The Value My Caravan Guide | How Much Is My Caravan Worth?

The Value My Caravan Guide

How Much is My Caravan Worth?

How do I value my caravan? How much is my caravan worth? These common questions have different answers depending on if:

  • You plan on selling the caravan and want to know the right price
  • You want to get the right type of insurance cover
  • You’re looking to trade or part-exchange your caravan

How to Estimate a Good Caravan Value Price

First things first, you need to look at your caravan closely. The caravan’s value is all in the details — the model you have; what you’ve done with it over the years, and the condition it’s in. Think about:

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How old your caravan is

If it’s getting on a bit, then the chances are it’ll hold less value.

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Whether it's in good condition or not

If you’ve taken good care of your caravan, then you’ll be able to fetch a higher price for it.

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Your caravan's service history

A service history without any gaps in it is always more attractive to would-be buyers. Especially if the service history can be traced back to a reputable caravan service centre. 

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The size

Size is always a big factor when considering how much you caravan is worth. The bigger the better (in terms of value). When it comes right down to it, if all else is equal, the bigger caravan will always be worth more than a smaller model.

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If you've upgraded your caravan by adding valuable 'extras'

Things like an awning, or an air conditioning unit. If you’ve improved upon the standard manufactured model, then it’s probably worth more money.

Questions to Ask Yourself when Thinking about Caravan Valuations

Ask yourself the following questions and think honestly about how you’d answer them:

  • Does your caravan look newish, or does it look very obviously second-hand?
  • Are the wheels and tyres in good condition?
  • What is the overall condition of the caravan’s paint job and body like?
  • Has your caravan undergone any major repairs since you’ve had it?
  • Do you suspect it will need any repairs in the near future?
  • Are there any current issues with the caravan that may stop it from working in an optimal, efficient, or safe way?
  • Check your last service report — does it indicate any likely future problems?

In our experience, it’s best to jot these questions and answers down on a piece of paper — to help you really think about them.

Finding Out the Market Value Price for Your Caravan

What’s my caravan worth? Your caravan may look brand new and run like a dream, but ultimately it’s the market that has the final say over your asking price. 

To get an idea of your caravan’s market value, a little research is in order. You’ll need to know:

Average Price of Similar Makes & Models

Start by searching online wherever people are selling caravans. For example, eBay, Autotrader, and so on. You’ll quickly get an idea for what counts as an acceptable or expected price. 

Pro tip: although some models might look almost exactly like yours, they could be worlds apart under the surface. Some models have modifications and extra specifications that could make them worth a lot more than the ‘standard’ models. So make sure to examine the caravans you look at closely. On the plus side, if yours has all the bells and whistles, then you might find yours has a value that is higher than all the other ‘standard’ versions for sale online. 

The Current Shape of the Market

All sorts of things can influence how caravans are priced on the market. From international issues, to the changing of the seasons. When the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic grounded international flights in the summer of 2020, caravan prices skyrocketed due to a surge in demand from people looking for UK ‘staycations’. 

More predictably, springtime-to-late summer (February to August) is the high season for caravan-buying. Lots of enthusiasts get excited about planning their holidays for the year as the weather improves. Sell in the springtime, and you could get more money for your caravan.

What the Experts Think

Here’s a great tip — instead of relying solely on the Internet and other avenues, why not try contacting the manufacturer directly? They will be able to give you a very realistic resale price. 

Caravan dealers will also be able to provide a good estimate, and the most reputable of them will do it for free — of no charge to you at all. Try asking them what value they would place on your caravan if they were to put it on the market. They may even offer to buy it off you at a better price than is worth for all the difficulties of selling privately. 

In addition to asking both dealers and the manufacturers, you could also try Glass’s Caravan Guide. This catalogue of caravans details hundreds of different models by year — and provides an estimated price. Use this price as a general guide. But remember yours will be worth more or less, depending on its condition and the number of accessories included. 

Making your Caravan Presentable to Buyers

Potential buyers will always want to inspect your caravan, including if you are selling to a dealer and especially if you’re selling privately. Here are the different parts of the caravan they will closely inspect, and what it is they’ll be looking for:

The Exterior

Most people won’t be expecting the exterior to look perfect. But they will want to make sure that it looks nice, clean and polished. 

The Interior

There are many different interior layout variations — and some are preferable to others — which unsurprisingly will impact the caravan’s value. If there is any interior damage that could be easily fixed, it’s a good idea to see to it before hosting viewings. Especially if a minor interior repair could increase the total value of the caravan. 

You

The buyer will want to know why it is you’re selling up. Although this might sound a bit intrusive, it’s actually a normal response for anyone. After all, if it’s a perfectly good caravan, why sell it?

Don’t be afraid to be honest. Many people sell up because they’ve decided not to pursue the caravan lifestyle anymore. Others are looking to upgrade or switch models. Some might be looking to trade in their caravan for a motorhome. And some cannot afford to keep up with the hobby due to changing life circumstances. 

A buyer will appreciate your honesty and, importantly, will likely see through you if you are dishonest.

Insurance Documentation

It’s perfectly natural for a buyer to want to look at the insurance history. After all, caravans are often knocked about on the road. And insurance claims can negatively impact the worth of your caravan. The chances are, your buyer will want to read up on these insurance claims and then inspect the areas where the damage was done.

