Whether you are looking to buy your first motorhome or wanting to trade-in, renew and upgrade your existing leisure vehicle, one name is likely to crop up time and again. And that name is Auto-Sleeper.

Whether you see it in the magazines for motorhomes or hear it from the lips of motorhome owners, the name crops up because of the status and reputation established by Auto-Sleeper. It is a reputation for building high-quality, luxurious and artfully designed motorhomes that are built to last.

You may be in a position to buy your motorhome new or you might be looking to buy a pre-loved leisure vehicle.

Like any other vehicle – and even though an Auto-Sleeper holds its price better than any other motorhome – its depreciation over the years means that buying second-hand is a cheaper option than buying brand new.

But how do you go about finding an Auto-Sleeper for sale?

Use the internet

This is the age of the internet. Most of us are more than accustomed to browsing for the things we need, doing the appropriate background research, and making a final purchase online. It’s a way of viewing probably the widest possible market for whatever it is we want to buy.

And that goes for motorhomes, too. Tap into your web-browser “motorhomes for sale” or even refine your search by specifying “Auto-Sleepers for sale” and you are likely to come up with countless online listings from both dealers and private individuals.

Join online forums and groups

 Join online forums, social media groups, and communities dedicated to motorhome enthusiasts. Members often share information about motorhomes for sale, including Auto-Sleepers, and may offer recommendations or insights based on their own experiences.

Check classified ads

Keep an eye on classified ads in local newspapers, magazines, and motorhome publications. Sellers sometimes advertise their Auto-Sleepers for sale in print media, so it’s worth checking these sources regularly for listings in your area.

Contact Auto-Sleeper owners’ clubs

Auto-Sleeper owners’ clubs and associations may have members looking to sell their motorhomes or know of other owners who are selling. Reach out to these clubs, attend meetings or events, and network with fellow enthusiasts to inquire about any Auto-Sleepers available for sale.

What to consider when buying an Auto-Sleeper privately

If you press ahead through an advertised private sale, of course, there is a whole list of checks you need to make before buying any motorhome this way, such as:

  • making sure it’s not stolen;
  • ensuring no one has tampered with the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or weight-plate;
  • checking the registration details and the existence of any outstanding finance;
  • checking carefully for damp or the ingress of water into the interior; and
  • asking for proof of the motorhome’s service history – both mechanical and habitation servicing.

Even though you have taken every reasonable care and conducted the most rigorous checks on the motorhome, you have little come-back on any private sale if you subsequently discover something wrong with it.

Visit a specialist Auto-Sleeper dealer

For an investment likely to be quite as important as the purchase of an Auto-Sleeper motorhome, you might prefer to sidestep the convenience of the internet and instead rely on the more immediate and convincing satisfaction of seeing for yourself.

That means visiting a specialist Auto-Sleeper dealer – such as DerbyMotorhomes – getting up close and personal with the model or models of your choice, and seeing for yourself why this is the marque that tends to be on everyone’s lips when finding an Auto-Sleeper for sale.

When it comes to checking the motorhome – whether you are buying new or second-hand – a specialist dealer will have done all the work for you.

You can be certain that ownership is not in dispute, that there is no outstanding finance, and that your motorhome has been thoroughly checked, serviced, and delivered to you in tiptop condition. And in the unlikely event of your finding fault with the motorhome you’ve just bought, you know just where to go to get it put right.

Picking the right motorhome for you is just that – it’s a question of choosing the vehicle that suits you and your family’s needs down to the ground. It’s not the motorhome that will suit just anyone and it may not be your neighbour’s choice. The right motorhome for you is the one that suits you, your needs, and your individual circumstances.

Having said that, you’ll still find yourself spoilt for choice when it comes to picking the right motorhome for you. When you look around our showrooms, for instance, you are likely to be stunned by the sheer choice available to you.

That’s why at Derby Motorhomes, we are very familiar with potential new buyers asking for our advice and guidance in terms of how to select the motorhome that suits them!

Let’s start with some of the basics.


As with just about everything else in life, the amount you have available to spend will play a role in your final decision on a motorhome.

Picking the right motorhome for you will depend upon how much you wish to put into the purchase and just what you will be able to secure for your available finances. You will also need to consider ongoing maintenance expenses, storage costs, motorhome insurance and potential depreciation.

We can offer some excellent advice and guidance on that one and possibly assist with the financing options too.

How you’ll use it

Just how you plan to use your vehicle will be instrumental in you picking the right motorhome for you.

Ideally, you should be clear in advance about variables such as:

  • how many people, on average, will be using the motorhome when you go away;
  • how big are they – and if that sounds odd, keep in mind that the space and facilities requirements for say a couple of occasional younger grandchildren passengers might be quite different to having two other full-sized adults with you;
  • what sort of distances will you be using your motorhome over – some owners tend to use their vehicles only within a relatively modest distance of their own home, while others may go from one end of the country to the other or indeed on major expeditions across Europe.

All these factors – and many others like them – will influence your views as to the type of vehicle and configurations that you will need to meet your requirements.

Your accommodation preferences

This is a surprisingly large field to think about.

We’d welcome the opportunity for what’s likely to be a longer conversation but by way of a quick illustration, we recognise that some people prefer permanent, fixed beds whereas others like the additional space-saving that might come with fold-up beds.

