Be cautious of online auctions
There’s no doubt there are bargains to be had online, but only bid on a caravan you have actually inspected yourself. Check the vendor’s feedback and make sure they accept your prefered method of payment. Don’t get carried away and bid more than you can afford. Make sure all the necessary paperwork and checks are in place to ensure the sale is valid.
Check the condition
If buying a used caravan, be alert for damp – avoid anything that has moisture stains, mould, and a damp smell. Examine the body for dents, broken trim and bulging side panels. Excessive use of sealand and filler might also be signs of poor condition. That said, some older caravans have been well maintained and serviced, or hardly used at all, and are real hidden gems.
Get all the documentation in order
If buying new, ask about whether a warranty is offered and what exactly is covered. Ensure all the manuals for the gas, electrical and water systems are present, together with the owner’s manual and service history.
You’ll also want to get caravan insurance in place. While the law doesn’t require you to buy caravan insurance, a caravan is a big investment that you’ll want to protect from damage or theft. Your home contents insurance could provide some degree of protection but only if you have the right cover attached, for example for valuable clothing and goods you take outside your home (so including into your caravan). The actual caravan itself is usually not covered.
Therefore getting competitively priced caravan insurance is vitally important to protect your valuable investment. At Britton Insurance we source the best possible price available to us for your individual caravan insurance requirements. We can even offer immediate cover on acceptance of the quotation (subject to terms and conditions). Our quotation team can source the best quotation available to us from across the insurance market.