Are you thinking about buying a hot tub? Used models cost less than new ones, but you need to know what you’re getting into before you turn over your hard earned money. We at the Pros recommend you follow this checklist before you bring home a used hot tub.


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Used hot tubs are available



Find a Used Model


Check out Craigslist, the newspaper classifieds and moving sales for used hot tubs. Consider sticking with a spa that’s close to home because you’ll be responsible to move and set it after you buy.


Test it First


Used hot tubs may be affordable, but you waste your money if the thing doesn’t work. Before finalizing the sale, ask the owner to fill the tub with water and turn it on for at least 24 hours. Then test the hot tub. If you see any of the following signs of wear, walk away from the sale because it may cost you hundreds or even thousands of dollars to repair.


  • * Condensation or corrosion around the electrical parts
  • * Rusty pump motor shaft
  • * Dried out seals and gaskets
  • * Cracked pipes and plumbing
  • * Cracked or bubbled acrylic shell or fiberglass undershell
  • * Odors or signs of mildew
  • * The tub’s been in storage or neglected


Ask About a Warranty


Newer used models may be under the manufacturer’s warranty. Request to see the paperwork and make sure the warranty will transfer to you before you buy the spa.


Negotiate a Price


Hot tubs are hard to get rid of, and most sellers are willing to negotiate the price. Do your homework, check the price on a new, comparable model and be prepared with a counteroffer. Especially if the model needs repairs or replacement parts like new hot tub covers, don’t pay the asking price.


Sign a Contract


Is the seller willing to replacing missing bulbs, buy a new cover or move the tub for you? Place those verbal agreements in writing.


Are you thinking about buying a used hot tub? As long as you inspect it thoroughly first, it will provide a relaxing getaway in your backyard all year long.


Happy Tubbing!
Ethel Elliott


Ethel Elliott
Written by Ethel Elliott. +Ethel writes about all things backyard with a focus on replacement hot tub spa covers. You can also chat with Ethel on Twitter! Follow this author on Twitter