Would you buy a used hot tub? A survey conducted by Harris Interactive revealed that around 68% of Americans would buy a used hot tub if they knew the person who owned it.
Used hot tubs and spas can still have life left in them, and they can be purchased for less than a new one. There are also ways to save money on buying a used spa.
In this guide, we’ve presented some tips on how to buy a Used Spa or Hot tub.
Buying from a Hot Tub Dealer
Many spa dealers take trade-ins, which are similar to selling used cars. They may also have older models or demo units they're trying to sell.
The advantage of buying from a local dealer is that they will have a warranty, and they can provide a thorough inspection and detailing. They will also deliver it and set it up properly.
Look for a spa dealer that is licensed to sell and operate a spa. Also, make sure that the spa is fully operational.
Buy from a Friend you Trust
If you have a good friend who has a grooming habit that's admirable, it might be worth looking into buying a used spa. However, there are some people who believe that you should never do business with their friends.
A spa cover that is in good shape is also a good asset. Aside from a good quality spa cover, a spa step or equipment also adds a lot to a spa.
Buy from Some Guy Online
You probably found a good deal on a spa, but how do you know if it's operating properly? If it looks good, then contact a local spa service company for a systems check.
A spa inspection is a process that involves taking a look at the condition of the spa, as well as the various details such as its age and overall condition. Aside from that, the technician can also transport the spa for you.
Even if you are not a spa pro, having a tech inspect the equipment before you buy would be a good idea.
How much Should You Pay for a Used Spa?
Unfortunately, there's no way to check the miles on a spa, as it doesn't have a built-in indicator. Also, it's not a good idea to check if it has been in service for a long time.
If the model is not identified, try looking for a comparable model in an online search. Take some measurements and try to find a base price for a new spa.
The price you pay for a used spa should be at least 50% of the retail cost. If it needs a new cover, or its shell or skirt is worn and faded, or its equipment looks old, then the price should drop another 10%.
Moving a Spa to a New Location
Depending on the size of the spa, a 6 foot spa is more manageable, but it's too heavy and impractical for most dollies. A larger spa, which has a cover and pack, can still weigh around 800 pounds.
Getting a spa to an indoor location can be very challenging, especially if you have to move through various doorways and steps. If you can pull a trailer that's big enough to get the job done, then it'll be much easier.
Before the spa is installed, electrical work for it should be planned in advance. This will include the installation of a 230V plug.
Deep Cleaning a Used Spa
Before buying a new spa, make sure that it's thoroughly cleaned. This involves filling the spa with water and testing its operation. Then, after a few hours, use a product such as Tub Rinse to remove any bacteria or biofilms that might have built up in the pipes and the surrounding areas.
After draining the spa, apply a hot tub cleaning product to remove dirt and build up on the surface. Then, adjust the pH and Hardness to create a perfect balance.
If the filter is leaking, replacing it is a good idea. Also, if the cover is old and musty, it may be best to get a new one.
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