It’s time for post number 8 in the “Buying Your First Caravan” series. I am excited because I have written over 6,500 words so far! Who would have thought that there is that much to say about buying your first caravan? Well there is at least 3,000 more to go so I’d like to thank you for sticking with me and I really hope you are enjoying and getting some value from it. So we are getting near the purchase stage and we need to start thinking about where we are going to buy from, and that is what today’s post is all about.
Here it is…
Who to buy from – What are your options?
Okay, so we are moving on to the final stages of buying your first caravan, now we need to consider where you could buy it from. The two options you have are to shop at a dealer or look for privately advertised caravans. Which is best? That is simply a matter of opinion, but before you make up your mind you should consider the pros and cons of both. Here are some I prepared earlier (I’ve always wanted to say that!):
Pros of buying from a private seller
* Often cheaper
* Sometimes comes with accessories
* If you know the owner then you know the caravan’s history
Cons of buying from a private seller
* No warranty or backup
* Will not have been properly checked and tested before purchase
* No legal protection (buyer beware)
Pros of buying from a dealer
* Most come with warranties (unless stated otherwise)
* Dealer will offer support and backup on the caravan (dealers have an obligatory care)
* Dealers will offer advice
* Added legal rights
* Larger selection to view in one place
Cons of buying from a dealer
* More expensive
* Often not packaged with accessories
This is by no means a complete list and I am sure people will have many of their own to add (let me know in the comments section below and if they’re good I’ll add them to the list) but these points are often overlooked by caravan buyers. I am not going to tell you whether you should buy from a dealer or from a private individual, but take these points into account when deciding who to buy from.
Where to find caravans for sale?
When you are looking to buy a caravan there are many ways to find them advertised for sale. Here is a quick list of the places you will find caravans for sale:
* Caravan Finder – Caravan Finder is one of the largest platforms for people looking to sell their caravans, you will find thousands of new and used caravans for sale from dealers and private sellers. Caravan Finder allow you to search for your caravan using their unique layout selector too which is extremely handy if you know what you are looking for
* Caravan Selecta – Caravan Selecta is again one of the largest websites for looking for caravans for sale, as with Caravan Finder you will find thousands of caravans for sale from dealers and private sellers
* Caravan Trader – As with the other two sites above you will find thousands of caravans for sale from dealers and private seller. Caravan Trader is a part of Auto Trader and so a site you know you can trust
* eBay – There are thousands of caravans for sale on eBay from dealers and private sellers, you can often bag a bargain at auction just make sure you know what you are buying
* Preloved – This website is not so well known when shopping for caravans but I have found several bargains advertised on the site. You will find mostly private sellers here
* Dealer websites – Caravan dealerships generally keep a current stock list on their websites
* Magazines – Many of the industry magazines have a classifieds section at the back where readers can advertise their caravans for sale
* Local paper – Most local papers also have a classified ads section at the back of the paper too
* Notice boards – Good old fashioned notice board adverts are still about, you can find these at public libraries, post offices, caravan sites, churches, etc
* Local dealership – Take a trip down to your local dealership and browse their displays
There is just one more thing I wanted to add to this post as I feel it is important that you should be aware of it when buying your first caravan. There are a lot of nasty people out there who are just waiting to take advantage of honest people. I have seen some ridiculously good deals advertised in various places (mostly online) that look too good to be true and they often are. Please just be cautious when you are looking around and be sure to ask lots of questions. I will be a lot more about scams in a post in the very near future.
In summary we have talked about the advantages and disadvantages of buying a caravan from both caravan dealers and private sellers, where to find caravans for sale and a final word of warning to bear in mind during your search.
Thank you for reading and I hope this post has answered some questions for you. I’d love to know your thoughts or anything you have to add on this subject, lets converse in the comments section below.
Tomorrow’s post, part 9 in the “Buying Your First Caravan” series is a very important one as we will finding out more about what to look out for when you go and view a caravan you are considering purchasing along with some questions you should be asking the seller.