Bag an end-of-sea­son bar­gain

We sent Andy Jenk­in­son to scour fore­courts across the UK for last-minute deals on 2018 vans, as retailers re­stock for next year

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We check out the great dis­counts on of­fer

WITH RU­MOURS of sur­plus un­sold new 2018 stock be­ing avail­able in abun­dance on deal­ers’ fore­courts, it’s good news for bar­gain hunters as we check out the sav­ings that can be had across the coun­try. (All prices and stock data were cor­rect at the time of writ­ing.) We all love the thought of buy­ing our first new car­a­van, but as with all big pur­chases, it re­ally pays to shop around. With some deal­ers hav­ing what we might best de­scribe as am­ple stocks of last sea­son’s mod­els on the fore­courts, they will be get­ting rather keen to shift some of these mod­els, to make way for 2019 vans. In many cases, 2019 mod­els haven’t been al­tered much over their 2018 coun­ter­parts, but of course, when you do buy an out­go­ing ‘new’ 2018 tourer, it is al­ready classed as a year old in model year terms, so you must re­mem­ber that this will play a part when it even­tu­ally comes to trad­ing-in time. Many canny car­a­van­ners like to use the end of the sea­son to buy their next new tourer, but it re­ally is worth do­ing your re­search be­fore you buy. So armed with note­book and pen­cil, we de­cided to check out what’s be­ing dis­counted and where the big sav­ings can be found around the UK. Check­ing fore­court prices and other in­cen­tives on of­fer from the deal­ers (movers be­ing a very pop­u­lar ad­di­tion), we wanted to see what the keen bar­gain hunter could come up with. But an­other re­minder here – if you buy from a dealer miles from your home, you must re­mem­ber that any prob­lems with the van will need to be sorted out there. So do make

Many canny car­a­van­ners like to use the end of the sea­son to buy their next new tourer, but do your re­search be­fore­hand

sure your cal­cu­la­tions in­clude sums to cover you for any trips back to the dealer if war­ranty work has to be car­ried out. Our se­lec­tions are from deal­ers that we thought were of­fer­ing good prices, but do take a look at their web­sites to see what is avail­able.

Tempt­ing prices

So, pen­cil duly sharp­ened, we went off in search of that bar­gain of the year. We checked out plenty of deal­er­ships, from north to south. Start­ing out with Perthshire Car­a­vans in Scot­land, we found some tempt­ing prices straight away. For ex­am­ple, we looked at mod­els from Bai­ley, Swift, Eld­dis – and Ster­ling. Hang on, you say, Ster­ling ceased be­ing a stand­alone range in 2017. That’s right, but at Perthshire, we found some un­sold new 2017 stock still stand­ing, just waiting for an owner. So what had they got?

2017 Ster­ling Ec­cles 590

Six-berth, was £22,460 now £21,450 Sav­ing £1010

2017 Swift Con­queror 580

Four-berth, was £27,400 now £25,950 Sav­ing £1450

2017 Swift Chal­lenger 590

Six-berth, was £22,460 now £21,450 Sav­ing £1010

2018 Sprite Ma­jor 4 SB SR

Four-berth, was £18,840 now £17,850 Sav­ing £990

2018 Swift Ele­gance 565

Four-berth, was £29,185 now £27,450 Sav­ing £1735

2018 Bai­ley Pur­suit 430/4

Four-berth, was £16,369 now £15,650 Sav­ing £719

2018 Eld­dis Affin­ity 554

Four-berth, was £22,599 now £21,250 Sav­ing £1349

2018 Eld­dis Cru­sader Su­per Cy­clone

Four-berth, was £28,049 now £26,450 Sav­ing £1599 Perthshire Car­a­vans also has more new dis­counts on re­main­ing mod­els, so we would ad­vise you to check out its web­site for any ex­tra deals to be had, es­pe­cially on a few of those un­used 2017 vans.

Spe­cial of­fers

Dun­can Car­a­vans at Wishaw, in La­nark­shire, was of­fer­ing a mover on ev­ery new 2018 Bai­ley Uni­corn, but you will need to give them a call to find out about keen pric­ing on its re­main­ing Bai­leys and Swifts. Mar­quis Leisure, im­porters of the Car­ave­lair brand, is clear­ing out 2018 mod­els of this French tourer, while Al-ko Se­cure wheel locks are part of the deal for buy­ers of the new Venus range and movers are fit­ted on Lu­nar Quasars and above. We found these Car­ave­lairs at knock-down prices, mak­ing al­ready low-priced mod­els even bet­ter value. As be­fore, keep an eye on the Mar­quis web­site.