Accessories

From awnings to steps, air-conditioning, to TV aerials and radio-controlled moving aids — all of these accessories can push the caravan value up. Buyers will want to see how these accessories have been integrated into the caravan, and why they are worth it. 

Outstanding Finance

It’s increasingly common for caravan enthusiasts to buy their caravans using some sort of finance package. Meaning they might still have to make payments on it at the time they are thinking of selling up. 

Having outstanding finance payments doesn’t mean you can’t make the sale — and especially to a dealer. But it does require your transparency, and you should have all the right documents at hand. .

Valuing your Caravan for Insurance Purposes

It’s important to have an idea of the market value of your caravan for insurance purposes, and not just if you’re planning on selling up.

If you’re looking to find out your caravan valuations for insurance purposes, you’ll need to know which way to go about it. There are two main ways to go about insuring your caravan:

  • A so-called “new for old” basis.
  • On a market value basis. 

The value you insure your caravan for will differ, depending on which one you choose.

What is "New for Old" Insurance

‘New for old’ insurance is a type of insurance that will replace your touring caravan with a new model if it gets written-off or stolen and not recovered. For example, say if you had a model that was five years old that was irretrievably lost or written-off, under the ‘New for old’ policy it would be replaced with the latest version of that model. 

But to qualify for ‘New for old’, you must insure your caravan for the value it would cost to replace it with the newest model, not at its current market value. It is important to make sure you have it insured for the newest model. Failure to do so could leave you under-insured should something happen. 

And finally, if you have a very old touring caravan, then this option might not be available for you at all.

How to Get the Right "New to Old" Caravan Valuations

Make sure to look up the current market value price of the latest version of your caravan. If your caravan is more than a year old, it is very likely that a new and updated version exists. 

A good place to find the latest, up-to-date prices is on the manufacturer’s website. Or you could call them. Most caravan manufacturers will clearly label the price of their models, and will handily even provide the cost of the added accessory extras. 

If you cannot locate your model, or if your model has been discontinued, look for the closest equivalent on the market and use that sales price as a guide. But remember that the ‘closest equivalent’ must be a caravan that you’d be happy with, as you’re essentially declaring that it is the replacement you want in the event of a total loss claim. In this sense, it’s important to consider the layout, among other things, of this ‘closest equivalent’ caravan — to make sure it’s what you really want.

Making Sure Your Caravan's Insurance Matches Its Value

You don’t want to be over- or underinsured. But in some situations you could be either paying too much or not enough. These situations can apply if:

  • You’re looking for a ‘New to old’ insurance policy (see above). 
  • A mistake is made as your annual insurance premium is renewed.
  • You have a lot of ‘extras’ that could be worth more to insure.

Most insurance companies take into account that your caravan will have depreciated slightly from the previous year. This should translate into a slightly lower insurance cost. But this doesn’t always happen. To make sure you don’t end up paying too much be sure to take a look around and window-shop for a lower deal. 

As for the ‘extras’ — if you have the equipment (including awnings, motor movers, gas bottles) and security devices (wheel clamps, hitch locks, trackers, and so on) in addition to general content, then they could all be worth covering if they are expensive to replace. If that’s the case, if you are touring with your caravan with all of these items, then you could be under-insured. Ask yourself if it’s worth the extra premium if it means you can sleep a little easier at night. 

Static Caravans

If you have a static caravan, you might be thinking “how much is my static caravan worth?”.

Some efficient ways to determine the market value of your static caravan include:

  • Checking the latest static industry valuation guide — they are published every month.
  • Asking a caravan or motorhome dealer to value it for you — most reputable companies will do it free of charge.
  • Call or write to the manufacturer and ask them for an estimate. 
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Speaking to a dealer can offer up some very valuable insights. Because they can give you figures that will help if you’re buying or selling. A caravan dealer can tell you how much your static caravan is worth privately and as a part-exchange. They will also tell you the ‘park value’ or, how much you could expect to pay if you’re buying from a caravan park. Finally, a dealer will more than likely offer to buy your static caravan then and there. 

In some instances, you may find that it is of better value to sell quickly to a dealer, rather than going through the motions and stresses of selling privately.  

Things that Can Affect the Price of Your Static Caravan

Obvious factors include the make, model, and age. Less obvious factors are the location (where about in the country is it settled?) and the annual site fees of the park it’s in. 

If your static caravan has double glazing or central heating, this is a massive bonus — as it will make your caravan more accessible year round, and therefore worth more money. 

Selling or making a purchase in the high season (February to August) will push the prices up. So if you’re selling, the spring to summertime is the best time to do so. 

Note: static caravans go by lots of different names. Including ‘holiday homes’, ‘park homes’ and even ‘lodges’. So in case you were wondering what the difference is, they’re all essentially the same thing. 

The price can vary by a lot. New touring caravans can cost somewhere between £15,000 — £100,000. While used touring caravans can be as cheap as £5,000 some of the top-end ones can range up to £50,000.

Yes and no. Your caravan, like most things, will depreciate with age. But there are things you can do to make sure it holds as much value as possible. Having a full service history, keeping on top of repairs, and generally taking good care of your caravan will slow down the rate of depreciation. And will help your caravan to keep its value for longer.

About 14 years. Most experts agree that if a caravan is well looked-after and properly maintained, it can provide a healthy 14 years of service.

