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 embarking on a memorable and comfortable camping adventure, Auto-Sleeper motorhomes have long been a popular choice among outdoor enthusiasts in the United Kingdom. With a wide range of models and features available, selecting the most appropriate Auto-Sleeper for your needs can be an exciting yet challenging task. In this article, we will guide you through the process of choosing the perfect Auto-Sleeper model to make your travel dreams come true.

Who are Auto-Sleeper?

When it comes to motorhomes, Auto-Sleeper has a reputation and standing second to none. From their factory at Willersey in the Cotswolds, they have been hand-crafting motorhomes of superlative quality and design since 1961.

From Peugeot campervans to coachbuilt motorhomes based on either Peugeot or Mercedes powertrains, there is almost certain to be an Auto-Sleeper that suits you and your family’s needs and circumstances. The difficulty is more likely to lie in choosing the appropriate model – there are plenty from which to choose and every year sees a refinement or make-over of still more.

The range

From the ever-popular – and constantly up-dated – Symbol and Symbol Plus to the more spacious Warwick XL, Peugeot-based campervans remain among the company’s best-sellers.

If you want to upgrade to a coachbuilt Peugeot-engined motorhome, there are several models from which to choose – from the stylish Nuevo EK up to the large and very spacious Broadway FB.

If you are looking for a motorhome that is specially engineered to provide a lightweight superstructure – capable of carrying a bigger payload – take a look at the Peugeot AL-KO range, in the shape of either the Corinium Duo or the Corinium FB.

For those in search of the ultimate in luxury and comfort, there is the range of Mercedes coachbuilt motorhomes – five in all, from the Bourton to the Burford Duo.

Here we give a quick overview of several Auto-Sleeper models to give you an idea of what motorhome may be the perfect fit for you.

Auto-Sleeper Symbol

If you are looking for a compact yet versatile motorhome, the Auto-Sleeper Symbol may be an ideal choice. With its compact size, it offers excellent manoeuvrability, making it suitable for both city adventures and countryside escapades. The Symbol boasts a well-designed interior with all the essential amenities, including a kitchenette, bathroom, and comfortable sleeping arrangements.

Auto-Sleeper Nuevo

For those seeking a spacious and luxurious option, the Auto-Sleeper Nuevo is worth considering. This model offers ample living space and a well-equipped kitchen, allowing you to prepare delicious meals on the road. The Nuevo also provides comfortable sleeping arrangements and a well-designed bathroom, ensuring a relaxing and convenient travel experience.

Auto-Sleeper Broadway

If you plan on extended trips, the Auto-Sleeper Broadway might be the perfect fit. This motorhome offers generous living and dining areas, and an incredibly spacious layout. It attractive storage space, perfect for long journeys or carrying extra equipment.

Auto-Sleeper Bourton

For the utmost luxury and comfort, the Auto-Sleeper Bourton is a top-tier option. This model features a spacious interior with a well-appointed kitchen, a luxurious bathroom, and plush sleeping arrangements. The Bourton combines elegance and functionality, providing an exceptional travel experience for those seeking a touch of luxury on their adventures.

Evolution

Auto-Sleepers do not make radical changes to their well-proven stable of vehicles. Instead, each year sees a steady evolution of the range through incremental improvements and refinements.

Some of those finishing touches may appear relatively minor – but all add up to the company’s constant search for improvements based on feedback from their customers. In recent years, introductions have included:

  • space heating and hot water systems from UK caravan heating specialists Whale;
  • microwaves made by the prestigious manufacturer Dometic;
  • Sargent EC700 electrical systems;
  • WiFi routers from Huawei;
  • Thatcham-approved Cat 6 vehicle tracking systems; and
  • registration with the National Caravan Council’s Central Registration & Identification Scheme (CRiS) and window etching – for still further vehicle security.

Some innovations pack a bigger punch, such as the changes to the Peugeot Broadway, which now has the latest engines meeting up to date European emission standards (6d-Temp). This is a 2.2-litre 165bhp engine generating 370Nm of torque.

Auto-Sleepers stay ahead of the competition by steadily improving and enhancing the specification of individual models throughout the whole range of models. This applies even to top of the range Mercedes coachbuilt vehicles, which somehow manage to take the level of comfort and luxury still further. In 2020, for example, these models incorporated many new features as standard, including Truma Aventa Comfort air-conditioning.