Another example might be thinking about whether you want a smaller shower area and use the space saved for other purposes or would prefer a larger and more luxurious shower room configuration.

There are pros and cons in respect of every option, and you’ll face similar decisions that need to be made about other areas of the internal layout and accommodation offered by any particular motorhome.

It goes without saying that you’ll need to have formed at least some idea of subjects such as these when you start thinking about various motorhome options and picking the right motorhome for you.

Your driving comfort

This is less a question about the seating and cab layout. What we have in mind, instead, is how happy you are likely to be driving larger versus smaller vehicles.

Also consider the manoeuvrability and driving experience of the motorhome, especially if you plan to navigate narrow roads or park in tight spaces. Smaller campervans and motorhomes offer greater agility, while larger ones provide more living space but may be challenging to manoeuvre in certain environments.

Legal requirements and insurance

Familiarise yourself with legal requirements for driving a motorhome in the UK, including licensing regulations, weight restrictions, and insurance obligations. Ensure that your motorhome is adequately insured to protect against potential accidents, damages, and liabilities.

Environmental impact

You may also wish to consider the environmental impact of your motorhome choice, including fuel efficiency, emissions, and sustainability practices. Opt for eco-friendly options and adopt responsible travel practices to minimise your ecological footprint while exploring the UK’s natural wonders.


You can learn a great deal, of course, by browsing online and leafing through the many brochures and catalogues that feature every make and model of motorhome.

Ultimately, though, picking the right motorhome for you requires the first-hand experience, consultation, and discussion with experts that you might struggle to find exclusively online. And that’s precisely the experience we can offer when you meet our dedicated sales team here in the covered, permanent exhibition space at Derby Motorhomes.

So, why not contact us at your earliest opportunity for a discussion about what is the most appropriate motorhome vehicle for you? We are standing by waiting to help!

What’s not to love and admire about motorhomes made by Auto-Sleepers? Although it’s likely to be a long list of attributes and features, we are still sometimes asked why we so clearly approve of these motorhomes.

If we were pressed and had to sum it all up in just one word, we’d probably say “experience” – the sheer lived experience of the Auto-Sleepers brand.

Let’s expand a little upon what here at Derby Motorhomes we mean by that.

Pulling everything together

Thanks to our extensive experience in the marketplace, we know that it’s possible to identify many motorhomes that:

  • are brilliantly designed in terms of their internal layouts – with innovative features such as the flexibility of their accommodation;
  • offer designer-quality internal décor, fixtures, fittings, and colour schemes;
  • contain state of the art technology in terms of appliances and recreational-support activities;
  • demonstrate unparalleled build quality – resulting in an experience that is not only tactile but very much “good in the hand”;
  • use only the best and proven power trains – so that you can be assured of superb on the road driving performance;
  • implement the best ergonomic design to provide a safe and comfortable driving experience;
  • offer an excellent value for money proposition;
  • deliver exceptional reliability in day after day performance; and
  • come with great external looks, bodywork, and a superlative quality finish.

However, while we have seen many motorhomes that deliver some of or perhaps even several of those defining features, what we like about Auto-Sleepers is that you can put a tick in all the boxes for motorhomes constructed by this now very famous and highly esteemed Cotswolds company.

Unsurprisingly, of course, it goes without saying that all of these qualities are important.

Reliable and luxurious

A motorhome can offer incredibly comfortable accommodation and some great facilities. But none of that will count for much if the vehicle has broken down and is constantly under repair in your local garage.

Similarly, being out on a trip and finding, shortly after you have parked up, that something simply “doesn’t work” is a frustrating experience and one that might spoil the whole experience of your precious leisure activity.

For all these reasons – and others like them – we naturally incline towards Auto-Sleepers when we are discussing quality solutions for motorhome recreational needs.

Of course, even within the Auto-Sleepers range, there will be many choices to make and not every model will necessarily be equally suitable for a prospective buyer or suit an individual’s particular needs and circumstances.

This is another big advantage of Auto-Sleepers though. Nobody wants to face Hobson’s Choice of a limited range of options when contemplating an expensive purchase. Auto-Sleepers have an incredibly flexible range of vehicles and configurations to choose from. It is highly likely, therefore, that there will be one to suit the requirements of the overwhelming majority of motorhome purchasers.

More reasons why you may wish to choose Auto-Sleepers

Auto-Sleepers stands out as a premier choice for motorhome enthusiasts seeking quality, innovation, and reliability in their recreational vehicles. With a rich heritage spanning over six decades, Auto-Sleepers has earned a reputation for excellence in craftsmanship and customer satisfaction. Here are some more compelling reasons why Auto-Sleepers should be at the top of your list when considering your next motorhome purchase:

  • Heritage and experience

With over 60 years’ of experience in designing and manufacturing motorhomes, Auto-Sleepers UK brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the industry. Each motorhome is crafted with meticulous attention to detail and built to the highest standards of quality and durability.

  • Innovative design

Auto-Sleepers takes pride in its innovative approach to motorhome design, incorporating cutting-edge technology and ergonomic features to enhance comfort, convenience, and functionality on the road. From clever space-saving solutions to luxurious interiors, Auto-Sleepers motorhomes are designed to elevate the travel experience.

