Having your own caravan can unlock a world of travel, all while surrounded by your own things. While the initial outlay can seem large, there are easy ways to save money. Bear in mind that the more you use your caravan, the more money you’ll save in the long term as the initial investment cost will be spread over a number of holidays.
When is the best time to buy a caravan?
The last thing on our minds during December are sunny summer holidays, which is what makes it the perfect time to get the best deal on buying a new caravan. Dealers are looking to clear their stock to make space for new vehicles arriving from March, so are more open to making a deal. However, once the new stock arrives there are more buyers looking to purchase, so March to May is the least recommended time to buy new – although there will be more second-hand caravans on the market.
What do you need to get in place before purchasing?
Take time to get all the necessary elements in place, in the months and even years before you want to buy your caravan. You’ll need to check that your car is capable of towing a caravan, so as the time comes to upgrade your car look into it’s towing capabilities.
Dealership or private sale?
Often it’s cheaper to purchase from a private seller, but if something goes wrong you may be less protected. Buying from a dealership gives you greater recourse, particularly if they offer a warranty. While a warranty may add to the cost, if the caravan develops a problem it will save you money in the long term. Also, if the dealer will not offer a warranty on the vehicle it could indicate an underlying issue that’s not immediately apparent.