What Are the Pros and Cons of Buying a Used Hot Tub?

Buying a used hot tub

Have you been dreaming of purchasing a hot tub but hesitate to take the plunge because of the cost? We hear you. There is nothing like being able to get something you have always wanted and get it for a bargain. Perhaps you have been mulling over the question “What are the pros and cons of buying a used hot tub?” Should you take a chance on buying a used one? You might have concerns that the decision could backfire big time if the pre-owned hot tub turns out to need expensive repairs shortly after you get it installed. On the other hand, purchasing a used hot tub at a discount could pay off if it has been well cared for by its previous owner or refurbished. There are several ways to purchase a used hot tub, and some could have a better outcome than others. The professionals at Fronheiser Pools have a few suggestions to help you be a smart shopper

Purchasing a Used Hot Tub from a Private Seller

Do you know what to look for in a used hot tub? It will need to be inspected for leaks, electrical issues, and plumbing problems. If you aren’t familiar with hot tubs, this could be risky. When you buy a used hot tub from an individual, you will certainly be buying it “as is.” In other words, if it doesn’t work well once you get it home, the transaction (typically a cash payment) is final, and you have no recourse for a refund. The hot tub won’t be covered by a warranty, and you could end up paying more for repairs than the unit cost you in the first place. Also, keep in mind that delivery and installation will be on you. 

Buying a Pre-Owned Spa from an Online Source

When purchasing a used hot tub online, you may be able to pay with a credit card rather than cash. The problem with buying a used hot tub from an online source is that you can’t inspect it in person. The seller might be able to send you detailed photos, but you are taking a chance with the purchase unless they offer some sort of satisfaction guarantee. It is unlikely that the spa would be covered by a warranty. Keep in mind that shipping a hot tub could be a considerable additional expense.

Purchasing a Used Hot Tub from a Reputable Local Dealer

Your chances of getting a quality used hot tub increase when you buy it from a reputable local dealer. Professionals in the spa business know what to look for in a used hot tub and would not accept a used one for resale if it were in poor condition. The hot tub will have been refurbished by the dealer and probably be covered by a dealer’s warranty of some kind. Check out the warranty details carefully, as there may be certain things that are not covered.  When a dealer refurbishes a used spa, that typically includes a thorough cleaning, repair of any exterior cosmetic scratches or dings, and repairs of any parts if needed. An additional benefit of buying a used spa from a local dealer is that you can probably get financing on the purchase. Finally, the cost of delivery is usually included in the offered price. 

What are the pros and cons of buying a used hot tub? It is possible to purchase a quality pre-owned hot tub at a discount. Your best chance for success is to make your purchase directly from a reputable local hot tub dealer. The used spa from the dealer will have been refurbished, may be covered by a partial warranty, and most likely includes delivery. Available financing is also an attractive option. 

In conclusion, if you are still uncertain about purchasing a used hot tub, you might think about buying an entry level hot tub such as those made by Freeflow® Spas. They are surprisingly affordable and come with the option of financing. Add in the full manufacturer’s warranty and a new hot tub is an attractive and tempting consideration over a used spa. Also, today’s hot tubs are more energy efficient and could cost less to operate than a used one. Contact the professionals at Fronheiser Pools with your questions and to find out about availability.

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