  • Versatility and customisation

Auto-Sleepers offers a diverse range of motorhome models to suit every lifestyle and travel preference. Whether you’re seeking a compact campervan for weekend getaways or a spacious coachbuilt motorhome for extended adventures, Auto-Sleepers provides versatile options to meet your needs.

Additionally, many models offer customisable features and layouts, allowing you to tailor your motorhome to suit your individual requirements.

  • Trusted

Auto-Sleepers UK stands as a trusted leader in the motorhome industry, renowned for its heritage, innovation, craftsmanship, and customer satisfaction. Whether you’re embarking on a weekend getaway or a cross-country adventure, choosing an Auto-Sleepers motorhome ensures a journey of unparalleled comfort, reliability, and enjoyment on the open road.

How can we prove this to you?

Don’t just take our word for it but treat yourself to a first-hand experience by getting up close and personal with the full range of Auto-Sleepers. Under the year-round cover of our indoor exhibition hall, you’ll find both new and pre-loved models to inspect both inside and out.

We remain only too pleased to offer further advice and guidance on any models in the Auto-Sleepers range. We have all the required technical information and can share with you the many and varied layout configurations that are open to you when you buy an Auto-Sleepers motorhome.

We look forward to showing you around and if you’d like to contact us beforehand, our telephone number is 01332 360222.

Further reading: Who are Auto-Sleepers? and Buying an Auto-Sleeper

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UK Motorhome shows offer enthusiasts and prospective buyers an excellent opportunity to explore the latest models, discover innovative accessories, and connect with fellow travellers. Whether you’re a seasoned camper or a novice adventurer, here are some tips to help you make the most of your experience at a UK motorhome show:

Research your interests in advance – and plan

Many of the bigger motorhome shows can be quite intimidating in terms of size and scale. It’s perfectly possible to wander around aimlessly trying to look at everything, only to end up exhausted and without any abiding lessons or firm conclusions at the end of the day!

So, before attending the motorhome show, take some time to research exhibitors, seminars, and special events scheduled for the day. Create a tentative itinerary to ensure you don’t miss out on any must-see attractions or informative sessions.

Go to those stands or exhibitors as a priority and ignore everything else until you have put a tick against each of your priority interests.

Family planning

If you have younger children with you, it’s great to involve the whole family, but you probably don’t need us to tell you that those youngsters might have extremely limited attention spans.

Certainly, they’ll enjoy getting close to the motorhomes, but they are likely to be a lot less interested if you’re discussing engine option specifications, let’s say, with an expert on a stand.

If you can, it might be best to leave your kids with a family member so that you can concentrate on the event itself. If that’s not possible or you don’t like the idea in principle, then taking along some distractions in the form of games or toys might be a smart idea.

Consider taking some food

There is almost always plenty of catering at these events and it can be a perfectly reasonable quality. But the food concessions can also sometimes become extremely crowded.

If you don’t mind queuing up for food and losing time while you are doing so, that’s great. However, if you’d prefer to spend your time looking at motorhomes, rather than the stranger in front of you in the food queue, consider taking a picnic.

Set realistic targets

Many people admit to reaching the end of a motorhome show in a state of almost total exhaustion. It’s great fun but walking endlessly around trying to do everything can drain even the fittest of us.

So, building on that prioritised list of objectives mentioned above, make sure that the things you note as “must do” are realistically achievable within the time you are allocating.

Wear sensible footwear

If the venue is inside, make sure you wear comfortable shoes rather than those designer specials that look great, but are going to cause you grief after you’ve been walking around in them for a few hours.

If things are outside, make sure your shoes are equally sensible but also waterproof and with decent soles. It doesn’t matter what the weather forecast said, if a field turns into a quagmire and you have beach shoes on, you’re likely to regret it.

Consider bringing along a lightweight jacket or umbrella in case of unexpected weather changes.

Ask questions

Take advantage of the opportunity to interact with exhibitors and industry experts. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about motorhome features, specifications, pricing, and financing options. Gather as much information as possible to make informed decisions.

Test drive opportunities

If available, take advantage of test drive opportunities offered by motorhome manufacturers or dealers. Test driving allows you to experience first-hand the handling, comfort, and performance of different models, helping you narrow down your choices.

Attend seminars and workshops

Many motorhomes shows host seminars, workshops, and demonstrations on topics ranging from maintenance tips to travel destinations. Attend sessions relevant to your interests and learn from experienced professionals and fellow enthusiasts.

Explore accessories and gadgets

Browse through the accessory stalls and gadget booths to discover innovative products designed to enhance your motorhome experience. From outdoor furniture to solar panels and navigation systems, explore options to customise and optimise your travel rig.

Network with fellow enthusiasts

Motorhome shows provide a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals who share a passion for outdoor adventures. Strike up conversations with fellow attendees, exchange travel stories, and glean insights from their experiences.

Take advantage of show discounts

Many exhibitors offer exclusive discounts and special offers during motorhome shows. Keep an eye out for promotional deals on motorhomes, accessories, camping gear, and insurance packages.

Try to avoid arriving or leaving at peak times

Broadly speaking, peak arrival and departure times are normally somewhere between 8-10 a.m. and 5-7.00 p.m. That may vary, of course, depending upon the hours of the specific show.

