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Essential tips to follow when purchasing a used caravan

Granted it’s expensive to purchase a caravan which is all the more reason that you need to pay heed to these tips. For starters, those looking to sell their brand-new caravan or even a used one can attempt to pull a fast one over you. And that’s why you would be well-advised to check over the caravan thoroughly before you sign any purchase agreement.

And of course, it goes without saying that you need to ensure that the caravan is in good shape and has valid vehicle insurance to go with it to protect you against any liabilities. Just keep in mind that if the price is too good to believe, then it often turns out to be the case, So, check out these tips,

  • The information that you need to look for

When it comes to checking out caravans for sale in Christchurch, there are a few essential pieces of information that you need to check out, before actually taking a look at it. For starters, you need to determine as to how old the caravan is, whether it is too old or brand new. Either one should raise flags as the seller could be trying to pass off the caravan due to some defect or the other.

So check out the age of the caravan, apart from that, you need to ask the owner for valid certification as in where was the caravan purchased from, and how long has it has been in use. You may also want to ask the seller for current weighbridge, gas and electrical certificates as this can enable you to make the right decision regarding the purchase. Additionally, you may also want to check with the required authorities in your state, regarding the valid certifications that need to be checked before you make any purchase. 

  • Checking the exterior

When it comes to checking the exterior of the van, one of the first things that you need to look for is evidence of rust. That should clue you in as to how well-maintained the van has been and whether this can pose a serious structural problem if left unattended. Pay attention to the roof as well as to the sides and the chassis of the van itself; any dents, scratches, and other marks need to be checked out and repaired if necessary, before any purchase. You also need to check out the tires and treads, as it can tell you a lot about their condition. Just remember to keep your eyes open for any signs of exterior paint jobs, as they could be hiding a much bigger issue. 

  • Issues that you need to point out to the seller

When it comes to purchasing the caravan, you need to point out several issues that you come across, to the seller. You can request the seller to attend to these and get them fixed immediately. These can range anything from cracks in the chassis, condition of the axle, jockey wheel, and whether the caravan has a good smoke and fire detector, extinguisher installed. The last is required, essential, and one that you need to double-check to ensure that they are in perfect working condition. Additionally, you may also want to check out if the table, drawers are working perfectly, as are all the lights and gas connections.

  • Used caravans

When it comes to purchasing a used caravan, you cannot expect to get a caravan in picture-perfect condition. There are bound to be a few issues that prop up. That’s to be expected and if the owner is frank, honest, he would disclose it all, as you head over to purchase it. But in case the owner doesn’t, you need to point out the issues to him and get him to fix the same before you commit to the actual purchase.

These are some of the essential tips that you need to check out before you purchase any caravan, brand new or used.

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