Caravans depreciate at a rate similar to that of a car. Some estimates place that value at around 15% a year. Most caravans are great at holding their value for sustained periods. But the majority of them will be almost worthless or unsaleable after 10 years (except to a caravan dealer). 

Value My Caravan - FAQs

If you’re struggling to determine a proper caravan value, we’ll do it for FREE.

It’s our job to be clued up on these things. Here at We Buy Any Motorcaravan, our experts provide quick and accurate caravan and motorhome valuations on a daily basis. And we’ll do it free or charge, at no personal expense to you. 

We can tell you:

  • The private value of your caravan
  • The trade or part/exchange value
  • How much we’re willing to pay to buy your caravan

This way, you can get an idea of all the different prices and the best deals, and work out who to buy from and where.

We can do this if you’re buying or selling. If you are buying a caravan, then you’ll want to know how much it’s worth — to make sure you don’t get ripped off and pay too much for it.

And if you’re selling, we’ll let you know how much it’s worth on the market, to save you time and to increase your chances of a quicker sale. And also, to stop potential buyers from trying to rip you off by offering a lower price for it. 

So if you’re confused about something, have further questions, or perhaps you just want to talk — give us a call or send us a message. We’re ready to listen and provide our expert opinion. It doesn’t matter where you are in the country, or what caravan model it is you’re selling. We’re ready to talk. 

Or if you want to jump straight to the caravan valuation point, simply fill in the quick form that we have on our sell my caravan page. 

Already confident that you’ve worked out the value of your caravan? Then you might find our how to sell a caravan guide useful for the next step on your journey.

How To Sell A Caravan | Tips, Tricks & Practical Selling A Caravan Advice

How To Sell A Caravan

Tips, Tricks & Practical Selling A Caravan Advice

Selling a caravan privately isn’t easy. It requires research, care, and even an understanding of the market. So it’s important to get all that right as soon as possible.

Knowing how to sell a caravan right will save you time, money and effort. And that’s what this guide is for. 

With the selling a caravan advice presented here, you can get everything right the first time — increasing your chances of a successful sale quicker, and for a greater amount of money. 

So let’s jump right in. 

What To Do Before You Think About Selling a Caravan

Before you even think about putting your caravan up for sale, you’ll need to think about:

  1. The electrics and plumbing — are they all working correctly? If not, then make a note of your problem areas.
  2. If you have all the proper documentation. Including proof of official ownership, your caravan’s service history, and proof of registration (CRIS or ‘Caravan Registration and Information Scheme’ documents). Actually, proof of registration is not essential, but it might make it harder to sell up if you can’t prove where — or if —  your caravan was registered.
  3. The tools or accessories you’re including in the sale. Make sure you know where they all are, what they are, and understand why including them in the deal makes your sales offer all the better.
  4. Fill up the water and gas containers. This can only be a positive signal. And it will only make it easier for potential buyers to make the purchase.
  5. Give your caravan a thorough clean inside and out. You’ll want your caravan to look as clean as possible before attempting a sale. Pay particular attention to the exterior windows, wheels and door shuts. Stick with good old fashioned heavy-duty shampoo, polish and elbow grease. (Don’t use washing up liquid on the exterior as it smears.) On the inside, give it a good hoovering down and clear away any rubbish. Make sure the upholstery is clean. 
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The Time of Year — Selling in the ‘High’ and ‘Low’ Seasons

The ‘high season’ for touring in a caravan runs from February to late August. This is when the demand for caravans is highest, meaning people may be willing to pay more for the model they want. 

If you’re planning on selling up in the low season — Autumntime and the depths of winter, you might struggle. Especially in the run-up to Christmas and the whole month of December. 

How to Sell a
Caravan Privately

Selling a caravan privately means doing a lot of market research and then fine-tuning an advertisement that will attract and win-over the minds and money of customers. 

When writing your advert, try to pre-empt all of the possible questions that you think a potential buyer might ask. This will save time and will help you to sell your caravan quicker. 

It’s important to be honest when putting together an advertisement. It’s hard work to be deceitful, and the chances are people will see through your caravan for what it really is. If you want to be really honest, you can mention the advantages and disadvantages of your caravan’s particular layout. In the end, this can save you time. As it reduces the chances of ‘time-wasting’ visits who, on inspection, decide it’s not for them. 

And when you can, monitor your ad listing as much as possible. If people do ask questions, then quick and helpful responses are a great way to connect with buyers and establish a sense of trust and reliability.

Essential Details to Include in your Advert

You’ll want to provide all of the key facts and specifications about your caravan. This will save your time as much as theirs. Anyone reading your ad will be glad you provided all of the information they were looking for, and this no doubt will help your sale go a lot smoother. 

Here’s a list of essential features to include. If you have more information, put that in also. The more information, the merrier:

  1. The make, model and age of your caravan
  2. The length, height and weight
  3. Berth (sleeping capacity)
  4. The caravan’s condition (on the outside, inside, and from a mechanical/electrics perspective)
  5. Number of previous owners
  6. Make it clear that the caravan you’re selling is  used or ‘second-hand’
  7. The caravan’s service history and registration (CRIS) documents
  8. The size/nature of the bed (is it fixed, a bunk bed, twin-sized?)
  9. Where the bathroom is located (for example, is it positioned in the centre or towards the rear of the caravan?)
  10.  Where the kitchen is located in the caravan
  11. If it has a ‘double dinette’ or an ‘end dinette’
  12. If it’s a single-axle or twin-axle
  13. Then list any of the appliances you’re thinking of selling with the caravan
  14. Finally, list any customisable ‘extras’ that your caravan has over the ‘standard’ factory model. Including alarm systems, electric showers, air-conditioning units, awnings, propane tanks and more. 

