As hot tubs are a significant investment, when you are about to buy one, you want to make sure that you are getting a fair price. Often people wonder if hot tub prices are negotiable or if they should plan on bartering like when buying a car. While there can be some leeway on pricing, it is typically a red flag if suddenly a sales associate is discounting of thousands of dollars off the price tag for you. This is usually a clear indicator that the hot tub is of inferior quality and significantly marked up in price.
On the other hand, you may be able to negotiate including certain add-ons or even have delivery included in the price of your hot tub. When it comes to buying a hot tub, the more knowledge you have, the better off you are. In the article below, we will give you some tips for what to look out for when buying a hot tub so that you get a great price for excellent quality.
#1 Know Your Budget
Before you go shopping for a big-ticket item like a hot tub, you need to review your finances and determine your budget. This also means doing your homework on what type of hot tub you can expect to purchase for your budgeted amount. If you don’t, it will probably end up costing you more in the long run.
Knowing what you can comfortably afford to spend on a hot tub is the best starting point for shopping. Look for a model that is equipped with the best jet technology, customizable massage features and energy efficiency for your price range. By investing in a quality, durable model, you can be confident that your investment will last. Be wary of sales associates trying to sell you a cheaper model with a bunch of add-ons. Although enjoyable, your money is better spent on a quality spa and not a waterproof speaker system. Plus, you can always get the add-ons you want at a later time.
#2 Avoid Cheap Hot Tubs
If you buy a super cheap hot tub, be aware that it might not even make it through its first winter. Cheap hot tubs have a reputation for bursting pipes, pumps that freeze and shells that crack from cold weather exposure. Plus, buying a cheap hot tub will cost you more in the long run. For example, if you spend $5,000 on a low-quality unit that has to be repaired several times, then completely breaks down after just a few years, you will be faced with having to buy a brand new hot tub again. Whereas if you invested in a quality model in the first place, with a decent warranty, you can easily expect your investment to last for 10-15 years. Quality costs less long term.
#3 Choose a Reputable Dealer
It can be tempting to snatch up what seems like a great deal online or at a local going out of business sale. The issue with this is what happens if you have a problem with your hot tub down the road. Often, if the dealer you bought the hot tub from is no longer in business or doesn’t have a local presence, getting a repair completed could prove difficult. Buying local from a dealer that has been in business for a number of years and not going anywhere offers peace of mind should something go wrong.
#4 Ask for a Deal
It doesn’t hurt to ask for a deal. If you have found a couple hot tub models that you are interested in, in doesn’t hurt to ask if you can get a better price. It is possible that there may be a bit of wiggle room on the price tag or that an add-on can be thrown in to seal the deal.
If you are still trying to get a lower price than what they can offer, ask when they have sales. Typically, most dealers will have an annual or semi-annual sale on their hot tubs that feature the best discounts available.
Now that you know these tips to keep in mind while shopping for a hot tub, it’s time to start browsing some great models. Download a hot tub buyer’s guide below to get started, or visit us at our London hot tub store.