What Should I Consider When Buying a Second Hand Hot Tub?

Brand new hot tubs are an investment. For many of us, having a few thousand pounds spare to purchase the hot tub of our dreams isn’t possible. Furthermore, taking a dip during the winter months when it’s blowing a gale and pouring with rain may have you wondering how much you will actually use a new hot tub.

With a number of second hand hot tubs on the market, purchasing a ‘new to you’ hot tub and testing the waters may be a feasible option. However, what should you look out for when perusing the market for a second hand hot tub?

How old is the hot tub?

Don’t avoid older hot tubs. Just because a hot tub is older doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been well loved and maintained. Furthermore, the quality of the brand will go some way in determining the lifespan of the product. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that parts and maintenance availability for older hot tubs may be harder to source as the technology has progressed as newer models are released to the market. There are also a number of hot tub brands that are also no longer manufactured; a quick internet search will help you determine if a hot tub you’re viewing will be easy to get parts for.  

What brand is the hot tub?

If you’re purchasing a second hand hot tub from a dealer you can have peace of mind. Before selling, the hot tub will have most likely been serviced and given a deep clean. Furthermore, the hot tub will likely come with a warranty. Most hot tub dealers will only take on second hand hot tubs from brands they know and trust.

Selling sites are a different game entirely and it is not uncommon for people to sell their second hand hot tubs for as much as they purchased them for. This is not to say you cannot purchase some quality second hand hot tubs from the likes of eBay and Gumtree, it will just pay to do your research before parting with your cash.

What condition is the hot tub in?

Take a good look at all the elements of a hot tub and ensure you see it in working order before purchase. Check the condition of the cabinet; they are often wooden or UPVC. Both materials can be prone to damage and wood can rot whereas UPVC can become brittle over time.

Most hot tub shells are acrylic and are meant to last. However, hot tub shells are exposed to high temperatures and a plethora of chemicals. Over time this can result in blistering or delamination which can be near impossible to repair. Walk away from hot tubs if they have cracks or blisters on the shell – scratches and marks are part and parcel of a second hand hot tub. These can be fixed and do not affect the hot tub’s functionality.

Hot tub control boards are expensive and can cost up to £1,000 for a new one. The second most costly issue with second hand hot tubs are faulty pumps. Don’t be shy when viewing a second hand hot tub, make sure you get to use all the features and make sure everything is working as it should. If you’re buying from a dealer they will be able to talk your through everything step by step so that you’re satisfied. If you’re viewing a hot tub through a private seller do your research or take a family member or friend who is hot tub savvy to give their input too. 

Does the hot tub come with a cover?

If the hot tub you’re considering comes with a cover check the condition of it. As covers age the leather can become damaged and the covers can become heavy – this is a sign it is holding water. This can damage the hot tub cabinet as you try and lift it off. If this is the case, you would need a new cover which cost upwards of £400 so you may want to factor this is when talking price with the seller. If the hot tub comes without a cover you will definitely need to purchase one to keep your second hand hot tub in tip top condition.

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