Don’t be Afraid to Show your Caravan has Some Wear and Tear

Everyone looking for a second-hand caravan will expect some wear and tear. It’s just a fact of life. So make sure to mention any minor damage or wear in your advert. 

Better yet, take photographs. If you mention it (and you should), people will naturally want to examine it. Clear photographs of the points-of-issue will save both you and would-be buyers time in the long run. Because if they don’t see the wear now, they will when they come to inspect your model. 

Pricing up your Caravan

You’ll have to do a fair bit of research in order to price up your caravan correctly, and follow a number of steps if you want to increase the amount of money you’ll be able to sell it for. Find out how to do so quickly and easily with our How Much Is My Caravan Worth? Value My Caravan Guide here.

Photographing your Caravan

Lots of high-quality photographs are a must if you want to impress with your advert. Make sure they’re clear, bright, and accurately represent what it is they’re showing. It’s very easy for people to take pictures at deceptive angles to make interior shots look bigger and better than they are. Don’t do that. You only run the risk of wasting yours and other peoples’ time by posting misleading pictures. 

Pro tip: the more high-quality photographs, the better. Try to take up to at least 20. And if you can, take them on a lovely sunny day. As crazy as it sounds, this really could help with your sale. 

How to Handle Caravan Viewings

Let’s say a respectable potential buyer has turned up to view your caravan. Follow these simple steps and it should let the whole viewing process go a lot smoother:

  1. If they want to try towing your caravan with their car on a test drive, sit with them in the car and give them free reign to drive wherever they want. If you try to dictate which way they should drive, they might think you’re trying to hide a problem with the caravan.
  2. Let the buyer examine all of the facilities inside the caravan, check the roof, and even assemble the beds.
  3. Most buyers will try to get you to lower your asking price. This is known as ‘haggling’. If they’re being unreasonable, be firm with them. If you’ve already established a price beforehand, stick to it.
  4. Keep a close family member or friend with you. They will provide invaluable confidence support and will help you to relax and keep a level head. 

Unfortunately there’s no shortage of horror stories to do with hagglers, time-wasters and even criminals at caravan viewings — sometimes it can even be dangerous. If you’re worried about your safety, jump to (or scroll down to) our ‘The potential dangers of private selling — how to sell a caravan privately in a safe way’ section of this guide.  

Where to Place your Caravan Advertisement

The quickest and easiest way is online, on marketplace or auction sites that attract millions of monthly visitors. The chances are you’ve already heard of the big names: Ebay, AutoTrader, Gumtree and more. 

It’s worth doing a little bit of research into the different sites. As it’ll cost you money to put up a listing, you’ll want to know which one offers the best value for money. Some websites are also better formatted for caravan listings, which could be used to make your advert more attractive, increasing your chances of a successful sale.

You’ll also need to specify how you want to list the price. Many people list their caravans at a fixed price. But some offer to auction it off. If you choose the auction option, there are two ways to do this: with or without a reserve. 

If you choose to auction your caravan without a reserve, that means it will go to the highest bidder, regardless of how small or large the final price is. If you choose to auction your caravan with a reserve, then that will give you the opportunity to confirm that you want to sell it to the highest bidder at the end of the sale. 

Regardless of how you go about it, remember to closely monitor your ad listing, and to quickly answer any questions about the caravan that come your way. A rapid response and helpful manner will, no surprises here, really help you to seal the deal quicker. 

The Sales Process

The best way for a caravan buyer to pay you is to use an electronic bank transfer. Either through a mobile banking app, PayPal, or other means. It shouldn’t take too long for the money to be successfully transferred into — and made available in — your account. 

However it might not be so straightforward if you’re dealing with a large sum of money. As the bank might flag it for unusual activity. If this happens, usually all you have to do is send a text message (when prompted) to your bank, or give them a quick call. Even if this happens, electronic bank transfers are still by far the easiest and quickest ways to arrange payment. 

What to Do with Buyers who Pay with Cheques or Cash

You’re right to be suspicious if a buyer hands over huge amounts of cash, or bank notes. If this happens, then go to the bank with the buyer and pay the money into your account directly. The cashier will let you know if any of the notes are counterfeit or not. 

Ask the buyer ahead of time if they’re thinking of paying in cash, as this will restrict when you can make the sale. A lot of banks aren’t open on weekends and have limited opening times even on weekdays (for example, my branch is 9:30am — 2:00pm Monday to Friday). If the buyer is going to be paying in cash, then you’ll need time to go to the bank together. 

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The biggest warning sign is if the buyer offers to pay with a personal cheque or building society cheque. It goes without saying that cheques are an old fashioned way of paying, and they can be cancelled the second they are written out. Forgeries are also common. 

If you’re willing to accept a cheque, ask the buyer for a form of ID with their address and phone number on it. If they are hesitant to provide one, then you’re right to be suspicious. 

If you still want to go ahead, then hold the caravan until the money has processed into your bank account. Or even better, go to the bank with the buyer and process the cheque then and there. Whatever you do, don’t hand over the caravan until you’re paid. 

