Dreaming of relaxing in a hot, steamy hot tub of your own, but don’t want to pay thousands for it? Maybe you’re considering purchasing a used hot tub. There is no shortage of second-hand tubs to choose from. But with so much choice, it can be overwhelming to the first-time buyer. In this guide, we will take the stress out of buying a used hot tub by answering common questions and concerns. Then soon your hot tub dream will become a reality!
Why Buy Used Instead of New?
At first glance, the most obvious difference when buying a used hot tub instead of a new one is the price. A new basic model will set you back anywhere from $5,000 upwards. Luxury versions cost around $15,000. So for many buyers, a new hot tub simply isn’t an option.
A quick look on craigslist, however, reveals countless second-hand hot tubs selling for well under $3,000. But as with any second-hand purchase, caution is needed. Not all sellers will be 100% honest about their product, and there is no guarantee when buying from private sellers.
What to Look for in a Used Hot Tub
Before heading out to choose your used hot tub, you need to have a few things in mind. Hot tubs require regular care and maintenance, so you want to assure yourself that the one you buy has been well looked after. Pumps, jets, filters, heaters, lights, and computer controls all need maintaining to keep it running smoothly.
The best way to find out the condition of the hot tub is to see it running. If the seller doesn’t want to switch it on for you, walk away. They could be hiding costly problems. Once the hot tub is running, here are a few checks to carry out:
- Listen for any strange noises, the pump should run smoothly
- Visually inspect the hot tub for any signs of leakage
- Check the cover is in good condition
- Test all the lights, jets and temperature controls work properly
Keeping these basics checks in mind can help you identify any potential problems.
Is There a Wide Range of Used Hot Tubs to Choose From?
There are literally thousands of used hot tubs out there to choose from. The price and quality vary greatly. Shop around and you will even see some free used hot tubs! However, bear in mind that you get what you pay for. Hot tubs are usually free because they have multiple problems that require attention. These will rarely be easy or cheap to fix. So unless you are experienced at repairing hot tubs, it is best to avoid free or very cheap hot tubs.
Buying from a private seller can be risky for the untrained eye. If in doubt, go to a genuine hot tub dealer for approved second-hand selections. They know the products better than anyone and will be able to advise you further on your important purchase.
Are Used Hot Tubs Safe?
If a hot tub has been maintained properly and only genuine original equipment manufacturer (OEM) parts used, you shouldn’t have too much to worry about. The older the model, the higher the chance of problems and costly repairs.
Once you have bought a used hot tub, it is a good idea to get it serviced regularly by a Certified Hot Tub Technician (CHTT) to ensure it is safe to use.
Will it Come with a Warranty?
As the purchaser, it is your job to check if there is still a valid warranty. This can give added peace of mind when buying second hand. Warranties vary greatly, and some manufacturers offer different warranties for specific hot tub parts. For example, a hot tub might come with a 7-year shell warranty, 5-year component warranty and a 2-year light assembly warranty.
Always check the small print. Some warranties stipulate that any repairs have to be carried out by a manufacturer approved technician, otherwise, the warranty could be invalid.
How Much Will a Used Hot Tub Cost?
Price will vary greatly depending on your requirements. Hot tub size, features, brand and condition are all factors that affect cost. Expect to pay more for a used hot tub from an official seller. Paying that bit extra to a professional can bring great benefits such as:
- Professional inspection and repairs carried out
- No need to remove the hot tub yourself
- Delivery options available
- Finance options available
- Greater peace of mind
Where Can I Buy a Quality Used Hot Tub?
Craigslist, eBay and other second-hand sites offer plenty of apparent bargains, but for quality used hot tubs you are better off looking to approved dealers, such as Sunrise Spas. Check out our current used hot tub inventory list here.
How Long Will a Used Hot Tub Last?
The lifespan of a hot tub will vary depending on the make, build quality and how it is maintained. Older models were simpler in design and therefore would last considerably longer than newer hot tubs, perhaps running for 25 years if well looked after.
Modern hot tubs are far more complicated with computer controls that have a limited lifespan. The average hot tub should run for 10 years before needing a new computer control pack. These can be replaced by a CHTT but expect to pay over $1,000.
So depending on what your budget allows, choosing a newer hot tub could give you a few years of use before this expensive upgrade is needed.
How Easy is it to Move a Used Hot Tub?
Hot tubs are not easy items to transport. It takes several people to lift a hot tub, and a suitably sized trailer to move it to its new home. Removing it yourself may save you money, but you risk causing injury to those lifting it, damage to the hot tub or to the sellers’ property. So the sensible option is to enlist the help of a professional hot tub mover.
They have the right equipment and plenty of experience doing the job. Spending a bit more money on delivery is worth it if it saves costly damage to your new purchase.
Will I be Able to Fit the Hot Tub Myself?
Anyone with good DIY skills can prepare the hot tub site themselves. Most people opt to install their hot tub on either a deck or a patio. The main thing is that the surface is smooth, solid and level.
The electrical connection is more complex. This should only be carried out by a competent qualified person. Water and electricity do not mix! Play it safe and get a professional to carry out all electrical work.
I Have More Questions About Buying a Used Hot Tub
If you are still unsure about buying a used hot tub, don’t worry. It is a big purchase and not something you want to rush into. Buying the wrong used hot tub could bring you more problems and expense than you anticipated.
On the other hand, buying the right used hot tub can give you, your friends and your family years of enjoyment. So why not call in to an approved used hot tub dealer, such as Sunrise Spas, to discuss it further with an experienced professional.
Why Consider Sunrise Hot Tubs?
We have a huge selection of used hot tubs and factory seconds in our store. All our hot tubs go through a thorough 12 point inspection. This is carried out by a trained technician who repairs the hot tubs to the highest standard.
We also offer 12-month special financing with approved credit. Please visit us to discuss your options. We are here to help you find the perfect used hot tub for you, whatever your budget!