Top tips on buying a holiday caravan
26th July 2016
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Have you decided to become the owner of your very own caravan in order to escape for a well-earned break with your family, year after year?

Macleod Caravans in The Highlands is a well-established business who sell a wide range of new and used caravans from leading manufacturers including Swift, Willerby, ABI, Atlas, Victory Gainford and Pemberton Holiday Homes.  Experts and knowledgeable in caravans, they provide some very useful things to consider before you make your purchase:

Lifestyle – when you buy a caravan, think of it as a lifestyle choice rather than a financial investment.  You want a caravan that will give you improved family time, a relaxed life and many good memories.

Caravan Park Location – the location of your caravan is vital to your enjoyment, so choose an area that you love.  It is essential that you visit the park before you make a purchase to make sure you make the right choice.  Consider: does the park offer everything your family needs e.g. entertainment, swimming pool or would you prefer peace and quiet?

Site Opening Times – many parks close for several weeks or months during the Winter time.  If you are planning to stay there during the festive period, this type of site will not be suitable.  When choosing a park, it is wise to enquire about how long you will be allowed to leave your caravan on your pitch for.

Distance – how often do you intend to use your caravan?  If it is sited too far from home, you may not visit very often.  If you enjoy weekend breaks, it may be better to have your caravan only a few hours from home.

Locality – consider what the locality can offer you and your family e.g. tourist attractions, outdoor activities, countryside etc.

Running Costs – In addition to the initial capital outlay associated with buying your holiday caravan, you also need to consider ongoing running costs e.g. site fees, gas and electricity, insurance, general maintenance, TV licences etc. 

Renting out your caravan – if you are planning on renting out your caravan whilst you are not using it, talk to the park owners beforehand, they may not allow this or may have their own rental service in place. 

Joint ownership – an easier way to buy a caravan is to buy with somebody else and you share the purchase, running costs and amount of time you spend at the site. 

Depreciation – unfortunately the value of your static caravan will depreciate and this cannot be avoided.  In the event you decide to sell, your holiday park may offer to buy your caravan from you but it is unlikely you would get any more than the cost price. 

With a large selection of new and used static caravans for sale, Macleod Caravans also offer caravan transportation throughout The Highlands and Islands and can transport holiday homes that are 10ft or 12ft wide and site them safely.

Need even more advice?  Then contact the friendly team today for more information and to discuss prices.

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