Consider your travel needs

Before diving into the world of Auto-Sleeper models, it’s essential to evaluate your travel needs.

  • Are you planning solo trips or travelling with a group of friends or family?
  • How frequently do you plan on using the motorhome?

Answering these questions will help you determine the size, layout, and features you require in an Auto-Sleeper.

Consider budget and maintenance

While choosing an Auto-Sleeper model, it is crucial to consider your budget and ongoing maintenance costs. Set a realistic budget and determine what features are essential for your travel needs.

Keep in mind that larger models with additional amenities tend to have higher price tags.

Don’t forget to factor in maintenance costs, insurance premiums, and fuel consumption to have a comprehensive understanding of the long-term financial commitment.

Next steps

There is really only one way of taking your next step in choosing an Auto-Sleeper and that is to get along to a reputable dealer specialising in the sale of these iconic motorhomes and taking a closer inspection.

Visit our Auto-Sleeper dealership and request a test drive to get a feel for the motorhome’s handling and comfort. Additionally, conduct thorough research online, read customer reviews, and explore Auto-Sleeper forums to gather valuable insights from current owners.

This combination of hands-on experience and research will ensure that you make an informed decision. Of course, at DerbyMotorhomes, we will be delighted to help you choose the most appropriate Auto-Sleeper. Please get in touch today for a no-obligation chat!

Further reading: Motorhome Choosing And Using Tips

When it comes to the Auto-Sleepers marque, here at Derby Motorhomes we are among the biggest fans in the UK.

Personal preference and individual requirements, of course, play their part in your decision to buy and particular motorhome, but we are more than happy to set out just a few of our overriding enthusiasm for Auto-Sleepers.

Quality and craftsmanship

It’s quite difficult to define exactly what “quality” means. When you have the experience that we have in the motorhome marketplace though, you know immediately at a glance whether a given model has it or doesn’t. Quite simply: quality – you know it when you encounter it.

And there are no two ways about it, we put quality at the very top of our list of Auto-Sleepers’ winning characteristics.

Quality in the case of Auto-Sleepers also calls to mind the sheer craftsmanship that goes into the manufacture of every model. The fact is that this company doesn’t compromise on quality in any aspect of its work. From design through to build, everything is done with a quality end product in mind. That applies as much to the fittings as it does to things such as panelling and upholstery.

Couple that accommodation quality with a superb chassis and the power plant that drives all Auto-Sleepers, and you can understand why they get a big tick from us in this regard.

Imagination and range

We make no excuse for waxing lyrical about motorhomes in general and specifically Auto-Sleepers. For all that praise, though, nobody can pretend that there are acres of spare space inside a vehicle of this type. Motorhomes are not designed for their spaciousness alone.

For the layout designers, therefore, every ounce of imagination, innovation, and skill is demanded to get the best practicable use possible of the available space. Though we prefer to play up the positives of Auto-Sleepers rather than play down the negatives of other makes of motorhome, we think you’ll agree that Auto-Sleepers have pulled off successes in every department.

Auto-Sleepers offer a diverse range of motorhome models to cater to different needs and preferences. Whether you’re looking for a compact campervan or a spacious luxury motorhome, there are options to suit every lifestyle.

This is important because few people wish to feel that their motorhome is cramped or demands extreme compromise when it comes to the comfort of the accommodation – we’d say that Auto-Sleepers tick another big box as far as we are concerned.

Tailored options

Not only is there a diverse range of different models, but your Auto-Sleepers can be made your very own by choosing from various customisation options.  That lets you personalise your motorhome to better suit your particular requirements.

Customisation options include your choice of upholstery materials, selecting the precise interior layout, and adding optional extras.

Track record

Auto-Sleepers have been around for a long time now and their design and build expertise is second to none – the marque boasts an established reputation

Auto-Sleepers have been manufacturing motorhomes for over 60 years. Their experience and longevity suggest a level of expertise and reliability that is immediately appealing to potential buyers – an important feature in our view.

While new faces are always welcome and the ideas and competition they bring can be stimulating, there is reassurance in the knowledge that you are purchasing from a company that has been there and done it over a period of many years rather than one which is using the motorhome concerned as a test platform for their novel ideas.