At many venues, these peak times can put incredible pressure on the local road systems that result in long queues of traffic to get in or out of the place. Sitting in a queue is unlikely to be an ideal start or end to your day, so try and avoid the peaks and travel at other times if possible.

That said, early birds often have the advantage of exploring exhibits more leisurely and engaging in meaningful conversations with exhibitors before the venue gets crowded.

Enjoy the experience!

Above all, enjoy the experience of immersing yourself in the world of motorhomes and outdoor exploration. Take time to savour the sights, sounds, and camaraderie of the event, and envision the exciting adventures that lie ahead with your own motorhome.

By following these tips, you can maximise your enjoyment and make the most of your visit to a UK motorhome show. Whether you’re in the market for a new motorhome or simply seeking inspiration for your next adventure, a motorhome show offers a wealth of opportunities to fuel your passion for travel and exploration.

So, you’ve succumbed to the lure of the open road – the freedom to go where you like, rest and stop wherever you choose – and have decided to buy a motorhome.

But where do you start looking for that purchase? Let’s take a look at your options. They immediately fall into one of two broad sources – do you buy privately or from a dealer?

Private sales

One of the attractions of buying privately is that you are buying directly from the vendor and can tell yourself that you are avoiding the commission or profit that needs to be made by any third-party agent such as a dealer.

A private sale is also more likely to involve a used motorhome, of course, so you may be able to take advantage of the depreciation already reflected in the value of a second-hand vehicle. A buyers’ guide published by Out and About Live claims that the savings on buying second-hand, rather than new, might be considerable. Although it also concedes that the slower rate of depreciation on a motorhome compared to ordinary cars might keep prices rather similar.

Thanks to the internet, your search is no longer limited to class advertisements in your local newspaper or trade journals. Online listings give you the chance to search across the whole of the country for those looking to sell a used motorhome.

Just like buying any vehicle from a private seller, however, it is very much a question of “buyer beware”. You must be prepared to go over the motorhome with a fine-toothed comb – and in this case checking not only the mechanics, but also the exterior and interior integrity of what is going to be your second home.

Your scrutiny also needs to extend to the seller’s legal capacity to sell the motorhome. Do they have title to the vehicle? Is there any outstanding hire purchase or other finance on it? Has it been classified as an insurance write-off?

Using a service such as an HPI checker specialises in helping you to check the possibility of any fraud on the part of the vendor – but the responsibility is very much your own.

Buying from a dealer

Instead, you may avoid much of the doubt and anxiety by buying your motorhome from a reputable dealer. Whether you are buying brand new or second-hand, you have the reassurance of knowing just where to go if you later discover something wrong with the vehicle you bought.

A dealer is responsible for conducting all the financial checks on any pre-owned motorhome. They are able to stay in business only by ensuring that any vehicle has been thoroughly checked inside and out, mechanically and accommodation-wise, after a full service.

Any optional extras or accessories for your motorhome may also be supplied directly by the dealer and properly fitted or installed.

Any new motorhome is going to come with the manufacturer’s warranty, but many established dealers are also likely to extend a guarantee even to used vehicles.

Many dealers are also able to arrange any finance you may need to purchase your motorhome.

Here at Derby Motorhomes, we pride ourselves in the reputation we have established as a leading dealer in all makes of motorhome – specialising in Auto-Sleepers. Thanks to our location in Derby, in the Midlands, we are likely to be reasonably accessible wherever you live in the country – and look forward to the opportunity of demonstrating first-hand a wide range of new and used motorhomes for sale.

Further reading: Financing your Auto-Sleeper purchase

Buying any motorhome represents a more significant investment than buying a runabout car. Buying a motorhome in the distinguished class and luxury of an Auto-Sleeper is likely to be a still bigger investment.

So, how might you go about financing your Auto-Sleeper purchase? The good news is that there should be a finance solution that most suits you.


If it has long been your dream to own a motorhome, you might have been saving over the years for the tidy sum likely to be required. If you have savings set aside, this could be a straightforward way to finance your motorhome. Using your own funds eliminates the need for a loan and avoids interest charges. However, ensure that you still have an emergency fund after the purchase.

Equity release

For homeowners who have reached the age of 55 or over, the dreams they nurtured in owning a motorhome might be realised through equity release.

Typically, this involves a so-called lifetime mortgage on the home that is owned, so that you have the cash released through its equity but make no repayments on the loan until the property is sold, you go into long-term care or you die.

Auto-Sleeper finance

Auto-Sleeper finance, on the other hand, helps you avoid having to do anything quite as drastic as blowing your savings or unlocking the equity in your home in order to purchase a motorhome.

A reputable Auto-Sleeper dealer is almost certain to be able to offer a range of finance options – and, to do so, must be registered with and authorised by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

Those options might include:

  • a personal loan – for the whole or just part of the purchase of your Auto-Sleeper – with repayment terms spread over several years;
  • hire purchase – which typically involves you paying an initial deposit of around 10% of the purchase price – and equal monthly payments until the final balance is cleared; or
  • Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) – the widely popular method of car finance which has also been extended to the purchase of motorhomes and which leaves you the option of returning the vehicle at the end of the contract agreement instead of paying the final “balloon” instalment to complete the purchase.

As with any finance credit agreement, of course, the terms of your Auto-Sleeper finance is going to depend on your creditworthiness – the healthier your credit score, the more favourable the rate of interest you are likely to be offered and the better your chances of securing the credit you need.

