Questions You Need To Ask A Used Caravan Dealer
13 August 2013, Category: Caravans
Once you have found a used caravan dealer whom you are interested in making your next purchase through, it is important that you take a moment to think about your decision. This is not a small investment – caravans can cost a large amount of money at the best of times – which is why it is important that you ask some very important questions.
- Are there any guarantees? Whilst most dealers will offer a short and limited warranty on their used models (usually one to three months), not all will. If there is a warranty, you may also be able to get it extended to one or even two years if you are willing to pay a little extra. These sorts of guarantees will generally only cover mechanical breakdowns.
- Is financing available?
If you aren’t planning on purchasing the used caravan outright, you need to ask the dealer whether they have financing available. Most will have a selection available, allowing you to make comfortable monthly payments, whereas others won’t offer financing at all. In these cases, you will need to contact a bank or finance company.
- Does the van have a history?
You should try to find out as much about the caravan’s history as possible to ensure that it hasn’t been in an accident or received a serious repair of some kind. Find out where it has been stored and taken, as exposure to rain can cause rust issues. You should also perform a check to ensure that the van hasn’t been stolen.
- Can you offer any advice?
It doesn’t hurt to ask the dealer or one of their sales representatives what their advice is. Keep in mind that they will be trying to encourage you to make the purchase, but if you are interested in two or three models their knowledge of the industry can be invaluable in helping you to come to the best solution for your needs.
After the dealer has answered your questions and you are satisfied with their responses, you will be able to make a final decision about the used caravan that you are interested in purchasing. If you don’t know much about the mechanics of caravans, you might like to take someone along with you who does, as this will ensure that you look out for the right things.