Hot tubs and Spas are big ticket purchases, so previously owned can be a great way to get your toes wet without spending too much. You might be looking for a tub for your vacation home, want to try a spa, you aren’t sure if you want to invest long-term, or perhaps you are just handy and looking for a project. We will help you to make the right purchase and what issues to watch out for.
Purchasing a hot tub or spa from a dealership
The hot tubs for sale are cleaned up; cosmetic and equipment repairs are made and should include a warranty period for those repairs. The cover is usually replaced, the filters and the tub is deep cleaned so you don’t have to. Free or cheap hot tubs are sometimes available, but keep in mind you usually get what you pay for. If you choose to go this direction, you will be investing a great deal of time and money into a fixer-upper. You may end up spending the same or more than you would for a fully-functional or new hot tub or spa. There may be too many critical components that will need to be replaced and you will have to pay a service tech for the labour.
Purchasing hot tub from an unknown seller
When you purchase a used spa, especially from an unknown seller, viewing the tub before purchase is vital. Make sure that the hot tub or spa is turned on and full of water for at least twenty four hours before you come to inspect it. Ask to see the owner’s manual, repair and maintenance records, the same way you would if you were purchasing a used car or RV. Keep an eye out for possible issues. While the spa is running, ask the owner to show you how to operate the control pad. Go through the various functions, and make sure that the high and low jet pump speeds, the thermostat and light all work.