Motorhome finance calculator

You can use our online motorhome finance calculator here that will help you decide how much you need to borrow, the repayment terms and any other conditions that may be attached to your Auto-Sleeper finance deal.

Specialist Auto-Sleeper dealers – such as ourselves at Derby Motorhomes – are likely to have close working relationships with several major banks, brokers and financial institutions, offering you a wide choice of different types of finance to suit your particular needs and circumstances.

What else do I need to consider when financing a motorhome?

  • Determine and stick to your budget: The first step in financing a motorhome is establishing a realistic budget. Consider not only the purchase price but also additional costs like insurance, maintenance, and storage. Knowing your financial limits will help you narrow down your choices and avoid overspending.
  • Credit Score. If you are going down the finance route, then remember that your credit score plays a crucial role in securing favourable financing terms. Before applying for a loan, check your credit report and score. A higher credit score increases your chances of qualifying for more attractive interest rates.
  • Insurance considerations: Remember to factor in insurance costs when budgeting for your motorhome. Insurance requirements may vary, so obtain quotes from different providers to find the most appropriate for your needs.

Financing a motorhome in the UK involves careful consideration of your budget, financing options, and future plans. By researching thoroughly, comparing offers, and understanding the terms, you can embark on your motorhome journey with confidence. Whether you choose a traditional loan, dealer financing, or another option, the key is to find the motorhome finance solution that aligns with your financial goals and lifestyle.

When someone has owned an Auto-Sleeper motorhome they’re rarely likely to look back – when it comes the time to change or upgrade the leisure vehicle, therefore, they invariably buy Auto-Sleeper again.

If you’re in the market for buying a top-quality, pre-loved motorhome, therefore, you might want to take more than a second look at any Auto-Sleeper for sale.

Why buy a used Auto-Sleeper?

Auto-Sleepers are famed for their quality, luxury and level of finish. The design and craftsmanship that goes into every model to emerge from the factory in the Cotswolds ensures a level of comfort that is second to none among British-built motorhomes.

So, an Auto-Sleeper is built to last. Even when the first owner decides it is time to renew or upgrade, therefore, there is still likely to be plenty of life left in the original model.

Motorhomes tend to hold their price much better than an average car – and an Auto-Sleeper holds its price better than an average motorhome. But all vehicles inevitably depreciate in value over time. That means you may be able to make appreciable savings on the price of a used Auto-Sleeper compared with one that is brand new.

Here we discuss what you need to consider when buying a preloved Auto-Sleeper motorhome.

Budget and financing

Determine your budget for the purchase, considering not only the initial price but also potential ongoing costs like insurance, maintenance, fuel, and camping fees.

Explore financing options if needed, such as personal loans or motorhome-specific financing from reputable lenders or a dealership. You can use our motorhome finance calculator here to get an idea of costs.

Research and model selection

Conduct thorough research on Auto-Sleeper models available in the used market, considering your specific needs and preferences regarding size, layout, features, and amenities.

Check online reviews, forums, and user experiences to understand the strengths and weaknesses of different models.

Once you have a budget and idea of what is the best Auto-Sleeper for you, then you have two options as to where to buy your motorhome from.

Where to buy a used Auto-Sleeper

Private sale

You might see an Auto-Sleeper for sale when it’s advertised in a magazine or online listing site.

As you might have discovered when attempting to buy any vehicle through such a private sale, however, the transaction can be fraught with frustration and danger. You need something of an expert eye to check that the vehicle is everything it’s cracked up to be, you have to negotiate a fair price with the vendor, and it’s your responsibility to check that the vendor has title to the motorhome and that it is not subject to any outstanding finance.

You need to check the service history – to ensure that servicing and maintenance has been carried out by approved dealers – and it is down to you to check that everything is clean and has been well cared for.

Most worrying of all when buying through a private sale, perhaps, comes if anything goes wrong with the motorhome you have just bought. You have no come-back if the motorhome is bought “as seen”.

Here we highlight what you need to do if buying an Auto-Sleeper via a private sale …

Inspect the motorhome

Inspect the motorhome thoroughly, both inside and outside, for any signs of wear and tear, water damage, leaks, rust, or structural issues.

Check the engine, brakes, tyres, suspension, and other mechanical components for their condition and any history of repairs or maintenance.

Habitation check

Ensure that the habitation area of the motorhome, including living, kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping spaces, is in good condition and all systems are working properly.

Test gas appliances, electrical systems, water systems, heating, ventilation, and safety features during the inspection.

Service history and documentation

Request and review the motorhome’s service history, maintenance records, and any relevant documentation such as vehicle manuals, registration, and MOT certificates.

Check for a valid MOT certificate to confirm the motorhome’s roadworthiness and compliance with safety and environmental standards.

Ownership and previous use

Verify the number of previous owners and the type of usage the motorhome has had.

Ask about any accidents, damages, or repairs the motorhome may have undergone in the past.

Legal and financial checks

Ensure that the motorhome has a clear title and is not subject to any outstanding finance or legal issues.

Run an HPI (Hire Purchase Information) check or similar to confirm the vehicle’s history and ownership status.