The after sales process — keeping records and handing over the necessary documents

After you’ve got your money and are satisfied the sale is complete, it’s time to hand over a receipt to your customer. Actually you’ll need two receipts. One to keep with you and the other to hand over to the buyer. 

For a quick and easier transaction, it’s best to have your receipt prepared ahead of time. All you have to do is write everything short of the buyer’s name and address. Then once the sale is complete, finish off your receipt by filling in those details. 

(For more exact details on how to prepare and write a receipt, check out our FAQs section below.)

Finally, hand over the following paperwork to the new owner of the caravan:

  • The handbook
  • The service history book
  • MOT history documents
  • CRIS documents
  • Warranty information paperwork (if the caravan is still under warranty) 
  • Section 10 of the caravan’s V5C document

It is also your legal responsibility to inform the DVLA that the caravan has a new owner. To do this, fill in the form on the caravan’s V5C and send it on to the DVLA. 

The potential dangers of private selling — how to sell a caravan privately in a safe way

Hagglers and time-wasters are annoying, but with the private sales process they are the least of your worries. 

Selling pretty much anything privately can be risky business. And because caravans, motorhomes, and other automobiles, in general, cost quite a bit of money, there are unfortunately a lot of people out there who will try to scam you and even steal from you.

How to Look Out for Scammers

Scammers often pretend to be potential buyers. They will often ask a lot of questions so that they can then create a fake advertisement of their own, based on your caravan model — in order to scam other genuine potential buyers. 

A scammer is likely to ask upfront for certain details such as the VRM or VIN numbers, or to see the V5C document, before coming out to see the caravan. Having lots of details like this helps them to create more effective ‘fake’ advertisements to scam others with. 

Scammers are also likely to send emails in from abroad, usually with a too-good-to-be-true offer. Such as offering to purchase the caravan without even looking at it, or even offering to pay more than your asking price for it. They could be trying to get you to click on a dodgy Internet link, which could give them access to your banking details. Scammers are a lot more sophisticated than most people give them credit for. Some horror stories even involve scammers going through the trouble of inventing fake caravan shipping companies in order to trick regular people. 

How to Host Thief and Scam-Proof Caravan Viewings

So you’re talking with a potential buyer online or over the phone and they want to meet. Great! But to be on the safe side, make sure you get their name, address and contact number. That way you can call them again — in your own time — so see if they are who they say they are. 

Then agree to meet in a safe and familiar location. For example, your own driveway. It’s a good idea to make sure you’re not alone. Even if they know nothing about caravans, a friend or family member will make you feel more confident — and will make a dishonest ‘buyer’ more nervous. When the buyer arrives, try to note down the registration number of their vehicle. 

With these precautions, you’ve set the stage for a cautious and sensible caravan viewing. 

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How to Safely Act around Suspicious Buyers

I don’t want to make it seem like every person who’ll view your caravan is dodgy or a potential scammer or thief — they’re not. Most buyers will be polite, friendly, and somewhat reasonable. 

But scammers and thieves are out there. So it’s important to have your guard up. 

If the buyer wants to test drive your caravan in tow, sit up in the passenger seat with them. And when you show them your caravan documents, do not let them take any photographs or make copies of them — as these photographs could be used to make fraudulent ‘clone’ ads of your caravan. 

Just be very friendly and stick close to the buyer. That way if they’re genuine, it’ll be a pleasant experience that could seal the deal. And if they’re dishonest, it will limit their chances to pull the wool over your eyes.  

How To Sell A Caravan — FAQs

Yes. Your finance company will almost certainly have no problem with you selling a caravan even if you still have outstanding payments. As long as they are paid immediately once you get the money from the sale. To be on the safe side, contact your finance company and tell them you’re thinking of selling your caravan — so that they are aware and up-to-date with the situation.

You’ll need to clearly write down the following: the date of the sale, the amount paid, the make and model of the caravan, its registration number — along with a description of its general condition. Follow these details up with the name and address of the caravan buyer.</br></br>Remember to make two copies of the receipt. Giving one to the buyer and keeping one for yourself.

Yes. There are plenty of caravan and motorhome dealers who will buy your caravan from you (including us), and in pretty much any condition. Damp included. In fact, many claims to buy ANY caravan, no matter the condition.</br></br> If you are selling privately, consider getting the problem repaired. It might be worth it if it means you can put a higher price tag on your caravan. If you don’t want to or can’t repair it, then be honest with your prospective buyers. People appreciate honesty, meaning you’re more likely to have a successful transaction.

Yes. There is no legal requirement to register a caravan in the UK and you can sell it on unregistered. But you might have some trouble selling it privately. This is because most caravan buyers will expect it to be registered and would like to see evidence that it has been.
Although not a legal requirement, most people register their caravans to the CRIS (Caravan Registration and Information Scheme) and in return they receive a CRIS certificate.

Selling a caravan privately is often a long, stressful, expensive, and time-consuming process. For a quick and easy sale, sell your caravan to US instead.

We’ll come and collect it personally from a location of your choice, and pay for it INSTANTLY with an instant bank transfer.

And there are no call-out fees or hidden charges. Unlike private Internet listings,you won’t have to pay for ad listings or worry about late calls, dodgy buyers, time-wasters, or inconvenient viewing times.