2018 Car­ave­lair An­tarès 335 Two-berth, was £15,697 now £15,495 Sav­ing £202

2018 Car­ave­lair An­tarès 406 Four-berth, was £16,695 now £15,495 Sav­ing £1200

2018 Car­ave­lair An­tarès 455 Four-berth, was £17,696 now £16,495 Sav­ing £1201

2018 Car­ave­lair An­tarès 496 Four-berth, was £19,200 now £17,995 Sav­ing £1205

2018 Car­ave­lair An­tarès 480 Four-berth, was £20,201 now £18,995 Sav­ing £1206

Bag a dealer spe­cial

Fam­ily deal­er­ship Kim­ber­ley Car­a­vans was of­fer­ing some re­ally mouth-wa­ter­ing deals at its branches in Dar­ling­ton and Not­ting­ham. Fo­cus­ing on Com­pass, Swift, Coach­man and Xplore, the firm had some good sav­ings on of­fer, in­clud­ing two dealer spe­cials. So what caught our eye? This is just a small sam­ple, so make sure to check out Kim­ber­ley’s web­site for more bar­gains.

2018 Com­pass Kens­ing­ton 586 (dealer spe­cial)

Six-berth, was £21,490 now £18,995 Sav­ing £2495

2018 Com­pass Capiro

Two-berth, was £20,894 now £18,990 Sav­ing £1904

2018 Coach­man Kim­ber­ley Vi­sion 545 (dealer spe­cial)

Four-berth, was £21,995 now £19,990 Sav­ing £2005

2018 Coach­man Pas­tiche 565 Four-berth, was £23,500 now £22,500 Sav­ing £1000

2018 Swift Con­queror 570

Four-berth, was £27,265 now £23,990 Sav­ing £3275

2018 Swift Chal­lenger 590

Four-berth, was £23,350 now £20,965 Sav­ing £2385

Ex-demo mod­els

Stewart Long­ton Car­a­vans, in Chorley, was of­fer­ing great prices on ex-demon­stra­tion mod­els from Adria, Sprite and Swift. Long­ton’s has a very im­pres­sive rep­u­ta­tion for dis­count pric­ing.

2018 Adria Adora 612 DL Rhine Six-berth, was £22,395 now £19,995 Sav­ing £2400

2018 Adria Adora

613 UT Thames

Four-berth, was £22,495 now £19,995 Sav­ing £2500

2018 Adria Altea 542 DK

Six-berth, was £16,695 now £14,995 Sav­ing £1700

2018 Swift Ec­cles 580

Four-berth, was £22,585 now £19,963 Sav­ing £2622

2018 Swift Ec­cles 530

Four-berth, was £21,875 now £19,463 Sav­ing £2412

2018 Sprite Alpine

Two-berth, was £17,130 now £15,463 Sav­ing £1667

2018 Swift Ele­gance 650

Four-berth, was £31,930 now £26,999 Sav­ing £4931

Big sav­ings

At York­shire Coast Car­a­vans, near Bridling­ton, sales be­gan in early July, and stocks of 2018 mod­els are now van­ish­ing fast. With only a few mod­els left, par­tic­u­larly in the Coach­man range, buy­ers were snap­ping up bar­gain-priced tour­ers, and with a mover fit­ted, too, what a steal these 2018 vans were.

2018 Bai­ley Pur­suit 550/4

Four-berth, was £17,264 now £15,995 Sav­ing £1269

2018 Bai­ley Uni­corn Carta­gena

Four-berth, was £26,564 now £24,564 Sav­ing £2000

2018 Bai­ley Uni­corn Barcelona

Four-berth, was £26,564 now £25,064 Sav­ing £1500

2018 Bai­ley Pe­ga­sus GT70 Verona

Four-berth, was £20,364 now £18,995 Sav­ing £1369

2018 Sprite Qu­at­tro EB

Four-berth, was £20,895 now £19,495 Sav­ing £1400

2018 Swift Ele­gance 480

Two-berth, was £26,380 now £23,380 Sav­ing £3000

2018 Coach­man VIP 565

Four-berth, was £26,500 now £24,500 Sav­ing £2000

Lux­ury mod­els

In Sand­bach, Cheshire, Leisure Sales had some very tempt­ing deals on Bai­ley, Swift, Venus, Alaria and Lu­nar. Its dealer spe­cial, the Sprite­based Leisure Home range, was of­fer­ing sav­ings of £1600, while Alaria/delta ex-demon­stra­tion mod­els were re­duced by more than £4000.

