The coronavirus pandemic has presented many challenges and changes to our lives, with some of these changes predicted to shape a new normal for society. For caravans, touring and holiday plans may have been put on hold for now. But restrictions won’t last forever so why not use your time in lockdown to start making caravan plans. That might mean buying your first caravan, camper or camper trailer or upgrading your existing van.
The ‘stay home’ orders have given us a much greater appreciation of the freedom that a caravan offers and how much we love the outdoors.
It has been predicted that international travel bans might affect plans indefinitely and after seeing how the COVID-19 pandemic has played out in some countries, many people will most likely be making decisions to curtail overseas travel and see Australia first. What better way to do that than in your own caravan.
To keep your spirits up during lockdown, why not start making your plans for post-COVID-19 holidays, adventuring and just getting out and about.
Caravanning is a great way to holiday and by getting organised now, you’ll be ready to take quick advantage of getting away when restrictions are eased by heading intrastate or interstate. Check current restrictions here
What are your caravan plans?
If you’re an existing, well-travelled caravan owner, you may be thinking of using this ‘down time’ to plan that much-wanted upgrade to a new van.
If you have or may have, a member of your household who needs to self-isolate or partially isolate from the rest of the household, a caravan or camper may be a practical solution. Just ensure it stays parked on your premises so you don’t contravene your local movement restrictions.
With holiday plans put on hold, many families are using ‘stay at home’ time to camp at home. Especially coming into winter, tent camping may not be appealing to everyone, so a caravan is a great alternative. Caravan on your own property and you’ll be ready to hitch up and go once restrictions are lifted. Having sleep-outs in the van can be a great way to keep children entertained!
If you’re looking ahead to spring-summer holidays, now is a great time to order your new caravan or check out the used van market and of course get your caravan loan sorted so you are ready to head off as soon as travel restrictions are eased. A great please to start more info
Buying a Caravan
The first decision is whether you buy new or used. This decision is often based on price so we have our Caravan Loan Calculator available 24/7 to assist you. You can quickly receive a ballpark estimate on loan repayments to give you a rough guide of what your commitments may be.
In response to COVID-19, different states have different levels of restrictions around what purposes you can leave home. You should check with your local authorities before heading out in person to shop for a caravan.
When buying a new caravan, sometimes there is several weeks delay in delivery while the manufacturer actually builds your van to your specs. In addition, some manufacturing processes have been slowed as factories and facilities adapt to allow for space capacity and physical distancing restrictions in accordance with coronavirus orders.
So it’s never too early to place an order. Many of the major caravan manufacturers make full use of their websites and provide video tours so you can clearly see the detailed fixtures and fittings which makes ordering online much easier.
The coronavirus crisis is putting pressure on some sectors of the economy and this may motivate businesses to bring forward their traditional end of financial year (EOFY) sales. So bargains could be out.
The used caravan market is always fairly strong and online marketplaces are open 24/7 so you can easily shop from home. Unfortunately it is a reality of the current environment that some sellers will be needing to sell their caravan to convert assets into cash. You will be doing them a service by organising a quick sale.
For those looking for a lockdown project, doing up a caravan could be a great idea. Look online for private sales of older vans that need some attention and get to work.
One thing hasn’t changed due to COVID-19 and that’s our caravans finance service and our cheap interest rates policy. Our services will always be available throughout the COVID-19 crisis. We’ve moved to a work from home set-up where possible but as our work is predominantly via phone and online, the pandemic has minimal impact on our operational capability.
For individuals buying a caravan for their own personal touring and holidays, a Secured Caravan Loan is the most popular form of finance. The interest rate, loan term and repayments are all fixed and additional payments are permitted. If you choose to payout the loan early, only minimal break fees apply.
Your Jade consultant will provide you with a firm quote and you can always contact us via the website, email or by phone.
There are many bushfire-affected and drought-affected regions that are very much looking forward to tourism to boost their business once this pandemic is in recovery mode. Visiting these regions, post-COVID-19, while enjoying your own caravan adventure is a great way to provide support.
To discuss the options for your caravan loan, contact us on 1300 000 003 to speak with a Jade Caravan Loans consultant.
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