Caravan Buying Specialists

Utilising our extensive experience in the caravan industry, we've compiled informative guides to address any queries you may have regarding buying and selling caravans and motorhomes. Should you require further information or assistance, please don't hesitate to contact us at 0800 046 3942.

Guide to Selling a Caravan or Motorhome

Guide to Selling a Caravan or Motorhome UK

Within this comprehensive guide, we'll delve into the various avenues available for selling your caravan. Whether you opt for a streamlined process or explore different platforms, we've got your needs covered. Here are the primary routes we'll explore

  • Sell Your Caravan to Our Company: If you desire a hassle-free experience and wish to expedite the process, consider selling your caravan directly to our company. We offer fair valuations and manage all the necessary paperwork, ensuring a seamless transaction.
  • Private Caravan Selling: Another popular option is selling your caravan privately via platforms such as Autotrader, Gumtree or Preloved. These websites enable you to create listings featuring detailed descriptions and photographs, allowing you to reach a broad audience of potential buyers.
  • Caravan Auction Sites: You may also opt to sell your caravan through auction sites, which provide a dynamic marketplace where buyers can bid on your caravan. This approach can be particularly effective for achieving a quick sale or generating competitive offers.
  • Professional Caravan Selling Services: If you prefer to have a specialised company handle the sale on your behalf, there are professional services available. Some companies offer consignment services, taking charge of marketing your caravan, negotiating with buyers and overseeing the transaction process.

Each of these options offers distinct advantages and considerations. We'll furnish you with insights, tips, and information to empower you to make an informed decision aligned with your preferences and priorities.

Selling your Caravan or Motorhome

When it comes to selling your caravan, you have several avenues to consider, each with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Let's delve into each approach ...

Selling to a Trade Buyer

If you're contemplating selling your caravan to We Want Caravans, a well-established trade buyer specialising in caravans, you can benefit from our wealth of experience and valuation expertise. We have access to a comprehensive touring caravan database spanning back to 1987, enabling us to accurately determine your caravan's value. This database includes intricate details, such as factory-fitted options and dealer special features.

Opting for We Want Caravans offers a straightforward and secure process. You won't have to deal with time-wasting inquiries, missed appointments or unreliable potential buyers. Trust that We Want Caravans will professionally handle the transaction, with payments made via instant transfers directly into your account for swift verification.

It's essential to note that, as a trade buyer, We Want Caravans may offer a slightly lower price than the potential retail value of your caravan. This pricing strategy takes into account current market conditions and other pertinent factors. However, the trade-off is the assurance of a secure transaction and a committed buyer.

Selling your caravan to We Want Caravans ensures a hassle-free experience and peace of mind, thanks to our specialisation in caravans and industry reputation.

Private Sale

Opting for a private sale involves advertising your caravan on various websites, from dedicated caravan platforms to popular online marketplaces and even online auction sites. However, finding a private buyer can be challenging, especially if your caravan is priced higher, unless it is listed significantly below its market value, which might even be lower than what a trade buyer would offer.

To increase your chances of a successful private sale, we recommend the following guidelines:

  • Advertise accurately and provide detailed information about your caravan.
  • Accompany potential buyers during viewings to ensure security.
  • Describe your caravan honestly, including any faults or issues.
  • Have all necessary paperwork readily available for potential buyers.
  • Ensure secure payment before releasing the caravan and verify payment confirmation.

Be aware that online advertised prices may not reflect the actual selling price. Keep in mind that a caravan is not sold until a mutually agreed price is reached and payment is made.

Sale On Behalf (SOB)

Another option in the industry is a "Sale on Behalf" (SOB), where certain businesses offer to sell your caravan on your behalf in an attempt to secure a slightly higher price compared to a direct purchase by a caravan buyer like us. However, there are some drawbacks to consider:

  • Uncertainty of Sale: There is no guarantee of a quick sale through this approach, and your caravan may remain on the market for an extended period.
  • Increased Foot Traffic and Wear: Multiple potential buyers visiting may lead to increased wear and tear, as buyers may test functionalities and potentially cause more wear on your caravan.

