I’ve bought a motorhome. What do I do next?

You can’t beat a new vehicle purchase, but remember there are a few things you should check off before you drive off into the sunset. First of all... Take a step back, take a look at your new pride and joy and congratulate yourself. 


If it is a brand new motorhome or a used motorhome from a dealer, there’s not much you need to do, short of planning your first road trip. The list is a little longer if you’ve purchased privately. 


Here are a few things to consider once you’ve purchased a motorhome. 


Make sure your transfer paperwork is in order 

Vehicle Transfer, Change of Ownership or Notice of Disposal forms need to be completed (signed by both the buyer and seller) when a motorhome is sold.  


In some states, the responsibility of processing the transfer lies with the seller. In others, it’s up to the buyer. Either way, it’s important that both parties keeps a copy of the form as a record of transfer and date of sale. 


Australian Capital Territory 

New South Wales 

Northern Territory 


South Australia 



Western Australia 


Ask for a receipt of sale 

While this document is not legally binding, it’s a good way of keeping a record of the sale and all relevant details. Ask for a printout or email of the receipt of sale document.


In some states where the transfer is the buyer’s responsibility and a Roadworthy Certificate is required, make sure you have it before you drive away. 


As added peace of mind, ask for a copy of the PPSR report which you have already sighted as part of the purchase process. If you’ve paid for the caravan or motorhome in full, ensure any pecuniary interest has been cleared. 


Insure your new motorhome before you drive it 

If you have an existing relationship with an insurer, the chances are it will happily issue a cover note ahead of you negotiating your permanent policy. 


Remember to finalise your insurance choice ASAP – cover notes only last for a limited time.  


Check your roadside assistance 

Call your roadside assistance provider and/or auto club and notify them of your purchase of the motorhome to ensure your coverage on the road. 


Transfer your tollway tag or pass 

Before getting into your new motorhome, check whether it should be registered on your tollway account. 


Wash your new motorhome

This is a great way to check out your new motorhome in detail. If it is a brand-new motorhome it’s a sure way of finding any nick or marks you may not have picked up at the dealership. If you do find anything ensure you flag it with the dealer immediately.  





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