Undoubtedly price is a great reason for buying a second hand hot tub as its Initial cost will be much less that that of a new one. However this may not be the case as the weeks and months pass as the older second hand tub may be much more expensive in the long run for many reasons. A new Hot tub Jacuzzi will have a guarantee covering not only the shell but also the running components such as the pumps and heaters etc. Even if you buy a second hot tub say just 2 months old it is not certain that the original purchasers guarantee would be transferred to the second buyer. All the Hot Tub manufacturers that I am aware of limit the guarantee to the first owner.
I imagine for two key reasons firstly that the original buyer will naturally look after and care for the Hot Tub and will have had all the dealer training for keeping the hot tub in good order and secondly I imagine that for commercial reasons the manufacture would wish to limit their exposure only to the first owner. Also Hot Tubs have progressed by leaps and bounds in their use of efficient technology in their heating and running costs. The green view is one that is very much listened to by the hot tub jacuzzi spa industry resulting in more ecological friendly Hot Tubs. The latest hot tubs have better ozone systems resulting in the use of lower chemicals, They are also much more efficient when it comes to heating and the consumption of electricity etc So whilst their may be good savings initially over a reasonable period of time I imagine that the running costs and indeed the overall costs may be very similar. Second hand hot tubs tend to command reasonably high prices allowing for their age. In summary then when considering the price issues the second hand purchase whilst cheaper initially will possibly suffer from :– Increased running costs No guarantee so a major failure will prove to be expensive.
Other problems could be found in obtaining spares Another point to consider is the Design of the Jets. Way back some 50 years ago the Jacuzzi family in the year of 1956, used their family’s hydraulic knowledge which they had gained and used in the agricultural area to create a portable hydrotherapy pump, which they used to treat a family member’s arthritic problems . The innovative spirit of the original Jacuzzi brothers was very much alive and well in the third generation family member Roy Jacuzzi, who invented the world’s first whirlpool / Jacuzzi bath in 1968 which he named the Roman. Interestingly he took this to various trade fairs such as orange county in California in order to be assured that there was sufficient demand for his products.
The Hot Tub industry owes a lot to Roy Jacuzzi and his family and as an insight here is an extract from a Jacuzzi press release dealing with the History of the Jacuzzi Brand. According to a Jacuzzi, Inc press release "The History of the Jacuzzi Brand": .begins in the early 1900s, when the Jacuzzi brothers immigrated to California from Italy. The Jacuzzi brothers made great strides in aviation by inventing the first enclosed cabin monoplane, which carried mail for the U.S. Postal Service as well as passengers from the San Francisco Bay Area to Yosemite National Park.
Incorporating their hydraulic insight, Jacuzzi Brothers, as they’d come to be known in 1920, later made notable advancements in the agricultural pump industry, which led to an invention that remains an iconic fixture in many worldwide homes today. Since then of course there have been many further developments and the Jets design has increased very considerably. A second hand hot tub will simply be old hat and it will not have the latest most up to date jets and therefore will not provide the best hydrotherapy massage which the latest designs provide. The very latest models and designs have more features and are fully adjustable both as regards power and adjustment. These are but only two reasons why perhaps a purchase of a second hot tub is not such a bargain as it may at first appear.
The old adage springs to mind something on the lines like “not all that glistens is gold”. If you buy one it mist be worth trying to obtain a guarantee from the vendor perhaps 90 days would be appropriate but many vendors would probably not wish to give a guarantee but it is certainly worth asking for.
The author Jacuzzi John supplies luxury Hot Tubs on the Costa Del Sol In Spain and his web site is at Hot Tubs Costa Del Sol .