And because we operate within a large network of buyers, we’re able to offer great value prices to our customers. Just check out our five-star Trustpilot reviewsAll you have to do is visit our sell my caravan page and fill in a few details, and we’ll get back to you shortly. Or if you just fancy a chat with one of our pros, just give us a call or send us an email. 

Either way, we hope you enjoyed this selling a caravan advice. And we hope to hear from you soon. 

Unbeatable hire finds new owner in alfie best

UnbeatableHire Finds New Owner In Alfie Best

UnbeatableHire has been bought out by multi-millionaire, Wyldecrest Parks owner Alfie Best, in a bid to turn the company into a streamlined nationwide motorhome hire company. 

On the 23rd December 2019, administrators were called in to salvage the business. It is believed 470 motorhomes were in circulation for hire and the company had grown too big too fast. 60 jobs were lost at the head office in Cambridge and various sites across the U.K.

The company who are known as names such as Unbeatable Hire, Motorholme hire, Hire Booking Centre and Motorhome Hire UK speciailise in renting out models such as the Chausson Flash 514, Chausson Flash C646 and Chausson Flash C656 as well as older models, such as the Chausson Flash 25. All motorhomes are up to 3,500kg which means the can be driven on a restricted car licence for those who passed their tests after the 1st of January 1997 and up to 7.5 metres in length to enable them to be accepted onto all holiday parks and ferries Europe wide. 

Now however, innovative entrepeneur Alfie Best, best known for his empire of holiday and residential parks known as Wyldecrest Parks, plus several golf courses and other companies, has bought the companies from the administrators to turn the business around.

Alfie Best

Many investors who bought motorhomes on a chattel mortgage agreement, are set to continue to rent out their motorhomes via UnbeatableHire. For those who are looking to end their investment, WeBuyAnyMotorcaravan.com are aiming to assist by offering a price on all motorhomes no matter what model, age, mileage or condition. 

To get in touch, call 01283 240237, or fill in the quick and easy online form by going to WeBuyAnyMotorcaravan.com

Motorhome Salesboom 2021

The Great Motorhome Sales Boom | Sales & Trends for 2021

Motorhomes have never been so popular. At least, that’s according to the latest figures.

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, and its disruption on air travel and international holidays, so-called ‘staycations’ exploded in popularity in 2020. As a result, many Brits decided to climb into a motorhome for the first time or start caravanning.

We suspect a lot of people were already thinking about taking up the hobby, and this was just the push they needed. A lot of other people may have just been keen to make the most of a year largely stuck “at home” — and so took advantage of that fact.

To get a better picture of this phenomenal growth of motorhome enthusiasts, we did some data-digging. And below is our research, in a handy Infographic for you to look at:

(For those of you who prefer to read, scroll past the Infographic.)

Here’s how Britain’s motorhome sector shaped up in 2020, and how it’s looking to continue in 2021:

  • For starters, Google reported an all-time high for search interest in motorhomes, and in particular for “motorhomes for sale” in the UK.
  • The Welsh were the most enthusiastic about buying a motorhome, by far and away. Interest peaked in all of the Home Nations. But interest in Northern Ireland was less than half of that in Wales.
  • More than a third (36%) of all Brits went on their first motorhome holiday in 2020.
  • This generated an interest of an additional £216 million worth in motorhomes, compared to last year.
  • The overwhelming majority (80%) of motorhome sales were for second-hand models. Which indicates a lot of “newbies” may be getting in on the action.
  • Scotland and Cornwall were the most popular destinations. Trips exploded with searches upwards of 532% (for Scotland) and 325% (for Cornwall).
  • Demographics are also changing. Millennials now account for most of those who own motorhomes (56%). Most are now relatively young millennial couples. In fact, there are more millennials behind the motorhome wheel than the two older generations — Baby Boomers and Generation X — put together.

 

Is this the dawn of a new golden age for the motorhome?

We think so. Buying a motorhome is not a decision to be taken lightly. The very fact that so many people purchased — and didn’t rent — shows that many thousands of new Brits were ready to make the commitment.

Given the current data we have for 2021, things look very bright. Pre-bookings for campsites are already up by 500%. And a quarter of people say they won’t leave the UK for an international holiday until the pandemic is over.

We’re confident that everyone who has bought a motorhome will fall in love with their new lifestyle like so many of us do. This is the beginning of a new golden age for the motorhome hobby.

Burster Argos A747 2 Motorhome Review

Burstner Argos A747-2 Motorhome Review

Burstner Argos A747-2 Motorhome Review

Here we have the luxurious Burstner Argos 747 as it is more well know, it is a large 6 berth Motorhome built on the Fiat Ducato 3.0L engine, and very popular due to its large garage at the rear.  See what we have to say by watching the video below! Do you have a Burstner Argos 747 to sell? Give us a call on 01283 240237 or type in your reg number above and sell your motorhome!

 

Do you have a Burstner Argos 747 to sell? Give us a call on 01283 240237 or type in your reg number above and sell your motorhome!

Bailey-Motorhome-79-4T-Motorhome-Review

Bailey Autograph 79-4T Motorhome Review

The new 2020 Bailey Autograph 79-4T

Here is the 2020 Bailey Autograph 79-4T built on the powerful Peugeot Boxer 2.0HDI engine with 165bhp. It is a 4 berth motorhome with 4 betled seats. At the front is a half dinette and twin beds at the rear. OTR prices start at £62,280.

Do you want to sell your Bailey Autograph 79-4T motorhome? Get in touch by calling 01283 240237 or by entering your reg above to start selling your motorhome.

