If you’re planning on taking a holiday this year and you’ve decided to go on a used caravan holiday, then you’ll no doubt have realised just how difficult it can be to find suitable caravans. There are literally hundreds of thousands of used caravans for sale on the Internet right now, but unfortunately, most of them aren’t worth much more than the scrap heap. That’s why we’ve put together this used caravan buying guide for UK residents.
It’s always wise to do some research before committing to buy a used caravan – there’s nothing worse than making a large financial investment only to find that it’s not a good match for your needs. Fortunately, we’ve spent long enough with caravans to know what to look for, and the following article should help you quickly find the ideal caravan for your holiday. The most important thing when buying caravans is to take your time. Don’t rush into anything, because if you do you may end up with a lemon that won’t benefit you in the long term.
The first thing you need to check is whether the used caravan you are interested in is over a 10-year-old. If so, consider getting a used caravan that’s actually a few years old. This will help you save money on insurance as well as ensuring that the caravans will meet all legal requirements. When it comes to buying used caravans, there’s a big difference between a “well-serviced” caravan and one that’s “just cleaned”. You really don’t want to be stuck with a caravan like this for more than five years!
Next you should decide on the size of the caravans you’re looking for. Caravans range from extremely tiny little (such as those found in totes) to monstrously huge. So firstly plan on how much space you need and then think about how many people you’re planning to take with you when travelling. Obviously bigger caravans will obviously have more room – but will it fit in the car park?
Once you’ve decided on the size of the caravan that you want, the next thing to look at is whether or not you want to buy new or used. It’s often hard deciding between the two – especially if buying used caravans. Used caravans are often a lot cheaper than new caravans – and there are many advantages associated with buying used. New caravans, on the other hand, come with all sorts of added extras; but are generally more fiddly to use and harder to maintain.
Another advantage of buying used caravans is that you’ll save a lot of money on the paperwork. Caravans can be quite tricky to try and navigate through. If you want to make sure you get everything sorted out in time before you leave, buying used will save you a lot of time. Used caravans will usually come with their owners’ manuals and all the relevant paperwork; you can generally pick this up for free when the caravan is hired. Not only does this help you understand your hire agreement better, but it also means that you won’t have to spend hours trying to get your paperwork together before leaving for your trip.
As well as this, buying used caravans often come with a guarantee or warranty. This means that should anything go wrong with your caravan, you’re covered – and will often be able to claim back any money you’ve spent towards the cost of repairing the car. So don’t be put off buying used caravans just because they’re cheap. Buying used caravans from reputable caravan dealers ensures that you’ll get a good deal and that you’ll be guaranteed a quality car.
One final thing to remember when buying used caravans is that you should never be tempted into thinking that a used caravan is below par. Used caravans are often a lot better than they look. They have the same facilities and benefits as a new car and, if treated well, will last as long as a new one. Just make sure you check over the used caravans you’re interested in very carefully before you make a decision. That way you’ll know exactly what you’re getting. Buying used caravans is an excellent way to experience rural life on a budget.