In fact, Auto-Sleepers are well-known for their innovation and out-of-the-box thinking – coupled with a practical approach that is based upon extensive background knowledge.

Your after-sales network

Auto-Sleepers have a network of dealerships and service centres across the UK – including ourselves here at Derby Motorhomes, of course – providing customers with convenient access to support and maintenance services.

This network exists to help and support both new buyers and existing owners who require assistance or servicing.

Resale values

Auto-Sleepers tend to retain their resale value relatively well compared to some other brands. That can be an attractive consideration if you regard your purchase as an investment and might want to think about selling or upgrading your motorhome in the future.

Summary

We’ve given just a thumbnail sketch of what makes Auto-Sleepers such a good buy.

We’d welcome your contact so we can give you a more in-depth explanation – but, better still, why not come along to our extensive indoor showrooms to view some of these motorhomes for yourself?

Do you remember the day you first took delivery of your motorhome? Remember your delight in finding everything inside so new, shiny, spick, and span? Do you recall how the engine purred into life as you set off on your first outing – without a care in the world about the vehicle or the comfort it would provide?

After several outings and some memorable holidays, your motorhome might also have taken a few knocks that are in need of repair.

Keeping your motorhome in its nearly new condition and carrying out the occasional repair, therefore, means scheduling a regular service and maintenance regime. More than that, recent years have seen a significant upsurge in the popularity of motorhomes – a story in Van Life Matters on the 18th of October 2022 estimated that the number of owners was likely to grow by more than 40% by the end of this decade. That means there’s almost certain to be a lively market for your pre-loved and regularly maintained vehicle when you decide to trade it in.

All in all, therefore, you’ll find it well worth your while arranging for your motorhome to be serviced regularly – and, if you’re looking for a service that is second to none, you’ll need look no further than ourselves here at Derby Motorhomes.

Why choose us to service your Auto-Sleeper?

Because we are so familiar with Auto-Sleepers and have grown our business on the strength of that agency, you can be sure that we’re already on closer than nodding terms with your own motorhome.

Booking it in is easy – just let us know when and we’ll reserve a slot (often as not, by letting you know the very next day).

We’ll supply genuine Auto-Sleepers parts, of course, for any items that need replacing during the servicing and maintenance. We also supply most makes of battery – so the choice is yours when it comes to the power source you need.

We are skilled in the full range of servicing and maintenance work – both mechanical and habitation services. Here at Derby Motorhomes, we share the pride you take in looking after your motorhome – whether or not you actually bought it from us – and keeping it in next to perfect running condition, appearance, and comfort. So, we are pleased to offer all the servicing, maintenance and repairs you may need.

Servicing your auto-sleeper

There is rather more involved in auto-sleeper servicing, of course than the periodic services you may give the car you keep at home.

Typically, it is going to focus on two separate and distinct areas:

The vehicle

  • failure to have a valid, up to date MOT certificate may mean a fine of up to £1,000;
  • but an MOT is the most basic of checks – and certifies the vehicle’s roadworthiness on the day of the test only;
  • yet roadworthiness and the mechanical safety of the vehicle are paramount at all times – and your failure to ensure that this is so, may not only invalidate your motorhome insurance but also land you in trouble with the police;
  • so, leave your auto-sleeper servicing to us, confident in the knowledge that we will service, maintain, or repair your vehicle in accordance with the engine manufacturer’s strict requirements;

The auto-sleeper

  • the second vital part of any servicing regime for your motorhome is what is called a “habitation service” – a term that might strike some newer owners as somewhat unfamiliar and mysterious;
  • so, let’s take a closer look.

What does a motorhome habitation service include?

The Camping and Caravanning Club suggests that you have an annual “habitation” service of the interior of your auto-sleeper and its facilities – some experts insist that it is essential.

A habitation service provides a thorough and comprehensive servicing of the complete living area of your motorhome and also checks and maintains the gas, electrical, water and heating systems of your Auto-Sleeper.

The electrical system

The service of your electrical systems, for example, will include a close examination of all the wiring, the appliances you are running, and a residual current device (RCD) check to ensure that this safety device trips when it is supposed to.

Gas

Any leaks in your motorhome’s gas system will also be checked and traced using a manometer and appliances such as your cooker, heating system, water heater, and fridge are all in good working order.