Sell Your Motorcaravan

Sell Your Motorcaravan

Do you want to sell your motorcaravan, campervan or motorhome? Then we can help! We buy motorcaravans and will consider all makes and models, irrelevant of its age and whether there is any damp and condensation.

Selling your motorcaravan, motorhome or campervan to us gets you what we believe is an unparalleled service – and all backed with over 40 years’ experience:

  • We are open 7 days a week to suit your convenience
  • We offer a nationwide collection service
  • We will give you an instant cash transfer upon collecting your motorhome
  • We will clear any outstanding finance on your motorcaravan.

 

How selling your Motorcaravan to us work?

It takes just three simple steps for you to sell your motorcaravan…

  1. Get in touch and provide us with details of your vehicle
  2. Based on the information you provide, we will offer you what we consider to be the very best price for your motorhome
  3. We will collect your motorcaravan at a time convenient to you and transfer the cash immediately to your bank account

 

What else do you need to know?

If you want to sell your motorcaravan to us, then there are very few restrictions. We do require that all vehicles are CRIS registered.

But other than that, we will consider all makes and models of any age – even those with damp and condensation issues.

 

Why use our service? 

We pride ourselves on offering a hassle-free, easy way to sell your motorcaravan, campervan or motorhome. Rather than going down the route of advertising your ‘van yourself, arranging appointments and dealing with time-wasters, we take all that stress away.

In fact, once we have agreed to buy your caravan, we can come and collect it within as little as 48 hours – giving you a clear driveway and cash in the bank!

 

Looking to part-exchange?

Of course, our way isn’t the only way you can sell your motorcaravan. But using another method may not be so fast or get you the most cost-attractive deal!

If you are looking to upgrade your motorcaravan, then you may consider part-exchanging your existing van for a newer model. What you have to take in to consideration, however, is that:

  • you typically may not get the current market value for your motorhome
  • when part-exchanging, typically you can only upgrade to what the dealer currently has in stock. This means you may not be able to get the exact make or model you wanted and you have to “make do”.

By using our service, not only will you receive a fair price for your motorcaravan, but also you will be in the excellent position of being a cash buyer – leaving you free to choose the make and model of your next motorcaravan from the dealer of your choice.

So, if you are looking to sell your motorcaravan, motorhome or campervan, why not get in touch today for a no-obligation, free, quotation now?

Top 10 Mind Blowing Motorhome Facts Of 2018

Top 10 Mind Blowing Motorhome Facts Of 2018

Motorhomes are the perfect asset for any avid traveller: not only do they take you exactly where you want to go, they also provide comfortable accommodation for the whole family to enjoy.  They signify the open road, independence and adventure, and are widely popular amongst travellers of any age.

Here’s A Few Of The Top Motorhome Facts Of 2018

It’s now been 80 years since the first motorhome was invented and the motorhome industry is now worth a whopping £500 million globally. This astonishing figure is partly down to the fact that motorhome sales have increased by almost 50% in the last 5 years. In fact, a recent study of 2,000 Brits found that 1 in 4 has rented or owned a caravan or motorhome at some stage in their life.

Along with motorhome sales increasing year on year, the number of motorhome registrations has also increased from 7,315 to 13,162 since 2010. This has led to a total of 22,000 motorcaravans being on English soil up to July 2017 – a number that is set to increase each year.

One of the many reasons that thousands of UK residents invest in motorhomes is because they provide holiday accommodation for a fraction of the cost of hotels and apartments. They can comfortably accommodate small families and they enable holiday goers to travel almost anywhere with ease.

We’ve collected some of the most recent data surrounding the motorhome industry in 2018 and have created an infographic highlights a collection of motorhome facts that really will blow your mind. Check it out below!

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How To Buy A Motorhome From An Auction

How To Buy A Motorhome From An Auction

 

How To Buy A Motorhome From An Auction

I Have Been Attending Motorhome Auctions Since I Was About 10 Years Old. Now I Am 30, I Class Myself As Well Schooled On The Process Of Both Selling And Buying A Motorhome At An Auction. When It Comes To How To Buy A Motorhome From An Auction, British Car Auctions To My Knowledge Is The Best And Biggest Motorhome Auction In The Country. Twice A Month, They Have A Variety Of Motorhomes Being Sold By Finance Companies, The Trade Or Private Individuals.

It wasn’t until recently at British Car Auctions motorhome auction in Nottingham with nearly 150 motorhomes, that a private buyer asked me a question I have seen or heard many times –  “is it safe to buy a motorhome from the auction and is it true that the Blackhorse motorhomes are the only safe ones to buy?” He had been reading online forums that Blackhorse were the only quality motorhomes available, and the rest were trade motorhomes that mainly dealers didn’t want to retail. Firstly, I want to make it clear, all motorhomes bought from an auction are strictly sold as seen. As with anything you buy, whether it is from a dealer, a private seller or the auction, you should always do the correct checks i.e. HPI check, damp check etc. A HPI check is however completed by British Car Auctions, so you will be guaranteed full title, and will be made aware of any insurance claims against the motorhome before purchase. No vehicles can be sold with finance outstanding at the auctions. Get there nice and early, have a good look around the motorhomes that you are interested in and set your price. All motorhomes at BCA are listed online, click here to see current listings – be aware motorhomes are being listed all the time.

