letting the vehicle go for trade in / broker. Does it still
seem such hard work?
Remember you'll likely be selling to other motorhomers - like you! I've had some lovely people come
view motorhomes and ever vehicle I've sold for myself or family has sold within a month and for the
asking price.
Good luck with your sale


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We recently sold our Motorhome. Advertised on 'Gumtree' for free. The couple who purchased saw the vehicle using 'Skype' on my tablet. Took nearly an hour showing them everything the asked about. They agreed to purchase. They live in London, we live in Scotland. They purchased by paying from their bank account into ours. We do not use internet banking so no passwords etc can be seen even if anyone tries to get into our computer. We had to give them the details of our bank account and sort code. The money arrived. I checked to see what came in and what went out. Lots in, nothing out. They asked us to hold the vehicle for a month until they came up. We had the room. No problem.

Our motto was, and we told them from the first contact, 'No completion of money. No sale'. If it had been by cheque and they had arrived with a cheque, until it was cleared we would not have released the vehicle.

We did have one person come to purchase. He tried the vehicle, one of us was with him when he drove our motorhome, the other followed in our car. Told him what we doing and also photographed and filmed him, and his own vehicle and partner, with phone camera. If he had not agreed he would not have been able to test. He was thinking about it when the London couple viewed and paid.

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Many thanks. This is such good advice. We had considered MMM as an advertising platform but we see there are other ways and means. We feel more confident now. Hope it goes smoothly for us.

A good forum this one.

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Have you advertised / sold yet? Would you consider putting a sale in here? Remember it's FREE. We don't have too many members yet, but we are getting quite a few visiting guests.

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Thanks for all your help. No we are just about to start the process of advertising and selling. Where do we access this service on this forum? Any other advice is welcome. RESCUE
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You will be the first, I think. Go to 'for sale' category. State the type of vehicle for sale as the title. Put as much detail as you can in the post. Insert photographs. As it's your post you can always update. The only thing to remember is when it is sold tell everyone it is sold and or remove the post. If you can't do that aske me. Do not put your contact details on the post, unless you wish. I prefer you not, but ask people to PM you. You can email or phone them that way. Even show them the vehicle via Skype as I did.

Go for it

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We will do this ASAP. it might be later today or tomorrow. Sorry to be such a pest but how do you advertise (as per your last post) on SKYPE? As you can see I am not too experienced, or able, in this area.

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Ah!, sorry. Can't advertise on Skype, it's a programme. I used Skype on my tablet show the prospective buyer, who lived 450 miles away, a full view of the van whilst I talked to her and answered every question and showed everything that was asked about. This made it more sellable in that they had questions answered early on in the transaction. A picture is worth a thousand words, a video is priceless. The only thing I don't show is how the alarm works. Just said it's alarmed (hidden cut off switch).

Hope this helps

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Ah! Now I understand about SKYPE. Last question (I hope). How does one value a second-hand motorhome? I am trying to determine a price and have received widely differing valuations. You can pm me if that is better. RESCUE.
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No problem to tell you. A price is set by yourself as to what you want for the vehicle. It's a bit like selling a house. If you have the time, then a high price. If you need a quick sale, then ask a lower price. Have a look at what others value the same motorhome as yours. Is that a reasonable price that you would accept? What ever price you put, people will offer lower. If they are interested they will contact and start proceedings. Many of the members have newer vehicles than me, and I am sure they would give better advice about valuation and depreciation etc. But everything is relative to you.

I don't mind telling. My old Hymer was sold for £11,000, but I had seen the same at £9,000 up to £13,000 privately and as much as £18,000 by company sale.

If you want help. Give the make, year and details here in a post and let the members give you advice. It's not a problem for them and they have far more knowledge than I.

Hope this helps

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Yes, we sold it quite readily. Thanks for your help.

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Can I just reiterate the care needed with the money transfer. There are a few other ways to transfer money, one, with a VERY well know auction site. Unfortunately, scammers appear to be able to infiltrate them, in one case scamming my normally astute daughter of £6000!
When we had our MH up for sale, a transfer into our bank, (we do internet banking) was the only, and safest way to do it, as once they money shows as in your account, if it is then removed, the bank have to compensate you...unlike paypal or other systems.  Although it makes you behave like a "spook" for a while, taking all of these special steps, will save you losing your life savings in some cases , and sleepless nights knowing that someone has illegally profited from your lack of care, treat everyone like a thief, ...and be pleasantly surprised, rather than treat everbody nicely, and be unpleasantly surprised!
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Have to agree with johntaylor.  When it comes to money transaction. Do your homework. If in doubt, don't. Find out more that 3 times before you remove that doubt.

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