Safety features such as flame-failure devices, carbon dioxide detectors, and adequate ventilation are all designed to make sure your motorhome meets stringent health and safety standards.

Water

A potential health hazard which can otherwise go overlooked is the cleanliness of your motorhome’s (drinking) water systems – which may be harbouring more harmful bacteria than you can have imagined, especially if yours is an older auto-sleeper or you have not used it for a while.

While draining down your system and ensuring that you use it regularly – at least to run off some of the stored water – may help to some degree, this alone does not kill off the potentially harmful bacteria that might be present. To achieve that, you need to regularly flush the entire system with an antibacterial solution.

Bodywork and ventilation

Keeping your motorhome safe and health hazard free also involves longer-term care – such as fending off problems such as creeping damp, which may otherwise prove very expensive to remedy once it has taken hold.

Book your Auto-Sleeper service today

Whether it is just your annual MOT and mechanical service, or a full habitation service, too, at Derby Motorhomes, we are able to provide everything you may need – just let us know exactly what you require.

Auto-Sleepers can be the term used to describe any motorhome or campervan – regardless of its manufacturer. Since we are one of the country’s leading dealers for the Auto-Sleepers brand, however, let’s concentrate on buying a motorhome built by this iconic British manufacturer. After all, it is an established and reputable brand that has been around now for almost six decades.

Buying an Auto-Sleeper is an investment likely to pay off in so many ways. It offers comfort, convenience, flexibility, and freedom in ways that other forms of transport cannot match. With a range of models, features, and specifications to choose from, you’re practically certain to find an Auto-Sleepers motorhome that suits your travel needs and budget.

Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why buying an Auto-Sleeper could make such particularly good sense.

Buying an Auto-Sleeper

A few tips and suggestions might be in order to help you choose whether to aim for a top of the range luxury motorhome, a nimble and economic campervan, or something in between:

Size

  • this is an area in which you probably strive to strike a balance between a vehicle that is manoeuvrable and compact yet also offers comfortable accommodation while touring
  • by choosing a motorhome or campervan, for example, you have already made the decision that towing a caravan maybe going a step too far;
  • Auto-Sleepers offer a huge range of different sizes and layouts from which to choose – depending on the space you need and the degree of comfort you expect from the fittings, appliances, and devices you want from your motorhome;

Use

  • the size of your chosen motorhome is also closely related to your intended use of the Auto-Sleeper;
  • is it likely to be just you and your spouse or partner sleeping in the motorhome, for example, or do you need a family-sized vehicle to accommodate the children too;
  • will most days be spent touring in a motorhome that needs to be nimble enough to negotiate the occasional narrow, winding country lane, or will it be largely parked up for use as a well-equipped and fully-stocked base in the same place for most of your holiday;
  • as you arrive at the appropriate balance, you may be guided toward certain models in the Auto-Sleepers range;

Weight

  • a guide to buying a motorhome in the UK – published by Auto Express in May 2022 – also makes the important connection between your intended use of the motorhome, its size, and its weight;
  • it is not just a question of the larger motorhome weighing more, but the driving qualifications you may need to drive a heavier Auto-Sleeper;
  • if you didn’t take your driving test until the 1st of January 1997 or after, the category B licence you obtained qualifies you to drive vehicles with a maximum weight (Maximum Authorised Mass) of 3,500kg but to drive one of the largest, fully-laden Auto-Sleepers – weighing between 3,500kg and 7,500kg – you need to take an additional category C1 driving test;
  • remember, too, that the Maximum Authorised Mass (MAM) or Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) is the maximum legally permitted weight of your Auto-Sleeper when it is fully loaded – you’re breaking the law if you exceed this weight;
  • finally, also bear in mind that the unladen weight of your motorhome also determines the maximum speed limits with which you must comply;
  • Auto-Sleepers less than 3.05 tonnes – built-up areas 30mph, single carriageways 60mph, dual carriageways and motorways 70mph;
  • Auto-Sleepers more than 3.05 tonnes unladen weight – built-up areas 30mph, single carriageways 50mph, dual carriageways 60mph and motorways 70mph.

Whilst these might be the cardinal points of consideration before buying your Auto-Sleeper, there is probably nothing like seeing one close up and personal when trying to make your choice.

