When it comes to buying second-hand anything, it’s always a bit of a gamble. While the product might be considerably cheaper than its brand-new counterpart, there’s many risks involved (of which we’ll discuss in this article.)
Whether you’re upgrading your current caravan or looking to make your first purchase, you might be tempted to buy a used caravan. But before you sign on the dotted line, here’s some things you might want to look out for when it comes to checking potential candidates for your secondhand caravan.
Run exterior checks
It goes without saying that a poorly maintained caravan exterior will lead to many problems down the track – and they won’t be cheap to fix. Run your eyes over the exterior and look for leaks on the roof or large scrapes along the walls. Look at the undercarriage for stone chips, dents, or holes. Check for rust as well as unusual sounds when you rock the caravan. If there’s roof accessories, poke around to see if they’re installed correctly.
…And run interior checks
When it comes to the interior, take your time looking around. You’re looking for water stains around the walls and windows, as well as the smell of mould. If there’s a strong scent or perfume in the air, the seller could be trying to disguise the mouldy smell. You’ll also want to check the appliances and see if they’re all in working order, as well as any electrical sockets.
Ask about the vehicle’s history
The vehicle’s history goes beyond its age. It’s well-known that the age of the caravan will affect the asking price, but you also might want to know where it’s travelled and if it’s been involved in any collisions. For example, caravans that have travelled to sandy and wet locations may suffer from sand and water damage, usually by way of the look of the chassis. It might also be a good idea to ask where the caravan is kept when not in use: is it stored in a garage or under a carport, where the elements can’t get to it? As for involvement in accidents, you can never really be too sure when it comes to second-hand caravans. Most repair work can be hidden with a new lick of paint and a visit to the panel beaters. Don’t forget to ask for the service logbook, which will indicate how regularly the caravan was maintained.
Buy a brand-new caravan at PMX Campers
The above checklist is by no means an exhaustive list. However, if our checklist sounds like a lot of work, you might want to consider buying a brand-new caravan. From not needing to spend money on initial maintenance or upkeep through to being able to choose the exact features, colour and size – as well as enjoying a warranty – there are many benefits of choosing to buy a new caravan over a used one. When you’re ready to make the move, visit your local dealer at PMX Campers. Our friendly team would be more than happy to help you choose the right camper trailer or caravan to suit your needs, budget, and lifestyle.