Who Sells Their Motorhomes At An Auction?

When it comes to buyers and motorhomes in the auction, I would estimate that 80-90% are bought by the trade. To me this says a lot, if the dealers are willing to buy them at the auction to then retail, surely they aren’t all bad. Starting with the Blackhorse motorhomes there are usually two reasons why their motorhomes are in the auction:

  • Repossessions. When it comes to the motorhomes sold by Blackhorse, they are not checked when they are repossessed from the customer and only put in the auction to try and claw back some of the money owed. A great example of this is one we saw recently go through, was a nearly new Auto-Trail Chieftain that had been turned into a canteen at the back end, it wasn’t until it went through the auction at £20,000 less than it was worth, that they actually questioned the condition. There are also some near perfect motorhomes that go through. As with all motorhomes, make sure you do your checks.
  • There is then the other motorhomes that Blackhorse put in that can be rejects from either a customer or dealer for whatever reason. These are usually nearly new and may not come with any remaining manufacturers warranty. Again, do you checks, inspect the motorhome thoroughly, one persons reject may be another persons bargain.

 

As for the dealer motorhome entries, these are also a mixed bag. There are several scenarios that dealers auction their motorhomes:

  • Some dealers buy purely to sell in the auctions. Some of this is prime stock that the retailers, let alone the customers bid high to get their hands on it. Some is not so good, but this is where you do your own checks to make sure you are a happy buyer.
  • The motorhome may not be acceptable to that particular dealer to retail and would rather wash their hands of it.
  • Some of the bigger dealerships use something called stocking plans (finance) to buy their motorhomes. In order to stock a vehicle they usually need to pay 10% towards the motorhome and the finance company will pay the rest. Motorhomes are only allowed on a stocking plan for 6 months, after this, the dealer will have to pay the full amount to completely buy the motorhome. This, especially when it comes to £40,000-£50,000 motorhomes, takes up a lot of cash. They then have the option to buy it outright, or put it through the auction to trade it on.
  • Some dealers enter stock, simply because they don’t do well with that particular model, price range or manufacturer.  This is not to say it is bad stock, it just doesn’t sell so quickly off that particular forecourt. If you look at different dealerships, you will find that many of the dealers have fairly uniformed stock in terms of price range and makes – some will sell motorhomes up to £30,000, some like the European manufactured motorhomes, some like to sell premium motorhomes and some like the British made motorhomes. If they don’t do so well with one, they will potentially enter this stock into the auction.
  • There are also times when dealers get or buy multiple motorhomes of the same make and model. They would rather their money be spent on a variety, rather than 3 of the exact same motorhomes for example.

Finally, always check the commission rates. After the hammer has dropped, the commission will be added to the final sale price. BCA buyers fees work on a sliding scale. John Pye auctions work on a percentage. When you set your limit, make sure the commission is factored in.

Overall, the reasons motorhomes are in the auction vary, but don’t at all be put off because of who entered the motorhome. Their are some gems that are sold at the auction, that you may well have bought from a dealers forecourt!

 

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Motorhome Holidays Killer Stats

Motorhome Holidays: Killer Stats

Motorhomes have been an integral part of many British vacations since they were first brought over to the UK from America in the 1930’s. Many families took motorhome holidays as a way of spending quality time together throughout the 20th century when travelling abroad wasn’t an option. They soon became a desirable type of accommodation and were favoured by many upper class families.

Although motorhomes in the 20th century weren’t anywhere near as luxurious as those that are available today, they were seen as a symbol of wealth because only the richest of families could afford one. This, however, is no longer the case.

Motorhome Holidays In 2018       

In this day and age, it’s not uncommon for people from all walks of life to own a motorhome – especially with it being easier than ever before for them to pop into their nearest motorhome trader and purchase their dream motorhome. Due to the fact that they provide a much more affordable vacation option for many families instead of flying to destinations abroad, it’s no wonder that motorhome holidays have become increasingly popular in recent years.

Along with offering an alternative to overseas vacations, another reason why many families are now opting for motorhomes as their holiday accommodation is because they have much more freedom to explore.  Unlike staying in a hotel, motorhomes can be packed up and driven from one destination to another with ease, therefore allowing you to fill your vacation with as many adventures as possible. There are even motorhome campsites that are dedicated to families vacationing in their motorhome!

Motorhome Campsites In The UK

There are over 500 motorhome campsites in England alone that provide the perfect setup for any family holiday. Ranging from rural destinations, that are ideal for families wanting to be in touch with nature, to more commercialised sites that offer onsite entertainment, there are a variety of campsites suited to any family’s dream vacation.

So, whether you are planning on purchasing your first motorhome from a motorhome trader and are looking for a few more reasons to buy, or whether you’re just an avid fan of motorhome holidays and are interested in finding out more about your favourite type of accommodation, then you’re in the right place.

In this infographic, we outline some of the most mind blowing statistics about motorhome holidays and motorhome campsites that have been collected over the last few years. Not only will these stats highlight just how popular motorhomes truly are, they’ll also leave you raring to jump in yours and head out on your next adventure! So, let’s get to it…

We hope this infographic has got you in the mood to pack up your things and take a stay-cation with your loved ones at one of many motorhome campsites in the UK– maybe it’s encouraged you to take the next steps in buying one from a motorhome trader. Either way, feel free to share this infographic with your friends and family and let us know what you think!