That is why, here at our showrooms in Derby, we maintain a permanent exhibition of branded Auto-Sleepers, together with a whole range of other new and preloved Auto-Sleepers or motorhomes.

If you are interested in buying a new or used Auto-Sleeper, why not get in touch with us today?

Further reading: Auto-Sleepers FAQs

The pandemic has come and – largely – gone. But the UK staycation seems here to stay. With lockdowns, face masks, and travel restrictions now out of the way, the swing towards holidays in the UK has remained.

One of the results of that unprecedented boom in staycations has been the soaring demand for motorhomes. Indeed, a story in the Caravan Times on the 18th of January 2023 suggested that demand has grown so acute that many manufacturers face the challenge of keeping up with orders for new vehicles.

Motorhome part-exchange

The simple laws of supply and demand suggest that a new motorhome is likely to set you back a significant sum.

A new motorhome won’t come cheap – but, in that case, you might want to consider the economically attractive option of a motorhome part exchange. This can be an excellent solution even when buying a model as luxurious as Auto-Sleepers – and without the hassle, of course, of having to arrange your own private sale.

The benefits of part-exchanging an Auto-Sleeper

The principles of part exchange are especially well-established in the markets for motor vehicles. Part-exchange (P/X) is simply a question of trading one vehicle for another where the value of the one you currently own is used as part payment against the new one.

That ability to stretch your budget to a quality motorhome you might otherwise not be able to afford is one of the principal attractions of part-exchanging an Auto-Sleeper. Whatever vehicle you are trading in, the part-exchange value offers you an immediate discount on the new motorhome you are buying.

Part-exchanging one Auto-Sleeper for another offers the enticing prospect of a double bonus. Auto-Sleepers hold their price especially well. As a result, you are likely to enjoy an attractive trade-in price for your old vehicle – and, at a stroke, you’ll typically achieve a sizeable discount on your new Auto-Sleeper.

More general benefits of part exchange

There are other, more general, benefits of part-exchanging one motorhome for another:

  • the motorhome you already own is likely to have depreciated in value much less than the car you use – so, it probably represents a valuable asset with which to bargain and begin your trade;
  • added to that great starting point is the fact that there is a current shortage in the market of good-quality motorhomes – that relative scarcity value may further strengthen your bargaining position;
  • in any part exchange, you will be trading with an established dealer – someone who knows what they are talking about and appreciates the value of the vehicle you have to offer as your part of the bargain;
  • if you pursue the alternative route of arranging a private sale yourself, of course, you cannot be assured that prospective buyers have any informed idea about the true value of the motorhome you are trying to sell – you may be up against the difficulty of justifying the price you reasonably asked;
  • in short, part exchange avoids the whole fraught and time-consuming business of first arranging a private sale and then negotiating the purchase of the replacement motorhome you want to buy.

Preparing for part-exchange

Although you will be negotiating a price for the motorhome you currently own with an experienced dealer who will have already calculated a trade-in value for the make, model, and age of your vehicle, it is still worth making sure to present it in its finest colours.

That means attending to any outstanding maintenance and repairs that might be required and giving your motorhome a thorough and final clean.

If there is still outstanding finance on the vehicle you want to offer in part exchange, or you are currently buying your present motorhome on a Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) agreement, it is important you let us know.

Why not contact us today?

Here at Derby Motorhomes, we are specialists in Auto-Sleeper part-exchange options. You can read more about our Auto-Sleepers P/X service here.

Whether or not your current motorhome is an Auto-Sleeper, we are still interested in considering the vehicle for part exchange and take pride in our ability to offer what we believe is an attractive trade-in price against the cost of the motorhome you want to buy.

So, why not start the ball rolling by talking to us about motorhome part-exchange today?

Every year Auto-Sleepers motorhomes walk away with some of the top awards in the industry.

In 2023 alone, for instance, the company won Practical Motorhome Owners’ Gold Customer Satisfaction award for Best Manufacturer in the category for pre-owned vehicles and the Silver award as the Best Motorhome Manufacturer of New Motorhomes.

If you’re thinking motorhomes, you’re almost certainly thinking Auto-Sleepers. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions from customers eager to buy.

Who are Auto-Sleepers?