Consider these factors when deciding whether to pursue a "Sale on Behalf" arrangement. While it may offer the possibility of achieving a higher price, it also involves potential inconvenience and added wear and tear. Assess your priorities and preferences to determine if this option aligns with your selling goals.

Guide to Buying a Caravan or Motorhome

Guide to Buying a Caravan or Motorhome UKOur comprehensive guide is your go-to resource for making an informed caravan purchase. Leveraging our extensive industry knowledge and experience, we've put together this guide to assist you in every aspect of acquiring your ideal caravan. When it comes to buying a caravan, you have two primary options: purchasing from a private seller or a reputable dealer. Our guide is designed to provide invaluable insights and tips for both avenues, ensuring a seamless buying process from start to finish.

We've tailored our advice to cater to different types of caravan purchases, whether you're looking for a touring or static caravan. Our guide covers all the essential aspects, offering a well-rounded perspective to help you make the right decision with confidence. Whether you're a first-time buyer or a seasoned caravan enthusiast, our guide equips you with the necessary information to embark on your caravan-buying journey well-prepared.

Buying a Caravan or Motorhome

When embarking on the journey to find your ideal caravan, there are numerous avenues to explore to ensure you make the right choice. The initial step typically involves browsing the internet, where a multitude of websites await your exploration, including online auction sites, Autotrader, Preloved, Gumtree and official dealer websites. These online platforms offer a vast array of options to peruse and enable you to make a well-informed decision.

Take your time to carefully consider the ideal layout that aligns with your requirements and envision how you and your family will utilise the caravan. There are various fixed bed layouts suitable for both couples and families, offering convenience and comfort. Couples may find fixed bed layouts particularly appealing, eliminating the need to set up a bed each evening. Alternatively, a traditional 4-berth side dinette layout provides a designated dining area, while families can explore configurations of fixed bunk bed layouts that are always a hit with children.

Since the introduction of Bailey's Alu-Tech system in 2010, other leading manufacturers have adopted similar construction methods, moving away from traditional timber-framed walls. This construction technique, now considered classic, involves the use of an internal hardwood board, insulated timber frame, and an external aluminium skin. Front and back panels are added, with joints sealed using mastic and awning rails securely screwed over them. Regular maintenance is essential and an annual service is recommended to detect any potential water ingress issues. For more detailed information, please refer to our maintenance guide.

Buying from a Dealer

Opting to purchase a caravan from a dealer comes with added security and benefits. Dealers typically conduct thorough pre-delivery inspections of caravans and provide warranties for your peace of mind. Additionally, they often offer convenient services such as part exchange options for your existing tourer, financing solutions, on-site shops and servicing facilities. Buying from a dealer ensures a secure transaction and provides you with a dedicated location to visit if any issues arise.

To ensure a smooth buying process, it's crucial to request and review all previous paperwork and service records. Confirm that the dealer has conducted a CRiS check on the caravan, which verifies essential information such as the original registration date, previous ownership details and ensures the caravan is free from outstanding finance and hasn't been reported lost or stolen.

Buying a Caravan Privately

If you opt for a private caravan purchase, exercise caution and ensure you are comfortable and confident about the vehicle. Research and compare prices across multiple websites to ensure you pay a fair amount. If a caravan is priced significantly lower than average, investigate the reasons behind the low value.

Before viewing a potential purchase, conduct a CRiS check on the caravan to verify the registered keeper's details, ensure no outstanding finance and confirm it hasn't been reported as lost or stolen. During the inspection, carefully check the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) displayed on the windows and chassis to ensure it hasn't been tampered with.

