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Purchasing A Caravan


Billie14

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Hi Everyone

 

I am a newbie and l would like some advice from people as we have never bought a caravan before.

 

We have been to see one today very nice people and they are putting loads of extra's included in the price however the caravan is 3years old immaculate from our eyes, they showed us everything but he has serviced it him self no warranty l also presume he means that the water ingress in not guaranteed as he has serviced it himself. This is an immaculate caravan just like new the wife is not suffering good health hence retiring from caravaning it is a coachman and he has said he has only done 2,000 miles in it and looking at it l beleive him.

 

Should l get a service report on this and just how much would it cost? Also l do not want to offend them by suggesting this, would it be offensive? or would he expect us to have a report done.

 

I hope you can help me

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You say the caravan is only 3 years old so therefore the caravan must be a large investment for you . Even though the owner says he has serviced the van himself, I would still suggest even the most basic of damp checks at your expense, just to be sure . Would you buy a few thousand pounds of caravan without being completely happy with it, has he recorded each time he's serviced the caravan and is he qualified to do so ( gas / electics etc ) Just my thoughts . ..

PAUL, 2005 Mitsubishi Shogun Warrior 2. 5TD, Towing A 2005 Bailey Pageant Provence .

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I'm not sure on cost as I've never had to get one, but I would get a damp check done, just in case.

Failing that get yourself a damp tester, they're reasonably cheap, and check it yourself, particularly in the upper corners, inside lockers and in the shower compartment before handing over any serious dosh.

If the owner has the original CRiS registration document to prove it's age, then the tyres should be ok (excluding any physical damage to them) as they are not of an age to need replacing.

As for the mechanical servicing, if it seems ok I would think it a safe buy to at least get it home. You can always get it fully serviced to allay any fears before you use it properly. Don't forget, even if an excellent job has been done to the mechanical parts, there's still things like the gas appliances to consider that should have been checked in the service.

It's now becoming the time of year when the heater gets used a fair bit when away, so I wouldn't take the risk of carbon monoxide poisoning lightly if anything is not operating correctly.

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No damp warranty as it has not been serviced by an an approved service centre.

A three year old van will cost you a lot of money.

If he bought the van brand new why would he not maintain the warranty by getting it serviced by the supplying dealer?

I would not buy it but then again I am not you.

My advice for what it's worth, go to a dealer and buy a van with your hard earned cash, you will get warranty and a fully serviced van which will give years of happy use.

Brian

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I always buy older caravans and get them checked over by people I know who are qualified, mechanic, gas safe although his business partner specialises in LPG, these are the two main things I get checked except the electrics, but if I was buying one as new as you are I would definately get it serviced fully just to be sure although not sure on the cost. Sounds good though but just for your own peace of mind :)

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It's a big investment, I'd get a mobile service engineer to give it a once over, there may be things even the fella himself doesn't know.

Coachman Amara 380/2

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There is something wrong here and I would be very very wary.

 

If the caravan is only three years old from new any normal caravaner would get it serviced at an 'approved dealer' as otherwise the Guarantee 'would be void'.

 

As other have said you are spending a few thousand pounds and you have not a lot of experiance, so I would go to a very reputable caravan dealer and 'Negoatiate Negotiate Negotate' the asking price, then just as the salesman thinks 'he has you in the bag' start on the freebies you want in with the price ! (water container,waste container,new pump, hitch lock, etc) min 12 months guarantee !

 

Shop around there's always another caravan so don't buy problems!!

 

Mike

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Hi Guys

 

Thanks for the advise l have now got a mobile engineer going to check it out for me l will then take note of what he says and l will let you all know the gentleman l am buying off had no problems with thiis.

 

Have a great weekend

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Sorry but having bought 2nd hand from a dealer,a 2 year old caravan without a manufactures 6 year bodywork warranty only to have stress cracks appear in the front panel 3 years down the line NO way would I shell out over 8k again. The makers warranty would have replaced the panel,It would cost me over £1700 to have the work done properly. so if you are not getting the van at least 2k under dealers price no way!!!

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Hi sm 2823

 

It is a Coachman Golden Laser 650/4 2009 Alko Hitch Lock,, movers, Aircon, Tracker Alko Wheel Lock, and Isabelle awning and many more etc £13,500 an id immaculate.

 

What do you think?

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Just ask yourself the question if you bought a brand new van would you

 

a) take it in to the dealer / authorised workshop for it's annual service to keep the makers warranty and keep the resale value higher as it's a fully serviced caravan with the outstanding warranty being able to be passed on.

 

or

 

b ) service it yourself therefore loosing the makers warranty and loose money on resale as no makers warranty and no record of servicing

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Buying private I would get a Damp test and HPI check for any outstanding finance before I handed over any money .

 

http://www. hpicheck. com/caravans. html

 

 

 

Dave

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