Static caravans are a great option if you want to enjoy the outdoors but still have all the comforts of a home.
They’re comfortable, convenient, and you can vacation in style with your home away from home.
If you’re looking to buy a new static caravan, you might wonder when the best time is to make your purchase.
Well, the short answer is that the best time to buy a static caravan is during the winter or the new year. Here’s why…
5 reasons to buy a new static caravan in winter
1. You’ll have plenty of time
Thanks to the cost-of-living crisis, staycationers are on the hunt for domestic getaways, with 73% of adults more likely to opt for a holiday in the UK rather than one abroad. As a result, there is a greater demand for static caravans.
Plus, since the pandemic disrupted the supply chain, manufacturers have been unable to keep up with demand. They can’t get enough windows, doors, or other raw materials necessary to build and complete the caravans – resulting in new caravan orders coming out of factories slower and a lack of stock.
This shortage means you should start shopping for a static caravan earlier since it might take longer to find one. After all, you don’t want to be caught scrambling to find a caravan in the spring right before your holiday!
2. Prices increase in the spring
Not only is it harder to find a static caravan when everyone else is looking, but prices also go up in the spring. The recommended retail price of static caravans has a history of increasing annually by up to 7% in February. That’s a significant increase when you consider that the prices of a new caravan ranges between £45,000 and £200,000!
So, if you’re looking to save money, it’s best to buy during the autumn or winter when there are more caravans on the market and caravan parks are more willing to negotiate on price.
3. Caravan parks aren’t overcrowded
People are more likely to go caravan shopping when the sun is shining during the spring, and they start envisioning their next caravanning holiday – which means that caravan parks are busy.
When everyone is on holiday, you might be more inclined to make an impulse purchase. Factors like seeing the park in full bloom and looking at its best with the sun shining can influence your decision-making.
When you buy a caravan out of season, the parks will be quieter and the weather won’t be as nice, so you are more likely to think with your head rather than your heart. You can take your time to really think about your decision and make sure you’re getting the best deal!
4. There are more caravan plots available
As the popularity of caravanning holidays increases, so does the demand for caravan parks. However, the problem is that there is only a finite number of plots on each caravan park. This is especially true for the most desirable locations near the coast or national parks.
If you’re looking for a caravan plot in a specific location, it’s best to buy early. That way, you can choose from a wider selection of pitches. You’re more likely to find the perfect spot for your caravan during the quieter winter months. Plus, any current owners who are giving up their caravan and plot generally do it at the end of a season when the next years fees are due.
Which leads us to our next point…
5. You’ll avoid the sting of site fee review
Most holiday parks review their site fees at the end of every summer season. Given the ongoing inflation, site fees for the upcoming season are generally higher than those for the current season.
You should buy your static caravan before the site fees are reviewed to avoid paying the higher rates. This way, you’ll be locked in at the current rate and won’t have to pay more when the new rates come into effect.
Plus, you might even be lucky enough to negotiate a free fee period when you buy during the off-season.
North Lakes is ready to help you own your dream caravan
Now you have no excuse not to buy that static caravan you’ve been dreaming of in the Lake District – especially when our static caravans at North Lakes are available at such amazing prices!
Ready to buy your holiday home? If you want to avoid the stress of the peak season and save some money in the process, contact our team today, and we will be more than happy to arrange a site visit for you.