Shopping for a caravan is both an exciting and overwhelming experience. The second-hand market is flooded with both low and high-quality vehicles so it is important that you have a how-to guide to ensure you get the most for your money!
Your journey to purchasing a pre-used caravan should be characterised by research - and there is a lot out there! After reading this simple buyer’s guide-you will be a full bottle of knowledge and ready to set off on your next adventure.
Ask yourself the following questions to best determine your ‘dream’ campervan….
As a budget-conscious traveller, you need to ensure you are getting a good quality pre-loved van as many unforeeen pitfalls can arise, thus your initial search process should be guided by these three golden rules.
These are the absolute essentials when purchasing any used vehicle!
When it comes to purchasing your van, there are three different channels you can go through. These include the private seller, dealer, and motor auction. Each channel consists of a different relationship between the buyer and seller.
It is important you pick the best channel based on your level of experience as a buyer to avoid buying a lemon and then being stitched up with a low-quality vehicle that you become stuck with.
This channel is only recommended if the buyer knows what they are doing as private sales come with no warranty. With this in mind, if pursuing this channel, the buyer should always take a witness to oversee the purchase if the van later does prove to be faulty.
Ensure you do the following:
This channel is recommended to most budget-conscious buyers with little to no experience with campervans.
At most caravan and campervan stores you will be exposed to a large range of used and new vehicles in one place. Here, you will be guided in your purchasing journey by a reputable and experienced dealer.
This opens you up to an array of benefits, including the ability to compare different campervans on the market, giving you a better indication of the varying price ranges and features between the models. This also helps you to stay within your budget range.
Dealers have a duty to customers; they are legally obliged to tell you if the van has any issues and the cost to rectify them.
A private seller has no legal obligation to do this. Dealerships offering consignment will provide you with a certificate of warranty and an up to date roadworthy certificate, giving you peace of mind.
This channel will ultimately provide you with the cheapest caravan but carries the highest risk. This buying channel is not recommended for inexperienced buyers.
Generally, motor auctions offer buyers the chance to get a bargain as most caravans are being sold in the auction due to their state being sometimes unsellable or unusable. Thus, purchasing here can be tricky unless you are an experienced caravan buyer and are able to spot a bargain.
If you are considering buying a second-hand caravan from a motor auction, follow these rules:
Before purchasing any second-hand campervan from any of the three buying channels you must check the following things as they will be the most expensive to fix both short and long term!
Once you have checked all these areas you will be ready to set off on your next adventure! Enjoy!