Assess the overall condition of the caravan, paying attention to potential red flags such as a "bouncy" internal floor indicating delamination or visible staining and soft wall boards, which can be signs of water ingress. Request a demonstration of all the caravan's components to ensure they function correctly. When making payment, pay directly into the registered keeper's account and request proof of identity from the seller. Never pay for a caravan without personally inspecting it and conducting the necessary checks.

Purchasing privately carries some degree of risk, especially if you're unsure of what to look for. If you have concerns, consider contacting our comprehensive list of caravan service engineers who can perform pre-purchase checks for added peace of mind. Investing in such a check now could potentially save you thousands in the future. If you need further guidance, don't hesitate to contact us, and we'll provide additional advice.

Caravan Price Guide in the UK

Caravan Price Guide UKRecognising the significance of accurate caravan pricing information in making informed decisions, we've developed a caravan price guide to provide you with the insights you need. While the widely recognised Glass's Guide is typically reserved for industry professionals, our aim is to bridge this information gap and empower you with the knowledge to determine the value of your caravan.

Our comprehensive caravan value guide encompasses all potential scenarios to assist you in evaluating the worth of your caravan. We offer guidance on the following situations:

  • Selling to We Want Caravans: If you're contemplating selling your caravan to our company, our guide will offer assistance in establishing a fair and reasonable value for your vehicle.
  • Private Sale Value: Opting for a private sale may result in better returns. Our guide provides valuable insights into assessing the private sale value of your caravan, enabling you to maximise its market worth.
  • Part Exchange Valuation: For those planning to trade in their caravan when purchasing a new one, understanding the part exchange valuation is crucial. We provide tips and guidance on how to determine a reasonable value for your caravan in this context.
  • Retail Forecourt Price: If you choose to sell your caravan through a dealer, our guide will help you grasp the concept of the retail forecourt price. Armed with this knowledge, you'll be better equipped to negotiate effectively and secure a fair deal.

With our caravan value guide at your disposal, you'll have access to essential information and considerations to accurately assess the value of your caravan in various selling scenarios.

A Guide to Caravan Prices in the UK

Assessing the value of a caravan can be a complex task, particularly due to the limited accessibility of pricing information to the general public. In the industry, we recognise several distinct price categories for caravans, each serving specific purposes. Unfortunately, for most consumers, the common approach to gauging a caravan's value is to browse various websites in an attempt to estimate its current market worth. However, it's essential to understand that relying solely on this method may not provide an accurate representation of a caravan's true value.

Trade Value

The foundational value considered within the industry is the trade value. This figure is fundamental and frequently used by professionals, including dealers, to establish the purchase price of a caravan. As a company, we possess a unique advantage in the industry, maintaining an extensive database of values dating back to 1987. Our valuation system incorporates details such as factory-fitted options and dealer specials, accounting for variations from a manufacturer's standard product.

For instance, let's consider Caravan A, which has a trade value of £5,000. This value serves as a starting point for assessing a caravan's worth.

Part Exchange Value

The part exchange value typically exceeds the trade value, as sellers incorporate a margin into the caravan they are selling. To determine the part exchange price, the seller combines the trade value (e.g., Caravan A at £5,000) and factors in a portion of the margin from the caravan they are selling. For instance, if Caravan B has a trade value of £10,000 and a selling price of £11,000, resulting in a margin of £1,000, the seller might offer a part exchange value of £5,500.

This means the seller effectively discounts the selling price by £500 and adds it to the trade value. Consequently, the perceived part exchange value is £5,500. Notably, the trade value of your existing caravan remains unchanged, resulting in a net purchase price of £10,500 (£5,500 part exchange value plus your caravan).

Selling your caravan to We Want Caravans at a higher value can potentially leave you in a better financial position when upgrading, as you can negotiate a lower price for the caravan you intend to purchase.

Private Sale Value

In private sales, caravan prices typically exceed the part exchange figure, especially if the caravan is well-maintained and has a documented service history. Private sale prices may also be negotiable and sellers might include additional accessories with the caravan. However, it's crucial to note that higher-priced caravans in private sales may take longer to sell, as potential buyers often prefer the security of purchasing from a reputable dealer offering warranties and a sense of trust.