2018 Alaria TS

Four-berth, was £34,124 now £29,995 Sav­ing £4129

2018 Alaria RI

Four-berth, was £34,124 now £29,995 Sav­ing £4129

2018 Venus 620/6

Six-berth, was £19,023 now £16,995 Sav­ing £2028

2018 Venus 540/4

Four-berth, was £17,323 now £15,695 Sav­ing £1628

2018 Lu­nar Delta TR

Four-berth, was £29,224 now £24,995 Sav­ing £4229

2018 Bai­ley Uni­corn Pam­plona

Four-berth, was £26,789 now £23,695 Sav­ing £3094

2018 Bai­ley Uni­corn Barcelona

Four-berth, was £26,564 now £23,695 Sav­ing £2869

2018 Bai­ley Pur­suit 400/2

Two-berth, was £15,664 now £13,995 Sav­ing £1669

2018 Swift Ec­cles 635

Four-berth, was £24,275 now £21,995 Sav­ing £2280

2018 Swift Con­queror 480 Two-berth, was £24,280 now £21,432 Sav­ing £2848

Gen­er­ous dis­counts

The last stop on our na­tion­wide bar­gain hunt was Swin­don Car­a­van Cen­tre. With a big se­lec­tion of tour­ers from Bai­ley, Swift, Lu­nar and Sprite, plus its own dealer spe­cial Vogues, based on the Sprite range, we were greeted here by some gen­er­ously dis­counted win­dow stick­ers. As with all of our se­lec­tions, these are just a few ex­am­ples to whet your ap­petite. But we were par­tic­u­larly im­pressed by sav­ings of nearly £5000 on its top-of-the-range mod­els.

2018 Swift Vogue 560 EB

Four-berth, was £21,765 now £19,265 Sav­ing £2500

2018 Sprite Ma­jor 6 TD

Six-berth, was £19,005 now £17,195 Sav­ing £1810

2018 Sprite Alpine 2

Two-berth, was £16,935 now £15,395 Sav­ing £1540

2018 Bai­ley Uni­corn Seville

Two-berth, was £23,189 now £19,995 Sav­ing £3194

2018 Venus 550/4

Four-berth, was £17,523 now £15,395 Sav­ing £2128

2018 Lu­nar Club­man CK

Two-berth, was £24,024 now £20,895 Sav­ing £3129

2018 Lu­nar Delta TR

Four-berth was £29,225 now £24,295 Sav­ing £4930

2018 Bai­ley Pe­ga­sus GT70 Palermo

Five-berth, was £22,164 now £19,895 Sav­ing £2269

2018 Lu­nar Ariva

Two-berth, was £17,324 now £14,595 Sav­ing £2729

2018 Swift Ele­gance 580

Four-berth, was £29,080 now £24,995 Sav­ing £4085

Rarer bar­gains

So what a great bar­gain hunt this ex­er­cise was – we found some su­perb sav­ings out there. How­ever, one brand that was hard to spot with cash dis­counts was Buc­ca­neer. We saw very few of these and dis­counts were def­i­nitely a rar­ity. We did man­age to find one Bar­racuda, at Wan­da­home in Knot­tin­g­ley, re­duced from £34,879 to £31,995, but the main Buc­ca­neer deal­ers had sold out. So get out there now, we say, and grab a bar­gain, be­cause last sea­son’s mod­els seem to be dis­ap­pear­ing very quickly.

1 All 2018 mod­els are prov­ing pop­u­lar, so head to your deal­er­ship to see what it has to of­fer 2 Fore­court sales be­gan back in July – this was the lineup at Leisure Sales, but stocks were go­ing fast 3 Leisure Sales had this Delta TR on dis­play for £4229 be­low its nor­mal win­dow price 4 These Bai­ley Pur­suits are cur­rently be­ing of­fered at good dis­counts of more than £1700 in most cases, but you’ll need to grab one fast 5 There were still a few Alar­ias re­main­ing, with over £4000 to be saved on these lux­ury mod­els 6 This Swift Ele­gance 480 is avail­able for £3000 off the list price, at York­shire Coast

Car­a­van his­to­rian ANDY JENK­IN­SON also has a keen eye for a wise buy

7 The lat­est Bai­ley Uni­corns are go­ing for some great re­duced prices; this Carta­gena at York­shire Coast also came with a free mover as a bonus 8 Coach­mans are a lit­tle more dif­fi­cult to find, but we spot­ted this VIP 565 with a £2000 sav­ing 9 Al­ways great value, but this six-berth Sprite is a steal at just £17,195 10 Swin­don Car­a­van Cen­tre had great prices on its Lu­nars, such as this Club­man CK two-berth, re­duced by more than £3000 11 Swin­don’s dealer spe­cial Sprite-based Vogue mod­els were be­ing of­fered with ex­cel­lent sav­ings of up to £2500 12 Stocks of 2018 tour­ers are thin­ning out around the coun­try, so best get your skates on

13 Also on the fore­court at Swin­don Car­a­van Cen­tre was this Swift Ele­gance 580, a fixed-bed model, at more than £4000 be­low list price 14 This Bai­ley Uni­corn Carta­gena was on of­fer at £23,780 – a sav­ing of £2714 15 A Bai­ley Pe­ga­sus GT70 Palermo at Swin­don Car­a­van Cen­tre was priced at £19,895 – a sav­ing of £2269 16 Check win­dow prices to find out about other ways to pay for your new car­a­van, as there may be al­ter­na­tives to a cash deal

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