Auto-Sleepers are probably the leading manufacturer of motorhomes in the UK. The company has been around for many years now and remains a family-run business – in which the passion for motorhomes runs as high as ever – with headquarters at Willersey in the Cotswolds.

Auto-Sleepers have carved out the reputation they enjoy today by concentrating on the highest craftsmanship and expertise in design. Their motorhomes are all hand-built, with top-quality fittings, fixtures and furniture that combine luxury with creative innovation. That clever use of precious space within a motorhome is one of the key features setting Auto-Sleepers apart from other brands.

What is the history of Auto-Sleepers motorhomes?

Way back at the beginning of the 1960s the Trevelyan family and their two young boys were after a more adventurous holiday than usual.

Through some ingenious, home-crafted adaptations of a Morris J2 van, they built a vehicle that took them all the way to the south of France. Inspired and encouraged by that adventure, their prototype vehicle swapped the Morris for an Austin – on which further design innovations were made. These were enough to attract the attention of the leading dealership Henleys of Bristol.

It sparked a spate of orders from which the company Auto-Sleepers was born – and, once in business, the enterprise never looked back.

What are the principal models in their range?

Ever innovative, Auto-Sleepers launch new models, variations on and upgrades of existing favourites each year but all are based on either Peugeot or Mercedes chassis and drivetrains – and, most recently, the Ford Transit van.

How are they powered?

Peugeot campervans are powered by the well-proven 160bhp turbo diesel Euro 6 engine with manual transmission as standard. For an even more comfortable ride, you might choose the optional premium package featuring Peugeot’s twin-leaf rear suspension and AL-KO dual Air-Top suspension.

Peugeot coachbuilts are also fitted with the 160bhp turbo diesel Euro 6 engine, but you also have the option of a Fiat Ducato 130/150bhp Comfort-Matic automatic transmission engine.

Peugeot AL-KO coachbuilts feature AL-KO’s wide track chassis with its generous 3,500kg Maximum Technically Permissible Laden Mass (MTPLM), powered by either the 160bhp turbo diesel Euro 6 engine or the optional Fiat Ducato 130/150bhp Comfort-Matic automatic transmission engine.

Mercedes coachbuilts are built up and handcrafted on the chassis and powertrain of the German manufacturer’s next-generation 163bhp Euro 6.2 turbo diesel engine, which may be optionally upgraded to the mighty V6 190bhp engine, and also comes with the choice of an optional 7-speed automatic transmission.

The newly released Air Camper is powered by Ford’s 2-litre EcoBlue (170 PS) unit and comes with a standard 6-speed manual gearbox or the optional automatic transmission.

What’s on the inside?

Whatever model, from whichever range, and the engine configuration that is chosen, you may be assured of top-quality luxury, making maximum use of the available space in the elegantly fitted interior.

Those interiors have clearly seen exhaustive innovation and creativity in layouts and designs which offer a whole range of different beds, galleys, and washrooms.

Layouts recognise that what you need for daytime use is going to be different to night-time, yet both make maximum use of the interior space and converting from one to the other is achieved quickly and effortlessly.

Where can I find out more about Auto-Sleepers motorhomes?

The official Auto-Sleepers website is regularly updated and refreshed and provides a wealth of information about every model in the wide range of campervans and motorhomes. Since we are proud dealers of these and other makes of motorhome, you can find out still more about new and pre-loved vehicles for sale on our website, too.

Since Auto-Sleepers regularly top the charts of owner satisfaction surveys in the UK, you are also likely to encounter plenty of examples out and about – especially during your next visit to any motorhome, caravan, or camping site. Why not ask one of those neighbours to let you have a look over their motorhome?

Where can I buy used Auto-Sleepers?

At the end of the day, of course, you’ll want to view a selection of different Auto-Sleepers from a dealer specialising in this leading marque. And that’s where Derby Motorhomes will come into its own.

Why not visit our Auto-Sleeper Exhibition Centre and immerse yourself in the motorhome experience? We display the entire range of brand new Auto-Sleeper motorhomes here in Derby, plus we also carry a good selection of used Auto-Sleepers motorhomes.

Once you’ve chosen the motorhome that suits you and your family, simply buy your favourite Auto-Sleepers directly from us.