When encountering a caravan listed at an unusually low price, caution is advised, as deals that seem too good to be true often turn out to be just that. For example, considering a retailer's price of £11,000 for a caravan, a private sale price might be around £10,750, reflecting the absence of added dealership security and support.

Dealership Forecourt Value

The forecourt price represents the retail price set by caravan dealerships. This price is typically higher than what you might find in a private sale, as dealerships offer additional benefits such as warranties and associated services. It's essential to recognise that market conditions can vary between different dealerships and regions, influencing forecourt prices.

When considering a caravan for sale at a dealership, it's advisable to explore multiple dealerships to gain a better understanding of pricing and potential part exchange offers or discounts. This allows you to compare prices and offerings, empowering you to make a well-informed decision.

Taking the time to research and explore different dealerships can provide valuable insights into current market prices and help you assess a caravan's value, considering factors such as warranties, additional services and potential negotiation opportunities.

A Caravan Maintenance Guide in the UK

Caravan Maintenance Guide - UKAt our core, we understand the paramount importance of regular caravan maintenance, even though we may not be service agents ourselves. In light of this, we've compiled this guide to address a common issue we frequently encounter - customers who may not fully grasp the necessity of annual caravan servicing.

We strongly advocate for every caravan to undergo an annual service conducted by an approved caravan engineer. Treating your caravan as both a second home and a roadworthy vehicle is paramount. Your touring caravan comes equipped with gas and electrical appliances that require an annual safety check, akin to the appliances and gas boilers in your primary residence.

Moreover, it's imperative to regularly inspect the brakes and running gear of your caravan to ensure optimal safety. It's crucial to bear in mind that when you're on the road, your caravan may be traveling at speeds of up to 60mph behind your car carrying you and your family. Guaranteeing the proper functioning of these components is not only a matter of common sense but a critical factor in safeguarding the well-being of you and your loved ones.

If you're in need of a list of approved caravan engineers, we encourage you to reach out to us. We maintain a comprehensive database of engineers covering various regions, allowing us to assist you in finding a trusted professional in your area.

Another significant reason to prioritise annual caravan servicing is to uphold the validity of any manufacturer or retailer warranties. It's not uncommon for sellers to be unaware of the implications and potential impact on the caravan's value if warranties are allowed to expire.

Should you seek additional information regarding maintenance issues and their potential effects on your caravan, our dedicated team members are always ready and willing to assist. We are committed to providing the support needed to ensure the longevity and value of your caravan.

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Review One

After getting some lowball offers elsewhere, I was delighted with the fair and competitive price We Want Caravans offered for my caravan. The whole process was quick and convenient, from the initial valuation to the final collection, they were professional, courteous, and efficient. I’m very pleased with the service I received and would highly recommend them to anyone selling a caravan.

Mr Thomas, Sheffield

Review Two

I wasn’t sure what to expect when selling my caravan and I was apprehensive about selling privately. We Want Caravans offered a smooth and secure alternative, Mitchell was very helpful and informative, he made the experience stress-free and I’m pretty sure I got the best price possible. And having bought the old one, he called me a couple of weeks later to offer me an amazing deal on a replacement. If you’re looking to sell (and buy) a caravan, I would definitely recommend We Want Caravans. Thank you Mitchell!

Simon, nr Harrogate

Review Three

Selling my caravan to We Want Caravans was a breeze; Mitchell arrived on time to collect it and having had a good look, he actually offered more than he had initially – I was amazed! From filling in the form on the website, to collection, it was three days and I got more money than I had anticipated. So much easier than all the hassle I’d had trying to sell privately! It’s very rare these day to find a prompt, professional and courteous company … I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend and use We Want Caravans again in the future.

Loira, Beverley