Negotiate and finalise the purchase

Negotiate the price based on the condition of the motorhome, its features, market value, and any necessary repairs or improvements.

If you’re satisfied with the inspection and negotiations, finalise the purchase, ensuring all paperwork, payments, and transfer of ownership are completed accurately and legally.

Insurance and registration

Arrange motorhome insurance that meets your needs, considering factors like usage, value, and additional cover options.

Complete the registration process and ensure the necessary paperwork is filed with the appropriate authorities.

Post-purchase considerations

Plan for any immediate repairs or improvements that may be required based on the inspection.

Familiarise yourself with the motorhome’s features, systems, and maintenance requirements for a safe and enjoyable ownership experience.

Buying a used Auto-Sleeper from a dealer

You are in much safer hands, of course, if you buy a used Auto-Sleeper from a reputable dealer.

Owners of Auto-Sleepers tend to be loyal to the dealer from which they first bought the motorhome. They rely on the same specialist dealer for the servicing and maintenance of the motorhome and go there for the subsequent fitting of any extras or accessories.

When it comes time to renew or upgrade the vehicle, they are also likely to ask that dealer to handle its sale. So, the majority of Auto-Sleepers you see for sale are likely to be in the hands of specialist dealers, such as us here at Derbymotorhomes. They are likely to prove your most active market.

When buying from such a dealer, you may be assured that the motorhome has been thoroughly inspected and serviced, you have a full range of warranty options, and you have a contact through whom any post-sale snags or concerns may be resolved.

Things like HPI checks etc. would have been carried out, so you have no worries over the ownership of the Auto-Sleeper.

And if you have an existing motorhome that you are looking to sell, then your can look at motorhome part-exchange options too, with your dealership.

As you’ll know from our Derby Motorhomes site, we’re proud to offer a range of Auto-Sleepers motorhomes for sale.

However, we’re also regularly asked: “Who are Auto-Sleepers?”. So, we’d like to say a few words on the subject here.

Understanding motorhomes

There are many different types of motorhome – including the Auto-Sleepers motorhome.

Some of them have their origin in a power plant and chassis provided by a major manufacturer such as Mercedes-Benz. Once that power plant and chassis are to hand, there is then the very significant task of designing and building the accommodation unit to sit on top of it.

A slight variation on that theme is when a motor manufacturer produces what might be termed a standard van. That can then be taken and the internals can be entirely redesigned and converted so that the van becomes a smaller form of motorhome (these are often referred to as “van conversions”).

The challenge

The process described above is by no means as simple as it sounds.

It takes an extraordinary degree of design skill and engineering capability to undertake either of the above two tasks. Not only is this a technological issue but it also requires considerable imagination and design flair.

If you view the photographs on our website, you will see the stunning and stylish interiors of some of these splendid vehicles. You’ll be able to see at a glance that maximising the use of space while continuing to achieve a designer or boutique look to the finish, is something to be admired.

These skills take many years to develop and hone – and they aren’t something that can simply be output from a computer programme at the push of a button. In many cases, this requires human know-how and craftsman-like knowledge.

This is where Auto-Sleepers comes into the picture.

Auto-Sleepers, designers and builders par excellence

Auto-Sleepers is a British motorhome and campervan manufacturer based in the Cotswolds near the charming town of Broadway.

They specialise in designing, manufacturing, and selling a range of campervans, motorhomes, and van conversions. The company has been in operation for several decades and is well-known for producing high-quality, well-designed, and reliable vehicles for recreational travel.

Auto-Sleepers offers a variety of models and designs, catering to different preferences and needs of travellers. These can range from compact campervans to larger motorhomes with various layouts and features to suit different lifestyles and travel requirements.

Their vehicles typically include features such as living areas, sleeping accommodations, kitchens, bathrooms, and other amenities to provide a comfortable and convenient travel experience. Auto-Sleepers often incorporate innovative designs and technology to enhance the functionality and efficiency of their vehicles.

Over time Auto-Sleepers have established an incomparable reputation for producing quality vehicles and interior design solutions that is the envy of many other people in the marketplace. You can see multiple examples of their work on our website, and we think the results speak for themselves!

Why we choose Auto-Sleepers

As a long-standing professional organisation, we take our responsibility to our customers extremely seriously.

From our vast experience, we know that an Auto-Sleepers motorhome offers exceptional quality and comforts though at a cost-effective price. We will never compromise on our selection of vehicles to offer our clients and this explains, in a nutshell, why we are proud to have had such a lengthy association with Auto-Sleepers.

We are confident that you will find an Auto-Sleepers motorhome that is to your satisfaction and which fits your budgetary requirements and invite you to use our online tools to inspect some of these magnificent vehicles yourself. Alternatively, please pop along to our showroom.

Further reading: Choosing the right Auto-Sleeper model and Why buy Auto-Sleepers?

When it comes to servicing your motorhome, it might be worth remembering that it is effectively a two-in-one vehicle – there’s the vehicle which gets you from A to B and inside there are the living quarters that make it your temporary home away from home.

Both aspects need to be taken care of, so, you might want to insist that your motorhome servicing is performed only by a reputable, well-established and competent dealer.

Mechanical service

Your motorhome is subject to the same laws and regulations as other vehicles in terms of the MOT certificate that is required once it is more than three years old.

