How to get the best return when selling a pop-top caravan
If the time has come to sell your pop-top caravan you will, of course, be looking to get the best possible return. Selling privately is usually the best way to ensure you get the highest price, but it can take some time and effort.
If you’re too busy or don’t have the energy to advertise and deal with potential buyers, you might consider selling your pop-top caravan through a dealer. You may not get the highest possible price, but you’ll appreciate the convenience.
Preparing a pop-top caravan for sale
Whether you decide to sell privately or through a dealer, you’ll need to make sure your pop-top caravan works well, and looks its best. Start by giving it a thorough clean or – you don’t want to do the grunt work yourself – pay for a professional detail.
Thoroughly check your caravan, including plumbing, electronics, brakes and tyres, and carry out any necessary repairs or replacements. If you’re looking at any major repairs, consider the value of your pop-top caravan to determine whether it’s worth spending the money. If the caravan is old or weathered, you might be better off selling it ‘as is’ for a cheaper price – just make sure you’re upfront with potential buyers about what needs to be done.
Advertising your pop-top caravan
Take out an advertisement online and/or in newspaper and magazine classifieds, including a short, concise description of your pop-top caravan. Be honest about its condition, and highlight any positive features. If possible, include a number of photographs.
To determine your asking price, research comparable caravan models that are of a similar age and condition to get a sense of what you can expect.
Dealing with potential buyers
Keep relevant details – such as the make, model and year of your pop-top caravan and accessories – next to the phone so you can answer customer queries quickly and confidently.
When showing the caravan, give buyers the freedom and space to inspect it thoroughly and check facilities, appliances, etc., just as you would if you were buying a used caravan.
To protect yourself from dodgy customers, record the details of prospective buyers, and don’t hand over the caravan until you have received payment in full