Guidelines For Buying a Used Caravan

Posted on: 29 July 2016

Caravans provide you with the ability to take long road trips with more comfort, save money on hotels, and have more quality time with your family. By getting a used caravan, you will be able to save some money as well. Here are some simple guidelines that help you buy a good-quality and dependable caravan for the right price.

Try Out a Caravan First

If this is your very first caravan you have been in, you shouldn't just rush into a purchase. You don't want to go through all the work of buying a used caravan only to find out you chose a model you really don't like or that caravan travel isn't for you. Before you start shopping around, either borrow one from a friend or rent one. Drive it around for a day or so to get a feel for it and see how you like it. You might find that you don't like the oversized caravans, so you know to look for a smaller one. It can also help you determine which features you will get good use out of and others that aren't really worth the extra money.

Ask as Many Questions as Necessary

When you reach a used dealership, don't be afraid to ask as many questions as you need to. The sales person is supposed to give you as much information about a used caravan as they can, so if you feel like they left something out, go ahead and ask. This might have to do with the previous owner, repairs that showed up on the vehicle inspection, or a weird noise you hear during the test drive. In regards to warranties and things of that nature, you can also ask about what will be covered and how long the warranty will last, as well as any exclusions related to the caravan's warranty.

Think About the More Unlikely Issues

While you already know that if the caravan has had a lot of repairs or shows engine trouble, it is going to cost you more in the long run than it might be worth. However, your vehicle inspection should also look at some of the red flags for issues not even related to the mechanical system. For example, if it looks like the roof of the caravan has some rusting or corrosion, this is not just a cosmetic problem. If there is rain while you are driving the caravan, it could mean a major leak which ruins the interior. Also, look at the mileage compared to the age of the caravan. If it is an older caravan with not a lot of miles, it is possible that there were a lot of issues keeping the previous owners from driving it regularly.

Negotiate the Price

Just because a dealer or personal seller has mentioned a price they want for it, doesn't mean they aren't willing to accept an offer. Look up the approximate value of the caravan and consider things like the mechanical condition, physical condition, number of miles, and how many owners it has had. Give what you believe is a reasonable offer, and see what their counteroffer is. You might be able to save some money.

For more information, contact a business such as Glenn's Quality Cars.


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