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Smart Tips for Buying a New or Used RV Online

According to the Wall Street Journal's Smart Money column, the smartest way to buy a new or used vehicle these days is online. Shoppers who purchase RVs online save time and money, enjoy a huge selection, and experience a more pleasant shopping experience. On RVT.com, RV shoppers can choose from more than 50,000 RVs and shop anytime of the day or night without a salesman looking over their shoulder. Shopping for vehicles online has become so popular that a J.D. Powers & Associates survey found that 85% of vehicle buyers use the internet to research and shop for new and used vehicles -- and RV shoppers are no exception.

Of course, where you choose to shop on the internet will affect your shopping experience. For the greatest RV selection and shopping convenience, choose a site like RVT.com that is dedicated exclusively to RV sales and that offers comprehensive web access. RVT.coms website, Facebook page, Twitter feed, iPhone and iPad apps provide todays RV shoppers with the shopping flexibility and convenience they are looking for. RVT.com puts all the information you need to purchase an RV in one convenient place so you can access, save, share, research and compare RV ads quickly and easily from wherever you happen to be. RVT.com makes buying an RV online is as easy as 1-2-3.

1. Educate yourself. If you're new to the RV Nation, get up to speed by reading our RV Buyer's Guide. If you're considering the purchase of a pre-owned RV, you'll also want to read the article Buying a Used RV. RV shoppers will find many helpful RV buying tips on our blog and in the articles and newsletter archives on the RVT.com website.

Begin your RV search by clicking Browse All RVs under the Search tab on our homepage. This will give you an overview of the many different RV types, makes and models available. Once you've honed in on the type of RV you want to buy - motorhome or towable -- narrow your search by exploring RVs for Sale. Click on each RV category to obtain a synopsis of standard size, cost, features and amenities for that type of RV.

2. Shop smart. As you browse RVT.com's online RV ads, make a list of "deal-breaker" features that you consider essential and a second list of appealing "nice to have" features. Opening a free RVT.com account will allow you to save your favorite listings. Use the resource links to RV consumer reporting sites to assist you in evaluating and comparing the RVs that make your short list.

RVT.com offers several handy fast-search options that allow RV shoppers to quickly locate RVs by make, city, state, cost and other criteria. However, most RV buyers find our easy-to-use Advanced Search feature the most useful way to locate RVs that have the specific combination of features they are looking for. Employ the Auto Notify feature available with your free RVT.com account to track new ad listings. Each time a new ad is posted that matches your search criteria Auto Notify will send you an email alert.

3. Close the deal. When you are ready to purchase your RV, use the RVT.com Price Checker to obtain the NADA Guides book value of the vehicle before you contact the seller. Price Checker will also provide you with the high, low and average prices of similar RVs currently for sale on RVT.com with links to the listings. This information will prove invaluable during price negotiations with the RV seller. Before buying an RV online, RV buyers may also find it helpful to review the information about RV financing, escrow, insurance and warranties available under the Resources tab on our website.

When you find your dream RV on RVT.com, click the Contact Seller link on the ad and fill in the contact form to make an offer. RVT.com will notify the seller who will contact you directly. In no time at all you'll be cruising down the highway in your new RV headed for the first of many RV adventures!

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