‘Used’ is no longer a ‘used to be’

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Buying a second hand caravan in the UK is becoming a popular way for families to increase the leisure and enjoyment of a family holiday without the wallet overly suffering. Although second hand buyers will reap many rewards, here are some issues to consider when venturing into the world of used caravans:

  • How old is the Caravan? Check your potential caravan’s VIN/serial number, usually located on the bottom right hand corner of all the windows on the caravan, in order to establish exactly how old it is.
  • Check before you buy. It’s always worth looking at things like how well the door locks work, perhaps even give the undercarriage an inspection to see the condition of the brake linkages or see if there are any issues with rust etc…
  • Beware: Stolen Caravans! Here are some tell-tale suspect signs about the history of a caravan: Damage to the hitch or wheels of the caravan, the price of the caravan being unusually cheap or the seller insisting on you paying with cash only. Contacting the Caravan Registration and Identification Scheme (CRiS) on 01722 411430 is an easy way to ensure your potential new purchase is a genuine buy.
  • Ready to pick it up? Make sure you already have the appropriate caravan insurance cover to pick up your newly acquired caravan. The last thing you want is an uninsured towing accident on the way home to ruin your new purchase!

So there you have it, some simple tips to help you on your way to a happy second hand caravan life.