There is nothing better than travelling in a caravan.
What could be better than sleeping under the stars, travelling through the wilderness or along the coast, and telling tales to new acquaintances?
Even while some modern vans rival the comforts of permanent residences, do you really need to buy new to be happy?
Let’s examine the advantages and disadvantages of buying new versus used before we travel to Australia.
Why Choose New?
Calmness of mind
You nearly always get a smooth ride in terms of condition when you purchase a new caravan.
You can prevent issues like rust or a van that has been damaged in an accident by being the first owner. A manufacturer or dealer guarantee also ensures your peace of mind wherever you go.
You have to pay for the privilege, of course, and you shouldn’t take new for perfect. You should investigate and ask questions even if the van is brand-new from the dealer.
Adding “Your Own” touch
The colour and interior design are both yours to choose when you purchase something brand-new.
Choosing your layout is practical, and nobody can deny how nice it feels to personalise your home away from home.
However, it should be noted that not all features are necessary. Reduce the amount of detail in your dream van if more van means less adventure.
A new caravan depreciates by approximately 40% in its first two years, so there’s no sense in leaving your dream in the driveway.
All kinds of bells and whistles are standard on new vans.
New technology transforms a mobile home into a hotel on steroids, with voice-activated smart devices and surround sound audio.
While it may be tempting to customise your vehicle, the best advise is to exercise restraint.
Luxuries not only increase the cost, but they also require more care and cost more to insure.
Additionally, there is beauty in living simply!
Why Buy Used?
Purchasing anything that has been previously owned always results in savings.
By acquiring a used caravan, you can typically save thousands of dollars upfront. With that extra cash, you can buy equipment or fund your next excursion.
Additionally, since the original owner is bearing the burden of depreciation, it is slower and lower.
Just keep in mind that the upfront cost is only one expense; if you don’t do your research, you can end up with a pricey lemon!
Examining the Road
Purchasing secondhand makes sense if you’re new to caravanning.
You may acquire a feel for the trip and determine what upgrades you need for a lesser initial cost. You can also determine who in the family is truly eager to continue taking road trips.
In addition, an old vehicle feels rather cosy. It won’t matter as much if you misjudge the road’s surface or the van hits a bump.
Naturally, you have to be particularly cautious about any faults you might inherit when you inherit a van, but what about the nice parts?
The previous owner of a used van is likely to have made improvements, and it may include extra necessities like water tanks, a spare battery, or navigational equipment.
Since Caravanning is a labour of love, the previous owner most likely kept the van in excellent driving condition.
Just be careful that the seller isn’t trying to get rid of any white elephants by adding extras, especially when it comes to safety equipment.
When considering purchasing a caravan, there are many factors to take into account in addition to choosing between buying new or used, all of which offer advantages and disadvantages.
Everything counts, including where you’re going, who you’re going to go with, where you’re going to park it, how much weight your car can tow, and how far your money will go.
You’ll be a lot closer to realising your ideal if you figure everything out before you go shopping.
Additionally, you’ll be able to decide whether you prefer showroom gloss or old charm.