How much is my static caravan worth? (Updated for 2021-2022 Season)
We understand that people tend to have lots of questions when it comes to selling a static caravan. After all, there are plenty of people who'll tell you how to buy a static - but fewer who'll help you sell one!
We're trying to change that, so we've put together a detailed guide that will help you understand how statics are valued and how the static caravan market works. As well as explaining what we consider when you're offered a price, we'll also answer a few other questions, including:
- How can I find out how much my static caravan is worth?
- How much do static caravans depreciate each year?
- What's the best site to sell a caravan?
- How are static caravan valuations calculated?
But first - it's useful to be clear on a few industry terms, since they're often used interchangeably. Static caravans are sometimes known as 'static holiday homes', 'holiday homes', 'park homes' or even 'lodges'. A lodge is slightly different as it's often constructed from 2 parts that are put together on the park.
A static is different from a touring caravan too - even if that tourer doesn't go anywhere! A tourer can be pulled by a car - whereas a static needs to be moved with a specialist low-loader lorry and trailer.
Regardless of the particular type or what it's known as, if you want the best deal when you sell your static caravan, we've got good news – we buy any caravan!
Unfortunately, we can't give you a solid list of static market prices here - there are so many different makes, models and variations - tens of thousands in fact. Instead, we suggest you fill out some basic details in our form and send them through to us – we'll do everything we can to find you an unbeatable price and maximise your static caravan's value!
How will someone value my static caravan?
There are a number of factors that dictate static caravan prices.
Firstly, there's an industry-standard caravan price guide that's published each month; these are an important part of valuing a tourer or a static as they ensure you're protected as a customer – making sure a fair price is given for whatever kind of caravan that's being bought or sold.
That guide price gives us a starting point from which to work, from there we'd look at:
The exterior condition
A caravan that's been kept clean and well maintained is usually a sign of a caravan that's been generally well looked after. The condition of the chassis under the van is important too, caravans that have spent their life close to the sea can sometimes corrode – although this is rare.
Don't worry if the person who values your caravan has a look around the outside and underneath; it's important to have all the information so we can get the true market value and offer the very best price!
The person who comes to look at your caravan will definitely want to have a look inside. When caravans are made they are often configured with different interior designs – ranging from 2 to 3 (and very occasionally 4!) bedrooms – so to find the right guide price we need to check the layout.
There are instances where people modify the inside of the caravan too. That's fine, but it's another important factor to check – as well as any damage that might have occurred.
Don't worry though; remember that we're in the caravan business – so if there are any little repairs or jobs that need doing, we can usually do those a lot more cost-effectively that an external contractor or your park maintenance team.
Double glazing and central heating
Some holiday homes come with central heating and double glazing fitted as standard – these are quite desirable features with our unpredictable British weather!
We'd check these things over to make sure they're in tip-top condition and fully working. There's not a great deal to go wrong with these things so assuming they're fine it's another tick in the 'excellent condition' box!
Static caravan insurance claims
It's helpful to know if a caravan has required any insurance work done to it. There are instances where caravans have been flooded or had burst pipes that have led to water damage. This generally isn't an issue as insurance-certified teams do a great job of repairs – but it can sometimes leave watermarks.
Don't worry if we ask about previous damage; we're not trying to catch you out – just getting all the information we need to check that repairs have been done well!
Most people purchase their holiday homes using a finance package. If this has been provided by the park or company that you've bought the caravan from then it can sometimes hinder selling that caravan on – but don't worry!
Our team have extensive knowledge of caravan finance and how you can safely sell and satisfy all parties. We'll need to know about any outstanding finance before we commit to buying – so please don't worry if we ask, we're not snooping, we're just making sure we have all the information so we can offer the right price and make sure you're protected!
The reason for sale
We usually ask people why they're thinking of selling their static. This isn't us being nosey! We just know that there are lots of different situations that lead to someone wanting to sell – and we can often help out in more ways than one.
We're more than happy to give you some information on what we believe would be the best way forward for you. In our decades of working in the caravan industry, we've helped and advised customers who are experiencing financial difficulties, going through divorce or separation, handling a bereavement and much more.
Be assured that when you contact us, you'll be spoken to in a completely understanding and non-judgemental manner. Whatever it is you're experiencing, we've encountered it before and we're happy to help.
We often have people get in touch with us because they're looking at upgrading to a different model or type of static. While the park you keep you caravan on might offer this as a service if you want to buy your new static from them – they might not be able to help if you're looking at purchasing a slightly different kind of caravan – but that's where we're different!
We have a network of industry contacts that deal with every kind of caravan there is! If you want to change your static for a tourer – no problem. Fancy exploring the world in a motorhome? We'll find you an unbeatable deal! What happens next?
We just ask that you complete the form on this page with as many details as you have to hand – and we'll do the rest! We'll get in touch with a valuation as soon as we physically can! From there, we might need a little more information about some of the details we've mentioned above – but don't worry if you don't know specifics. We'll continue to tailor the quote you've been given to your exact needs and details.
