Tayport Links Caravan Park

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Ownership Information

Any customer purchasing a caravan with us receives an OFT (Office of Fair Trading) approved contract. This cites a specific period of time that the caravan can be kept on the caravan park offering certainty and peace of mind. Our standard tenure periods are 15 years for a new caravan and 10 years for a pre-owned one.

We understand that for many people buying a caravan that there are a lot of questions that they may need answered. We’ve tried to anticipate the majority of these below to help you out. If we’ve missed anything please let us know!

General Questions

1. When is Tayport Links Caravan Park open?

Tayport Links Caravan Park is open for almost the whole year closing down on January 13th and reopening on March 1st.

2. What facilities does  Tayport Links Caravan Park have?

Tayport Links Caravan Park has a 24 hour laundry and lots of peace and quiet! The majority of our caravan owners come to our holiday park in Scotland because of our location and also the tranquillity of the site. For our younger visitors, we are very lucky to be surrounded by over 15 acres of community parkland with a great childrens playpark and a nature pond. Our proximity to both Dundee and St Andrews is also a great asset. On site, we offer a lovely relaxing environment with beautiful gardens and over 200 trees and shrubs.  A lot of work but it looks wonderful!

3. Can I rent my caravan out?

 Tayport Links Caravan Park strictly forbids the private renting out of owner’s caravans. We pride ourselves on the peace and quiet of our Scottish holiday park  and this would be jeopardised if we allowed the renting of caravans.

4. Are friends and family allowed to use the caravan?

 Absolutely, as long as they are made aware of the more important rules of the caravan park – the main ones being only 1 car allowed to be parked at each caravan (extra cars can be parked in the car park) and no noise after 10pm please! – then friends and family are welcome to use your caravan.

5. Do you allow dogs at Tayport Links Caravan Park?

Dogs are welcome at our caravan park in Scotland as long as they obey the obvious rules! In fact many of our caravan owners have dogs and there are many wonderful places to walk adjacent to the caravan park. We have one luxury caravan available for hire that we accept dogs in.

6. What if there is a specific caravan I want to buy that you don’t have available for sale?

 Tayport Links Caravan Park often has current, or soon to be, vacant pitches, so if you like the look of our Scottish holiday park and have a caravan in mind that you’d like to buy, let us know as chances are we’ll be able to get one for you.

7. Can I bring my own caravan to Tayport Links Caravan Park?

In theory, yes you can. However, generally, to operate as a business, caravan parks in Scotland need to make money on a vacant pitch. That being the case, it would cost a considerable sum of money (more than £10,000) to bring your own caravan onto the site. It is occasionally an option though so please contact us on this if you’d like more information. There may also be an option of trading your caravan in if you decide you want to buy one of ours.

8. Does Tayport Links Caravan Park have Wi-Fi?

 Yes, the caravan park provides wi-fi to all our customers. We have just invested significantly in a new state of the art wi-fi system which gives a consistent and reliable service to all of our caravans and allows you to stream the internet into your caravan enabling you to watch netflicks, NOW TV,  BBC I-Player etc. There is a charge for this service available on a daily, weekly,  monthly or yearly tariff.

9. Can I get digital TV or Sky?

Yes, many of our customers have their own satellite dishes or Freeview. The caravan park has a local helpful TV man who sorts out most of our caravans with aerials etc.

Financial

10. What does the price include?

The cost of buying a caravan at Tayport Links Caravan Park includes VAT,  siting, connection to electric, gas, water and waste and timber boxing around it. This boxing in helps both the look of the caravan and also makes it considerably warmer as the wind can’t blow underneath it.

11. How much will it cost a year to keep my caravan at Tayport Links Caravan Park?

The Annual Outlays for 2015 are as follows:

  • Management Fees  (payable annually on March 1st )
    Normal Sites – £1, 996
    Sea Front Sites – £2,179
  • Rates (payable annually on May 1st)
    Normal Sites – £398
  • Gas & Electric
    Gas and electric are read 3 times a year ( end of May, mid September and January)
  • Caravan Insurance
    Insurance for caravans is compulsory and can be purchased through Tayport Links Caravan Park.  Please ask for a quote or arrange it individually.
  • Yearly Gas Service Check
    £85

12. How much will it cost to insure my caravan?

It is a legal requirement that all caravans at Tayport Links Caravan Park are insured. We act as Appointed Representatives for Leisuredays  and have a group discount scheme with them.  A £33,000 caravan with balcony would cost £202 to fully insure.

