If it’s time to sell your touring caravan, there are many ways of going about it, from word of mouth to classified ads to local papers to cards in shop windows to auction websites like eBay, which offer a great way of reaching a large audience easily.
But, whichever method you use, make your advertisement as detailed as possible, and be completely honest– this will save time in the long run. And be clear on what is and what is not included in your price.
Include some photos, and, of course, your name and how a buyer can contact you. You may feel happier supplying an email address and mobile details rather than home phone number. Reply to any queries accurately, promptly and courteously.
First impressions are crucial. Before taking the photos, and certainly before any viewings, clean the caravan thoroughly inside and out. That includes windows, curtains and carpets. Pay particular attention to things like the shower, cooker and sink. Give the fridge a good scrub and open the door to prevent smells.
Other things to check include wiring and plumbing, and seeing that the wheels are in good condition with legal, roadworthy tires. If there are any outstanding maintenance jobs, now’s the time to do them. Cast a critical eye over your caravan, as if you were a potential buyer yourself, and think about what needs doing.
You’ll also need all relevant paperwork, up to date and ready to hand over to your buyer. That includes any repair receipts, full service history and CriS documentation.
When it comes to viewings, make sure your caravan is easily accessible and on flat ground so that prospective purchasers can walk round it comfortably. Let people pull out beds and tables if they wish.
Never sell without getting a name and full address for your buyer, and don’t hand over the caravan until you’ve received payment. Choose a secure method for getting your money, generally this means a bank transfer, or you could use PayPal. Check any cash you are given carefully, and wait for cheques to clear before releasing your caravan.
Unfortunately, overseas buyers or those wanting to export the vehicle abroad, or anyone who wants to make a purchase without seeing it first, may not be genuine. Proceed carefully, if at all, and follow your gut instinct.
Large numbers of caravans change hands in a hassle-free way each year. Follow a few common sense precautions and your sale should take place quickly and easily.