How can I find out how much my static caravan is worth?
So, you're looking for a price for your static? The good news is - you're in exactly the right place!
We'll provide an instant valuation. Although - to make sure you're getting the absolute best price for your static, we might ask some questions; but they're usually simple enough.
Complete the form on the side of this page, then click 'get valuation'. It's that simple!
How much do caravans depreciate each year?
This is a question we're asked a lot about static - and honestly, there are two answers!
The first answer is the one most people are looking for - so we'll start there.
Generally, static caravans seem to depreciate quite quickly. Now, it's important that you note the word of 'seem' there - because actually, when you buy a static from a holiday park, you're buying much more than your caravan. If you check back over the invoice in your paperwork from the sale of your static, you'll notice there are often lots of add-ons. For instance, the park is likely to have added 'siting costs', 'TV aerial', 'steps', and other costs that mean you can use your caravan on the park.
Of course, it's important to remember that the park is a business, so there's a portion of the sale price that is profit too - and you won't make that back when you sell your static.
So - if you bought a static caravan today and sold it tomorrow, it would feel like it's depreciating very quickly, but in actual fact, when you strip away the price of the add-ons included in your sale, static caravans actually depreciate a little slower. However, much like cars - most aren't worth a great deal when they get beyond 15 years old.
Curious to hear about the second answer?
Well, there's a slightly different way of depreciating a caravan - but it's more of an accounting exercise.
If you sublet your caravan to holiday guests for a certain number of weeks per year, your caravan could effectively be running as a small business. Worried that means you'll be paying more tax?! Don't be - after all, we know that caravans incur running costs and drop in value with age, so an accountant could offset this depreciation against your income - and, if done carefully, can often mean you pay a little less tax.
We're not accountants here at WeBuyEveryCaravan - so we can't give you the exact details of what you'll need to do, but if you have a static caravan and you're letting it out, then talking to an accountant about depreciating it as a business asset could be a good way of saving some money.
What's the best site to sell to or get a valuation from?
Naturally, you'll probably assume we're going to say WeBuyEveryCaravan.com is the best way to sell your caravan - but we'd never insult you by not backing up that claim with solid evidence.
The best place to get a valuation for your caravan is a site that's connected to the largest number of caravan traders, recyclers, parks, and other industry resources. At WeBuyEveryCaravan.com, we work hard to make sure we're the best.
So, what does that mean to you?
Well, you can be confident that we'll never just offer you the first price we find. Our unique way of working means that we'll compare prices from over 90 static dealers and traders around the UK - and we'll give you the very best price we track down.
Are there other ways to sell your static? Yes, there are. Are there other ways to sell your static for such an outstanding price? We don't think so!
Will you get a better price from a private buyer or private sale?
Will you get a better price for your caravan advertising it yourself and selling it to someone privately? Honestly, the answer is probably yes - but after years of working in that static caravan industry, we can tell you with absolute confidence that making a successful sale is likely to be very hard work.
Now, that doesn't mean it's impossible - but you've got a few things working against you.
The first thing is the hassle - for you and for the new buyer. Holiday parks make their caravans as attractive as possible from a price and convenience point of view, so you caravan will need to be significantly cheaper, otherwise potential customers opt for buying from the site owner. Not only this, but you'll have to get to and from the park to show your caravan too - if you leave that job to a member of the park team, you can bet that they're going to opt for showing off a few of their own deals too - especially if there's a commission involved!
Of course, you also have to think about dealing with lots of buyers too. It's very unlikely that your first enquiry will buy - in fact, statistic show that park operators usually expect to show a caravan 22 times before it's sold. So, be prepared to show lots of people around - and try not to be too disappointed if you get a few time wasters.
Now - none of that is designed to put you off selling your caravan privately. If you've got the time, you might make a little more than the Glasses Guide current value. If you'd rather check our prices and see what your static caravan is worth immediately though - simply enter your details, location and some contact details and we'll get back to you as quickly as possible!
We work hard to making valuing your static stress-free!
Have you got hours to spare calling around static traders, waiting for callbacks, valuations, and haggling for the best price? No? In that case, let the WeBuyEveryCaravan team do it for you.
Our static holiday home valuations are straight-talking and hassle-free. When it comes to picking up your caravan, we'll make all the necessary arrangements we need with the park operator. We cover all the costs associated with transporting your caravan too.
We aim to make the process entirely stress-free for you – we know that if we do, you'll tell your friends what a great service we've provided!
How can I find out how much my static caravan is worth?
Ready to find out how much your static caravan is worth?
We only need a few details from you; then we'll get in touch with your valuation. If we need any further details, we're happy to call, email, or send messages - whatever works for you.
Complete your details on the instant valuation form you'll find on this page - and that's it! It couldn't be easier. When we've tracked down a great price for your static, we'll even talk you through everything you need to do to make sure your static is ready for collection. Our experienced team is on-hand around the clock to make sure your sale goes smoothly - and ensure the money is in your bank account as quickly as possible!
Get your static caravan valuation now - and see what your caravan is worth.