13. Will my caravan increase in value over time?

No, the way to look at it is that buying a caravan is more like buying a car than buying a house and it will only decrease in value.

14. Can you help finance the purchase of a caravan?

Unfortunately as Tayport Links Caravan Park is a small independent business, the caravan park does not offer finance packages to assist with purchasing a caravan. What we can do is accept a significant non-refundable deposit of  a few thousand pounds. This ‘holds’ the caravan for a purchaser for up to a couple of months until they are able to arrange their finances.

15. Can I pay by monthly direct debit?

Tayport Links Caravan Park does not currently have a scheme allowing people to pay in this way. We ask that the management fees be paid in full by March 1st when the caravan site opens. Rates are due by 1st May.

16. Other caravan parks don’t charge ‘rates’ – why do you?

Every Scottish caravan park  has the operational expenses attributed to ‘rates’ such as business rates, water charges, sewage costs, bin collections etc. Many caravan parks in Scotland choose to claim back these costs by incorporating the amount in the management fees. Tayport Links Caravan Park prefers to separate them out so people have an idea of where their money is going and it also enables people to spread the payment of their annual costs.

 

Gas & Electric

18. What type of gas does Tayport Links Caravan Park use?

Tayport Links Caravan Park has a large LPG gas tank on site with piped gas directly to every caravan. This is cheaper, less unsightly and more convenient than bottles. Each caravan has it’s own individual gas meter which is read and billed for quarterly by the holiday park.

19. Where does the electricity for the caravan come from?

Tayport Links Caravan Park electricity comes off the national grid with one of the main providers and the caravan park then passes this on to you at the same price. Each caravan has it’s own individual electiricity meter which is read and billed for quarterly by the caravan site.

20. What is the average gas and electric bill? 

This is a very difficult question to answer accurately as there are so many variables including the amount of time people spend in their caravan and what their attitude to gas and electric is. A reasonable estimate however would be around £200 annually for those using their caravan a lot at weekends with a few weekly stays throughout the year.

Length of Time at Tayport Links Caravan Park

21. What sort of contract do I get when I purchase a caravan? 

A few years ago our governing body, (the British Home and Holiday Parks Association) sat down with the OFT (Office of Fair Trading) and produced a standard agreement to be used by caravan parks relating to the sale of caravans. This agreement which we use, is specifically designed to protect the customer and ensure transparency in the transaction offering any purchaser peace of mind.

22. How many years can I keep my caravan at Tayport Links Caravan Park?

We call this the length of TENURE you have at Tayport Links Caravan Park.  We have a simple rule that if you buy a new caravan from us, you are entitled to keep it here for 15 years. For a pre-owned caravan, the tenure is 10 years.  The documentation provided on the purchase of a caravan details these dates quite clearly.

23. What happens at the end of my tenure at Tayport Links Caravan Park?

Essentially you have 3 options:

24. What if I want to leave Tayport Links Caravan Park before the end of my tenure?

Depending on a number of factors including the condition of your caravan and what else we have for sale at the time, we may make you an offer for your caravan. If we do not think we can resell it at Tayport Links Caravan Park we will try and find an ‘offsite’ buyer for it.  Alternatively you may be able to look at a private sale.

25. How does it work if you buy my caravan from me?

If you accept an offer from Tayport Links Caravan Park to buy your caravan, you are then free of any obligation relating to the caravan and can cancel the insurance. In effect this is a ‘clean break’.

26. What is a private sale?

A caravan owner who no longer wishes to keep their caravan on at Tayport Links Caravan Park is entitled to try and sell it privately. The benefits of this to the owner are that they can still use their caravan in the meantime and usually achieve a higher price for the caravan. Tayport Links Caravan Park adhere to the industry standard rules in this regard which are:

  • The caravan must be sold with the remaining term of the tenure, i.e. if you have 6 years left on your tenure at Tayport Links Caravan Park, this is what you are selling your caravan with.
  • Tayport Links Caravan Park is under no obligation to advertise or assist in the sale, although in practice we would be able to show people around the caravan if required.
  • Until the caravan is sold, you as owner remain liable for the management fees, insurance and all other obligations in relation to the caravan.
  • Tayport Links Caravan Park is entitled to a 15% (plus VAT) commission on the sale of the caravan and must approve the buyers in person.