If your motorhome has reached the age when an MOT test is necessary, this may also be the time to arrange for it to be serviced. Regular servicing throughout the life of your motorhome is likely to be a condition of any warranty offered by the manufacturer or dealer.

To ensure that you abide by the terms and conditions of any warranty, you may also need to make sure that the workshops you use for the mechanical service use only genuine, manufacturer-recommended replacement parts.

What is a motorhome habitation service?

If it is the first motorhome you have owned, you might be less familiar with the term habitation service. It is essentially the specialised servicing necessary to maintain the living quarters of your motorhome.

A UK motorhome habitation service is a routine maintenance and safety check performed on a motorhome’s habitation area or living space. This service is essential to ensure the motorhome’s living quarters are safe, functional, and comply with relevant regulations and standards.

What does a habitation service cover?

The habitation service typically covers facilities such as the gas, electrical, water, and heating systems in your motorhome – including the galley and the fridge, although some servicing of appliances might be done separately. It also covers a check for any leaks in the structure of your vehicle and any problems which might be traced to damp or mould.

Habitation servicing is pretty thorough and time-consuming in giving the interior of your motorhome the exhaustive treatment it needs. Typical tasks involved in a motorhome habitation service may include:

  • Gas system check: Inspecting gas appliances, connections, and ensuring proper ventilation to prevent gas leaks or carbon monoxide issues.
  • Electrical system check: Testing the electrical systems, including lighting, sockets, appliances, and the leisure battery, to ensure they function correctly and safely.
  • Water system Check: Checking for leaks, ensuring the water pump works correctly, and testing the water heater and other plumbing components.
  • Ventilation check: Inspecting and testing the ventilation systems to ensure proper airflow and prevent condensation or mould growth.
  • Dampness and seals check: Checking for any signs of dampness, water leaks, or damage to seals and addressing issues to prevent further damage.
  • Fire safety check: Ensuring that fire safety equipment like smoke alarms and fire extinguishers are functional and accessible.
  • Appliance and equipment check: Inspecting and testing appliances such as the cooker, refrigerator, heating systems, etc., to ensure they work correctly and are safe to use.
  • Structural and body Inspection: Inspecting the structure of the motorhome, including windows, doors, locks, hinges, and bodywork, to identify any damage or potential issues.

As with mechanical servicing, regular habitation services are likely to be one of the conditions of the warranty that comes with your motorhome. For that to be valid, of course, you need to rely on a specialist workshop, experienced in conducting such servicing, to maintain your warranty.

Where do I get a motorhome habitation service?

Probably the best way of achieving that degree of reassurance is to use a member of the Approved Workshop Scheme (AWS) set up by the National Caravan Council, the Camping and Caravanning Club, and the Caravan and Motorhome Club.

By choosing a reputable, approved, specialist workshop for your motorhome servicing, such as us here at Derby Motorhomes, you ensure that sufficient time is taken to carry out the rigorous checks, using the specialist tools that are required.

Regular servicing of your motorhome – for both the mechanical and habitation integrity and safety of the vehicle – is an essential part of owning it. It expresses your tender loving care for your motorhome, maintains the validity of any warranty, and ultimately preserves its trade-in value.

There are many reasons why you may want to sell your motorhome – perhaps you discover that holidays in a motorhome are not for you; you want to upgrade to a newer or better motorhome; or, you might want to downsize to a vehicle that is more economical to run.

Sooner or later, most of us need to get to grips with the idea of selling a motorhome however much we may love it! While the demand for good used motorhomes is typically high, trying to sell your motorhome might not be a particularly major challenge.

Nevertheless, there are a few things to think about if you would like to sell yours sooner rather than later. So, whatever your reasons for selling, you might find the following tips and suggestions helpful.

Where to sell

So, you’ve decided that the time has come to sell your beloved motorhome. When you do so, you’ll naturally be looking for a sales channel that is offering you the most suitable deal given your overall situation at the time.

That’s why we’ve put together here a few general options that you might wish to consider further:


  • your aim is to let as many potential buyers as possible know that you want to sell your motorhome;
  • of course, you are after the best price and want to describe it in as glowing colours as possible, but make sure that you do so as accurately as possible – remember that it is a criminal offence to sell any motor vehicle that is in an unroadworthy condition unless you make that fact crystal clear to any buyer;
  • thinking about where you advertise and assuming you are not trading-in or selling to a dealership, make sure your advertisements are in a sensible place with respect to your target marketplace;
  • for example, if you are upgrading from a campervan to a full-sized motorhome, you may find more customers online or in publications aimed at a slightly younger audience than in publications aimed at high net worth individuals;
  • it’s a simplistic example but there are plenty of helpful articles on the internet about how to identify the right sorts of publications and websites based upon the thing you are trying to sell;

Online listings

  • the good old days of paying for a notice in the classified ads section of your local newspaper or putting a card in the newsagent’s window have been overtaken by the numerous listings sites online – such as AutoTrader and Gumtree to name just two;
  • clearly, the use of the internet considerably widens the scope of potential buyers – although the same rules on accuracy and roadworthiness continue to apply.