Auto-Sleepers’ campervans and van conversions have retained an enviable status ahead of what is a large field of motorhomes available in the UK. They have gained a sterling reputation for quality design, practical luxury, and affordability. At Derby Motorhomes, we are proud to boast our well-established association with Peugeot van conversions and the high standards set by Auto-Sleepers.

There are 8 models in the current stable of van conversions and campervans so let’s take a brief look at the essential characteristics of each one:

Symbol

  • good things come in small packages and the proof of that is in the compact Symbol;
  • its compact size makes it especially agile and manoeuvrable without sacrificing the interior’s well-built and carefully designed comfort – the 2-berth Symbol is a truly versatile motorhome;

Symbol Plus

  • just as the name suggests, the Symbol Plus is built on a somewhat longer wheelbase – allowing a greater sense of spaciousness that would make you feel at home in a much larger motorhome;
  • the innovative design of the Symbol Plus makes for adaptable use of the main living space and its twin berths while the rear of the vehicle accommodates a kitchen in one corner and a washroom in the other;

Warwick Duo

  • well-established in Auto-Sleepers’ line-up, the Warwick Duo is probably the manufacturer’s best-selling 2-berth panel van;
  • versatility and comfort make this a favourite with couples intending to tour and explore the great outdoors in all the luxury a well-made motorhome can afford;

Kemerton XL

  • the innovative design of the Kemerton XL cleverly incorporates a full-width washroom and enclosed shower cubicle – a rare feature of comfort in a motorhome of this size;
  • there is a fully-equipped galley kitchen alongside and space in the mid-section living area for either one luxurious double bed or two generously-sized singles;

Fairford

  • the longest of Auto-Sleepers’ van conversions is based on the Peugeot Boxer panel van and makes full use of the extra length of this long wheelbase – giving the Fairford the very generous overall dimensions of 20ft 11in. (6,363mm), a width of 8ft 3in (2,508mm), and a height of 8ft 8in (2,640mm);
  • the size – and skilful use of innovative design – means that the Fairford offers 4 full-size berths (singles or two-doubles) in a dedicated rear compartment and convertible mid-section dining area, with a washroom and full-equipped kitchen betwixt the two;

Fairford Plus

  • while built on the same long wheelbase as the Fairford, the Fairford Plus offers still more versatility in its use of the twin living areas in the front and rear of the vehicle;
  • once again, there is space for two full-sized double beds – or the equivalent 4 singles – and in the mid-section a self-contained washroom and shower, with a kitchen opposite;

Kingham

  • the royal allusion is no accident since the Kingham takes the otherwise humble van conversion to new heights of luxury;
  • that luxury is maintained by incorporating a fixed French double bed in the rear of the vehicle – with a clever innovation that allows the bed to be lifted on gas struts to access a large storage space below;
  • the forward living area and the fully-fitted kitchen lend a further degree of comfort and luxury;

Warwick XL

  • where the Warwick Duo has already established its credentials as the best-selling Peugeot van conversion by Auto-Sleepers, the Warwick XL;
  • the Warwick XL makes full use of the long, extended wheelbase of the Peugeot Boxer and allows an interior layout that is probably the most luxurious of the whole of this range of motorhomes;
  • whether you are aiming to take short breaks away from home or indulge in serious, extended touring, the Warwick XL can offer all the comfort you could want.

Common features

All Auto-Sleepers are built to an exacting standard and Peugeot van conversions share a number of important key features including either the standard 165bhp Peugeot Euro Engine or the optional Fiat Ducato 140 or 180bhp automatic gearbox (the compact Symbol offers only the 140bhp power unit).

All van conversions also incorporate an upgraded Top Drive semi-air suspension system, interior insulation and heating systems that allow all-year use in comfort, a 90W solar panel for auxiliary power, and a 25-litre LPG tank unobtrusively and safely fitted under the main floor of your motorhome.

Finding out more

Useful as we hope our descriptions have been, there’s nothing better than seeing one of these vehicles for yourself.

We’re always eager to hear from potential customers and to help them improve their motorhome knowledge. So, if you’d like to know more about Peugeot camper van conversion Auto-sleepers or get the chance to inspect one, why not contact us without delay?

Disclaimer: Please note that product features, layouts and dimensions may vary from the descriptions above.

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.

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.