You want to have the best experience when selling your caravan or other large items. Your caravan should be sold quickly and easily, at a fair price, and with minimal fuss.
The Trading Post has put together these tips to help you get your caravan sold.
1. Selling at peak times
Consider selling your caravan during peak season. This will help to fuel the price. Our evidence suggests that caravan sales peak between January and April.
2. Begin with a fair price
Be realistic about the price, but don’t forget to be flexible. You can compare similar models to see what they are selling for. To get an accurate market overview, you can search tradingpost.com.au for prices.
3. Include important details in your ad.
When selling your caravan, there are several details you should include, such as the year it was made, the make and the asking price.
Be as detailed as you can. Buyers do their research. Be prepared to answer any questions you may have, especially if your caravan’s design or model has problems.
Think about how the van was used by you. Buyers will be interested in this information. Do you think it is a good van for families or more suitable for couples? This might not be as simple as describing the number of beds inside the van. It can make a big difference.
Here are some examples of technical questions that might be asked.
- How often was the caravan used?
- It is stored where?
- How has it been taken care of?
- What is it weighed (TARE, GTM, and ATM)
- Which tow vehicle do you prefer?
- History and details about the service.
- Total kilometers traveled, including on dirt or corrugations.
Be honest with yourself and your answers. Be honest if you have been given a quote for repairs but can’t afford it or are unable to justify the cost. The caravans for sale in Christchurch should be priced according to their value. Buyers will appreciate this.
Be clear in your description about why you are selling the van and how much it has been a pleasure to use. Highlight the positives and be specific.
4. Photograph your caravan
Images are key to selling any product, even a large caravan. Smartphones and basic cameras make it easy to take high-resolution photos, so your caravan will look great.
When you are photographing the inside of a van, make sure to turn all lights on and leave the doors and windows open. This will enhance the images. Even inside, the middle of the day is the best time to capture the best light.
Upload lots of photos. If your selling site allows you to upload 15 photos, like tradingpost.com.au does, do so.
A video showing you using the van or opening it up is a great selling tool. You can find tradingpost.com.au which allows you to upload videos. Make sure your video is short and pertinent. Also, practice before you start messing with switches or locks.
Make sure you have enough space around your van for photography. Fit any awnings and other accessories. Photograph any obvious defects, such as rips or dents. They don’t have to be included in the ad. However, you can send them to potential buyers to avoid any haggling later.
5. Your caravan should be cleaned
You should make sure that the van is as clean and tidy as possible. To speed up the sale, consider making a small investment. You can reap greater rewards by spending a few hundred dollars on van detailing or fly screen replacement.
You might want to air out your caravan and use a moisture absorber such as Damp Rid. Check that everything is working properly. A little oil, grease or ezyglide could make the van look more professional or less neglected.
To show potential buyers, get rid of receipts from maintenance or work.
6. Make sure the inspection is pleasant
Make sure you have easy access to your caravan when it’s time for inspection. Consider adding lighting to the caravan if it is dark.
Demonstrate that all functions as they should. Make sure the van is connected to power. This will ensure that anyone who visits your van will see that the fridge and oven work.
Be friendly and polite, and allow the buyer to have a look at the van. Avoid making the buyer anxious or hovering. This will lower your chances of selling.