Private sales

Whether you advertise online or through more traditional sales, there are a few things to consider when selling your motorhome this way:

  • check the identity of the buyers and their proposed method of payment. For example, identity theft might leave you exposed and the money you have received could be withdrawn from your account if your buyers are not who they said they are;
  • some potential buyers may negotiate hard and aggressively which might make some sellers feel uncomfortable;
  • deals and agreements to purchase in principle sometimes fall through at the last moment; and
  • finding buyers can take time.

Selling to a dealer

You can, of course, simply take your motorhome into a specialist dealer and ask them for a valuation and cash price for it.

Providing you choose an established and reputable company such as ourselves here at Derby Motorhomes, this has the big attraction of having no identity theft issues and your payment should be secure and irrevocable – if you adopt common-sense practices.

As you might expect, the dealer will need to build in their profit margin for a resale and typically also the costs of a thorough examination of the vehicle, the rectification of any problems and a full professional valeting.

So, your pricing may need to be realistic in order to reflect these factors.

It’s worth bearing in mind too that not all dealers will necessarily wish to purchase your vehicle. A lot will depend upon their purchasing policies and their own existing on-site stock levels.

Part exchange

Part exchange is a popular and easy method of selling your motorhome in a context where you are looking to replace it.

This route normally implies that a dealer is involved and typically dealers may be in a position to offer you a rather better deal through part exchange than if they are making an outright cash purchase.

Just be sure that the price you are paying for your new motorhome and the cost allowance being allocated to your existing one, balance off in terms of realistic market values for each.


Some individuals and companies offer intermediary brokerage services to people looking to sell their motorhome.

In principle, asking somebody else to sell your vehicle for you is fine. If they know of buyers looking for certain vehicles and you don’t, they may be able to offer a valuable service.

The things to consider here are as you might expect:

  • be sure that the broker is a reputable organisation and not selling you short in terms of the price they are advising you to look for;
  • in some cases, their advice as to realistically achievable prices might be influenced by the fact that they are looking for the fastest possible sales and biggest turnover; and
  • in many cases, their services will invariably involve costs or a percentage of the final sale figure.

Preparing your motorhome for sale

Whether you are hoping for a private sale, selling to a dealer, looking for part exchange, or using a broker, it is important to show your motorhome to its best advantage. And that means spending some time on its preparation:

Visual appearance

  • to show off your motorhome at its best, make sure to give it a thorough clean inside and out;
  • for a motorhome, particular attention needs to be paid to the interior and making sure that you have cleared out all the rubbish, clutter, debris from the fridge and personal effects;
  • motorhomes that look tired, that show exterior damage, or are simply dirty are likely to put off many potential buyers on a first photographic inspection – it’s particularly important that everything looks spick and span, internally and externally, before you invite people round for a viewing;
  • if you are taking it to a professional dealer for trade-in or sale, first appearances may be slightly less important but they’re still a factor – but even the most hardened of dealers can be influenced, positively or negatively, by the initial impression of the outside of your motorhome and again when they take their first glance inside;
  • so be prepared to invest a little time, effort and perhaps money in making sure that your motorhome looks attractive at the outset;

Be sure to correct faults

  • it’s always poor sales psychology to be showing someone around your vehicle whilst at the same time going through a catalogue of things that are wrong with it – even if problems are relatively minor, buyers who spot them or who you describe them to can start to have doubts;
  • there is a balance to be struck here of course. At Derby Motorhomes, we wouldn’t necessarily advocate spending a fortune trying to restore your motorhome to factory-delivery condition. However, it might be a very smart move to fix as many of those little niggles as is economically sensible;

Make sure it has been serviced and is running well

  • unless you are selling your vehicle under the category of “requiring repair”, keep in mind that buyers will expect to see it running and riding reasonably well;
  • if your servicing isn’t up to date, it might be worth investing a modest sum in a mechanical service before taking people for a test drive. Make sure there are no embarrassing rattles or shakes coming out of the engine that you have to somehow explain;
  • since you want to impress upon any buyer that everything is in working order, check that the gas cylinder is full enough, fill the water tank and test the electrics;
  • obviously, you need to ensure that the toilet cassette has been emptied and that the recommended chemicals have been added;
  • your motorhome is designed to offer living space, so a critical part of preparation before selling it is a “habitation service”, a professional check of all the household elements;
  • check that the greywater outlets drain properly, that all the locks are in good working order and, that any covers for the main services are in place;
  • meticulous preparation may be less important in situations where you are offering your motorhome to a dealership as part of a trade-in or cash purchase – typically, they will normally attend to their own post-purchase full servicing and mechanical checks;


  • clearly, you need to have the logbook, or V5C, to hand so that any buyer may check the details against the vehicle itself – but beware anyone trying to copy or photograph it, since it might be the first step in stealing your identity;
  • if your motorhome is more than three years old, you also need a valid MOT – consider getting it done well in advance of any advertisement, since anything close to a full year’s MOT goes down well, whereas one that has only weeks to go certainly does not.


Typically, good pre-used motorhomes are in high demand. You shouldn’t have too much difficulty in selling yours through any of the channels above but remember to be cautious in terms of protecting your financial interests.

This list of tips and suggestions may help to make the process of selling your motorhome more straight forward, but it may still seem like a daunting task.

In that case, you might want to let us take on all the hard work. So, don’t forget that here at Derby Motorhomes, we can buy your used Auto-Sleeper or any other motorhome and that we are also always interested in second-hand motorhomes to take in part exchange too.