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What to consider when buying a second-hand caravan

There are plenty of advantages when buying a second-hand caravan. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to the different styles and specifications. Not only that, but a second-hand caravan will hold its value much better than a brand new one. However, don’t forget to consider some of the hidden problems a second-hand caravan could carry. We have created a list of things to consider before buying a second-hand caravan.

Where should I look for a second-hand caravan?
When buying a second hand caravan from a dealer, you are more likely than not to be offered a warranty; just make sure to check the expiry date and small print first. Caravans should have also been given a thorough check, making sure things such as brakes and road lights are working properly. On the other hand, if you are looking for a real bargain then maybe consider looking for a private sale. However, be aware and thoroughly check the caravan’s documents before buying. We would recommend getting a service before buying to be on the safer side.

How to know which make and model is right for me?
Mid-range makes and models are a popular choice because there will be a lot more spare parts available and the price shouldn’t be too high. If it is a well-known make, it should hold its value when it comes time to resell. If you are prepared to spend more, up-market models are built to last so can make a great investment. When choosing a size, consider how many people will regularly be travelling and think about how comfortable you will feel manoeuvring and towing it.

How will I know if the caravan is stolen?
Make sure to ask the seller to show you receipts and documents that prove ownership or servicing. You can also get a CRIS registration check. If you can give them a call, with the use of the registration number they can check to see if the caravan has been stolen. Look out for signs of damage, keeping a close eye on the hitch or wheel rims. Damage in areas such as these can indicate that security devices have been removed with force.

Does everything work properly?
If possible, check items such as doors, locks and windows to make sure there is no damage or problems. These are visible and you should be able to take a look around the caravan, trying and testing hinges and catches on cupboard doors and windows. The last thing anyone wants is a break in on their first holiday away. If you would like the mechanics of the caravan inspected, book a test such as a chassis or brakes test.

Pre – purchase inspection.
If you are still unsure, we would highly recommend anyone buying a second-hand caravan to arrange a pre-purchase inspection. Here at Caravan Mobile services, we can find hidden damages such as damp and body damage. We can help put your mind at ease and offer professional, experienced advice. We can also offer advice on what we expect a caravan in your condition should be priced at if needed.
For more information, visit our website. Don’t hesitate to ask for advice or book a pre-purchase inspection with Caravan Mobile Services.

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