Should I buy new or used caravan?

Posted on Tuesday, December 15, 2015 - 12:19

You plan to buy a caravan, and you already see yourself camping next summer with your family or your loved one. Now, you just have to decide whether you will purchase a new or used caravan. If only it would be that easy to decide. Each option comes with its pros and cons and, of course, the price is a significant factor to think about. 

Warranty

When you buy a new caravan, you are reassured that everything is going to work perfectly as it is brand new. Still, if there will be some teething problems, they will be covered by the warranty and will be quickly and freely rectified.

In the case of a used caravan, you can be sure that something will go wrong and could only pray that the mechanic will see every flaw when you go to have the vehicle checked before you buy it. You have to consider that the caravan has hundreds of kilometres on board that left their mark on the vehicle. So, if there will be any damages to be fixed, you will pay with money from your pocket.

Price

Having your brand new caravan that smells of fresh paint is anybody's dream. Buying a new vehicle will also give you the possibility to make some enhancements such as a bigger fridge or larger water tank. The only question is: Can you afford it? There's no point in buying a new caravan if you won’t have money to afford the fuel to travel everywhere you want.

This leaves you with the second option: getting a used caravan that has an affordable price. If you're lucky, you can even find one in an excellent shape. Of course, you will be relying on your assessment and inspection to try and figure out the vehicle's history. Another good thing when buying the vehicle at a lower price is that you will have the courage and strength to go to places and drive on roads that you would not risk putting your new caravan through. So, it’s a win-win situation.

Resale value

Let's say that you buy a new caravan and decide to sell it after a period. Even if it's after one year or seven, you will not sell it for the same price you have bought it. A used caravan is a used caravan and its value will drop significantly. There’s no rocket science there.

If you buy a used caravan and decide to sell it later on, you might be able to get the same price for which you bought it in the first place. However, if you want this to happen, you must keep the caravan in a good shape and maybe bring some upgrades. This way, you can be sure you will make a good deal.

Whatever you choose, a caravan is always a sound investment for your leisure time.

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