Dealer Specials - Right for you?
Just to make matters a little more confusing on choosing a new tourer, over the last 20 years the dealer special has made an appearance. The idea is that certain dealerships take a base range (Bailey don’t do specials) then add to the spec which may include such items as better upholstery, alloys, spare wheel, alarm and other items. These models cost more than the standard caravan but the added cost works out cheaper than adding these items at a later date. In fact some items wouldn’t be available and as most are added at the factory it’s a better bet than being added later by the dealer. Dealer specials generally sell well at the shows as they put further offers on for showtime only.
Why Buy New?
Buying new also has the advantage of longer warranties but to keep these current you must have the caravan serviced on a yearly basis. Doing this involves booking the caravan in at the approved dealership. Service costs vary but on single axle models look at around £150+ and twin-axled tourers closer to £200.
However if you buy one of the new Bailey Alu-Tech models you gain a ten-year bodyshell warranty (other manufacturers will extend theirs for an extra cost in most cases) but you will need to spend more on the Bailey Alu-Tech services. For instance the first year is around £150, second £250 then £350 thereafter. All service costs are liable to increases.
Buying new also gives you the safe knowledge that you are the first owners so it’s just how you use the caravan that determines the condition when it comes to sell it again. To help keep the value its best to keep the caravan in good condition and of course make sure the service book is stamped too. It’s important to remember that dealers like a trade-in that’s been well cared for and having the caravan from new gives you the chance to keep it looking that way.
Buying a new tourer may mean you’re lucky enough to pay for it in cash, but if not it’s a case of getting the best finance deal you can get. Shop around first for this before signing up. Best to ask the question to the dealership regarding what they can do for you, but be prepared to have all of this in place thus making your new caravan purchase a smooth one.